Sketchbook II – More Vikings & an Ancient Grove

Welcome to the 2nd installment!

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 –

Lagertha Vikings Sketch
Lagertha Sketch

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.

Ragnar Lothbrok Vikings Sketch
Ragnar Sketch

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.

Viking Ships Sketch
Studies of Viking Ships

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…

Ancient Grove Sketch 1
Ancient Grove

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.

Well that’s all this week; don’t forget to subscribe/follow the blog to stay updated with future posts.

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Until next time, take care!

JGlover

 

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Sketchbook I – Vikings

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!

Viking Longhouse Sketch History
Viking Longhouse
Viking Longship Drakkar Sketch
Viking Longship

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.

Viking Longships Drakkar Sketch
Studies for Longships
Viking Longships Vikings Drakkar Sketch Concept Art
Longships at sea, compositional studies
Viking Longships Vikings Drakkar Sketch
Viking Invasion Fleet
Viking Male Norse Man Portrait Sketch
Portrait of a Viking Man
Vikings Sketch Floki History Channel Viking Gustafson
Floki the Shipbuilder 
Vikings Sketch Invasion Marching Concept Art
Vikings on the March

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.

Vikings Sketch Ragnar Lothbrok History Channel Viking Gustafson
The Lay of the Land

That’s all for this post but I hope you have enjoyed this new feature and I will soon be posting more so don’t forget to follow/subscribe to the blog to stay updated; the subscription box can be found further down the page.

Also, to see my works in progress and behind the scenes style pics as well as other stuff exclusive to that platform; follow me on Instagram @JGloverArt

Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

The Wandering Years of Ragnar Lothbrok

New Oil Painting!

I’ve been waiting for a while now for this piece to dry enough to get it scanned and published and now at last the time has come!

As a huge fan of the Vikings TV show and all things Norse I knew that I had to begin getting some Norse inspired artwork put together and I have now completed the first piece for the collection of Norse Artwork.

Norse themed artwork will be the sideline to my main IP ‘The Leaves of Hellebore’ so you can expect plenty more of these Viking pieces both historical and mythological as time goes on.

Anyway let’s get straight to the painting –

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Emhar ‘Gokstad’ Build – Part I

I finally managed to take the model from the box, detach the pieces from the sprues and get building. On the bright side of it I am learning a lot about the shape and design of the Viking longship, and a fair bit about model making as well; combing archives and forums every now and then for help.

The downside is the space that a project like this takes up; my study is perfect for painting/drawing but model making has taken up so much valuable space, I have the plans taped up and bits and pieces all over the place, some being painted, some waiting to be glued and others just generally consuming space.

Anyway, let’s get straight to the photographs and the progress so far –

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The Vikings Are Coming!

“This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament.”

 – Entry for the year 793 in the Anglo Saxon chronicle.

I have also seen Viking sails on the horizon of late, but unlike the poor monks of Lindisfarne I have not been filled with dread and despair; I have been filled with inspiration and the start of a new project.

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