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A la claire fontaine by Holyrose A la claire fontaine by Holyrose
This one is heavily flourished, but it's a lullaby so I have the right ;)
This is French, and really well-known here.
Not as well done as I wanted.
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Benni15 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
ah, it reminds me of my childhood ^^
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Zephina-titeEtoile Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
J'aime !!!!!!!!!!
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Haawan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful! I love it how the softly curved flourishes contrast with the pointy look of the Fraktur, creates balance. "Belle" is definitely my favourite part of this, too! And the L on "l'eau". I love those borders as well, the little ornaments on the corners.
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sphoenixee Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Very very nice.

A few comments: some of the dots for i's and j's are a bit off-centered / very, very light. Flourishes are simply exquisite. Personally, I think the super-bending back of the right-most downward stroke on the m's and n's make the letter look very frail, but more like than not, I'd guess that to be a feature of gothic (I think it's gothic; I've never seriously done gothic though). The space on the right/left edges seems a bit small, while the space below and above a bit too big. Pink background very nice. Was this just the paper? Or did you paint/dye/etc it? If so, how? It looks really great.

Beautiful piece. Ah, something for me to work upwards to :)
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
That's very nice of you taking the pain writing detailed comments. I do indeed appreciate :)
This is actually a gothic script - a Fraktur to be precise (comes from Germany). I died the paper so that it looked pink.
Thanks a lot.
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sphoenixee Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Glad for your appreciation :) If you're free, I'd really appreciate if you could comment on my work as well. Thanks:D
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Thorleifr Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
Superbe, ça donne plein d'inspiration, j'aime surtout le haut des grandes lettres qui s'enroulent comme des étendards dans le vent..
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
Merci beaucoup :)
Avec un peu de recul, cette calligraphie n'est pas si réussie... mais bon l'intérêt c'était justement ces lettres un peu fleuries. Faudra que je m'y remette un de ces jours.
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dadisterik Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Jolies majuscules, et j'aime beaucoup le "g" de longtemps :)
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Merci pour ce joli commentaire en français :hug:
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unknowninspiration Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006  Student Interface Designer
Very beautiful flourishes, I like it a lot!
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Thanks :)
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BenjaminOssoff Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again, very pretty. It's almost too easy for me to focus on trying to read the words and forgetting about the beauty of the script. I study Spanish, not French...but let's see...

the first line looks like it says "The clear fountain" and the last word of the third line, I think might be "beauty".

Ah, whatever...maybe I'll break out my French dictionaries later and crack the code. :)
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
The first line is " At the clear foutain", and the word "belle" means beautiful yes. That's not so bad!
Spanish and French are quite similar in their grammary and vocabulary. And they're both difficult compared to English ;)
I could translate the whole... but I feel lazy :p
Anyway, thanks a lot.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
The script seems wonderfully balanced and the flourishes are really well-placed and elegant - perhaps my only niggle is the last but one row: very close to the frame... But that's truy minor.
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
You're right, the text was written on a larger sheet, and I cut the edges to make a square... But I may have been confuded with my distances... and my penultimate line is a bit lame. Never mind. Thanks a lot, it's always a pleasure to receive critical commments like yours! :hug:
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DameStjernelys Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
C'est archi-jolie!
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
Merci :hug:
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arcanoide Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Trés jolies envolées
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Mizra Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful script and it has a kind of.... what's the word I'm looking for... *taps finger against desk*
Book of Kells feel to it. Very nice, Holyrose!
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
It's not exactly in the style of the Book of Kells ( [link] would be a bit closer to this incredible manuscript), this script came much later. Anyway, I'm really glad you like it :) And thanks for your fav.
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Letenastare Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
J'adore :boogie:
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Merci pour ton fav :)
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eniad Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
you did really well on the flourishing.. what pen points did you use for this? i never learned how to do this correctly, so i experimented with all broad point, one broad one fine point, and only a (very flexible) fine point.. i like the knot/cadel on the f in fontaine and the l's interact well on belle. the angles where your flourishes cross are good.. i've found it hard to get them just right so they don't look jumbled. (i think you forgot the tittle on the j in que je though ;) )
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Up to now I was used to using two quills (three sometimes) for flourishing: a broad point and a very fine one.
Yet here, I've used only a broad one (Brause 2 mm). I've made the fine lines with the border of my nib (your nib must be well loaded with ink for that kind of job). I'm not sure I'm very clear in my exmplanation, it's easier when you see it in fact ;) It's the first time I'm not "cheating" with fine nibs! lol
To avoid approximative angles and jumbled effect, I had made a sketch before (I felt courageous yes...)
And oops.... my J!!!!!!!!!!! Grrr....
Thanks for the comment anyway, comming from such a flourisher (isn't this a beautiful neologism?), it's a real pleasure :hug:
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Fuesousha-Kinoko Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
awesome!! :wow:
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Thanks :blushes:
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mrs-sparrow-depp Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Beautiful!

Eh, flourishes...I am still trying to perfect basic letters...lol.

Amazing job. *sigh* I hope that I can turn out something like that eventually!
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Holyrose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Thanks a lot. Of course you can, if I can... I've drunk no magic potion, just trained a little! ;)
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