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22:03 

Welcome to my life, Quinacridone!

A few people recommended Daniel Smith watercolours to me when I posted my last blog post. I got curious and found a place to order them online in Germany. I got myself Shadow Violet, Quinacridone Deep Gold and Indian Red (which I’d run out of anyway). The owner of the shop very kindly also included [...]


@темы: watercolour, tolkien, technique, silmarillion, painting, maedhros, art, Daniel Smith

22:32 

Which watercolours?

An overview over all the different watercolour types and brands I’ve worked with, their advantages and setbacks. Some general notes in advance. If you’re well-versed with the different features of watercolours, just skip this bit. Quality: Watercolours come in two general distinctions: Artists’ quality (Fine Art/K


@темы: watercolour pencils, watercolour, tubes, technique, schmincke, pans, painting, material, how-to, art, Rohrer&Klingner, Hydrus, Ecoline, Dr Martins

13:19 

The harp no longer sings

This is a concept that has occupied me for years, resulting in several pieces already. It’s symbolic rather than illustrative of any given passage in the text – Maglor, a remnant of the Elves in Middle-earth but excluded from his people, caught in a world of his own where music no longer brings consolation, surrounded [...]


@темы: watercolour, walkthrough, tolkien, technique, sketch, silmarillion, painting, maglor, illustration, how-to, art

17:28 

The Oath has been awakened…

Finished piece (here’s the process). The post was becoming so long that I decided not to hide the finished image at the bottom! Click to enlarge! Detail shots (click to enlarge):


@темы: watercolour, tolkien, sons of feanor, silmarillion, painting, maglor, maedhros, horse, gouache, curufin, celegorm, caranthir, art, amrod, amras, F

15:12 

The Oath has been awakened – painting

In painting this one, I was facing the challenge to have a lot of reds, even in the sky, and horses – which sometimes leads to dangerously girly-calendary motifs. So far, I seem to have succeeded in not falling over on that side of the fence. I know that because my daughter, a great fan [...]


@темы: watercolour, walkthrough, tolkien, technique, sons of feanor, silmarillion, painting, maglor, maedhros, how-to, horse, gouache, curufin, celegorm, caranthir, art, amrod, amras, F

19:55 

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14:38 

Custom sketchbooks!

After being asked whether I’d do them for others as well, I decided I would. Get your customised sketchbook! Here’s the deal. :)    


@темы: drawing, art, sketchbook, sketch

13:07 

One little, two little, fifteen little Noldor

I sat down yesterday for a reality check. Am I deluded? These all look different to me, even without their characteristic hair. So yes, they are all related (fathers and brothers and sons and daughters and cousins), so they are all immortal and ageless, and they are all beautiful in the same ethereal Elven way, [...]


@темы: turgon, tolkien, sketch, silmarillion, nerdanel, maglor, maedhros, galadriel, finrod, fingon, fingolfin, finarfin, drawing, curufin, celegorm, caranthir, art, aredhel, amrod, amras, F

00:28 

The Painting of the Sword

… or, how to avoid cluttering up mass scenes. On your second attempt. In this painting, I have such an amount of detail in the lineart that I have to be careful not to kill the picture with it.Let me give you a fun example of how *not* to do it, from exactly ten years [...]


@темы: F, Uncategorized, art, celegorm, curufin, fingolfin, fingon, finwe, how-to, maedhros, maglor, painting, silmarillion, tolkien, turgon, tutorial, walkthrough, watercolour

18:11 

The Drawing of the Sword

(Drawing the Drawing of the sword always results in semantic weirdness.) It was in early 1994 that I realised this scene was one tough cookie. Two Elves, one at an arm’s and a sword’s length from the other? That means a bit of Elf at the margins of a picture and rather a lot of [...]


@темы: F, art, celegorm, curufin, drawing, drawing of the sword, fingolfin, fingon, maedhros, maglor, silmarillion, tolkien, turgon

00:46 

Spirit of Fire

Added just a bit of colour to the Hobbit Feest sketch of F


@темы: watercolour, tolkien, thangorodrim, sketch, painting, meadhros, maedhros, art, angband, F

23:38 

Hobbit Feest

Last weekend was Hobbit Feest at Kasteel de Berckt in Baarlo, Netherlands. It was a wonderful and cosy experience (probably too cosy from the organisers’ points of view, as there were really not enough visitors). Though it was rather quiet, I loved it there – I met up with loads of Loughborough friends again, and [...]


@темы: F, art, art show, baarlo, convention, conventions and events, drawing, hobbit feest, silmarillion, sketch, tolkien

18:20 

Staffroom sketches

Following the thought of what would have become of Elur


@темы: art, illustration, maedhros, pastel, silmarillion, sketch, sketchbook, tolkien

17:02 

Beren and L

Finally done: Beren and L


@темы: art, beren, luthien, painting, silmarillion, tolkien, watercolour

17:08 

The pretence of knowledge

This week, in between essay marking, I read on a friend’s facebook page: “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.” I actually think this sentence is less paradox than it sounds. The age of information has flooded us with so much knowledge at a mouseclick that choosing ignorance sounds like a rather logical [...]


@темы: School, Uncategorized, society

19:43 

Print sale – 20% off everything until 5th November!

My trusty old Epson Stylus Office has finally, with a sound to permanently traumatise my cat, given up its ghost. :( So, to afford a new one that’ll take watercolour paper with less fuss, please help me out, and buy some shiny prints! 20% off everything until the fifth of November! A3 prints for 12 [...]


@темы: Uncategorized

19:20 

When spirits walk, as some may say

Some artwork for my “Rhyddion Chronicles”. Branwen (who’s been recently renamed as “Branwyn” is the male form) as well as a little illu of the very last chapter, which has parallels with the Children of H


@темы: Branwen, Rhyddion, art, sketch

00:14 

Beren and L

Finally coming along…  


@темы: art, beren, drawing, illustration, luthien, silmarillion, tolkien

13:14 

Back from Ring*Con

Back from Ring*Con in Bonn, the biggest Fantasy convention in Europe. It was surprisingly close to my experience of Spielemesse Essen, when I had expected something more like Return of the Ring in Loughborough. Many thanks to Becky Dillon, Jay Johnstone, Julian Eilmann, Marcel Aubron-B


@темы: art show, conventions and events

00:26 

Maedhros searching for the sons of Dior

  Nearly off to Ring*Con. Catch me in Bonn! Got loads and loads of cool stuff coming up…


@темы: Uncategorized

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