Gandalf in Moria – ‘I have no memory of this place at all!’ – Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring – Charcoal Drawing Illustration LOTR Fantasy Art

It was after nightfall when they had entered the Mines. They had been going for several hours with only brief halts, when Gandalf came to his first serious check.

After some time toying with the idea of revisiting the scene of Gandalf in Moria in more detail, I have finally managed to make the journey into the depths of the Mines and throw together a new artwork. It has been both an interesting and perilous journey, one full of inspiration and excitement and fair few lessons learned in the process.

For this illustration, we head to The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV – A Journey In The Dark.

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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 Marketplace – Limited Time Art Sale – Grab Yourself a Precious!

My Art Sale Has Begun!!!

I rolled my cart full of wares into the beautiful and bustling marketplace in the village of Bree this morning and have set up shop with the intention of staying until the end of October!

The Prancing Pony Inn has some ‘nice, cozy, Hobbit-sized rooms available’ and the drinks come in pints!

Click Here To Be Taken Straight To My Marketplace!

Here is a lowdown of the artworks that are presently available to buy –

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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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Still Life Drawing: Skull and Oak! Sketchbook V

Back to the Sketchbook!!!

Over the past couple of weeks I have made it my goal to get up half an hour earlier than I need to get ready for work and to get some quick sketching time in the mornings.

Using this time has been a great help for me to form this sketching habit and I’ll be using to cover a range of themes and subjects, I began with still life drawing, next week maybe I’ll do some master studies.

Another bonus aspect is that with it being so early in the morning, tight detailed drawings are not the way; this helps me to keep the sketches loose and fluent.

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