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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part IV – Corvus Meets Alwyn; The White Raven

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Corvus Meets Alwyn; The White Raven

After an arduous journey, Corvus and Finbar finally reach the Ancient Watchtower, exhausted, but glad to find substance to the myths and legends of the Colony; The White Raven was indeed living there.

He introduced himself to the pair as Alwyn, and informed them that he had been expecting a visit soon, despite having not seen a soul in over a decade.

“You have come at a time of great change, oh winged wanderers, and I believe that it is not mere chance that brings you to my abode, nor that just the two of you should arrive under the same sun.”

In the distance to the north, two Corvids can be seen heading towards the Watchtower.

Corvus related the illness of his fading sibling to Alwyn and asked for help in locating a true remedy.

“The physicians in Crowshaven can’t help her now, some have mentioned a herb called Starshade, but none can tell me where to find this herb. The Sages are sure that only you, the White Raven can know of its location!”

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part III – Flight to the Ancient Watchtower

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Flight to the Ancient Watchtower

The journey from Crowshaven to High Point is over 130 leagues as the crow flies and with the life of his Sibling hanging in the balance, Corvus, with Finbar alongside him make the journey in a single flight, although it takes many hours, flying through the night and into the following morning before reaching the Watchtower.

The Ancient Watchtower itself is perched comfortably on one of the cliffs at High Point at almost the most northerly point of the land and has stood there bravely in the face of the winds of change for centuries, holding its ground but very slowly succumbing to its inevitable ruinous fate.

Rumour has it that the White Raven was living in a Colony not far from High Point when the foundations were laid for the Watchtower, in the Golden Age of the Old Corvidae Empire.

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Nocturnal Sun -Oil on Canvas – Fantasy Oil Painting Palette Knife Imagination – Imaginative Realism Landscape Art Illustration

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Nocturnal Sun – Oil on Canvas – 11.75″ x 15.75″

For quite some time, I have say here and typed out several lines of poetry, then deleted them. Several short, two sentence storylines, then deleted them. I can’t settle on a singe idea for this painting and have therefore decided to leave any story or meaning down to the viewer’s discretion and imagination.

This painting was a total step out of my comfort zone, I used palette knives as my weapons of choice, and painted solely from imagination, this is a painting that I felt my way around as opposed to hours of studying reference photography.

Once I had it completed, I posted it to a few groups on Facebook to garner some feedback and ideas for a title. I had a lot of different titles to choose from before settling on ‘Nocturnal Sun’ – as chosen by Panagiotis Zacharatos (who won a free print in the process of giving me the title I chose).

So pretty much every stage of this painting has been a totally alien experience and process in comparison to my normal methodical approach to my artwork.

This original artwork is available to buy!

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Have your say!

I would be very interested to hear what stories you would assign to this piece. What do you feel when you look at it? What do you think is happening or has happened? I’d love to hear any short stories relating to this artwork and to get those creative juices flowing!

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Bilbo Baggins, The Finding of the One Ring – Ink Drawing – JRR Tolkien The Hobbit Art Illustration

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As usual, it all started with a sketch…

For a very long time now, since my last re-read of The Hobbit, I have been wanting to explore in depth the character of Bilbo Baggins; of all of Tolkien’s characters Bilbo is the one that I feel akin to and relate to the most.

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Bilbo Baggins – Rough Concept Pencil Sketch

Before I had made the second mark on paper, I knew that I wanted the final piece to be an ink drawing; ink is a medium that I absolutely love but don’t get to work with enough and thus my experience with the medium is somewhat lacking.

However, knowing that the final piece would be inked, informed my sketching process in a different way than usual and thus made me adapt to a different way of drawing to my usual charcoal and blend method.

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“Good Morning!” – Middle-earth Sketchbook Illustration – Bilbo Baggins & Gandalf the Grey – The Hobbit – There and Back Again, a Hobbit’s Tale – Art Drawing Sketch

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“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.
“What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

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Just recently I kicked back and did something that I haven’t done for too long…

I pulled out my sketchbook and blew the dust off it as though it was an ancient tome that I had recovered from the depths of a barrow and before the the tiredness overtook me, I started sketching.

