“Literally meaning letters and figures, Letras ý Figuras were once considered novelty art. Considered an original Filipino art form, these were rendered using watercolor on brown paper. Upon close observation one would see the letters blend with the details of the painting. It depicts tableaus of men and women amid flora and fauna with various Philippine landscapes and city scenes as backdrop.
The capital letters of the patron's name were cleverly formed with everyday objects to provide support for the human figure in various activities. The skill of the artist can be seen in how naturally he could integrate the figure to form part of the letter.
With each letter only a few inches high, the art of the miniaturist came into play in the finely delineated figures of great variety and the exquisite details of their costumes. The other letters of the name, often on two or three levels, were situated in a lighter background of landscapes…"
- taken from http://www.bulletinph.com/
This is my rendition in the Letras ý Figuras style. Though not miniaturized (goodness knows my figures are mostly voluminous, plump and literally big) this is my first foray into this form. This is the study of the actual painting which I will eventually finish in a few more days.
This thing actually reminds me of the hand signals made by those men who guide planes on the tarmac. Hmm, curious...