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In the Garden of Bag End
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Published: September 4, 2018
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Next morning after a late breakfast, the wizard was sitting with Frodo by the open window of the study. A bright fire was on the hearth, but the sun was warm, and the wind was in the South. Everything looked fresh, and the new green of Spring was shimmering in the fields and on the tips of the trees' fingers.
Gandalf was thinking of a spring, nearly eighty years before, when Bilbo had run out of Bag End without a handkerchief. His hair was perhaps whiter than it had been then, and his beard and eyebrows were perhaps longer, and his face more lined with care and wisdom; but his eyes were as bright as ever, and he smoked and blew smoke-rings with the same vigour and delight.
He was smoking now in silence, for Frodo was sitting still, deep in thought. Even in the light of morning he felt the dark shadow of the tidings that Gandalf had brought.
(...) The sound of Sam Gamgee cutting the lawn came in from the garden.
~ J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring. Book I, Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past
The famous conversation of Gandalf and Frodo where the identity of the One Ring is revealed has surely been illustrated several times. But I wanted to try a different perspective here. In fact, I wanted to paint the Bag End garden first, prompted by the monthly challenge "garden" on Projekt ilustrace, and this scene came as a logical choice of something interesting taking place (partly) in the garden. :-)

As for the depiction of the Bag End garden, I based it closely on Tolkien's own picture The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water, which is why I put the flowerbeds in front of the windows. Another inspiration was Ted Nasmith's painting One Morning Long Ago, which shows quite a similar outside view of Bag End, just from the other side.
I had already made a tribute to Tolkien's picture of Hobbiton in my own illustration:
Hobbiton by MatejCadil 

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MiaErrianIrielynn's avatar
MiaErrianIrielynnProfessional Traditional Artist
jojo, hobití architekruta nikdy neomrzí... :D (Big Grin)  okýnka a komínky jsou prostě perfektní... Ok Hand Emoji vůbec geniální koncept tohohle "přírodního" bydlení =P (Razz)  
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Jo jo, taky to mám moc rád. Rozhodně bych rád hobití architekturu ve svých ilustracích prozkoumal víc. :-)
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MiaErrianIrielynnProfessional Traditional Artist
:D (Big Grin) já bych ji nejraději aplikovala u nás na chatě...ale moc malý pozemek... Meow :3 
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
=D
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rosiecraftsHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great illustration! Very colorful, bright and detailed!
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :-)
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D0rkf4ceProfessional General Artist
Beautifully done!! So good!!
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like it! :-)
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Stunning piece, it jumps off the page with life and realism and wonder. My favorite part is how the chimneys lead your eye into the distance, oh and I love the daffodils!Sq10 - daffodil - colored   It's a coincidence, but I do have a photo of the actual site of Bag End in New Zealand on the about page of my blog. Check it out half way down the page if you get a second!
thecharmedstudio.com/about/
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like my picture! :-) Bag End is indeed a symbol of coziness for me. :-)
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Commander-FeroxStudent General Artist
Hi, there, I'm from Project-Comment.

I love Lord of Rings, and your attention to detail with the intricate gardening equipment; the lively people Frodo, Sam, and Gandalf; the stunning sky; the beautiful shading of the windows; the well-drawn chimneys; and the fresh, detailed grass with all of those marked blades was incredible. The perspective was very well done with the houses of Bag End and road fading into the distance, and not a lot of artists can nail the perspective the way you did. 

However, not all art pieces are perfect.

My main point of criticism is that I do feel like your colors were too vibrant.

I can see that it's your style from viewing your other art pieces, so all I have to say is that art is not just about having the most colorful and brightest colors shining out; you need to learn how to balance the colors. I learned this the hard way myself; it took a while before I trained myself out of this mindset of using straight out bright, blinding colors. I know you could argue that you did add shadows and highlights to you art piece, but if you close your eyes and then reopen them to look at your art piece, you can see instantly that your eyes are drawn straight to that vibrant, powerful green and then to the right because your eyes wanted a break from the malachite. The problem is that your eyes are drawn away from Frodo and Gandalf; this is the part of the art piece that is famous (THE BAZINGA!!! of your art piece) and should be where your eyes are drawn to.

