Quick (blue Bic-)pen sketches after asked about an older Iron Hill dwarf sketch I did a few years ago (which I don't like too much anymore).
Inspired me to go at it. No high fantasy movie related design. More north-west European outfitting, from which Tolkien took his inspiration. This is how I see Middle Earth.
Elven spear man, Iron Hills dwarf according to the books description (except for the hammer/pick which should be a mattock, but this one looks more martial). And a Laketown militia man wearing a gambeson.
Thanks J, for getting me started. Middle Earth, where I find peace of mind.
I've been painting this at art classes since the start of the year, so it's been roughly 30 hours in total. The painting is 18" by 24" and done with acrylics. I must say, the paints that my teacher bought for me were HEAPS better than the ones I used for my previous paintings (much better consistency and vibrance).
The idea behind this painting actually started back in 2009 when I got bored and did those two doodles when I was in China; I played Advance Wars on Gameboy Advance and loved the cartoony animations and couldn't help but do these tank caricatures. I personally exaggerated the shapes even more for the lolz. My teacher loved it...
--In the year 1980, an uninhabited alien space ship crashed onto a smoothie shop in the middle of Siberia. Because a smoothie shop in Siberia was such a bad idea from the start, the shop had been abandoned long ago. The ship was found by a pair of illegal Chinese immigrants. Not wanting their illegality to become public, the Chinese took the ship and kept it secret, using the interior to open a successful acupuncture business. Eventually, the Chinese immigrants were caught by the Chinese Medicine Committee (CMC) and had their rights to the spaceship taken away. --The spaceship was claimed by the Chinese government, but they didn't know what to do with it. So like all the stuff they didn't know what to do with, they gave the spaceship to North Korea as a baby shower gift for Kim Jong Un. --But baby Kim Jong Un didn't know what to do with it either. After Un tried to eat it, his father sent it to America because the space ship was a possible choking hazard for his son and not safe for children under the age of three. The United States gladly received the ship and immediately tried to make it into a deadly weapon. But the advanced technology was too complicated and the US handed the ship to overeager NASA scientists. --Right after NASA was given this pool of knowledge, they were shut down and replaced with healthcare. --So while people got free rights to healthcare, along comes Tim version 2.0, a schizophrenic, genius but naive, clone. Tim has lived in careful governmental watch since he was a cell in a petri dish. Being a clone, information like him must not become public in fear of sparking a religious riot. Tim comes across this spaceship and starts to repair-not-recreate like all the other countries had been doing. Because Tim repairs the ship, the spaceship's computer links to Tim's mind and claims him as its "mother". This starts to reinforce the belief of Tim's schizophrenia, the ship becomes a person to him which he fondly refers to as "Lucas". --Next enters Felix, the biggest annoyance on the internet. Felix has a natural knack for hacking, and making enemies. He holds the potential for criminal power, which he slides into at an early age. After being framed for robbing a bank, his parents send him to an isolated boarding school in the wilderness of Canada. With a polar bear tracker, Felix finds his way back to the states ready to wreak havoc on Wall Street. When he arrives, he finds Wall Street already occupied--and bumps right into Tim. --Thia is an alien from outerspace. Although nobody believes her which is why she came to S.P.U.T. to help her get off the planet at which she got herself stuck in. Her real name is Lupita Carrasco from El Paso, Texas. She has the records and the parents to prove her "realistic" heritage, but she stubbornly sticks to her belief. After a series of time-consuming misadventures, Thia proves that she is indeed an alien. Her father is actually CEO of the infamous Abduction Corporation. Other than the fact that Thia could burn the sun out by a single glare, she is actually quite a warm and friendly person and has a soft spot for Tim. --Freddie is the only involuntary member, getting abducted by Tim in the middle of her piano concert. Other than being an aspiring musician, Freddie shows no other prevalent talent than being a nice, bland person. However, she is also a clone and comes from the same laboratory as Tim. Freddie quickly adapts to the S.P.U.T. life and learns some new unearthly instruments. Felix acquires a drooling crush on her.
S.P.U.T. (a.k.a. Space Program of Unidentified Teenagers) is a blooming trading corporation trying to make a name in the competitive intergalactic economy. Although there are a few issues getting S.P.U.T. off the ground:
-Being the only human representatives of the milky way, and adolescents at that, S.P.U.T is engulfed in the overwhelming 834,236,349,115.34 other species grabbing for attention to be counted as a political ethnicity.
--Also, the members of S.P.U.T, being teenagers, were too lazy to fill out the paperwork required for a corporation license.
-The governments and the UN on Earth hold alien information as a secret. The economy is unstable at the current moment and inviting alien franchise will truly deplete the earth further into debt. Also, the countless movie films of hostile extra-terrestrials have done little to soothe the public's opinion. To discourage S.P.U.T., the government holds Felix accountable for a bank robbery and will arrest him as soon as he touches Earth soil.
-So, if you've read all the way down here, I congratulate your meticulousness and hope you enjoy the comic series! I'm busy, so I may not post often, or my work may look a little rushed. I wish for you to be understanding in that.