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Card illustration for FFG's upcoming "The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill" saga expansion to their LOTR card game! I really liked playing with the idea that Gandalf is so tall compared to everyone else that he stands out of frame - but we still know it's him.
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A new LOTR card of mine was spoiled today on the Fantasy Flight Games site, so I can finally show it off! Finished this one back around last September or October I think. It's one of the VERY few attempts I've made at doing a card commission in traditional paint and it was definitely a lot of fun to work on (I mean, it's Gandalf for crying out loud!), but I definitely don't have as much confidence painting quickly (and accurately) in oils as I would like. Maybe one day.

9" x 10.5" oil on illustration board. ©Fantasy Flight Games

Original painting is now for sale! Check out my web store for purchase information!
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For FFG's "Lord of the Rings" card game.

Image © Fantasy Flight Games. All Rights Reserved.
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Card artwork I did in April 2012 for Fantasy Flight Games' The Hobbit.

For everybody who is interested in the progress how I painted Dwalin, please have a look at my blog: [link]

I love The Hobbit <3
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One of the interior illustrations I did for the new Midgard Pen & Paper adventure called Melzindar.

It was a pleasure painting them.
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I got permission to show the first Cover I did in a series of bookcovers for the 5th Edition of the p&p RPG Das Schwarze Auge, jippieeehh :)

It was great to work so closely with the producers and being able to illustrate two fighters of two very heartwarming kingdoms Nostria and Andergast.

Guess the place where this duel is happening.

This cover illustration is been printed in the 2015 calendar that just came out: www.f-shop.de/wuerfel-und-zube…

It is limited to 500 pieces, came out yesterday and is almost sold out yet. *__* 

Thanks a lot to everyone who purchased one! I'll be signing yours at DreieichCon (near Frankfurt) in November, if you'd like.
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Allatar and Pallando (no doubt known by different names at this point) meet for a chai, somewhere in the vast expanses of the East.

The blue wizards fascinate me. They are perhaps the two most significant absentees of the events of the third age in the west in middle-earth, having ventured off east and never returning; theirs was the only (remarked upon) excursion of the ainur into the east, and in them and their story (what precious little we have of it) as with little details like the oliphants or the "apes of the southern juggles," middle-earth is expanded out beyond being merely some pseudo-european mythical world and comes to feel more like a fictionalized version of, well, the whole world. Tolkien changed his mind a few times about the blue wizards; his original concept, presented in he appendices to the Lord of the Rings and in the Unfinished Tales, placed them as the last two members of the istari, who went far out into the east of middle-earth and never returned, founding cults and magic traditions, but in this early concept, generally speaking, the blue wizards (like radaghast and saruman) are supposed to have failed in their larger mission (to inspire the people of middle earth to action and contest the rise of Sauron) becoming terminally side-tracked in their journeys. His later conception of the duo was less critical, placing their arrival in middle-earth midway through the second age, several thousand years before Saruman Gandalf and Radaghast, and in this version they are remarked to have had a great impact as missionaries to the east, successfully combating the influence of evil and instilling in the peoples and cultures of the far off eastern lands some much needed knowledge of the Powers in the True West.

personally I can't make up my mind as to which concept I like better. I definitely prefer the notion of the five Istari coming to middle-earth as a unit, and the concept of maiar spirits being sent to middle-earth to do a particular job and instead becoming lost in the vastness of the world is really interesting to me, much more interesting than them simply carrying out the rather narrow task of missionary work, but at the same time it's nice to think that the Valar would give SOME thought to the children of men outside of the edain (the case has been made elsewhere - and I think it's a sound one - that it's just a little douchey of both the elves and the Valar to hold it against the "evil" men of the south and east that they came to worship the only one of the divine powers who actually bothered to show himself to them) and if the blue wizards were sent to middle-earth with stated purpose of going east, it is reasonable to believe that through their influence the peoples and cultures out there gained some awareness of the creator and the divine truth of the world they live in.

