Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXXI – The Last Corvid Colonies Arrive at Crowshaven

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The Last Corvid Colonies Arrive at Crowshaven

A Ravenking had been crowned. The Corvid world was changing, and changing fast; which was a necessity with the Darkness coming. The word had spread across the many lands that Corvids inhabited in the days following the crowning of Harfengel, there was a constant stream of incoming new Corvids.

Only so much time was left though, it was very nearly time to leaveCrowshaven and head to Treehold Keep and the newcomers were still arriving at a steady pace.

Harfengel announced that within the week they would be leaving Crowshaven and heading off to the new land, ready for war in order to claim the only safe haven…

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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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Sketchbook II – More Vikings & an Ancient Grove

Welcome to the 2nd installment!

Carrying on in much the same vein as the last Sketchbook post, this week I have done more Vikings inspired sketches and also a slightly more detailed piece of an old tree in an ancient grove.

These sketches are all for training and preparation to get fully immersed in Norse culture and life for a future project I’m planning; a fantasy art story which I’ll release more details on at a later time.

For now, let’s get into the sketches for this week –

Lagertha Vikings Sketch
Lagertha Sketch

For this sketch I really tried to focus on one goal; simplification. I find it all too easy to get bogged down in details very early on in a piece of work so I just wanted to simplify everything and although I didn’t quite achieve the likeness I wanted, I did manage to meet my goal of simplifying the forms of the face.

Ragnar Lothbrok Vikings Sketch
Ragnar Sketch

This one took a little longer than the last and had a bit more detail involved; I didn’t go as far as drawing the chainmail though as it seemed too far to take this particular sketch. Again I focused on simplifying the forms and leaving detail until later and I feel it went well and I achieved a likeness.

Viking Ships Sketch
Studies of Viking Ships

I don’t think that I’ll ever stop studying and drawing/painting Viking ships, there is something about them that fascinates me more than I can comprehend; it must be in my DNA…

Ancient Grove Sketch 1
Ancient Grove

In my opinion, the star of the show. This particular tree seems to be very well known as it comes up a lot when searching for ancient grove reference so I decided to study it. This tree and others like it will serve as reference and inspiration for the first piece of my art book mentioned earlier on.

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Wudang Monk – Ink Drawing

I decided it was time to upload some more recent artwork of mine so with that in mind here is a concept that I’ve been working on lately; it has currently culminated in an ink drawing which will be a preliminary piece for a future painting.

As is customary for me nowadays, it all started with a gathering of reference pictures and that led to some initial sketches and studies.

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Ruins Project – Part I -Ideas & Sketches

So finally the time has for publish the first part of this project containing my own artwork; although having said that, aesthetics are not the aim of this stage, ideas and forming a concept have been my only objective. In just the course of the short time I’ve spent on these sketches, the entire concept has changed hugely and I am now at a stage where I know where I want to go with the work for a final piece; but that’s a little way off yet.

Initially the idea was just to research different ruins and types of architecture until I decided upon what I wanted for my work, I primarily thought about doing an ancient Norse inspired work, some ruins and the head of a statue, perhaps hinting at an Icelandic landscape post-Ragnarok.

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New Sketchbook Page

Drapery Study After Leonardo da Vinci - Biro on Paper
Drapery Study After Leonardo da Vinci – Biro on Paper

I’ve decided to add a sketchbook page to my site now as to avoid confusion between sketches and studies and my portfolio because before hand, all my work has been stored there. My portfolio will now only contain finished work that I’m happy to keep as a part of my portfolio and not every single work I do.

To begin with I’ve just added this old study I did of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s drapery studies, plenty more will be added as time goes by and I’ve got a few new sketches from my Lord of the Rings project to add on Wednesday.

British Mythology/Folklore – Art Project

I’ve structured my days now to help me with my efforts to self-teach different aspects of the art that I wish to learn; the aspects that I have decided to learn are anatomy, figure studies, drawing in many aspects such as observational, still life and drapery, perspective, architecture, and again human form. I also spend time trying different techniques with watercolour paints and I’m slowly experimenting with oil paint; which ultimately will be my medium of choice.

I also have more theoretical subjects to learn and my rotor for those at the moment consists of symbolism in art, colour theory and artist research. Those are the artsy theoretical readings, I’m also always researching history, reading about the ancient Romans in particular and I’m presently reading a book about King Charles I which I will review once finished; as well as Greek mythology, these last few are more for inspirational reasons.

However the reason for that two paragraphs of information is that every month I intend to issue myself a project to work on alongside these other subjects to keep me motivated in creating my own work rather than just all work and no play, I therefore intend to create at least one final work for each project I give myself. I’m thinking ahead a bit here as I don’t intend to issue myself this project until 5th July; that said though, I can here announce my umbrella theme which others will fall under.

My main theme, the subject of artwork that I intend to create for the foreseeable future is British myth, legend and folklore. As an enthusiastic reader of the work of J.R.R Tolkien, it’s my understanding that he created his body of literature around the basis of giving Britain a mythology of its own, one to rival the Greeks and even outdo them in the long run (let’s face it, we’ve all heard of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Gollum; how many average people can name four Greek deities). This thought process inspired Tolkien to create the most incredibly well crafted epic fantasy saga that was bursting at the seams with richness and remains the most influential piece of literature of the modern age (that’s my opinion I’m not certain how it stands nowadays with Game of Thrones growing as much as it has). I am of a similar vision, but what I intend to do is bring to life and recreate the existing British mythology and interpret it into a series of visual narratives, both figurative and landscape and breathe new life into our forgotten history.

There is already a wealth of subject matter available to me to work with, more than enough to ensure I’m kept busy for the rest of my life in fact, and who knows, one day I may even start writing my own mythologies and legends of British history, but that’s an idea for a time in the far off future yet. My main inspiration for British myth/legend/folklore/history is the Arthurian legend. Some historians say he lived, others say he didn’t, most scholars deny his existence because of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s fabrications. I stand in an area where I do believe he existed, just that the story of his existence has been contorted somewhat over the centuries since his age, akin to Chinese whispers these legends grow and have bits added and taken away to the current point where some people are expecting Arthur’s second coming; elevating this long dead king to the status of the son of God. The most convincing and realistic telling of the Arthurian legend, albeit a work of historical fiction, was the brilliant saga of books written by Jack Whyte A Dream of Eagles (original series title in Canada) or Camulod Chronicles (USA series title) or Legends of Camelot (UK series title). Without going into too much detail about this incredible series of books on this post, here’s the link to a short review I wrote about them previously.

With Arthurian legend being my main source of inspiration however, I don’t intend to just limit myself to being known as a painter of Arthurian legend, like I said I want to revive as much of British mythology as I can so I’ll also be focusing on other areas as well, it’s just the that Arthur story is the one I am most drawn to.

All that said then, my next post will probably be before my scheduled post, and will be to announce the exact nature of the project I intend to create. I will post everything related to my project including sketches, research, thoughts and such and then follow all that up with the final piece that I create. So if you have happened to stumble across this post, then please check back every fortnight or so to see updates and some new artwork.

Until next time…..

JG

Featured Image: Edward Burne-Jones – The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon – 1881-1898