Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Inktober Graphic Novel Illustration Art Project

Who wants to hear a new story?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been planning and working on a fantasy graphic novel idea to release throughout Inktober 2019, undoubtedly this project will run a bit longer and there may be a few missed days due to having other commitments.

However, I’ve got most of the storyboards done and a lot of the reference material gathered, and dioramas built in order to bring this story to life in a graphic novel format.

The main hub to see each post will be my Instagram page where you’ll also see some behind the scenes exclusives and other Inktober shenanigans –

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Anyway, let’s crack on…

Every good fantasy story begins with a map…

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This is the world that this story will take place in, I started out with an ink drawn map, scanned it into Photoshop and then added the text, compass and logos.

I’ll be posting the first slide for the story in the next hour, so this introductory post has been left quite last minute but give it time and this will all work like a well oiled machine…

Hopefully…

The Farewell Speech!

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

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Ringwraiths at Weathertop – Nazgul – A Knife in the Dark – Lord of the Rings Oil Painting Art Illustration

‘The Ringwraiths are deadly enemies, but they are only shadows yet of the power and terror they would possess if the Ruling Ring was on their master’s hand again’

The Fellowship of the Ring – Book II, Chapter IV – A Journey in the Dark

This particular illustration has been a bone of contention for me now for quite some time. since its conception and initial stages, until now that it is finally finished and ready to post, a lot of time has passed and a fair few other artworks have been conceived and completed.

However, this is a good time to post the piece, I have finally brought it to the point of ‘abandonment’ as Leonardo da Vinci once put it and it is like a celebratory relief.

Now for the interesting part, let’s dive into the words of Tolkien himself and see what he had to say about the Ringwraiths, through the character of Gandalf of course…

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Frodo and Sam at Parth Galen – The Breaking of the Fellowship – LOTR Oil Painting Illustration Art

The Breaking of the Fellowship…

Here we are at the final chapter of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two; just over two months since the Fellowship set out from Rivendell on their quest to destroy the ring and things take yet another turn for the worse.

Gandalf fell into the abyss whilst fighting the (wingless) Balrog and has been lost to the depths of Moria, still grieving, the rest of the guys have just had to up and leave the relative safety and comfort of Lothlorien after almost a month of being there.

So at this stage in the story, Frodo has done one of his famous ‘disappearing acts’ in order to give Boromir the slips but in the process given everyone else in the Fellowship a bad case of anxiety as to his whereabouts.

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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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