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Balinese Salt Farmer – Charcoal Drawing

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Here’s something a little different…

So in my cultural explorations and world travels via my drawing materials I found myself on a brief visit to the Indonesian island of Bali. The Balinese are fascinating people to study and learn about and although there have been many cultural changes to the island in the past century, there is also a strong presence of the ancestral forefathers of the island.

One industry that is a great platform for cultural exploration anywhere in the world is farming. Farming is an industry that despite the invent of machinery and industrial growth, still holds many roots in the distant past, whether you are in the rice paddies of Vietnam or the corn fields of Indiana.

Let’s get into the artwork!

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Balinese Salt Farmer – Charcoal

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Wild Elephants of Africa – Charcoal Drawing on Toned Paper – Wildlife Art Illustration

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So it’s been a little while…

Having spent the last three months of 2019 working on my currently unfinished graphic novel ‘Corvus’ it has been nice to spend a bit of time in the first month of this year working on some other bits and pieces, new sketches and drawings, and even finishing up a painting that had been on the easel for some time.

Those other pieces can be addressed in a post for another time, this one however is dedicated to my latest charcoal drawing.

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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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They Were Once Men…

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“They are the Nazgûl, Ringwraiths, neither living or dead. At all times they feel the presence of the ring…drawn to the power of the one..they will never stop hunting you.”

– Aragorn explaining the Nazgûl to Frodo, Pippin, Merry and Sam

Some time ago, I began working on a piece depicting the scene of the attack at Weathertop. I trawled through reference material and put together a few different elements in order to come up with a composition that I liked.

The outline roughed in, the main elements in place, the piece was abandoned as I began work on different projects like ‘The Road Goes Ever On’ and ‘The Grey Pilgrim’.

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Middle-earth Wanderings…

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First Things First…

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I’m even going to stretch to a bit of vlogging when the time comes…

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The Road Goes Ever On – Prints Have Arrived!

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I just had to publish a quick on the move blog post to say that the first batch of Limited Edition Giclee Prints of ‘The Road Goes Ever On’ have arrived!

Tomorrow I’ll be opening my Etsy store and these will be available to buy until the limited number have gone!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a much more in depth post!

Until then, farewell!


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An Elven Seductress and the Sword of the King


Elves, swords and kings… Staples of fantasy

The past couple of weeks have been more hectic and upside down than they usually are, which is saying something; between the massively unsociable hour shifts I work and decorating/upheaval going on at home; art life and blog posts have been a bit of a mythological prospect.

However, there hasn’t been total radio silence on the artwork front.

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The Road Goes Ever On – Ink Drawing WIP

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Sketchbook IV – Bilbo Baggins

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Welcome to Part IV of my Sketchbook series; this one is a bit of a double-barreled post, both a sketchbook piece and the beginnings of a new project inspired by Middle-earth!

In last week’s post I had shown the small ink sketch of Bilbo that I made, I have now worked up the composition for the final artwork as well as done some experiments and have got the final piece drawn up and ready to begin.

But before jumping straight into the current form of the art, let’s see the journey!

Sketchbook III – Master Studies


Welcome to part III of my Sketchbook series!

This week I decided to step away from Norse/Viking themes for a moment and work on something else for the sketches and so I decided to do something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while; Master Studies.

I didn’t spend a great deal of time on these small sketches as they are just that; sketches. They are more a means of learning more about some of the great artists of history than creating rendered drawings.

Anyway, here they are –

Master Study Sketch - Rembrandt - Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem

Rembrandt – Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem

Master Study Sketch - Claude Lorraine - Landscape with Hagar and the Angel

Claude Lorraine – Landscape with Hagar and the Angel

Master Study Sketch - Tintoretto - The Fall of Man

Tintoretto – The Fall of Man

Master Study Sketch - Caravaggio - David with the Head of Goliath

Caravaggio – David with the Head of Goliath

Sketching these works of past masters has been a very enjoyable experience and it’s something I’ll definitely be continuing with in the future; there is so much information to be gleaned from studying the works of other artists and studying them.

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The Grey Pilgrim – Preliminary Drawing

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Today’s post features the second preliminary drawing for three new oil paintings I’ll be starting work on in the near future, the first piece was The Passage of the Marshes and here we have The Grey Pilgrim; the third piece can for now remain a mystery but it’s unrelated to Middle-earth.

Anyway, here’s the drawing –

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The Grey Pilgrim – Charcoal on Strathmore 400 Toned Paper – 10″ x 8″

Finding the right piece of writing for this piece proved a difficult task; Gandalf is quite possibly my favourite fictional character of all time and it would indeed be hard to sum up the connection I feel with him in a single sentence or paragraph selected from the multitudes that were masterfully written by Tolkien.

However it seemed that the most fitting textual accompaniment to this piece is Frodo’s lament for Gandalf; a lament that I’m sure was felt by all that first time they thought the wizard was lost forever in the depths of the abyss of Khazad-dûm –

When evening in the Shire was grey
his footsteps on the Hill were heard;
before the dawn he went away
on journey long without a word.

From Wilderland to Western shore,
from northern waste to southern hill,
through dragon-lair and hidden door
and darkling woods he walked at will.

With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,
with mortal and immortal folk,
with bird on bough and beast in den,
in their own secret tongues he spoke.

A deadly sword, a healing hand,
a back that bent beneath its load;
a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,
a weary pilgrim on the road.

A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
swift in anger, quick to laugh;
an old man in a battered hat
who leaned upon a thorny staff.

He stood upon the bridge alone
and Fire and Shadow both defied;
his staff was broken on the stone,
in Khazad-dûm his wisdom died.

– The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VII: “The Mirror of Galadriel”

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