Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XXI

Good Morning!

Welcome to my Morning Coffee & Sketch series; it has been a great journey so far, I have learned an awful lot as well as loosened up with my sketching. The ideas flow nicely and many of which will eventually become fully detailed artworks; I’m working on two at the moment which will soon become oil paintings.

Anyway straight to it this morning as I’m already running late, I had to run an errand earlier this morning and that threw a bit of a spanner in the works but I’ve managed to knock up a quick sketch and get this post in order to publish.

Here’s today’s sketch –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XX

Good Morning!

Welcome to another milestone post in my Morning Coffee & Sketch series; this morning we return to a sketch created for my Leaves of Hellebore visual fantasy novel!

Today’s coffee of choice is a standard Americano served in the largest cup I have which is probably double the size of a normal one; I needed it this morning.

Moving on, here is today’s sketch –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XIX

Good Morning!

Welcome to my Morning Coffee & Sketch series, I don’t usually post one over the weekend and as far as I can remember this is the first time I have; but I couldn’t resist getting a sketch out this morning.

I had a really productive day yesterday with painting and I have no almost completed the oil painting of the first piece of the main storyline for my Leaves of Hellebore visual fantasy novel. Also today I’ll be starting on another drawing for the history and lore of the world I am creating for that IP.

Moving on anyway, this morning’s sketch is another inspired by the History TV show Vikings.

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XVIII

Good Morning!

Welcome to the eighteenth installment of my Morning Coffee & Sketch series!

This morning I have decided to draw on another show that inspires me in a very big way; History Channel’s TV series Vikings. The show is so rich and everything from the landscape to the costume design and the casting is second to none in this field.

I decided to do a quick sketch inspired by the show’s main protagonist Ragnar Lothbrok. I didn’t go for an exact likeness but whilst sketching it occurred to me that I will create a more detailed piece of Ragnar further down the line, his character is a very interesting one and his image is insanely inspiring.

Anyway, here’s the sketch –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XVII

Good Morning!

Welcome to my Morning Coffee & Sketch series, for today’s sketch I took a bit of a different path; instead of sketching an idea for my Leaves of Hellebore project I decided to do a little fan art sketch; sometimes I find it helpful to take a step back from a project and go back to my roots to find some inspiration.

So in this vain I decided to do a quick sketch of a scene from the Lord of the Rings movies that has stuck with me since I first saw it, Frodo in Shelob’s Lair with the Phial of Galadriel.

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XVI

Good Morning!

Welcome to my Morning Coffee & Sketch series, as with the last two posts of this series I have used architectural ruins as my subject again; I love ruins and I think they tell a wonderful story of their own without the need for prompting or posing. It has also been a great learning curve playing loosely with perspective and sketching stonework.

Before I move onto the sketch for this morning though, I recently started working on a previous Morning Sketch concept and turning it into a finished artwork, you can see the process of that here – The Last Flight of the War Drakes.

Now for this morning’s sketch!

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The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Preliminary Drawing

I’ve started working towards a new painting for the Leaves of Hellebore project, a piece that delves into part of the lore of the fantasy world and history that I’ve been creating and working on. It’s also imperative to start showing the landscape of the world as well within the artworks in order to contribute to a richer world building experience, so for this piece I have decided to kill two birds with one stone, Or two dragons…

With that in mind I have decided to publish this post to show some of the steps of my planning process beginning with the initial conception of this idea, leading up to the current stage that I’m at; the preliminary drawing.

When this piece culminates in the final painting, I will publish the written accompaniment with the finished artwork.

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