Friday, February 24, 2012

Smalls


I mentioned in a previous post a little antique shopping for some tiny treasures and here they are.  I bought these with possible sculptures in mind, sort of a combination of found and made, but even if they never make it to that I still like looking at them.



They had this thing labeled as a brush.  I'm hoping to wasn't for anything living because I can vouch for how sharp it is.



For pressing your wax seal.  Isn't it amazing?  You might not be able to tell, but it is only about 2 inches tall if even.


Ok, I didn't buy this guy for a sculpture.  I just liked him.  Next weekend is the big antique expo in Portland and I'm going!  More smalls to come...


A pile of paper for Hobbit illustrations.  Fortunately, I finished them (about 7 I think and all caught up) and will be sharing soon.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 17 to 20

I admit it, I'm a little burnt out on daily (well, near daily) posts about my Hobbit Project.  I thought it would be good to post about each illustration separately but I just can't seem to do it.  So, I'm going to instead group them together into somewhat weekly posts (there will be other posts too, just grouping together the illustrations).  I also like that this should give the illustrations some fluidity and context, seeing them next to each other.

Before I get started, a short update.  It has been a busy week around here.  I started work on a fun commission and the timing on this was perfect as I ran out of paper (for the illustrations and some upcoming projects) and have been waiting impatiently for more to arrive (I'm watching its progress across the country, I wish they gave more regular updates!).  Which means I'm a little behind on illustrations, but with these now weekly posts I'm hoping you won't notice (assuming I catch up of course).  When the commission is complete, I am planning some larger work on paper as well as maybe a sculpture or two, but we'll see how that goes.  I picked up a few supplies for the studio, nothing really photograph-worthy (new extension cords, a piece of clear plastic to protect my desk so I can stop using wax paper, clamps for my easel) and also some fun little vintage items which I will take a photo of for another post.  They are rather primitive looking and I hope to include them in the aforementioned sculptures (I'm thinking a combination of found and made items but again, we'll see how that goes).

On to the illustrations:

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



Page 17 - "Gandalf struck a blue light on the end of his magic staff..."   

Watercolor and ink on paper. 







Page 18 - "And I assure you there is a mark on this door - the usual one in the trade, or used to be.  Burglar wants a good job, plenty of Excitement and reasonable Reward, that's how it is usually read."   

This quote is referring to the mark Gandalf put on Bilbo's door directing the dwarves where to go.  Of course, Bilbo didn't know it was there and Gandalf removed it when he arrived.



Watercolor, pencil, and ink on paper. 






Page 19 - "On the table in the light of a big lamp with a red shade..."   

Watercolor and ink on paper. 




Page 20 - "...and handed to Thorin a key with a long barrel and intricate wards, made of silver.  
                'Keep it safe.'  
                'Indeed I will,' said Thorin, and he fastened it upon a fine chain."   

Watercolor, ink, and collage on paper. 



Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

There and Back again, Page 16

Page 16




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

Page 16 - "...but the compliments were quite lost on Bilbo Baggins, who was wagging his mouth in protest at being called audacious and worst of all fellow conspirator, though no noise came out, he was so flummoxed."   

Watercolor and ink on paper. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Every little drop

"Every little drop"

Watercolor and ink on paper.  I drew this painting on the paper several months ago but couldn't decide exactly how I wanted to execute it until I bought the ink a few weeks ago and then it just fell together.

There and Back again, Page 15

Page 15


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

Page 15 - "The mountain smoked beneath the moon..."   

Watercolor and ink on paper. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

There and Back again, Page 14

Page 14




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

Page 14 - "The fire was red, it flaming spread;
                The trees like torches blazed with light."   

This quote came from a song the dwarves were singing.


Watercolor and ink on paper.  I'm still enjoying the ink and watercolor, as you can see.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

There and Back again, Page 13





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

Page 13 - "The dark filled the room, and the fire died down, and the shadows were lost, and still they played on."   

Watercolor and ink on paper.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

There and Back again, Page 12


Page 12



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

Page 12 - "He was blowing the most enormous smoke-rings, and wherever he told one to go, it went..."   

Watercolor and ink on paper.

The "he" in this quote is Thorin the dwarf, in case you were curious.

Monday, February 6, 2012

There and Back again, Page 11

Page 11




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

Page 11 - "By the time he had got all the bottles and dishes and knives and forks and glasses and plates and spoons and things piled up on big trays, he was getting very hot, and red in the face, and annoyed."   

Watercolor on paper.

Friday, February 3, 2012

There and Back again, Page 10

Page 10

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

Page 10 - " 'Now we are all here!' said Gandalf, looking at the row of thirteen hoods - the best detachable party hoods - and his own hat hanging on the pegs."   

Watercolor and ink on paper.


Yesterday I went to my local art supply store and purchased something I haven't used I think since college (many years ago): ink and what I think is called a dip pen.  And I sat down determined to push through that block I mentioned yesterday and I think I succeeded or at least I'm anxious to get to more of them now.  Loved working with the ink and you can expect to see much more with it.  This particular illustration was a bit difficult for me only because there are so many colors in it.  I normally do not use more than 3 or 4 colors in a piece (or at least variations of those 3 or 4 colors).  Limited color palette is my preference, but it was unavoidable if I wanted to accurately represent all those dwarf hoods.


Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

There and Back again, Page 9

Page 9
From -  There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 9 - "A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth..."   

Colored pencil, pencil, and acrylic gouache on paper.


It was a great opening night at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery for the 100 Artists Show.  I didn't bring my camera because I've been to these before and I knew it would be utter chaos and I'd be unable to photograph anything except the people, which is fine too of course.  But I plan to go back next week and gets some shots of the show to share with you.  In the meantime, you can visit the gallery blog and see the photos of all those people here.


I have hit a wall with my Hobbit illustrations.  Yes, it has happened already.  I knew it would, though I had hoped to be further along than page 10 when it did.  By wall I mean I'm not totally satisfied with the last few I've illustrated (nothing you've seen yet, these are past page 9).  So I'm rethinking my approach, I have some new materials I've always wanted to try out, and am reworking/making those last few illustrations.  It might mean I won't have one to share with you tomorrow, we'll see how it goes this afternoon.  So frustrating too because I was ahead on this and now am not, but that's ok.  I'll get back on track.  And I'm sure this will not be the first wall but only one of many to come.