Faramir – The Window on the West – Henneth Annûn

Stepping into Middle-earth!

Every now and then I like to take a step back from my personal projects and indulge myself in some of the things that inspire me and have done for a long time. The foremost of these inspirations is Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium; an entire world full of history and life that has been as accessible as tap water since my childhood.

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The Last Flight of the War Drakes

Another fragment of lore from the Leaves of Hellebore

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The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Oil on Canvas – 8″ x 10″

The horns of the fell war blew a cry to awake

Through the night and the day, to the fight of an age

Over mountains and pastures the flight of the drakes

To the end of an era, to the light that’ll fade 

“To the war! To the war!” cried the chief of the Wyrms

Every winged beast and creature full of evil that lurked

In the world at that time had a reason to purge

The fair people of Earth, and then see that it burned

The last flight of the War Drakes was the one and only time that the great dragons had ever been known to band together as a unitary force; they flew with intense fury and vengeance to the battlefronts of the Fell War leaving a burning trail of destruction and death in their wake.

They flew to their demise and apparent extinction once the Eldar caused the ‘Burning Sky’ ending the fell war and eradicating every evil creature present.

Thus concluded the last flight of the War Drakes.

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XXIV

Good Morning!

Here I am at last with the twenty fourth installment of my Morning Coffee & Sketch series; my schedule has slightly changed over the past fortnight and that’s why this series has been a bit more sporadic but on the bright side, there are a few more finished artworks coming as soon as they are dry enough to scan!

Every now and then I like to step away from my Leaves of Hellebore project and work on other things that inspire me, two of these are Tolkien’s legendarium and Vikings. I have a couple of Vikings paintings coiming, one is in the process of being painted which you can follow the progress of by following me on Instagram – @JGloverArt and the other as seen from the last two Morning Sketches in still in the planning and development stage.

The next detailed drawing I’m working on is a piece inspired by the Lord of the Rings and so is this sketch for this morning, so without further ado, here’s the sketch –

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The Ritual

Time for some more lore from The Leaves of Hellebore 

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The Ritual – Charcoal on Canford Toned Paper – 11″ x 8″

Magic is no longer a part of the world, well at least not in the sense that it once was in years long past. There are few among Men who are considered to have some true insight into the ways of the Eldar but they are usually wanderers, strange and quiet men who spend more time alone than in the company of others and when they are they seldom say much.

There are also those who claim to have a full understanding of the arts of the Eldar, yet provide little more evidence than illusions and trickery. Alas, the great healers and inventors are long since gone and the human race has been left alone in the world; knowing little and guessing much it is no wonder that the lands are rife with wars and corruption.

Worshippers of the Eldar (Eldarites) engage in a variety of rituals to try and glean a better understanding of such things with the hope of turning what they learn to good purpose; but they forget at times that the Empire allows their religious practices to take place for reasons beyond a reverence for the Lost Race of the Eldar.

The Empire knows that there is much to be learned from the ancient ways and they are keen to turn such knowledge to their advantage and incorporate it into warfare and use it in their conquering campaign.

Gallio Lupinus – Religions and Philosophies of Mankind 

This piece is related to Eldar Worship‘; a previous artwork that I created for the Leaves of Hellebore that also gives an insight into the main religion of the fantasy world that I have been working on.

The enjoyment gained from working on this drawing was incredible and I definitely feel confident about moving away from graphite and using charcoal a lot more for detailed drawings; working on the toned paper is another newer aspect I have found myself drawn to like a moth to light, it lays a strong foundation for a drawing that makes the form pop from an early stage.

I’ll be back soon with some more artwork as I have a couple of oil paintings finished and ready to publish I just need to get them photographed and tweaked on Photoshop; one of them is the beginning of the main story line for the Leaves of Hellebore which I really can’t wait to get out there!

Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XXIII

Good Morning!

This morning’s Coffee & Sketch is a continuation of the last one; I have been planning out a new painting of a Viking invasion fleet so all of my sketching work has been aimed towards that goal; drawing and simplifying longships as well as trying to study the ocean and the way waves work in terms of light and shadow.

Without further ado, here is the morning’s sketches –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XXII

Good Morning!

Welcome to my Morning Coffee & Sketch series; today’s sketch or sketches, are the beginning stage of planning a new oil painting.

It is another Viking/Norse inspired piece and that now means the next two paintings are of that genre and I can’t wait to get stuck into it; I find the Viking/Norse culture a highly interesting one and it’s a subject that has fascinated me since I was a child so these next two projects will be very enjoyable.

I’m also trying something different for this piece and I have chosen to paint on a 20″ x 8 ” canvas and the idea of working on an oblong space is entirely new with the painting side of things at least. The canvas size has a 2:5 ratio so I drew my thumbnails at 4 cm x 10 cm and here they are –

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