The Lord of the Rings Project – Part V

Hello and welcome to Part V, if you have missed the previous parts of the project you can find them all by Clicking Here.

This part of the project is the underpainting of the final piece, the penultimate part of the project and a very important part. I’m glad I managed to get the underpainting finished and ready in time for today’s post; as I pointed out before, this is my first venture with oil paints and a totally new approach; however, so far it is going extraordinarily well and I’m hoping this journey continues with the same tenacity.

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The Lord of the Rings Project – Update

Hello everyone, as you may or may not have been aware, today would be the scheduled day for Part V of my Lord of the Rings Project; unfortunately as I had estimated before, now that I’ve moved into the oil painting stage of the project things are going a bit slower than the sketching stage. I’ve nearly completed the underpainting of the figures but the surrounding landscape still needs to be sketched in and underpainted before Part V will be ready to publish.

In order to avoid disappointment from this stage on, I’m no longer going to set the schedule for project posts as every two weeks, I’ll post them once ready and provide updates in between accompanied with images showing the progress at each stage of a post. Next Wednesday, I will post another update with images of the work at that stage, I may have the background and landscape blocked in by then, in which case it will be Part V of the project.

I still will be posting every Wednesday and as much as possible for the duration of this project, my posts will still be Tolkien related for the most part.

I’ll leave you with the links below for all the posts on this project and relating to it, feel free to check them out and share, leave feedback and converse. Until next week, take care!


The Lord of the Rings Project – 

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Tolkien Inspired Artists –

Matthew Stewart – Freelance artist, draws on Tolkien’s legendarium for inspiration

Alan Lee & John Howe – Tolkien Estate illustrators, concept artists for the movies

Ted Nasmith – Tolkien Estate illustrator

JRR Tolkien – Tolkien’s own illustrations for his books

The Art of JRR Tolkien

This week’s Tolkien artist insight is about the illustrative artwork of none other than JRR Tolkien himself; I’ve previously looked at the work of other recognised illustrators of Tolkien’s legendarium and whilst debating who to look at this week it occured to me, I haven’t yet delved into the illustrations of the man who created the richest fantasy world in the history of literature.

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The Lord of the Rings Project – Part IV

Welcome to Part IV of my Lord of the Rings art project, if you have been following this project from Part I, welcome back; if not then you can find the preceding parts by clicking the links below:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part III laid out the idea and plan for the scene that I’m going to create for my final piece for this project; now that I know where I’m heading I’ve spent the time visualising how I’m going to carry it out on the canvas. I’ve produced a couple of sketches and played about with colours to get a feel for the scene.

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