Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a few different projects pertaining to kardak. I started working on creating my own style of illuminated manuscripts for an upcoming project that I will share with you in a moment. From time to time, I need to step away from working on endless grammar models and building lexicons and just work on artwork. I went through a box of supplies and dug out a few stray prismacolor pencils and started playing around with some sample pieces like this one.
I have always wanted to do a series of illuminated manuscripts, but never really had the time to start. Hopefully I will find the funds to buy some prismas soon before my drive dies again. Now, back to the reason for the illuminated manuscripts. A few weeks back, a fellow artist and very gifted conlanger contacted me and offered to put together a handmade sketchbook simply because he likes my work and my language. Now, we’re not talking a cheaply made item here. We are talking about a sketchbook made with custom hand antiqued papers, 12 hand sewed signatures, bound in a handmade leather jacket emblazoned with my own personal trade guild logo, and inscribed inside the front pages with an inscription of my choosing, of which I have chosen this one:
This is a gift, of the likes, I have never received before which adds a little extra pressure to make a piece that is truly epic, one that will be marveled over when they find it five or six hundred years down the road. The book measures out at 1 inch thick and an impressive 14×14. The only art that I feel would be fitting for such a grand book is a vast assortment of illuminated manuscripts. I may very well spend my remaining days making it what it needs to be. Maybe one day, I will be able to return the favor and repay this grand gesture. Until then, I will simply say ‘vasti,ii lae’ or many thanks. -Mike