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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June 2019 – Monthly Instagram Roundup – Meatballs, Beer & a Ranger’s Shortcut

Another busy month, and another slightly belated blog post…

Here we are, moving into yet another month and without much idea of where the last one went. June has been a bit of a wash out for me in the UK, our usual summer being a total let down, thus leading to not many days out exploring due to the bad weather and therefore less photos to share.

All of the photos are my own, taken with either my phone or digital camera and then edited solely using Instagram.

I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourite photos that I’ve taken and posted to Instagram,  please feel free to follow me on there and start a conversation!

@JGloverArt

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The Journey to Weathertop – Strider Leads the Hobbits Through Midgewater Marshes – Preliminary Drawing Illustration Art sketch LOTR Tolkien

“This is where we leave the open and take to cover,” said Strider.

Here we are, returning again to Hobbits, and a marsh, and a plan for a future oil painting with a heavy focus on the landscape this time around. My last painting of a similar scene was ‘The Passage of the Marshes’ but I intend to take this one in a different direction.

This new piece is inspired by The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XI – A Knife In The Dark. In this scene we join the four Hobbits; Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin as they follow Strider to Rivendell, before that though is the journey to Amon Sûl (Weathertop) which takes them through the Midgewater Marshes.

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May 2019 – Monthly Instagram Roundup – Sketchbooks, Flowers & a Health Kick

Scratching Around, Sketchbooks in the Countryside…

Another very busy and hectic month has gone by and I’ve managed to come to the end of it and roundup a selection of photos. As usual it is a mixed bag and covers a few different aspects of my day to day life, a glimpse behind the scenes…

All of the photos are my own, taken with either my phone or digital camera and then edited solely using Instagram.

I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourite photos that I’ve taken and posted to Instagram,  please feel free to follow me on there and start a conversation!

@JGloverArt

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“Good Morning!” – Middle-earth Sketchbook Illustration – Bilbo Baggins & Gandalf the Grey – The Hobbit – There and Back Again, a Hobbit’s Tale – Art Drawing Sketch

“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.
“What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

J.R.R. Tolkien; The Hobbit; or There and Back Again

Just recently I kicked back and did something that I haven’t done for too long…

I pulled out my sketchbook and blew the dust off it as though it was an ancient tome that I had recovered from the depths of a barrow and before the the tiredness overtook me, I started sketching.

Sketching.

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Jedi Master Yoda on Dagobah – Star Wars Oil Painting Illustration Artwork May The Force Be With You

“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.”

– Yoda

That quote is incredibly apt when it comes to the journey that I have just taken to a galaxy far far way in order to create my latest artwork ‘Jedi Master Yoda on Dagobah’.

I took a very different approach to this piece than I usually do with my paintings; this time I wanted not to work from a single reference image and fall into the usual trap of becoming a slave to the reference and instead worked from a variety of different ones.

It all began with the drawing!

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Jedi Master Yoda – Graphite on Strathmore 400 Toned Paper – 8″ x 10″

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Hayroo Brushes – A New Brand & A Brand New Set Of Tools In My Arsenal

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New Art Supplies Are Always Exciting!

I recently got my hands on a new set of brushes from an exciting new start up brand called Hayroo(Click Here For Company Website), I have so far used them to work on two study paintings and I must say I have been impressed with the results.

Whilst I don’t intend to write a formal product review in the conventional sense, I did feel the need to get a blog post written to show my personal views on working with the brushes and the results of doing so.

What’s in the box?

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This 13 Piece Art Brush Set Included A Travel Bag, Paint Knife, Sponge, and Paint Palette!

I really do believe that you get bang for your buck with these brushes; they hold up well under detailed, gentle, soft blending paint work as well as choppy, loose and rough paint slinging. The brushes keep their shape well and have a good flexibility with a generous amount of bristles.

Another sure tell tale sign of a good or bad brush is how they hold up to a good clean up; I have managed to clean each and every brush after each painting session without losing any hair so far and without any splaying, misshapen hairs; and that is more than I can say for a lot of the leading brands that I have used over the past few years.

Resulting Artworks

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The Fallen Tower – Hadleigh Castle – Oil Paint Sketch
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Viking Longship at Sea – Speed Painting – Oil on Canvas – 5″ x 7″

These two paintings are my results so far from using the Hayroo Brushes, the length of the brushes helped me to paint more loosely and expressively than I usually do which gave a nice change of pace.

I’m planning my first proper plein air painting session for some time in the next couple of weeks and I will be using the Hayroo Brushes for that and documenting the process throughout the day, be sure to subscribe to my blog to stay updated!

Overall, I definitely recommend anyone looking for a new set of brushes to check out this exciting new brand and give them a go!

Hayroo Website – https://hayroo.com/

Hayroo Amazon Shop

Hayroo Instagram – @Hayroo_family


The Farewell Speech!

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover