“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
On what started out as a seemingly ordinary day just over seventeen years ago, I happened to encounter an old wizard riding into Hobbiton on his cart that had been filled with the most amazing fireworks ever seen even by the oldest of Hobbits.
It’s strange to think of how long it has been since I was first introduced to Tolkien’s incredible world, initially through the vision of Peter Jackson but that first movie whetted my appetite and I moved onto the books pretty soon thereafter.
One of many characters that I immediately warmed to and still hold close to myself even today; is Gandalf.
” He wore a tall pointed grey hat, a long grey cloak, and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat.”
— The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long-expected Party”
It has been a fair amount of time since I posted the preliminary drawing for The Grey Pilgrimand 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!
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.
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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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.
Through the night and the day, to the fight of an age
Over mountains and pastures the flight of the drakes
To the end of an era, to the light that’ll fade
“To the war! To the war!” cried the chief of the Wyrms
Every winged beast and creature full of evil that lurked
In the world at that time had a reason to purge
The fair people of Earth, and then see that it burned
The last flight of the War Drakes was the one and only time that the great dragons had ever been known to band together as a unitary force; they flew with intense fury and vengeance to the battlefronts of the Fell War leaving a burning trail of destruction and death in their wake.
They flew to their demise and apparent extinction once the Eldar caused the ‘Burning Sky’ ending the fell war and eradicating every evil creature present.
Thus concluded the last flight of the War Drakes.
To see the development of this piece from its conception to the preliminary drawing, Click Here.
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This morning’s Coffee & Sketch is a continuation of the last one; I have been planning out a new painting of a Viking invasion fleet so all of my sketching work has been aimed towards that goal; drawing and simplifying longships as well as trying to study the ocean and the way waves work in terms of light and shadow.
Without further ado, here is the morning’s sketches –