Maker of Middle-Earth

We had the opportunity to visit the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth exhibition at the Bodleian, Oxford earlier this month as we were visiting the  area (okay, we visited Oxfordshire because the exhibition was on ;-)). I had read various reviews online both from friends and in the media and was rather keen to see it for myself. The exhibition didn’t disappoint, seeing the original maps that J.R.R.T. and his son worked on was something I never thought I’d see, and his original illustrations were simply amazing. I must admit to…

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Niggle would approve.

I started sketching a tree for the theme of the month over on John Howe’s website, it was supposed to be a quick simple sketch, then I got too the branches. The good intentions of a quick doodle to get in the right frame of mind went out the window and I started to become a little obsessive over the branches, I ended up doodling away at each little branch ignoring pretty much everything else. However, I get the feeling I need to obsess over the branches of the next…

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Wizards go a wandering

Trying to get ideas together for a painting, or maybe I should just say doodling for inspiration 😉 Anyway, this is a digital doodle of the two blue wizards briefly mentioned by Tolkien and pondered about by many ever since 🙂 Not happy with the first wizards colour, well it may grow on me, and perhaps I should change one of the hats….. first of all though I’ll collapse and sleep for an hour or three.

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