"In that last hour, Beorn himself had appeared — no one knew how or from where. He came alone, and in bear’s shape; and he seemed to have grown almost to giant-size in his wrath. The roar of his voice was like drums and guns; and he tossed wolves and goblins from his path like straws and feathers. He fell upon their rear, and broke like a clap of thunder through the ring."
My favourite character from The Hobbit. I really hope they do him justice in the films. I've been struggling with this one for a long while. It has gone through so many changes but i feel like it's time to let it go.
Look more hobbit fanart, Ok last one for the week until after exams i swear I really excited for Beorn in the next hobbit movie and i wanted to draw really bad so i did, WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THIS MOVIE
“He is a skin-changer. He changes his skin: sometimes he is a huge black bear, sometimes he is a great strong black-haired man with huge arms and a great beard…Some say that he is a bear descended from the great and ancient bears of the mountains that lived there before the giants came. Others say he is a man descended from the first men who lived before Smaug or the other dragons came into this part of the world, and before goblins came into the hills out of the North. I cannot say, though I fancy the last is the true tale… I once saw him sitting all alone on the top of the Carrock at night watching the moon sinking towards the Misty Mountains, and I heard him growl in the tongue of bears: ‘The day will come when they will perish and I shall go back!’ That is why I believe he once came from the mountains himself”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: Queer Lodgings
The imagery conjured by this passage has remained with me for nearly a year and a half. Countless projects have seen completion before this one, but ‘Beorn’ preceded them as a nearly polished idea in my subconscious. Despite its simplicity, illustrating the transfiguration of Beorn into a black bear was immensely challenging. The ambiguity of this ‘in-between’ stage was compensated for by fog and light. Intending for this to be more than portrait, I knew I had to introduce a conceptual element. I capitalized on the shapeshifter’s affinity for animals by encircling his body in an ethereal current made up of birds. Although Beorn had a particular love of bees, they didn’t translate as well from a visual standpoint. Constructive criticism is much appreciated
In The Hobbit book, Gandalf blows smoke-rings which change color and hover around his head. I love the image so I had to try my hand at it. I tried a bit of a different process on this one, and I'm not entirely happy with the result, but I thought I'd show you guys anyway.
Gandalf the Grey, Mithrandir, and later known as Gandalf the White is the wisest of the Maiar. For over 2,000 years, the Grey wizard worked most faithfully against the rising powers of evil in Middle-earth.
Gandalf one of the most iconic wizards of all time, and one of my very favorite characters of all time.
First Submission of 2013! This is the first in what I hope to be a long series of paintings, stay tuned for more legendary figures from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth!