Oh bother; Mural Art, an Impressionist Sketch & a de Medici Skull…

Time For Change!

Yesterday I made some changes to my site, cleaned up the menus and got a new banner/header designed and uploaded, it was a much needed facelift and now I can focus on the writing and creating again.

First of all, I may or may not have mentioned that I’m going to put together a portfolio of mural art and start moving in that general direction to attempt to make a successful business from my artwork; earning a sustainable income and enjoying the work that I’m undertaking. I whitewashed a wall in my house and I’m going to work a bunch of small scale mural pieces in order to get the portfolio started, I’ll then attack a couple of the larger walls in my house with fully fledged pieces and jump into the business world and hopefully hit the ground running!

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Bilbo Baggins – There and Back Again

‘I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.

I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number. I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water.

I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles.

I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.’

Bilbo Baggins is a character from Tolkien’s legendarium who has fascinated me since my first encounter with him in the opening chapter of The Lord of the Rings, which I read quite some time before The Hobbit.

Recently I was inspired to again pick up my copy of The Hobbit and have another read through; also to further explore the character of Bilbo and get some artworks done in the process.

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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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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XIV

Good Morning!

Welcome to the fourteenth part of my Morning Coffee & Sketch series!

Firstly I apologise for my absence of late; it’s been a hectic couple of weeks and that’s why my posting has been sporadic at best. Anyway, all is back to normal now, well as normal as it ever was if normal it can be called ha.

So I have a new sketch for this morning, which will be expanded upon at a later date so here goes nothing –

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My Father’s Sword – TAE17 Charity Exhibition

About a week ago during a perusal of Twitter I came across a charity exhibition called the Twitter Art Exhibit, rather than churn out second hand facts I’ll just paste below what their website states – www.twitterartexhibit.org

#TwitterArtExhibit founder, David Sandum

“Through art we can change the world.”

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John Howe – Concept Art Master

In a previous post I wrote briefly about some artworks created for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the books and the movies; created by the artists Alan Lee & John Howe and I have decided to take a more in depth look at John Howe for this post.

John Howe is quite possibly my favourite Contemporary artist and illustrator, I find his work extremely inspirational and inventive, his imagination is magically unlimited and his ability to transcribe his vision onto the page is awe-inspiring.

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