It was suggested to me that the Blue Wizards should look ethnically like the people of the farther regions of middle-earth who they would be interacting with, which seems especially fitting if they were indeed MEANT to go east (and provided a great opportunity, artistically, to draw on "wizards" from non-european cultures). I was going for a very central-asian feel to their rendezvous setting, and also to have them look like they've been living apart, among different peoples in different lands (the "East" always reffered to as one unified, villainous entity by westerners, is infact far bigger and more diverse than the west). it was a matter of some debate for me whether or not they should still retain their blue robes (leave it to the valar to be tone-deaf enough to clothe their two emmisarries heading out farthest into hostile territory in the rarest and therefore most conspicuous dye color, because it's "the color of the sea") but finally i thought they should retain their colors, reworked and re-tailored as cultural stylings dictate, and finally hidden (like gandalf's white) under less attention-grabbing garments.  imagine the two meeting for the first time in many, many years, possibly to discuss the reemergence of sauron, (or maybe just to catch up over a nice bowl of hashish)

this was a really fun picture to do and to think about. maybe there's an inherent fondness for those tantalizing little side characters we only get to hear a word or two about, but I've got to love the blue wizards for going out east and becoming immersed. i see them as the sort of rebellious ones; they came to do their mission but got kind of floored by how huge and awe inspiring the world is, and came to develop a personal affinity for the under-cared-for people of the east, as both inherently good, empathetic children of illuvatar, and as a people under constant pressure from the forces of evil. I like to think that in attempting to undo things like dragon-worship and curb the spread of ruthless mordor-supported warlords, they had alot of work cut out for them - not the least of which being relentlessly hunted by servants of sauron - and came in time to relish the task (saruman is of course rebellious as well, but more like the ivy league educated success case who crashes and burns in his mid thirties, they "failed in different ways" as tolkien puts it)
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Dain Ironfoot, Cousin to the King of Dwarves, lord of the Iron Hills, next in line (behind Fili and Kili) to the throne under the Lonely Mountain and one all around stern looking motherfucker. I always liked dain in the book because he was really the only named dwarf in the hobbit who didn't have to share in the various embarrassing moments which thorin and co. suffered. he comes off like a visitor from an altogether more serious story.
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a couple harnesses of the first-age dwarves, as would have been worn by Azaghal's host at the Battle of Unnumbered Tears (complete with their "hideous" dwarven war-masks) This one, along with my recent numenorean studies, is another entry in the "middle-earth historic costume in pictures" book that I would make if I planned on living to a thousand (honestly though, since discovering this pen-and-marker medium, making such a volume seems infinitely more possible, I'm kicking myself in the head for not having ventured into markers sooner)

The First Age in Beleriand seems to have been something of a golden age for Dwarven craftsmanship; between them the artisans of Belegost and Nogrod had the building of Menegroth and Nargothrond, the Nauglamir, the Dragon Helm of Dor-Lomin, the knife Angrist, the sword Narsil and, perhaps most significantly in the long run, the invention of chainmail (more on that below) to their credit. I see it as this Italian Renaissance-like time of heated competition between the two dwarven city states, resulting in a lot of never-to-be-equaled high notes in weapons, armor, architecture and finery (I can imagine some magnificent but sadly not-remembered geniuses among the craftsmen of Belegost, living their whole lives and carreers in furious competition with the insurmountable Gamil Zirak and later his brilliant pupil Telchar) it was also a time of rare cooperation between the Dwarves and other free folk (I suppose having the Evil of the World incarnate and living a few days march away will do that) evidenced perhaps most compellingly by the dwarves' apparently open use of their khuzdul names (unheard-of in the later ages, even during the days of friendship between the dwarves of Khazad-Dum and the Noldor of Eregion)

The warriors who took part in the battle with Glaurung and his brood represent an all-time high water mark for dwarven strength and courage, and I wanted their armor to match. In the silmarillion it is remarked that the dwarves wore masks into battle as part of their custom, but I like to imagine that, in response to the first generation of fire breathing dragons (perhaps in later generations the dragons simply grew too big and their fire too hot for any armor) the dwarven armorers created a new style focused on effectively fireproofing the face and figure, with the traditional war-masks rendered as these elaborately detailed forge visors, and offering full body coverage (with the armor probably worn over some pre-modern type of asbestos cloth) I can see it as a proud, fearsome style, with many armors (once they'd been proven affective against dragon fire) adorned with mocking images of the beasts, gold teeth and mustaches, even horns, claws and fangs of the monsters themselves (probably cow horns in reality for the most part, meant to represent dragon-trophies, but perhaps one of the lesser members of glaurung's brood had been brought down under similar circumstances to Fingon's mounted hunt)

design-wise, I see dwarven armor as both eastern and western stylistically. They invented chainmail and are the best at making it, so I think they probably would have played around with all styles, from the simple, classic four-in-one weave pattern, to denser six-in-one, to those crazy intricate patterns you see in indian and persian chainplate (they came up with the stuff, i think they can play around with it some ;)) and since middle-earth is pretty much an all-chainmail world, I like to think (and this is my attempt at sort of retroactively assigning a consistent art history to a fictional universe) that you can sort of tell -very broadly speaking - where someone is from by the style and make of their maille; whereas the elves and the men in the west favor that classic european style four-in-one, guys out east are more inclined toward persian/turkish style chain plate, or more exotic weaves. Dwarves are the real geniuses when it comes to armor and, being far flung as they are out into the east and south, chainmail is their big "gift to the world" (kind of like Russia with the AK-47) so i like to think that in their armor you can see the origin of a lot of styles imitated (usually by less-skilled human craftsmen) by people and cultures all over the world, both good and evil.

