“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’.
First Things First…
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‘I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.
I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number. I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water.
I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles.
I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.’
Bilbo Baggins is a character from Tolkien’s legendarium who has fascinated me since my first encounter with him in the opening chapter of The Lord of the Rings, which I read quite some time before The Hobbit.
Recently I was inspired to again pick up my copy of The Hobbit and have another read through; also to further explore the character of Bilbo and get some artworks done in the process.
Happy Tolkien reading day to you all!
With this being the first year that I’ve been aware in advance of Tolkien reading day, not only do I get to read, but I also have the time to get a bit of writing done and share fully in the excitement and joy of the day!
For this years theme of Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit there are countless different options of reading that fit in to the theme; for me I have chosen to spend my reading time in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring; Concerning Hobbits.
My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots!
The Road Goes Ever On – Still Life
My latest venture into the beautiful world of Middle-earth has drawn to a close and I now have a new piece of artwork to share with you all!
This piece was inspired by the song of the same title as recited by Bilbo Baggins when he leaves the Shire to head for Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter I: “A Long-expected Party”
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!
It has been a fair amount of time since I posted the preliminary drawing for The Grey Pilgrim and finding the time to start the painting between the unsociable hours of my job has been a challenge but I finally managed to get it started and have since made some headway into the process.
Here are some progress shots leading to its current stage!
A quick shot taken before I started the initial paint work
I started out with just getting colour down onto the canvas, the robes and the tree were the first block ins followed by the beard and hair. This phase just lays a groundwork for the next pass which will give a more refined and rendered look; followed thereafter by the detail stage.
The current stage WIP
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to add as the backdrop for this piece, in the end the Lonely Mountain seemed like an apt backdrop and so I painted it in roughly with some rolling landscape leading towards it.
So whilst still very rough looking at the moment, the next pass will be the rendering stage of everything other than the tree and after that I’ll add the detail work and call this piece finished.
I’m not entirely sure when this will be as two more passes doesn’t necessarily mean just two more sessions but I’ll be posting as soon as it is finished!
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Until next time, farewell!
Stepping into Middle-earth!
Every now and then I like to take a step back from my personal projects and indulge myself in some of the things that inspire me and have done for a long time. The foremost of these inspirations is Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium; an entire world full of history and life that has been as accessible as tap water since my childhood.
As a result, I’ve built up quite the collection of Middle-earth art.