Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Paintings

Now that all those Hobbit posts are finished, it is time for a few new paintings...


 "The One With the Braids"  Acrylic on 18 x 24 inch canvas.



"Girl With the Sunflower Hair"  Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.



"Once Was Red"  Acrylic on 16 x 16 inch wood panel.

Now in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 299 to 303 - The Final Illustrations

Let the trumpets herald the end of this project!  Yes, I have reached the final illustration post for There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit.  A project I began in early 2012, finished the illustrations for in April/May of 2013, and will have finished documenting it here in October 2014.  303 illustrations completed, one for each page of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.

I have created a new page on my website for this project so it can be viewed in its entirety.

So, without further delay, let's finish the Hobbit:

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

Page 299

Page 299: "He mopped his face with a red silk handkerchief - no!  not a single one of his own had survived, he had borrowed this one from Elrond..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 300

Page 300: "And so they crossed the bridge and passed the mill by the river and came right back to Bilbo's own door."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 301

Page 301: "There was a large notice in black and red hung on the gate, stating that on June the Twenty-second Messrs. Grubb, Grubb, and Burrowes would sell the effects of the late Bilbo Baggins Esquire, of Bag-End, Underhill, Hobbiton."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 302

Page 302: "...and the sound of the kettle on his hearth was ever after more musical than it had been even in the quiet days before the Unexpected Party."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 303

Page 303: "'You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!'"

Pencil and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

The End

Friday, October 10, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 294 to 298

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

Page 294
Page 294: "...Bilbo left with regret, for the flowers of the gardens of Beorn were in springtime no less marvelous than in high summer."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 295
Page 295: "...Bilbo heard the elves still singing in the trees, as if they had not stopped since he left..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 296
Page 296:         "The stars are far brighter
                          Than gems without measure..."

Ink and acrylic on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 297
Page 297: "He woke to find himself in a white bed, and the moon shining through an open window."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 298
Page 298: "Even as they left the valley the sky darkened in the West before them, and wind and rain came up to meet them."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Folks, one Hobbit post left...  and I will post that tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 289 to 293

Spoiler Alert!  In case you are not familiar with the Hobbit story and do not want a major spoiler for one of the key characters, you might want to skip this post...


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

Page 289
Page 289: "He came alone and in bear's shape; and he seemed to have grown almost to giant-size in his wrath."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 290
Page 290: "They buried Thorin deep beneath the Mountain..."

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


Page 291
Page 291: "Of the twelve companions of Thorin, ten remained."

Ink and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 292

Page 292: "'Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 293

Page 293: "Then the elves turned towards the Forest, and Bilbo started on his long road home."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Monday, October 6, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 284 to 288

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

Page 284
Page 284: "The clouds were town by the wind, and a red sunset slashed the West."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 285
Page 285: "'The Eagles!' cried Bilbo once more, but at that moment a stone hurtling from above smote heavily on his helm, and he fell with a crash and knew no more."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 286
Page 286: "There was no call and no echo of a song.  Sorrow seemed to be in the air."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.




Page 287: "'But I have a helm and a hard skull.  All the same I feel sick and my legs are like straws.'"

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.





Page 288: "Then Bilbo turned away and he went by himself, and sat alone wrapped in a blanket..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Friday, October 3, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 279 to 283

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

Page 279
Page 279: "'Halt!' he called in a voice like thunder, and his staff blazed forth with a flash like the lightening."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 280
Page 280: "...the bat-cloud came, flying lower, over the shoulder of the Mountain, and whirled above them shutting out the light and filling them with dread."


Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 281
Page 281: "These were the swiftest wolf-riders, and already their cries and howls rent the air afar."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 282
Page 282: "Victory seemed at hand, when a cry rang out on the heights above."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 283
Page 283: "Soon the attackers were attacked, and they were forced into a great ring, facing every way, hemmed all about with goblins and wolves returning to the assault."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Only 20 more to go...!