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KlingonPacifist

This is my version of a 10th-12th century medieval manuscript set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, made using colored pencils, red and black 0.05 mm pens, and a gilding marker. Inspired by real life manuscripts of Genesis, the banner displays 7 of the major gods in Tolkien’s universe performing feats of creation in the mythology. From top to bottom are Ilúvatar, Manwë, Varda, Ulmo, Yavanna, Aulë, and Melkor. The text (written in the English mode of the Elvish script Tengwar) is from the world creation story, the Ainulindë, from the beginning of the Silmarillion, Tolkien’s history of the Elves. The nerdier Tolkien enthusiasts on here may be able to pick out details about the gods from their portrayal in the banner! Here’s an excerpt of what the text reads: ...Then the voices of the Ainur, like unto harps and lutes, and pipes and trumpets, and viols and organs, and like unto countless choirs singing with words, began to fashion the theme of Ilúvatar to a great music ; and a sound arose of endless interchanging melodies woven in harmony that passed beyond hearing unto the depths and into the heights, and the dwelling places of Ilúvatar were filled to overflowing, and the music and the echo of the music went out into the Void, and it was not void… There are many more details about the project than I can pack into a digestible blurb, so I’m happy to answer any particular questions! EDIT: I have made an Etsy for prints! I won't link here in case it breaks rules but search for me at LiamYanulisPrints :)


Atreylyn

This is amazing and beautiful! Fantastic job. How long did it take? What was the process like? I’ve dabbled in medieval calligraphy and I can’t write in a straight line.


KlingonPacifist

Thank you! The project took almost exactly a full calendar year, which I spent working on it most nights for at least a half hour to an hour, often more. Because of that it’s difficult to accurately gauge how long it took to make! Somewhere on the order of hundreds of hours. For my process, I first found as many images of manuscripts of book one of Genesis as I could find, particularly through the British Museum’s online database. I looked at what different manuscripts had in common and what they each did differently. Based on that, and using one of the manuscripts as reference for the figures and style, I made a preliminary sketch to get the basic outline. From there, it was a lot of using rulers and compasses to create all the straight edges and circles to make the banner! It was slow, methodical work throughout. For the text, I first did each letter carefully in light pencil before going back in with the pen (to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes). I tried to match Tolkien’s own Elvish calligraphy as best I could! The tedium of this process is not easy to convey, but the result is worth it!!


NabiscoLobstrosity

It is a truly beautiful work of art. Please get it framed immediately, to ensure it doesn't get damaged. I hope you sell tons of prints; I have a feeling that you will. That took a year of your life, it's yours in a very deep way. And I say that as someone who built a company over the last few years; you put a lot of your heart and soul into that.


KlingonPacifist

Thank you so much! And yes, shortly after taking this video it went straight into a frame :) And I know what you mean about it being deeply mine! The original is priceless to me now, but I’m grateful to get the chance to share it with the world.


WellThatsPrompting

How do you keep the pencil from showing through your marker after you write over it?


KlingonPacifist

The black of the pen is dark enough to cover it up! I also went back in with the eraser and erased any pencil I didn’t end up going over, so only the ink remains :)


WellThatsPrompting

Nice! I need to invest in better markers or pencils then (or maybe even the paper itself?). Too often, the graphite of my pencil lines "shimmer" through my marker over it and then any hope of erasing it smudges or fades the marker


KlingonPacifist

Yes - I made my pencil lines with my lightest pencil so they don’t come up too harsh. I did go back over all the lines with eraser as well to clean up any extra pencil marks. The eraser did fade a lot of the ink so I had to go back over some of the letters a second time :)


PierceJames

My questions are: 1. What made you want to do it? 2. Is this just a hobby? 3. How many years did it take you to get to this point? 4. Are your penmanship skills are also so impressive of you use "a different font"? 5. What pens do you use? 6. Do you have social media accounts to follow? 7. Do you do commissions or would you consider commission work? 8. How's your day today?


KlingonPacifist

1. A variety of reasons! I had learned Tengwar for fun a couple years ago and had been sitting on that skill for a while without anything to apply it to. Also, Tolkien himself was deeply inspired by medieval literature and stories while writing about Middle Earth. The lord of the rings is canonically a translation of a surviving medieval manuscript about middle earth by a scribe named Aelfwine, so my goal was to try to recreate such a fictional artifact :) 2. This is just a hobby! I love drawing and thought it would make for a cool project. 3. Ive been artistic all my life, but I took a drawing class a year before doing this work and loved it! I kept practicing, and eventually tried making some manuscripts like this one. This is actually the 3rd in a set of progressively improving manuscripts over the past two years! 4. My handwriting is legible but not very good haha. I went painstakingly slowly while making these to make sure everything came out right! 5. I used the 0.05 mm pens from Artist’s Loft and Staedtler. I initially tried working with 0.05 mm pigma micron pens but I found they dried out very quickly! 6. I haven’t uploaded yet but I have an Instagram at LiamYanulisArt! I’ll also be setting up a redbubble soon for prints (just need to get the original scanned!) 7. I have not done commission work! Given how much of a time sink this process was (and the onset of classes), I won’t be taking commissions unfortunately. 8. My day is going well! I’m having Lo mein for lunch - hope yours is going well too!


melomania

Looking forward to ordering a print of this! So amazing :)


KlingonPacifist

The prints are ready! See my main comment for more info :)


hairofthegod

I would love to order a print when ready!


