Norman Hothum is a freelance book illustrator & calligrapher specialising in art styles ranging from 6th to 15th centuries preferring the Gothic style of the late Middle Ages. On display are samples of his work executed in this particular style.
He lectures on medieval book production and offers visual consultations on demonstrating medieval book production techniques as well as calligraphy classes. He also acts as a double in close-up scenes of documentaries and movies where handwriting with a goose quill historical scripts are needed. He provides props for museums, exhibitions and filmmakers.
He creates illustrations for publishing houses, collectors and all those who just like the style of his works of art.
The Medieval Processes as executed by him for his delicate and exquisite works
When it comes to calligraphy Norman’s works could be straight out of the Middle Ages.
He works with recreated tools, such as a penknife and quill pens and his inks are based on medieval recipes, not to mention his workflow which corresponds exactly with its medieval counterpart. The different scripts the artist offers range from an early medieval insular majuscule to a late medieval chancery script.
THE GILDING PROCESS
Most of the works Norman executes in late medieval style are embellished with 24ct gold leaf before they get coloured.
THE ILLUMINATING PROCESS
When ’illuminating’ his works – nowadays we would rather call it ’when he colourises his works’ – Norman also uses to quite an extent recreated historical tools and materials such as rag paper or parchment.
The paint brushes he uses have not so much changed their looks during the last five or so centuries. The ones he appreciates most are still made from squirrel, sable or marten hair. In order to draw extremely fine lines, he sometimes makes paint brushes from birds feathers by himself.
Norman, however, makes exemptions to historical authenticity with regard to the colours or pigments he uses, for most of the substances having been used in medieval times were highly toxic such as orpiment (arsenic sulfide) or carcinogenic such as verdigris (green) or minium (lead oxide red).
He uses modern-day colours instead.
Thus the purchaser of Norman’s works can be sure that he becomes the proud owner of a very unique piece of art and not the proprietor of a hazardous waste deposit.
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