Do you remember our friend Ismael Seidel a.k.a. Erulastano from the previous post in this series? After sharing his great love story now, as promised, we’ll bring you the making of of that gift he gave to his beloved Eruenvinyantë! In his own words, here is how it was done:
By Ismael Seidel
It all began with a poem, as said before. A few days after I wrote it, I thought: “I need to see how it fits in Quenya” – which Rafaela presented me. At the start I didn’t plan to make a book, but I knew that in some way I’d give her the poem as a gift.
One day, I started to draw a sketch of her. Later I wrote some tengwar on it, my name, her name and my poor Quenya translation of the 1st verse of my poem. Then I tried a little bit more with the second verse and experimented using computer fonts. Once again I hadn’t liked the results, mainly because I felt Tengwar should be more natural than a computer generated image. I was really interested in handwriting the whole thing, so I started researching calligraphy material and found out pretty cheap stuff. An art teacher advised me about the ink and then I bought 8 different colors to start my project.
I bought three nibs as well. A thin one called pointed nib and two others called broad nibs. The latter ones were hard to find here, but I got lucky as a great friend of mine bought that to me as she lives in larger city. Funny fact is that Rafaela was with me when I got those nibs (and she knew nothing about it)
In my first tryouts, I couldn’t get it right. Common paper wouldn’t work at all. The solution was parchment paper.
That’s when the idea of making it a book took place! Sadly I also decided a delivery date and by then my translation wasn’t good as it should be. The first three pages had an awful translation and I’m aware now I need to improve my skills and keep studying more and more. Anyway, back to the book…
From now on, let’s illustrate more. Check the gallery below:
The Making of
This is such a huge project! There are so many details that could be told and discussed about each image! Instead of writing all of them here (a massive task I found out at the end) I’ll open the comments below to anyone curious about the making and the details of the process. I invite Ismael as well to keep track of the comments so he helps answer any question that may arise.
Additionally you can find much more detailed info in his Facebook albums here.
Thank you for sharing this beauty with us, Ismael…the talent of your fingers!