Sketching The Stones

I’ve been trying to use more carbon is my sketches and so I tried, Royal Sovereign Wolff’s Carbon (2B) for a couple of sketches. They’re quite nice to use but hard to get a scan of the finished piece that looks anything like the original 😉 I also tried out the Derwent Artists Sketching Pencil (Midnight) for one of the sketches which was also nice to use but I found it a little waxy. Anyway, the first and the third sketch were made using the Wolff’s Carbon pencil and the…

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To the memory of Celebrían

Many moons ago I started work on an illustration, it was a simple idea, however the execution of the piece took a little longer than anticipated 😉 The theme I was working towards was Statuesque over on John Howe’s website –  so I decided to illustrate the statue placed high above Rivendell to the memory of Celebrían, though the scene shown is many years after the last of the Elves had left for the West so the statue was in a poor state of repair….

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Wæterfeallan

I was quite looking forward to my week off work, the veg plot needed clearing out then dug over, and for once the weather was looking promising. So what happened? Well, my mind kept going back to a rough sketch I’d made a while ago, I was thinking about how I would tackle painting it. Not only was I thinking about the technicalities of painting the scene but I was busy thinking about the story that went with it, who loved there, why it was located where it was…. That’s…

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παράφρασις

Last month I started on a painting of Niggle working away, it was for the theme of the month over at John Howe’s website. The theme was ‘The Bestest Book Ever – Imagine this is your dream commission, the book you’ve ALWAYS wanted to do a cover for.‘ So an illustration of Niggle was an obvious one for me to attempt. Sadly it was overtaken by real life events and I could not fit in any spare time to splash paint around, the month was gone all to quickly and…

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