Gandalf In Moria – Preliminary Sketches & Ideas For A New Lord Of The Rings Illustration

‘I have no memory of this place…’

Over three years ago now I sketched out the piece below with a sanguine pastel and I recently decided that I would like to revisit the scene as it is a favourite of mine.

The journey through the Mines of Moria is a truly pivotal moment for the Fellowship especially with the fall of Gandalf less than a month after they all set out from Rivendell.

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“I have no memory of this place at all!” – Sanguine Dry Pastel on Toned Paper – 2015

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Frodo & Sam at Parth Galen – Preparatory Drawing for a New LOTR Oil Painting

The Breaking of the Fellowship!

A poignant scene in the final chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring – Book Two has served as the inspiration for a new artwork that I will be working on in oil paints in the coming months; for now though I have worked up a preparatory drawing in charcoal that will serve as my go to reference for the work ahead.

For this post I won’t be delving too deep into the writing itself, I like to save that for the final post with the finished painting like I did recently with ‘The Passage of the Marshes’.

I will however do a little bit of digging in order to set the scene nicely!

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‘The Passage of the Marshes’ Oil Painting on Canvas – JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings Fantasy Art Illustration

Welcome! Welcome!

Here we are at last, the completion of my latest painting ‘The Passage of the Marshes’ inspired by JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy; The Lord of the Rings.

We pick up the story at the point where Smeagol has been captured by the two hobbits, Frodo and Sam and has been tamed, swearing a promise to ‘”serve the master of the precious.”‘ Although both hobbits are reluctant to trust him, they request that he guides them to Mordor as he knows the area.

The final paragraph of The Two Towers: Book Four Chapter I –

In the deep of night under hard clear stars they set off. Gollum led them back northward for a while along the way they had come; then he slanted to the right away from the steep edge of the Emyn Muil, down the broken stony slopes towards the vast fens below. They faded swiftly and softly into the darkness. Over all the leagues of waste before the gates of Mordor there was a black silence.

Now moving onto The Two Towers: Book Four Chapter II –

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Middle-earth Inspiration: Jerry Vanderstelt – Bag End: Expect Me When You See Me

Inspiration Time!

This week has been slightly slower on the art creating front for me so I decided to do something a little different in order to ensure getting a worthwhile post published and sticking to my new posting schedule of every Sunday.

For this post, we’ll be taking a brief look at an incredible piece of work from the amazing artist Jerry Vanderstelt!

Bag End: Expect Me When You See Me!

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They Were Once Men – WIP Update – Lord of The Rings Oil Painting Illustration

The Nazgul Have Returned!

Well, in terms of my latest oil painting on the easel anyway…

I’ve been getting up earlier than necessary for work over the past week and sneaking in a 30-40 minute painting session in order to work my way back into this piece and make some serious headway. It’s proved productive and the painting is now at a stage where all I need to do is go over the figures and the render the finishing details, not long now and we’ll have another piece for the portfolio.

Anyway, let’s get to the artwork!

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The River Dweller’s Hut – #WorldsForgotten

After a brief hiatus –

Welcome to my #WorldsForgotten series, we’re back on track with the project but with a few minor changes!

Every fortnight I will be posting a new ink illustration accompanied by a short story/description just to set the scene; the rest will be left to the imagination of the viewer!

The Illustration

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The River Dweller’s Hut – Ink on Mixed Media Paper – 4″ x 6″

Many folk are rather wary of the river dwellers but those who know them well know that they are a hardworking people, always willing to trade goods and share stories of their exploits on the waters.

The river dweller’s have built entire towns on water; usually large lakes in some parts of the world but there are also many isolated huts scattered along the rivers and estuaries allowing the inhabitants to work alone and in a self-sustaining manner.

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Each illustration for the #WorldsForgotten series is posted first on my Instagram on Sunday Mornings (GMT)

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Every Sunday evening following the Instagram post, I will post the illustration here on my blog with the story!

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

Gudeshu Mountain – #WorldsForgotten

Welcome to my #WorldsForgotten series, every week I will be posting a new ink illustration accompanied by a short story/description just to set the scene; the rest will be left to the imagination of the viewer!

This week I’ve taken a slightly different approach. There is not a single shred of evidence of man-made anything, anywhere in the scene. We’re going to explore for a while the far eastern lands of my created world.

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