I wanted to quickly show off my new scanner by drawing a quick sketch of something and the other IllustArtists suggested (amongst other things) a tree house. So I went for it. Took me under 2 hours (with a lot of chatting)
A quick sketch for the Flavour of the Month on [link]. This is Freya as she weeps for her lost husband everyone else believes to be dead. With her magic cloak of falcon feathers she turns into a falcon and searches for him.
First of all, it's not my idea/composition. I used a (quite elaborate) sketch out of John Howe's book Forging Dragons. John worked as a conceptual artist along with Alan Lee on the visual side of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He has a website with a forum, and to restrict the amount of fan art images that were posted, the Flavour of the Month was created. It's a monthly contest more or less, and at the end of every month 5 paintings get voted to stay in the online portfolio permanently.
So, as January is "Dragon" month, I bought Forging Dragons (I'm very bad at inventing and painting dragons)and noticed how often John used a dragon sketch of which he said that he would like to do it in paint one day. Given that he's quite busy with commissions anyway, I suggested to a few fellow forum members that we could do the colour versions of the dragon sketches and submit them to the Flavour. I ended up painting the sketch on page 73 and I am very thankful that John's sketches are so elaborate, otherwise it wouldn't have turned out like this.
Ecolines/Watercolour/Watercolour pencils on Montval Canson watercolour paper 300 g/m² 35,5 x 23,4 cm Started: 9:53 am Finished: 3:40 pm
For the Flavour of the Month: St Ursanne on john-howe.com. I decided to try and gather enough patience to spend more time on a single painting. I wanted to paint those two "elders" of St Ursanne who were observing the happenings around them on that sunny afternoon. They just seemed to be so much part of that town that I had to take a photo of them as well.
St Ursanne is a small Jura town in Switzerland where a lot of the people from John Howe's forum met for the first time to see the opening of his exhibition in June 2007.