Sunday, September 14, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 239 to 243

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 249
 Page 239: "Before them light came dimly through great doors, that hung twisted on their hinges and half burnt."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 240
Page 240: "A whirl of bats frightened from slumber by their smoking torches flurried over them..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 241
Page 241: "'Don't call my place a natty hole!  You wait till it has been cleaned and redecorated!'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 242
Page 242: "'It's a cold lonesome place,' said Bomber."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 243
Page 243: "'Hear, hear!' cried Bilbo, and flung himself on the ground."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 234 to 238

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 234
Page 234: "They saw the little dark shape of the hobbit start across the floor holding his tiny light aloft."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 paper.


Page 235
Page 235: "The great jewel shone before his feet of its own inner light, ...it took all the light that fell upon it and changed it into ten thousand sparks of white radiance shot with glints of the rainbow."

Acrylic and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 236
Page 236: "For the moment his courage had failed altogether."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 237
Page 237: "The dark hall was filled with a melody that had long been silent."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 238
Page 238: "...strengthened beneath with hoops of steel, and studded about the brim with white gems..."

Ink, acrylic, and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Working on There and Back again

Not to worry, we are nearing the end of my Hobbit illustrations.  I thought it might be interesting to see just what all I have to do with these illustrations once they are complete (and they are and have been for some time...).  I am trying to complete all the work on them so when the last Hobbit post goes live, I will be completely finished with this project.

As I mentioned, the illustrations have been finished for awhile.  However, many have been in a stack just waiting for some attention.  Here is what I do...

Stack waiting to process (look how small it is!! only 55!)

The back of an illustration
On the back of each illustration, I write information about the project, the quote (or information) used to inspire that particular illustration, what medium was used, and then I sign it.  All 303 illustrations will have this on the back.

Next, I scan it, create a blog post, update my website (I have a new page for the Hobbit project under construction in which I am loading the quotes for each illustration on there as well, will let you know when that is complete).  Then, it gets a protective coat of UV safe spray and goes into a folder:

Protective Folder (there will be 7 of these)
Then, because the illustrations are a little too small for the folder sleeves and tend to shift around when someone wants to look at them (and because I apparently needed something else to do) I am adding black photo corners to hold each piece in place without adhesive.  However, it would have been harder to read the quote without a great hassle so I'm also printing off and adding the quote used for each page so it will be (hopefully) so easy to look through these folders...

A page from the folder (excuse the glare)
That is mostly everything, minus a couple other boring details.  Perhaps you can see why this stayed almost untouched for so long... it is rather daunting.  Still, I am almost done!  See below, the stack of illustrations on the left waiting to be processed.  A few weeks ago that stack was much, much larger.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 229 to 233

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 229
Page 229: "'It was like a globe with a thousand facets; it shone like silver in the firelight, like water in the sun, like snow under the stars, like rain upon the moon.'"

Acrylic gouache and acrylic on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 230
Page 230: "Slowly Thorin shook off his dreams and getting up he kicked away the stone that wedged the door."

Ink, pencil, acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 231
Page 231: "He rose in fire..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 232
 Page 232: "But somehow, just when the dwarves were most despairing, Bilbo felt a strange lightening of the heart, as if a heavy weight had gone from under his waistcoat."

Acrylic gouache, ink, and colored pencil on 6 x 8 paper.



Page 233
Page 233: "At length Mr. Baggins could bear it no longer.  'Confound you, Smaug, you worm!' he squeaked aloud."

Ink and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Paintings Available

These little paintings I painted over the course of the last year.  Here and there, little by little.  So much time spent with them, I kind of hate to list them in my shop.  Particularly the French bulldog pincushion, as I rather like how I added the thread leading back to who knows what.  However, I do own the actual pincushion so I really should let it go.


"This Way" Oil on 6 x 6 inch wood panel.


"Yellow Bowl" Oil on 8 x 8 inch wood panel.

Available now (sigh) in my shop.

Here is the cute pincushion with its painting (with a few friends):




Monday, September 8, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 224 to 228

I hope you are not feeling inundated with Hobbit illustrations!  Because, as I mentioned on my Facebook page, I am on a roll.  Which reminds me, in my effort to catch up on all things not only Hobbit related but also computer related, I created a new Facebook page.  If you like, please stop by and check it out.  Onto the Hobbit...

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 224
Page 224: "Then Smaug really did laugh - a devastating sounds which shook Bilbo to the floor..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 225
Page 225: "...for the dragon spouted terrific flames after him..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 226
Page 226: "The old trash was sitting on a rock near by with his head cocked on one side, listening to all that was said."

Ink, pencil, and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 227
Page 227: "'The dragon has withered all the pleasant green, and anyway the night has come and it is cold.'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 228
Page 228: "The talk turned to the dragon's wicked words about the dwarves."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.