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Thrain, son of Thror

Continuing with the fun of drawing dwarves, I decided to draw Thrain from the movie The Hobbit charging with his war hammer. I had to guess on some of the armor details, and fake a lot of it pattern-wise so I could keep from losing my mind (I'm supposed to be sewing right now, but this is so fun I don't want to stop). This took two days to sketch in blue pencil (straight to bristol -- which is different than my usual transferring process) and three days to ink.

Drawn on 11"X14" bristol, and inked (also used ink wash) with Black Magic ink, using Winsor & Newton brushes (sizes 0, mostly 1, and 2 and 3 for inking large areas). I also used a black pencil for his facial tattoos, and a white pencil for some texture on the side of the war hammer.

Edited on 7/17/14: Replaced the old photograph with a scan.
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secretoflurkmore's avatar
Other than the angle of the warhammer head and shaft being slightly off, this is a brilliant drawing. If you're relearning after awhile then well done indeed:)
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Mimi-Sardinia's avatar
It's great too see people doing something with Thrain. He seems to get a little forgotten, what with his being in between Thror and Thorin. Maybe that will change when the next movie comes out because I saw a mention in an Empire (movie magazine) article that there will be some detail about what happened to him.

Anyway, nice work on this. :)
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Thank you! :D

And I totally agree! I was so disappointed we didn't see more with Thrain. I'm also hopeful we'll see what happened to him in DoS, and my fingers are crossed we'll even get a few more seconds of him from pre-dragon attack. Even a few more screen caps would be handy to study his armor closer and get a feel for him as a character. I really enjoy drawing him and Thror (I have a rough sketch of the two of them in my scraps, waiting to be finished). They are so much fun!
megnoliaa's avatar
this is incredible! I'm in love with your amount of details you put in 
cfgriffith's avatar
Thank you so much for your very kind reply! :D Best Wishes!
megnoliaa's avatar
thank you! and to you also!
goddesstears's avatar
Wow, I'm absolutely blown away! This is incredible! :D I'd love to have this framed on my wall. ;)
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Thank you so much! The crazy thing is, I keep wanting to frame all these dwarf drawings too (and Christopher is agreeing with me). I don't know where I'm going to find the wall space. *laughs*

As crazy as some of the repetitive details (and having to guess at a lot of them) made me, this one was a lot of fun I'll admit. :D Dwarves are such a blast to draw!
goddesstears's avatar
I know what you mean about the repetitive details, that's what drove me crazy with my Thorin drawing. You did an amazing job! ^_^
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