Middle-earth Art

Intro

Middle-earth and Lord of the Rings art, and specifically art made by Alan Lee and John Howe is a huge part of what drew me into the creative world in the first place. Exploring Middle-earth through artistic mediums and creating Tolkien inspired art has driven my growth and experience as an artist since I picked up a pencil again as an adult.

In starting out I relied mostly on the Lord of the Rings movies directed by Peter Jackson to add visual context, not just for visualisation in general, but also for lighting and setting overall. Now I have started branching away into a much more original and more defined process, working straight from the works by JRR Tolkien and setting up my own scenes, models and lighting to achieve totally unique compositions and pictures.

This page will be regularly updated and maintained as the main hub of all of my Middle-earth art and it will always be growing, be sure to subscribe and join the fellowship to stay updated and receive exclusive benefits and rewards.

Most Recent Artwork

Japanese - Ink - Brush - Drawing - Gollum - Cave - Lord of the Rings - Ring - Water - Light - Sumi-e

Gollum In His Cave – Ink Drawing

Over the years I’ve developed a deep fascination with the character of Smeagol/Gollum and have produced a large amount of sketches and pieces featuring him. I intend to create a series of works in the future depicting his corruption from beginning to end.

Types of Artworks

My original art ranges from simple sketches and studies right up to full blown oil paintings and wall art fit for the walls of any collector and lotr fan.

Limited edition art prints are the main output I intend to go with going forward however, presently I also have a range of open edition art prints too. I’m also happy to get prints made of any of my artworks that you can’t find prints available for and would like, simply get in touch to arrange it.

I consider myself to be a Lord of the Rings artist open to commissions at all times. I am always happy to work on anything that gives me an excuse to pack a bag, strap on a sword and spend more time in Middle-earth.

Sources of Inspiration

The world of Middle-earth created by JRR Tolkien hosts an unlimited source of inspiration, exploring this fantasy world in depth has inspired my art and illustration work a lot over the years, resulting in a lot of Lord of the Rings art.

Unfinished Tales from the history of The Silmarillion to the time period of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, artists such as Alan Lee, John Howe, Ted Nasmith and the Brothers Hildebrandt have all been a huge motivating factor that has driven my own personal quest as a Lord of the Rings artist.

Creating Tolkien inspired art transports me to the sweeping landscapes of Middle-earth to places such as the Shire, Rivendell, Rohan and Gondor as though they’re on my doorstep and it makes characters like Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo, Aragorn, and Gollum feel as though they are my neighbours.

Original Middle-earth Artworks

What’s Coming? – What did Sam See in the Mirror of Galadriel?

Galadriel filled her ewer with water from the nearby stream and used that to fill the basin. Sam cautiously climbed up on the foot of the pedestal and leaned over the basin. Looking deep into the hard and dark looking water, Sam saw the reflections of the stars above him, then a veil was lifted and he saw…

An abundance of exciting new Middle-earth illustrations covering the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

Original art inspired by JRR Tolken.

Affordable limited edition art prints.

And a plethora of blog posts covering subjects in depth such as:

  • How to plan a Middle-earth drawing or painting
  • How to reimagine iconic characters [The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings]
  • Finding Tolkien’s Inspiration in the English Countryside of the British Landscape
  • And many, many more…

Overview of Working Process

My initial inspiration always comes directly from the words in the books by JRR Tolkien, either in my personal reading I stumble upon an idea, or if an idea forms itself, I’ll head straight to the books and dig deep into some research.

Researching Tolkien

I will study the work of Professor Tolkien in as much depth as possible at that point, searching out the context and any cross references available, highlighting passages and jotting down relevant notes.

I focus my notes on things such as:

  • Which characters are in the scene?
  • What are their surroundings? Time of day, weather, environment, etc.
  • What are they thinking, feeling, saying, doing?
  • What has happened leading up to the scene?
  • What is about to happen?

This list of questions often goes on a lot longer and for some pieces I tend to search deeper than for others but that is a general overview of the process for my note-taking in order to plan an artwork.

Thumbnail Stage

The next stage is working up a few thumbnails in order to figure out a composition and overall look for the artwork, the number of thumbnails can range from 1 to an unlimited number, the average to aim for is at least 3-5 thumbnails so I can explore several ideas and angles.

Thumbnails are made at a very small scale and lacking detail just to capture the essence of the overall piece in terms of composition, lighting and value range.

Sketching Stage

I then take the best thumbnail or several if need be, and work up a more detailed sketch and explore the details further. This is a stage that starts out in pencil usually and if I’m planning a painted piece as a final, I often explore some colour studies in order to gain a better understanding of the direction I want the piece to take.

Rough Stage

Once a solid foundation has been laid, I get started on roughing out the final piece. If it’s going to be a drawing this stage starts out lightly in graphite pencil and if it’s going to be a painting I’ll lay down the outlines roughly on the canvas with charcoal.

Finalisation Stage

This is the part where it all comes together and a finished artwork is created, the hard part is always determining when to walk away and actually call the piece finished.

Exploring Middle-earth

Equipped with my pencils, charcoal and brushes, I regularly set out on long journeys into Middle-earth and the road can be a lonely place to adventure alone. That is why a Fellowship is much needed.

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