I do very little anthro/esque work, but if I'll do, I'll be sure to post it. ;) Thanks guys!
My Tolkien exhibition in Loughborough this August was a blast! I made lots of contacts and got an armful of new commissions and invitations to Cons, and there are publications in the offing - thanks for all your support here as well! That means so much to me.
Next in line for Tolkien commissions: A scene from the Silmarillion. Maedhros searching for the sons of Dior.
Pencil (tinted in PS) with watercolour wash.
Another Tolkien commission - Beren and Lúthien. They were commissioned to frame a third piece in their midst, which is why they're so "tidy" colour and design wise.
Watercolour (liquid) on Canson Montval, 50x30 cm.
Woops! And I just saw I never posted this one? Weird.
:O My...These are incredible. Just took a look at your blog also. You have to be the coolest teacher ever. You paint awesome images and...play video games...Really great work. I saved a bunch for an inspiration fix when I cant get online. Hope you don't mind...
All the best!
These are beautiful! Your use of value is amazing, and you really manage to tell a story with each picture.
Thanks so much everyone!
Damien: Teachers are never cool. By default. :D Although the Year 7 I teach right now likes looking on when I sketch, most other students are determined to find everything boring, embarrassing and stupid that a teacher does!
Cover image for a Tolkien-themed artbook: Eärendil the Mariner, from Tolkien's legendarium.
Thank you, hc! :)
Got a new one done yesterday... When everybody's running around celebrating Carnival, getting drunk and listening to disgusting music, then my favourite place is my workbench.
Watercolours and gouache, 65x32 cm.
Painting process: http://goldseven.wordpress.com/2013/...ened-painting/
You're a really skilled artist, and as a Tolkien Nut, I just have so much respect for your work. Thanks a bunch for posting those watercolour tutorials, they've been really helpful to me :)
I've been meaning to comment in here for a while.
I remember posting in one of your wip's in the CC a while back and I really enjoyed watching the image progress. I also loved looking through this thread. Your skill with watercolours is amazing and I love the subjects. Also really informative seeing your process from sketch to finished painting on your blog.
Great work and thanks for sharing.
Your work is absolutely beautiful, the first one really reminds me of The Morrigan. What watercolour brand do you use may I ask? Keep them coming they are fantastic
Thanks so much, guys!
OldOmen: The Morrighan was an inspiration for the character, yes - kudos for catching that!
The first images in the thread were all done with Schmincke watercolours; about halfway through this thread (when it becomes really colourful all of a sudden) I was using Dr Ph. Martin's Hydrus liquid watercolours. I've just written up a blog post on watercolour types this week, maybe you'll find it helpful!
I've got a new tube of Cobalt turquoise I was itching to do more with.
Schmincke watercolours on Canson Montval paper, 29x40 cm. Again a Tolkien illustration. If you're interested, check out the process here. Thanks for looking!
Thank you, CGshurita!
I haven't had much time for art - my teacher job really ate me up this year. :( Here are two new ones, both again from Tolkien's works (more or less, in the first case; I took a few liberties).
Walkthrough of this one: http://goldseven.wordpress.com/2013/...pest-wildwood/
#75 is stunning! Off to watch the process on that one.
Thank you! Forgot to add the link to the first one of #77 - there's a full process for that too. :)
After years of Tolkien, inspiration has carried me to an age-old obsession of mine - Hannibal (the Carthaginian, not the Lector one). I'm toying with the idea of a comic, and am trying to get the Elven physiognomy out of my head, and the North African in :D
"Letters from Qart Hadasht", watercolour, A4 size.
I love your work! I really like the tones in your coffee work. I've tried it out and had a blast painting with it. Thanks for inspiring me to pick up my watercolors again.
Whoa your stuff is Inspiring! I like your style of storytelling in some of your paintings, like in post #62 and #77
Thank you, Shorinji, Kokori!
This one was a looong time in the making; you may have seen it in the wip forum. It's finally done - Hannibal crossing the Alps.
Watercolour and gouache on Canson Montval paper, 34x48 cm.
There's a making of to be found here. http://goldseven.wordpress.com/2013/...sing-the-alps/
And another snowy mountains piece - Gandalf in the Alps, sorry, Misty Mountains :)
Watercolour with a bit of gouache on Canson Montval paper, A3 size.
Also with Making of: http://goldseven.wordpress.com/2013/...f-walkthrough/
Thanks for looking! :)
The Hannibal piece turned out lovely. Really enjoyed reading through your process on that one. Liking Gandalf too, especially the light in his eyes.
Thank you, Candra!
I'm experimenting with new media - and found acrylic ink, a great compromise between my line-art-based style and the addition of something more opaque.
Another Hannibal piece: Hannibal waiting to spring the trap on the Roman army in what is to become the Battle of Lake Trasimene. (A miles-long ambush in the fog. And a consul who thought scouting was for sissies anyway. The Romans had no chance.)
I've finally brought a heart's blood project on the way. Blood sounds about right. There'll be a lot of it.
It's an illustrated novel about the battle of Cannae in 216 BC, where Hannibal defeated the much larger Roman army and very nearly annihilated it. Told from seven perspectives, three Roman, four Carthaginian, and of course lavishly illustrated. I hope to have it out by the end of the year. It's weird - for years, I was just doing stuff here and there and never did much with it - now it's great to be on a mission!
The header for the tie-in website. In the centre, the Roman and Iberian infantry lines clash. Acrylic inks, 25x50 cm.
Some of the interior illustrations will be pencil. Hannibal and his staff surveying the field before the battle. 21x30 cm.
Lentulus, a young military tribune. No, he hasn't shot a hurried selfie - he's bending over the wounded consul Aemilius Paullus. ;) Watercolour, 15x21 cm.
You can read more about the project here: http://darknessovercannae.com/
And here's its facebook site. :) http://www.facebook.com/DarknessOverCannae