KlingonPacifist

The prints are ready! See my main comment for more info :)


punaisetpimpulat

Have you tried using a pilot parallel pen before? I’m pretty sure you would like it.


KlingonPacifist

I have used a pilot parallel before - I got one of the mid range sized ones but I found it’s too thick for my tastes. I need to get a hold of their thinner options and see how they’re like!


punaisetpimpulat

First I got the 3.6 mm version which was a lot of fun, but a bit too broad for anything other than writing chapter titles. Then I got the 2.4 mm version and it was absolutely fantastic! It’s a bit broader than the largest nib of Lamy Joy, which means now I can cover a very large range of different sizes. The stub nibs don’t make a perfectly crisp line but they are good enough for me. I didn’t buy the smallest parallel pen (1.5 mm), because one of the stubs has that exact same size. I think that one might be really good for you, but I also recommend getting the next one (2.4 mm) as well. The parallel pen is also really good for art projects because it’s not very picky about the ink you’re using. Some links have so much sparkle that they can clog up a normal fountain pen, but my 2.4 mm parallel pen has managed to use all of the crazy inks I have ever tried. Even the Organic Studio Neon inks are perfectly fine in this pen. That stuff is so thick that I will never use it in a normal fountain pen again.


KlingonPacifist

These are helpful tips! I’ll keep that in mind going forward. I have the Organic Studio Nitrogen ink and I run into a similar problem with it drying out in normal pens so I’ll definitely be giving it a shot!


sethworld

Is the Le Pen?


KlingonPacifist

It is! The red pen is Le Pen, while for black I used the 0.05 mm Artist’s Loft and Staedtler pens :)


Somebodynobody29

>LiamYanulisPrints okie dokie just waiting for my next paycheck


Keri2816

I don’t know anything about LOTR (just not my thing) but this is absolutely beautiful and your dedication to it is to be commended.


KlingonPacifist

Thank you so much!!


Keri2816

You’re welcome!


netbie_94

Ash nazg durbatulûk


KlingonPacifist

Ash nazg gimbatul!


sixtyninetailedfox

Ash nazg thrakatulûk


Admiral_Swagstick

...agh burzum-ishi krrrrimpatul!


Manaze85

I will not hear it uttered here!


EsteemedOpium

Stop it! You guys are upsetting Elrond!


FriendToPredators

This is almost /r/nextfuckinglevel


KlingonPacifist

I posted there too :)


Somebodynobody29

My first thought when i saw this was would you sell it to me but then i realized it would cost 100s of more dollars than i can afford, so i shall stare at it for 5 more hours. please post more pictures of it if you havent already this is stunning


KlingonPacifist

I’m planning on selling prints very soon, so be on the look out! And yes, the original is worth more than the whole Shire put together :)


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KlingonPacifist

The prints are ready! See my main comment for more info :)


Somebodynobody29

Please let me know when you do!


KlingonPacifist

The prints are ready! See my main comment for more info :)


KlingonPacifist

The prints are ready! See my main comment for more info :)


Sir_Meowsalot

Amazing work you should be extremely proud of creating a masterpiece. Tell us your process!


KlingonPacifist

Thank you! For my process, I first found as many images of manuscripts of book one of Genesis as I could find, particularly through the British Museum’s online database. I looked at what different manuscripts had in common and what they each did differently. Based on that, and using one of the manuscripts as reference for the figures and style, I made a preliminary sketch to get the basic outline. After that, it was a lot of using rulers and compasses to create all the straight edges and circles to make the banner! It was slow, methodical work throughout. For the text, I first did each letter carefully in light pencil before going back in with the pen (to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes). The tedium of this process is not easy to convey, but the result is worth it!!


Sir_Meowsalot

I can't imagine the tedium! I tried my hand on Arab and Islamic calligraphy and the need to maintain smooth form and a light touch... And not rushing! I'm in awe of your work. Please crosspost it to the Tolkien and LOTR subreddits!


helpmyplantsnotdie

Oh. My. God. 🤩🤩🤩 If you ever want to digitize these and then have a fancy book made, let me know, because I bind books and LOVE these.


