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.
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...
Damien: Teachers are never cool. By default. 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!
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.
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!
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
"Letters from Qart Hadasht", watercolour, A4 size.
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.)