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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 the upcoming Morgul Vale expansion to FFG's Lord of the Rings card game. Pretty sure if this guy is ever in front of you, you can kiss your precious goodbye.

Prints available via my INPRNT shop.

©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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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 five hundred years living in the dark, Gollum leaves the Misty Mountains 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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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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Another piece I painted for the Lord of the Rings LCG by Fantasy Flight Games. This one is included in the Khazad-dûm de luxe expansion: [link]

AD: 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!

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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!

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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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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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"Good-bye, master, my dear!' he murmured. 'Forgive your Sam. He'll come back to this spot when the job's done if he manages it. And then he'll not leave you again. Rest you quiet till I come; and may no foul creature come anigh you! And if the Lady could hear me and give me one wish, I would wish to come back and find you again. Good-bye!"

--TTT

what can I say about this scene. When I first read the Lord of the Rings I cried my eyes out at this part, not so much for Frodo's apparent death (although certainly that was part of it) as for Sam; his master and great friend, who took on this great task and terrible burden, is killed unexpectedly, shockingly, tragically, and against all his natural humility, self-degradation and devotion to Frodo, it falls on him, the last of the company, to go on through mordor, hopeless, heartbroken and alone, and see the quest to completion. there's something particularly painful to me about Sam's quiet, dutiful resolve, once he's completed the task and effectively delivered the people of middle-earth from sauron's evil, to return to that horrible place presumably just to lay down and die beside Mr Frodo. It was such an impacting death scene (made all the more so, somehow, by the actual death happening entirely "off screen" and not being realized until after this major action scene) and transferring of main-character-status from Frodo to Sam that a part of me wonders if Tolkien didn't ultimately kinda screw up in pulling the whole "he's not really dead" trick (I have a creeping suspicion George RR Martin has wondered the same thing) It's also a moment that has been almost entirely overlooked by illustrators and fan artists in favor of the much more action-driven battle with the giant spider immediately preceding it, though, being a life-long hardcore arachnophobe, I don't think that one's in the cards for me.

the scored rock surfaces, eaten out by centuries of exposure to shelob's poisonous bile, were taken directly from john howe, but i didn't want the piece to get cluttered up with details of webbing or the horrific refuse of shelob's feeding. the scene as I always envisioned it was very funereal, sacred almost; as if somehow the frantic terror of the moment before has given way to a calm, and suddenly the place doesn't seem quite so bad.

sorry about the long absence all y'all, I promise I'll be posting more regularly again (oh yeah, and I'm painting now, Booyah!)
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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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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:

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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.

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My Website: [link]
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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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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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