At the end of the second week in September a cart came in through Bywater from the direction of Brandywine Bridge in broad daylight. An old man was driving it all alone. He wore a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard a bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat. small hobbit-children ran after the cart all through Hobbiton and right up the hill. It had a cargo of Fireworks, as they had rightly guessed. At Bilbo's front door the old man began to unload ...
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring; chapter 1: A Long-expected Party. Pages 24-25, HC 50th anniversary edition paperback.
The first of maybe several Lord of the Rings illustrations I'm planning to draw. I think I'll try to stay in chronological order, but I doubt I'll manage. For now, here's my first attempts at Hobbits.
I honestly wanted to try a less bright and colourful scene, but somehow, the idea of the Shire in glowing greens and bright colours has been so firmly established in my mind after watching FotR for a dozen times, I couldn't get rid of it. I blame Peter Jackson for the result.
"A king he was on carven throne In many-pillared halls of stone With golden roof and silver floor, And runes of power upon the door. The light of sun and star and moon In shining lamps of crystal hewn Undimmed by cloud or shade or night There shone for ever fair and bright"
Balin has set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul, the Chamber of Records, where the colony gathered gold, relics and knowledge; many runes were carved to the Chamber's walls and the history of Khazad-Dúm was studied. Dwarves explored deeper and further to the Halls, and slowly, mining started. Balin also sent messengers to the Lonely Mountain.
For many years, everything went well and Balin's Kingdom prospered...
...But their presence was not unnoticed; it stirred up the Durin's Bane that lurked in the depths of Moria. ______________________________________________ Graphite pencil work, 6 hours. Contrasts etc edited after scanning. My intention was to create a mood of "old, nice memory" with this, as this is the last illustration describing this peaceful time in Moria.
Fifth illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.
Faced with the prospect of a number of illustrations featuring our favourite band of dwarf brothers and cousins I realised I was going to need to think about how I distinguish each from the other. I found variations in noses, beards, moustaches, harilines and even eyebrows makes it quite easy to develop a distinctive silhouette for each dwarf. Yes, there are only 10 here but that was all I could fit on the page! I'm not even sure who is who yet but I have to say this was a lot of fun My definitive dwarf cheat sheet will come soon.
(I know they are not strictly silhouettes - but you know what I mean )
Some of you may know that this is My Year of The Hobbit, thanks largely to a little project that I am undertaking with my good friends Ben (ironhenry) and Tere (terepalomitis).
It has been a while since I have posted something here so I thought I would show off my pencils for the first illustration in, hopefully, a long series all dedicated to my favourite children's book of all time: The Hobbit. I'm still undecided whether to finish this off as a properly rendered pencil drawing, add ink to it or (time permitting) add colour to it. Which ever way I go I will update this illustration when I have something else to show.
Details of this project and some of my process work can be found on my blog.
** More updates - a brief spell in Hobbiton tonight... very pleasant indeed
** Finally, a half-decent scan... this one after putting down some ink outlines. Still had to stitch it together though so it's a little fuzzy in places. But it will do for now. Colours next!
Well - just squeaked in for my February painting deadline! Here is my final version of Galadriel by her mirror - an image inspired by a beautiful panning shot in Peter Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring.
Watercolour - 50cm x 35cm No inks this time!
The various stages of this illustration can be seen on my blog.
"The dark filled all the room, and the fire died down, and the shadows were lost, and still they played on. And suddenly first one and then another began to sing as they played, deep-throated singing of the dwarves in the deep places of their ancient homes..." J.R.R.Tolkien "The Hobbit" A small tribute to my favorite author. Indian Ink/Watercolor/Arches paper
After the battle of Five Armies Kingdoms of Dale and Erebor were rebuilt once again. For many decades dwarves laboured in Erebor, and even if many skills and much knowledge were forgotten and lost to the dragonfire, they were growing stronger and mightier in their skills. Both Kingdoms prospered.
But peace and glories of their crafts weren't enough for some, and thus dwarves of the Lonely Mountain had sadness in their hearts.
In secret whispers started to spread; there wasn't enough space for all, Erebor wasn't simply enough, there were other riches to be found in the world. Moria was mentioned; the glory of their ancestors, Khazad-Dûm, was well remembered. At last dwarves were feeling strong and numerous enough to return to their ancient home.
Years passed and whispers became yearning, but dwarves still spoke with fear when Moria was mentioned; The Nameless Terror which, according to myths, still waited. For a thousand years had the Halls of Moria been empty after children of Durin fled - and for generations no dwarf had dared to enter the gate of Moria, except Thrór who was slain.
Balin had become restless, and at last he gave up to the whispers. In 2989 T.A, 48 years after the reclaiming of Erebor, Balin left and lead an expedition to colonize Khazad-Dûm. King Dáin mourned this decision, and didn't give him permission with a light heart, as Balin took Ori and Oin and a number of other dwarves with him. _______ Drawing ink & graphite pencil work. My aim is to illustrate Balins journey to Moria and what happened there during his reign.
First illustration to "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.