Part of the Weekly Tolkien Sketchblog (now in technicolor!)
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Thorin II Oakenshield, son of Thrain, son of Thror, Dwarf-King of Erebor the Lonely Mountain.

From The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937), by J.R.R. Tolkien.


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After living in the darkness of the Misty Mountains for five centuries, Sméagol sees the light of day for the first time as he embarks on a quest to find "Baggins", the thief who stole his Precious.

Photoshop.
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This one was made for ERRI, an illustration book featuring art from 38 young artists, all originating from my hometown of Montréal, Canada. The book can be ordered on Drownspire's website: [link]

This wonderful book was launched yesterday and is already selling pretty quickly, so better act soon if you want one!

Thanks to the wonderful work of Michael ([link]), Ika ([link]), Jessica ([link]) and Vincent ([link]) for creating this great piece of art!
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Just spoilered card art for Fantasy Flight Games' Lord of the Rings card game.

Thorin leads the sortie out of the Mountain during the Battle of the Five Armies.

Copyright Fantasy Flight Games

Art Director Zoe Robinson
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Card art for the new cooperative LCG by Fantasy Flight Games that was demoed at GenCon.

If you are interested, more can be found on FFG's site here:[link]

The game is obviously set in Middle Earth, the timespan will go from around the end of The Hobbit to the beginning of The Lord of the Rings.

Art Director: Zoe Robinson
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While she surrenders to sleep...

Another card for Lord of the Rings LCG.

Copyright: Fantasy Flight Games

Art Director: Zoe Robinson
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Hey everyone! In honor of "The Hobbit" which will be coming out this Friday, here's some more work that I did last year for Fantasy Flight Games.

This is once again from their "Lord of the Rings The Card Game" and specifically their "The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill" expansion. These two characters are Fili and Kili.

As you can tell, I've painted a lot of dwarves for them lol! By the way, if you're interested in the game here's a link:[link]
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In honor of "The Hobbit" coming out this week, I'm posting more art that I did last year for Fantasy Flight Games and their Lord of the Rings Card Game. This is "Ori". Enjoy!

Copyright Fantasy Flight Games
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Hey everyone! In honor of "The Hobbit" coming out this week, I thought I'd post some work I did last year for Fantasy Flight Games card game "Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" (boy that's a lot of writing card game lol). This first post of the week is "Nori" from "The Hobbit". Enjoy!

Copyright Fantasy Flight Games
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For more information on the game and art I've done for it, go to my blog: janpospisil.blogspot.cz/2014/0…

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"The One Ring, Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their licensees."
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For more information on the game and art I've done for it, go to my blog: janpospisil.blogspot.cz/2014/0…

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"The One Ring, Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their licensees."
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A group of Viglunding slavers inspect their stock.

A piece made for "Heart of the Wild", a supplement book for The One Ring RPG.
"The One Ring, Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their licensees."
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Imagine a whole platoon of these dwarves armed to the teeth ready to mercilessly cut down evil goblins...
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This is an old page from my Entry portfolio in to Artcenter College of Design
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This is some exploration on Lamellar armour styles.
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In the spirit of the holidays and having time off, I felt like posting something today. After going through the archives,, I think a little more LoTR art is in order:

Dwalin, from Fantasy Flight's Lord of the Rings card game.
You can read more about it at:

[link]

Tony Foti Illustration Facebook Page: [link]

© 2012 Fantasy Flight Games
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New Tony Foti Illustration Facebook page! (apparently you have to be logged in to view it) : [link]

Copyright 2010 Fantasy Flight Games

For the upcoming Lord of the Rings LCG, which you can read about here: [link]

My Website: [link]
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I'm setting up a facebook page for my illustration stuff, so if you use FB please consider heading over and liking it to follow my news with new Star Wars, D&D, and other projects. If I have less than 10 likes, it just makes me look creepy for having the page : [link]

Another preview of Fantasy Flight's upcoming Lord of the Rings CCG.

[link]

My Website: [link]
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The big north man shape-shifter in "The Hobbit".
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Rohirrim character...
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Pencil drawing on paper.
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