“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
On what started out as a seemingly ordinary day just over seventeen years ago, I happened to encounter an old wizard riding into Hobbiton on his cart that had been filled with the most amazing fireworks ever seen even by the oldest of Hobbits.
It’s strange to think of how long it has been since I was first introduced to Tolkien’s incredible world, initially through the vision of Peter Jackson but that first movie whetted my appetite and I moved onto the books pretty soon thereafter.
One of many characters that I immediately warmed to and still hold close to myself even today; is Gandalf.
” He wore a tall pointed grey hat, a long grey cloak, and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat.”
— The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long-expected Party”
Welcome to Part IV of my Sketchbookseries; this one is a bit of a double-barreled post, both a sketchbook piece and the beginnings of a new project inspired by Middle-earth!
In last week’s post I had shown the small ink sketch of Bilbo that I made, I have now worked up the composition for the final artwork as well as done some experiments and have got the final piece drawn up and ready to begin.
But before jumping straight into the current form of the art, let’s see the journey!
This week I decided to step away from Norse/Viking themes for a moment and work on something else for the sketches and so I decided to do something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while; Master Studies.
I didn’t spend a great deal of time on these small sketches as they are just that; sketches. They are more a means of learning more about some of the great artists of history than creating rendered drawings.
Anyway, here they are –
Sketching these works of past masters has been a very enjoyable experience and it’s something I’ll definitely be continuing with in the future; there is so much information to be gleaned from studying the works of other artists and studying them.
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Carrying on in much the same vein as the last Sketchbook post, this week I have done more Vikings inspired sketches and also a slightly more detailed piece of an old tree in an ancient grove.
These sketches are all for training and preparation to get fully immersed in Norse culture and life for a future project I’m planning; a fantasy art story which I’ll release more details on at a later time.
For now, let’s get into the sketches for this week –
For this sketch I really tried to focus on one goal; simplification. I find it all too easy to get bogged down in details very early on in a piece of work so I just wanted to simplify everything and although I didn’t quite achieve the likeness I wanted, I did manage to meet my goal of simplifying the forms of the face.
This one took a little longer than the last and had a bit more detail involved; I didn’t go as far as drawing the chainmail though as it seemed too far to take this particular sketch. Again I focused on simplifying the forms and leaving detail until later and I feel it went well and I achieved a likeness.
I don’t think that I’ll ever stop studying and drawing/painting Viking ships, there is something about them that fascinates me more than I can comprehend; it must be in my DNA…
In my opinion, the star of the show. This particular tree seems to be very well known as it comes up a lot when searching for ancient grove reference so I decided to study it. This tree and others like it will serve as reference and inspiration for the first piece of my art book mentioned earlier on.
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Welcome to a new feature to the blog; the Sketchbook!
This new feature will be my means of documenting my experiments, sketches and studies and posting them on the blog every week or two. There will be a variety of themes for this undertaking and some weeks may contain a vast amount of sketches whilst others may only contain one or two more detailed works.
This will also work hand in hand with my two new goals for this year; to use my sketchbook a lot more and sketch at every possible moment; also, to blog a lot more and get the momentum back with it.
Over the past few months my posting has been a rarity due to work commitments and a general lack of time to complete my larger projects and get them posted; therefore the Sketchbook will give me more opportunities to get things finished and to get blog posts up as they are a lot less time consuming than oil paintings and large drawings.
Without further ado, the theme for this week is Vikings and it will be a recurring one as I am studying Norse life for a future project!
These first two pieces I actually experimented with timelapse videos for for the first time as well; they can be found on my Instagram, the link for that will be at the bottom of this post.
This sketch was an experiment in challenging myself; I have become very comfortable depicting single figure compositions and I wanted to try a group of figures; a quick rough sketch but one that bore fruit nonetheless and taught me a lot.
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It has been a fair amount of time since I posted the preliminary drawing for The Grey Pilgrimand finding the time to start the painting between the unsociable hours of my job has been a challenge but I finally managed to get it started and have since made some headway into the process.
Here are some progress shots leading to its current stage!
I started out with just getting colour down onto the canvas, the robes and the tree were the first block ins followed by the beard and hair. This phase just lays a groundwork for the next pass which will give a more refined and rendered look; followed thereafter by the detail stage.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to add as the backdrop for this piece, in the end the Lonely Mountain seemed like an apt backdrop and so I painted it in roughly with some rolling landscape leading towards it.
So whilst still very rough looking at the moment, the next pass will be the rendering stage of everything other than the tree and after that I’ll add the detail work and call this piece finished.
I’m not entirely sure when this will be as two more passes doesn’t necessarily mean just two more sessions but I’ll be posting as soon as it is finished!
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