So, my suggestion is that, in the future, tone down your green shades.

Make them more subtle, while the pieces of the art piece that you want to be noticed--make them vibrant and eye-catching!

That way your art has a stronger impact and better technique!

Also, two other small points I think I should bring up:

One, I felt a little squeamish about the little bits of white space around Sam's head. (I don't know why that drives me insane. XD) Maybe, you can try to be more meticulous with covering up unwanted white areas like that. I do notice that you use white space impressively in other places, so this does NOT mean that I want you to get rid of ALL white spaces. 

Two, the flowers in the garden feel a little bit rushed. They need more shadows and more dimension; they were drawn a little awkwardly as well. I'll just put it that way. Maybe, you've just haven't gotten a lot of practice drawing patches of flowers. I suggest searching flowers online and practicing drawing them more often; that way your flowers in the future will look fabulous!!!

Overall, I hope this critique helps you improve future art pieces, and I sincerely do love your art style, but there's always room for improvement.

Heck, I bet if you check out my art pieces, you'll see errors I never even noticed!

On the Night of the Blood Moon by Commander-Ferox  On the Night of the Blood Moon 

For this art piece of mine, I got nailed for the zburator blending into the alicorn too much; not enough ambient, red highlights on the alicorn; "cuteness" (don't ask); and issues with anatomy concerning the alicorn. XD The point is: I'm not perfect either. No one is.

I think I went off on a tangent there. :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) So, where was I again...? 

Anyways, I hope you take this comment to heart. deviantART Groups deviantART Groups deviantART Groups deviantART Groups deviantART Groups Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav It took a ridiculously long time to write this. XD 
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, I appreciate your taking the time to write such a detailed critique.

The vibrant green has been mentioned before. I was trying to convey the feeling of a fresh morning in spring with lush vegetation everywhere (contrasting to the dark matters being discussed, as in the book), but you're absolutely right that it draws attention away from Frodo and Gandalf.

About the white space around Sam's head, that's interesting, it never occurred to me. I just wanted there to be enough contrast so that he stands out a bit from the background, but it surely could have been done more meticulously. :-)
As for the flowers in the garden, I did look up some reference photos, but as you recognized, it was just rushed. I wanted to have it finished already, so I didn't put as much effort into them as I should have.

It is always great to read constructive criticism, it is very helpful and I hope I'll be able to learn from it in the future. You have a great gallery for sure, I'll have to explore it! :-)
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Commander-FeroxStudent General Artist
I appreciate that you took the time to answer back to my critique! :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 

Yah, now looking at the white space around Sam's head, you are right that it allows Sam to stand out more from the background, and you did look up references to flowers! Just remember to spend more time next time; don't rush beautiful artwork like this! La la la la La la la la La la la la (You already know that though...What was the point in even saying that? XD Mildly annoying reminders?)

I also get what you were trying to do with the vibrant green; I'm sure that you'll figure out how to create that feeling of a fresh morning in spring while also balancing the lush vegetation. I'll keep favoriting and checking out your art work until then. I do really enjoy your style; it is very vibrant and beautiful. Not many people have as much talent as you.

Anyways, I really enjoyed critiquing your art piece, and I'll probably do so with future art pieces!
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again for your kind words. :-)
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Commander-FeroxStudent General Artist
You're welcome! :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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LightDragon1988Student Artisan Crafter
Good and beautiful work! 
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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HazelRose3637Professional General Artist
Beautiful details here! :)
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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wurstmoenchHobbyist Digital Artist
I like the Landscape and colors alot. I think you could spend more time on your construction lines to avoid perspective errors. Great work.
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! Yes, I am aware that the perspective is not ideal, but hopefully it is not very prominent.
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MenkharHobbyist General Artist
nádherné! Clap Love Heart 
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
díky! :-)

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Wonderful illustration, Matej!
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