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Concerning Hobbits… and Wizards of Course!

This week we have something a little different from the new routine of Sketchbook posts; some updates on the things I’ve been working on as well as some exciting announcements for the near future.

This week, like many before it, I have been spending a lot of time in Middle-earth gathering inspiration and enjoying some Old Toby (in vape form).

Anyway, let’s get to the first piece of news. I have completed my oil painting ‘The Grey Pilgrim’ – Here is a cropped version; I’ll soon be posting the full size piece in a post of it’s own that will have more depth.

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‘The Grey Pilgrim’ – Cropped Version – Oil on Canvas

It’s a good feeling to bring this piece to a close, I could have kept working on it for countless more hours but eventually, every piece needs walking away from or I would end up spending my entire life on one painting.

I also started a new painting this week ‘The Passage of the Marshes’. I haven’t got a great deal done on this yet, just the sky, background distant mountains have had a lick of paint and I’ve roughed in the water of the marshes very quickly.

The main thing was to get the paint on the canvas to take away to fear of getting started and making those first marks.

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‘The Passage of the Marshes’

Now for exciting announcement number one!

In a few weeks, when it’s time to paint in Samwise Gamgee in this piece, I’ll be live streaming it; I’m yet to choose the platform to do this with and once I do I’ll be sure to keep you updated and aware of the time, date and location!

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Samwise Gamgee in the Dead Marshes

Lastly, I recently bought a new dip pen as I want to get into ink drawing; it’ a beautiful medium and although I prefer painting, ink is a quick and easy medium to pull out for a ten minute sketch and easily clean up again without too much hassle.

I’ve began working on an ink piece of Bilbo Baggins that will be titled ‘The Road Goes Ever On’ and here is a quick sketch I done that began the idea for this piece –

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Bilbo Baggins – The Road Goes Ever On – Ink Sketch

I’ve been playing about with ink washes and Chinese brushes for the landscape and had mixed results and feelings, but once I’ve figured it out a bit more I’ll be creating the final artwork.

Which leads onto another exciting announcement – Once I have completed this ink piece I will be making some limited edition, hand embellished fine art prints and opening an Etsy store. Also, the first few prints will be given away as prizes in a giveaway that will be exclusive to Instagram so be sure to follow me on there @JGloverArt to stay updated and be in with the chance of winning!

That’s all for now, I hope you have enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe/follow the blog to stay updated of future posts, the subscription/follow box can be found further down the page.

Until next time, farewell!


3 thoughts on “Concerning Hobbits… and Wizards of Course!

  1. Well done on the completed Gandalf painting, it looks wonderful! I’m also very glad to hear you’ve ventured into ink drawing, I’m especially fond of the medium. Coincidentally I just stumbled across Etsy the other day (I have been slow to find out about it) – so I’m looking forward to hearing how you find the whole process. Best of luck with it, I hope it’ll be a great success!

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    1. Thanks man I appreciate it, I need to get the full piece scanned and a post written just been so stuck for time but should have it done by the weekend.

      Yes ink drawing is a little lovely medium I’ve been enjoying letting loose with it and it’s an easier set up and pack up than oil painting for days when my time is limited.

      I’ve known of Etsy for a while now but not braved it as of yet and I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

      Thanks again for your comment it’s been good to hear from you!

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