I'm having a blast stitching up this turtle. It's interesting how my marks have a different expressive quality than the original drawing, even thought I'm trying to follow it closely.
Louis Nicolas used a very loose, jagged-y scribble to shade the turtle shell. He wasn't able to achieve a naturalistic effect, instead the turtle looks bizarre and chaotic. I have to resist my desire to correct his drawing. It's a good challenge.
Images of pages from the Codex Canadensis are from the Library and Archives of Canada website.