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Queen of Demons - preliminary drawing by DonatoArts Queen of Demons - preliminary drawing :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 196 9 TheHobbit: Expulsiuon -preliminary drawing by DonatoArts TheHobbit: Expulsiuon -preliminary drawing :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 220 8 Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend by DonatoArts Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 291 11 Burdens of the Past by DonatoArts Burdens of the Past :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 318 15 Mars Violet - Dragon Tamer by DonatoArts Mars Violet - Dragon Tamer :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 376 14 Chani-Dune by DonatoArts Chani-Dune :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 149 7 Dejection by DonatoArts Dejection :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 222 7 Uprooted - Chapter26 - The Soldier/Farmer by DonatoArts Uprooted - Chapter26 - The Soldier/Farmer :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 261 6 Drogon and Daenerys at Slaver's Bay by DonatoArts Drogon and Daenerys at Slaver's Bay :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 470 16 Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin by DonatoArts Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 1,127 25 Smaug: The Golden by DonatoArts Smaug: The Golden :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 377 18 The Coming of Smaug by DonatoArts The Coming of Smaug :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 589 13 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by DonatoArts Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 662 29 Reach - Empathetic Robot by DonatoArts Reach - Empathetic Robot :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 608 18 Serra Angel - Magic: The Gathering - Dominaria set by DonatoArts Serra Angel - Magic: The Gathering - Dominaria set :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 244 8 Empathetic Robot - Reach by DonatoArts Empathetic Robot - Reach :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 192 6

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In the woods...! by Olivier-Villoingt In the woods...! :iconolivier-villoingt:Olivier-Villoingt 161 22 Destiny by EKukanova Destiny :iconekukanova:EKukanova 1,019 106 Elwing by EKukanova Elwing :iconekukanova:EKukanova 1,079 93

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Queen of Demons - preliminary drawing
Preliminary drawing for the cover art to David Drake's novel 'Queen of Demons'
28" x 40"
Graphite on Paper
1998
A large amount of other preliminary drawings (40!) are posted within my Facebook feed:

donatoart.com/news.html#smartschool2019spring

www.donatoart.com/lotr/index.html
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TheHobbit: Expulsiuon -preliminary drawing
The preliminary drawing created before moving on into oil paints for this cover illustration of The Hobbit for Ballantine Books. 
30" x 42"  Graphite on Paper
2000
A large amount of other preliminary drawings (40!) are posted within my Facebook feed:
And my forth coming book on Middle-earth art from Dark Horse:
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Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend
I am honored to announce the release of the revised edition of my book of Middle-earth art and essays from Dark Horse Books, coming this April!
Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend, will be a massive tome at 14" x 10" (35cm x 25cm), 200 pages on heavy stock paper.
For a preview of a dozen plus pages and a blog post regarding its creation visit:

www.muddycolors.com/2019/01/middle-earth-journeys-in-myth-and-legend

www.donatoart.com/lotr/index.html

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Burdens of the Past
Shared a new oil painting on the MuddyColors blog, which I am a partcipant. A few detailed close ups included there.
Burdens of the Past
www.muddycolors.com/2018/12/burdens-of-the-past/
www.donatoart.com/
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Mars Violet - Dragon Tamer
A recent oil painting premiered at IX Arts this past year.

Mars Violet - Dragon Tamer
20" x 16" Oil on Panel

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Donato Giancola
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United States
As a heavily respected and awarded Imaginative Realist artist, Donato shares his passion of figurative arts not only through his unique body of oil paintings and drawings, but also by inspiring future generations of creators through teaching at the Illustration Master Class and the School of Visual Arts, mentoring online through the SmArt School, and lecturing and exhibiting at various institutions, seminars, and conventions worldwide.

From J.R.R. Tolkiens' The Lord of the Rings to Botticellis' La Primivera, Donato balances modern concepts with historical inspirations to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts. Influences encompass strolls down New York City streets and pilgrimages to museums and art institutions where ever he travels. Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by visual art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of the narrative genre that extend beyond the commissions of his clients.

Since beginning his professional career in 1993, Donato’s list of clients has grown to include major book publishers in New York to concept design firms on the West Coast: notables include The United Nations, LucasArts, National Geographic, Scientific American, CNN, DC Comics, Microsoft, The Village Voice, Playboy Magazine, US Postal Service, Wizards of the Coast , Scholastic, Simon&Schuster, Tor Books, Random House, Time/Warner, The Scifi Channel, Milton-Bradley, and Hasbro. Merits range from the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators to twenty-three Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, three Artist Hugo Awards for outstanding professional work from the World Science Fiction Society, notable awards from the Art Renewal Center, and six silver and two gold medals from the juried annual Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.

Donato is currently engaged with series works on the themes of empathetic robots, astronauts, commercial cover commissions, and continued explorations within Middle-earth and other inspired worlds. You can learn more about Donato’s art and techniques at www.donatoart.com.

Donato lives with his wife and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.
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Mic-Gold Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2019
You have some great art! I really like your Tolkien pieces. I look forward to seeing what you do in the future!
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cislunar-anna Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
I'm not even sure where to start.
Your artwork is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Seriously, your level is just unmatched. Wow.
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world, I cannot wait to see what you come up with next! <3
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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there! :la:

Nice art :wow:  If you're ever looking to share your work with other people, live, you should check out #ThumbHub on dAmn (Did you know we had a chat system!? A lot of people don't :( ) We get a lot of great artists popping in to share their work and it varies from Traditional art, to photography, to poetry :) Also a great place to gain more exposure for your art AND to make some new friends xx


Hope to see you there some time :heart:

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LudwigVonKoopalover Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Student General Artist

Hey! I have a YouTube channel, and I want more subs on there.

So can you check my channel?

www.youtube.com/channel/UCetOe…?

Thanks and have a nice day :meow:

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hanestetico Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
Such a stunning gallery!
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sk363786 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
WOW, Water dragon - emoticon  Your art is extraordinary. There so unique and majestic to look at. You sir, have talent in life. And it's amazing to see you spread your talent in life, and let other people see it through your art. Keep doing what your doing, and you will always find happiness in life hiccup and toothless -Olga
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ehssar60 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018
You have so pretty art works!!
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TheWinterWolfKing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Best wishes for a safe, prosperous, healthy and happy new year.
Thank you for keeping the spirit of Middle Earth alive.
Sincerely,
Michael
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Quijuka Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018
Wonderful gallery!!!
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Ulfeid3 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Donato, I follow you since a loooong time ago, even before I decided to reach deviantArt. Thanks for sharing with us your art and your talent, every time I look at your artworks is like to take a deep breath full of beauty and, I don't know, something AMAZING. Love ya,
Ulfeid.
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