Interesting little commission




Some days, interesting little commissions come along. This one this morning is dates on a map. The client wanted several dates written on a map of mountain peaks (and other ventures) he had climbed over the years starting off with a family trip into Lake Pedder, Tasmania, in 1971.





The lettering is tiny no more than 2mm. Done in red gouache with little contrast between thick and thin. A slightly awkward job as it was large, the map was old (not ancient) and the surface was suspect. I dusted on some gum sandarac where I was to write due to all marks and blemishes. The map had been handled very well over the years, not ideal for calligraphy and I did have a little reservation. Notwithstanding I plowed into the work with my fingers crossed and had some relative success. The client was very happy and is already at the framers!





















Never a dull moment ... just how I like it!


Comments

Anonymous said…
A unique, novel, special, interesting request. Lovely work. Done in my favorite color. I wonder how a spelunker would commemorate their descents on a map. :)
Fiona Dempster said…
Love where life leads us - what an intriguing job!

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