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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Ahch-To Jedi Village – #WorldsForgotten – May the 4th Special

May The Fourth Be With You!

Well, by the time of this post we’re two days late, but nevertheless, the illustration that is the subject of this post was completed in honour of this special date; recognised by all aspiring Jedi throughout the universe!

Well, maybe just Earth, but you get the point.

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

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#WorldsForgotten – New Weekly Art Series!

Hi Everyone!

This is the beginning of a new weekly series; an exploration in ink of forgotten worlds and lands that have been left to the mercy of time and memory.

The idea of this project is to create a habit of drawing with ink at least once per week to increase my knowledge and skills with the medium; it’s a medium that I have fallen in love with and really want to use a lot more.

The theme of this series #WorldsForgotten can cover an absolutely huge range of ideas and concepts to work with; landscapes, ruins, architecture, sculptures; I can approach it from a historical point of view or a fantasy one; set the scene in our own world or an alternate one.

I will even be able to tie this theme in with other future ink drawings for my Middle-earth series!

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Sketchbook IV – Bilbo Baggins

Welcome to Part IV of my Sketchbook series; this one is a bit of a double-barreled post, both a sketchbook piece and the beginnings of a new project inspired by Middle-earth!

In last week’s post I had shown the small ink sketch of Bilbo that I made, I have now worked up the composition for the final artwork as well as done some experiments and have got the final piece drawn up and ready to begin.

But before jumping straight into the current form of the art, let’s see the journey!

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Sketchbook I – Vikings

Welcome to a new feature to the blog; the Sketchbook!

This new feature will be my means of documenting my experiments, sketches and studies and posting them on the blog every week or two. There will be a variety of themes for this undertaking and some weeks may contain a vast amount of sketches whilst others may only contain one or two more detailed works.

This will also work hand in hand with my two new goals for this year; to use my sketchbook a lot more and sketch at every possible moment; also, to blog a lot more and get the momentum back with it.

Over the past few months my posting has been a rarity due to work commitments and a general lack of time to complete my larger projects and get them posted; therefore the Sketchbook will give me more opportunities to get things finished and to get blog posts up as they are a lot less time consuming than oil paintings and large drawings.

Without further ado, the theme for this week is Vikings and it will be a recurring one as I am studying Norse life for a future project!

Viking Longhouse Sketch History
Viking Longhouse
Viking Longship Drakkar Sketch
Viking Longship

These first two pieces I actually experimented with timelapse videos for for the first time as well; they can be found on my Instagram, the link for that will be at the bottom of this post.

Viking Longships Drakkar Sketch
Studies for Longships
Viking Longships Vikings Drakkar Sketch Concept Art
Longships at sea, compositional studies
Viking Longships Vikings Drakkar Sketch
Viking Invasion Fleet
Viking Male Norse Man Portrait Sketch
Portrait of a Viking Man
Vikings Sketch Floki History Channel Viking Gustafson
Floki the Shipbuilder 
Vikings Sketch Invasion Marching Concept Art
Vikings on the March

This sketch was an experiment in challenging myself; I have become very comfortable depicting single figure compositions and I wanted to try a group of figures; a quick rough sketch but one that bore fruit nonetheless and taught me a lot.

Vikings Sketch Ragnar Lothbrok History Channel Viking Gustafson
The Lay of the Land

That’s all for this post but I hope you have enjoyed this new feature and I will soon be posting more so don’t forget to follow/subscribe to the blog to stay updated; the subscription box can be found further down the page.

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

The Grey Pilgrim – Painting Update!

Update Time!!

It has been a fair amount of time since I posted the preliminary drawing for The Grey Pilgrim and finding the time to start the painting between the unsociable hours of my job has been a challenge but I finally managed to get it started and have since made some headway into the process.

Here are some progress shots leading to its current stage!

Gandalf oil painting studio shot behind the scenes
A quick shot taken before I started the initial paint work

I started out with just getting colour down onto the canvas, the robes and the tree were the first block ins followed by the beard and hair. This phase just lays a groundwork for the next pass which will give a more refined and rendered look; followed thereafter by the detail stage.

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The current stage WIP

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to add as the backdrop for this piece, in the end the Lonely Mountain seemed like an apt backdrop and so I painted it in roughly with some rolling landscape leading towards it.

So whilst still very rough looking at the moment, the next pass will be the rendering stage of everything other than the tree and after that I’ll add the detail work and call this piece finished.

I’m not entirely sure when this will be as two more passes doesn’t necessarily mean just two more sessions but I’ll be posting as soon as it is finished!

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

The Wandering Years of Ragnar Lothbrok

New Oil Painting!

I’ve been waiting for a while now for this piece to dry enough to get it scanned and published and now at last the time has come!

As a huge fan of the Vikings TV show and all things Norse I knew that I had to begin getting some Norse inspired artwork put together and I have now completed the first piece for the collection of Norse Artwork.

Norse themed artwork will be the sideline to my main IP ‘The Leaves of Hellebore’ so you can expect plenty more of these Viking pieces both historical and mythological as time goes on.

Anyway let’s get straight to the painting –

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