Sketching.

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‘Travelling Boots’ – Still Life Alla Prima Oil Painting Sketch

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“It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.”

– Vincent van Gogh

It seems appropriate to start this post with a quote from the post-impressionist master himself, as it was watching the recent biographical drama about the latter years of his life ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ that inspired me to create something bolder and looser than my usual work.

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The Fallen Tower – Hadleigh Castle Ruins – Oil Painting Sketch – A Historical Fantasy Landscape Illustration

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A retreat of Edward III, a muse for John Constable, a local ruin for inspiration…

Hadleigh castle is a place that I absolutely love to visit, it’s a 15 minute drive from home and is situated both strategically and beautifully nestled in the countryside of Essex, overlooking the Thames estuary.

For this post I won’t be going into the details of the castle’s history as this is merely a blog post to show an oil sketch that I have recently created and not a finished painting; that will come in the future.

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The Fallen Tower – Hadleigh Castle – Oil Paint Sketch

As the summer draws closer I am making plans to spend a good bit of time around these ruins, sketching on site and hopefully doing a bit of plein air painting, working towards a definitive oil painting showing the ruins and the surrounding landscape in all their glory.

The part of the ruins shown in this sketch however, I intend to incorporate into a fantasy artwork, either as the main focal point, or a background piece depending on where the mood and composition takes me at that stage

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Gandalf in Moria – ‘I have no memory of this place at all!’ – Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring – Charcoal Drawing Illustration Art

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Why Doesn’t Gandalf Remember Moria?

It was after nightfall when they had entered the Mines. They had been going for several hours with only brief halts, when Gandalf came to his first serious check.

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The question of why Gandalf doesn’t remember Moria is one that comes up a lot and there is a ton of digging that you can do in order to find out but in short, it had been a very, very long time since Gandalf’s last trip to Moria, and also he had entered through a different, and not so secret doorway. Not forgetting that it wouldn’t have been as dark, filled with orcs and trolls not was he transporting the carrier of the One Ring wit the fate of Middle-earth hanging in the balance.

So that’s the short answer to the question, I will in the future dig into this in much more depth. I would like to create a series of artworks depicting both of Gandalf’s trips through Moria as well as the many battles that have happened there.

Many years ago I worked up a very rough sketch of a version of this scene and ever since I intended to work up a more detailed drawing. This piece is the next phase of that and I plan on revisiting it again in much more detail and originality of vision, as noted above.

Every exploration of Middle-earth brings a bounty of new art and my own journeys into the depths of the Mines have been both interesting and perilous, full of inspiration and excitement with many lessons learned in the process.

For this illustration, we head to The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV – A Journey In The Dark.

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Frodo & Sam at Parth Galen – Preparatory Drawing for a New LOTR Oil Painting

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The Breaking of the Fellowship!

A poignant scene in the final chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring – Book Two has served as the inspiration for a new artwork that I will be working on in oil paints in the coming months; for now though I have worked up a preparatory drawing in charcoal that will serve as my go to reference for the work ahead.

For this post I won’t be delving too deep into the writing itself, I like to save that for the final post with the finished painting like I did recently with ‘The Passage of the Marshes’.

I will however do a little bit of digging in order to set the scene nicely!

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They Were Once Men – WIP Update – Lord of The Rings Oil Painting Illustration

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The Nazgul Have Returned!

Well, in terms of my latest oil painting on the easel anyway…

I’ve been getting up earlier than necessary for work over the past week and sneaking in a 30-40 minute painting session in order to work my way back into this piece and make some serious headway. It’s proved productive and the painting is now at a stage where all I need to do is go over the figures and the render the finishing details, not long now and we’ll have another piece for the portfolio.

Anyway, let’s get to the artwork!