The inspiration for this gift was a replica of a suit of armor in the recipient’s office. His parents brought me a photo of him in his office, seated next to the replica. They asked me for something that would include a bible passage they chose and an angel wing in each corner. The couple also wanted likenesses of their son and his family included; him, his wife, three sons and three daughters. They wanted each of the girls to hold a harp and each of the boys to hold a sword. Their only other request was to have two swords crossing.
I used Celtic knots, gilded and illuminated lettering, and a calligraphy script called Unicial to keep the theme of the time period consistent in this work, down to the shirt each family member is wearing.
Interested in the process? Check out how I did this project here.