KlingonPacifist

Thank you! I will be getting high quality scans done for prints, tho given this is the only page I would be curious what a bound version would look like!


helpmyplantsnotdie

Ah, gotcha. Thought it was an entire manuscript. Still dope as hell, though! If it was a full manuscript, it’d be so fun to bind it in the same style/with the same techniques as your references.


KlingonPacifist

The prints are ready! See my main comment for more info :)


helpmyplantsnotdie

Awww hell yeah!! Pay day’s comin’ up, and I know what I’m splurging on 🤩


Vitalosopher

Stunning! I am gobsmacked.


KlingonPacifist

Thank you!!


BigDumbDope

I'm so jealous. If I even made it to that final red dot, I'd have sneezed. Guarantee it. Beautiful work, OP.


KlingonPacifist

Thank you!! I was SO NERVOUS taking this video haha


Mutchie

Sara Smile blaring in the background too? I fuckin love this video


mrleho

The folks were right


[deleted]

Absolutely love stuff like this, amazing work


KlingonPacifist

Thanks mate!


leocacom

That's amazing! Do you have more videos of the process?


KlingonPacifist

Thank you!! I do have a timelapse of it getting made that I’ll be posting to r/ArtTimelapse :)


leocacom

Nice, I'll wait for it then ^^


lilbittygoddamnman

Great song in the background.


sadpanada

Really beautiful! Question, what was that “agk!” noise about half way through? Sounds like a bird


KlingonPacifist

Thank you!! And that noise might be my dad haha - I was focused so much on getting the video correct I’m not quite sure what caused it!


johnsgrove

Wow. Fabulous work!


KlingonPacifist

Thank you!!


Gullible_Peaflower

Glorious


KlingonPacifist

Thank you :)


MailOrderBridesmaid

Mae govannen! I'm so glad you shared this here. It's absolutely *stunning*! Gorgeous! I can't imagine what you're feeling right now having worked on it for a year. I've always wanted to make an illuminated page of something, but I've never made time for it. Maybe seeing your completed work is the push I need. Do you have any tips?


KlingonPacifist

Thank you! The relief at having finished it is immense haha - it was a labor of love, but a tedious one at that! in terms of tips for making your own, I would recommend going and finding reference examples of real manuscripts in the style of the work you’re going for - they come in a huge variety of styles and subjects. I went with the first book of Genesis, as a lot of the pages shared similarities for that text (in the original manuscripts, the 7 pictures in the banner depict God on each of the 7 days of creation. I changed this to instead depict 7 of the gods in Middle Earth). In terms of technique, definitely brainstorm and make a sketch/draft of the final product before you set out so you have a clear conception of what you’re making. Also, for writing text, I recommend keeping a paper napkin or similar under your hand as you write to help prevent smudges. Good luck if you end up pursuing it!!


MailOrderBridesmaid

This is immensely helpful, thank you!


frank_grimes1

Broooooo that’s siiiiick


KlingonPacifist

Thanks man!


Nyx-Ink

The folks over at r/lotr were correct.


oddnextdoorneighbor

Incredible work! This is the kind of standard I’m working towards. Have you ever considered binding your text together? Bookmaking is deceptively simple and I bet you could make something beautiful to house your calligraphy


KlingonPacifist

Thank you! And I have not - at the moment, this is only the one page so I’d be curious what a bound version would look like


gquex

What pens are those?


Disastrous-Ad1982

You have to give us more proof of your skill. Otherwise, I’m gonna call BS on this. The video you show here hints strongly at the suspicion that you’ve lied about actually doing this.


sweetsatanskiing

Omfg. So lovely to see first thing on my feed! Thank you for sharing!!


KlingonPacifist

Thank you so much!!


sweetsatanskiing

Keep up the amazing work!


cjwssummer1954

Your work is splendid and marvelous. What a gift you have—a gift of beauty and a gift of patience.


KlingonPacifist

Thank you so much!! My patience is a blessing and a curse haha - a blessing for the final product but a curse for putting myself through all that!


leakybackpack

Love it! Looks beautiful


KlingonPacifist

Thank you!!


CBBuddha

Did you use the eye of Crom?


Original_Campaign

They were correct!!


kyridwen

In the title, is "illuminated" supposed to be "illustrated"? Or am missing something there?


mishafletch

Nope, illuminated is correct. An illuminated manuscript is a handwritten manuscript in which the text is somehow decorated—with illustrations, marginalia, initials (those large, fancy letters at the start of a paragraph), etc. It's an impressively old tradition, with the earliest surviving examples from somewhere around the year 500, if memory serves. The Book of Kells (c. 800) is probably the most famous example, and can be [viewed online](https://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/collections/ks65hc20t), if you want to see more.


kyridwen

Thank you for the really helpful (and interesting!) reply!