Friday, April 27, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 52 to 56

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

Page 52

Page 52: "Then bags  were filled with food and provisions light to carry but strong to bring them over the mountain passes."

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

Page 53

Page 53: "... and he grieved to remember the ruin of the town of Dale and its merry bells, and the burned banks of the bright River Running."

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

Page 54

Page 54: "The next morning was a midsummer's morning as fair and fresh as could be dreamed: blue sky and never a cloud, and the sun dancing on the water."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 55

Page 55: "It was getting bitter cold up here, and the wind came shrill among the rocks."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 56

Page 56: "All was well, until one day they met a thunderstorm - more than a thunderstorm, a thunder-battle."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 47 to 51




Page 47

Page 47: "The only path was marked with white stones, some of which were small, and others were half covered with moss or heather."

Pastel and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 48

Page 48: "Their spirits rose as they went down and down.  The trees changed to beech and oak, and there was a comfortable feeling in the twilight."

Watercolor and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 49

Page 49: "So they laughed and sang in the trees."

Watercolor and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 50

Page 50: "'Don't dip your beard in the foam, father!' they cried to Thorin, who was bent almost on to his hands and knees.  'It is long enough without watering it.'"

Watercolor and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 51

Page 51: "...things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Monday, April 23, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 42 to 46

A little behind on my Hobbit illustration posts especially as I've started producing around 15 a week (my new goal is to have the project finished sometime in August).  It can be a little time consuming, but not necessarily making each illustration (probably because that is the fun part).  My time is also spent: finding the quote or inspiration from each page, preparing the paper, writing information on the back of each illustration including the quote, scanning each piece, writing up all the information on the blog post, adding them to Flickr (just caught that up, was WAY behind) and my website (totally behind there, don't look), spraying each piece with an archival spray, and adding them to the folder.  Fall behind on only one of these and you can imagine how it can quickly pile up.... so I best get to it.

Part of this project seems to be finding the right work balance to suit my personality and it seems making 3 a day on weekdays works well and now I just need to find the right balance for getting them onto here.  Hopefully I'll find that balance before the project is complete.

For now, onto the new illustrations (and then I'll only be 10 behind! well, until I do today's...and tomorrow's...):

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

Page 42

Page 42: "'...Don't you realize that the trolls must have a cave or a hole somewhere near to hide from the sun in?...'"

Watercolor on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 43

Page 43: "...and carried away the pots of gold, and buried them very secretly not far from the track by the river, putting a great many spells over them..."

Watercolor and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 44

Page 44: "'Looking behind I saw a fire in the distance and made for it.'"

Watercolor and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 45: "'Is that The Mountain?' asked Bilbo in a solemn voice, looking at it with round eyes.  He had never seen a thing that looked so big before."

Watercolor on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 46: "'O!' said Bilbo, and just at that moment he felt more tired than he ever remembered feeling before."

Watercolor on 6 x 8 inch paper.

I'm off to do my three illustrations.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Painting

"In the footsteps"
It probably seems like all I'm working on these days are Hobbit illustrations, but I really am working on other things too.  I finished this one recently and have a couple more to share with you soon.  This one is called "In the footsteps" and is watercolor, ink, and pencil on 18 x 24 inch paper.  I had a lot of fun working on the inked "textile" areas (I think you can click on the image to see it better, it is the little crisscrossed lines) and you will be seeing more of that soon.  I can't seem to get enough of it.  I'm even thinking of a few paintings with just that over some watercolor.

This week I'm taking a week off from production, so to speak, to study and think about what is next.  I'm playing with ideas for sculpture, we'll see where that goes but I suspect it is already influencing my 2-D work.

I'll be back soon with some Hobbit stuff.

Monday, April 2, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 35 to 41

Hello all.  I've fallen a little behind on my posts here (as well as my illustrations...but I'll catch back up soon).  I have been busy and distracted preparing some paintings and project proposals for upcoming shows.  But now that is done and I'm ready to get caught back up here.  I hope to share some non-Hobbit things here soon.


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

Page 35
 Page 35 - "'Mutton yesterday, mutton today, and blimey, if it doesn't look like mutton again tomorrow,' said one of the trolls."

Watercolor and ink on paper.
Page 36
 Page 36 - "Others more practical but with less professional pride would perhaps have stuck a dagger into each of them before they observed it.  Then the night could have been spent cheerily."

Watercolor and ink on paper.

Page 37
 Page 37 - "'What I say," said Bilbo gasping. 'And please don't cook me kind sirs!  I am a good cook myself and I cook better than I cook, if you see what I mean.  I'll cook beautifully for you, a perfectly beautiful breakfast for you, if only you won't have me for supper.'"

Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on paper.

Page 38
 Page 38 - "That would have been the time for Bilbo to have left.  But his poor little feet had been very squashed in Bert's big paw, and he had no breath in his body, and his head was going round; so there he lay for awhile panting, just outside the circle of firelight."

Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on paper.

Page 39
 Page 39 - "He came expecting mischief, and didn't need to see his friends' legs sticking out to tell him things were not at all well."

Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on paper.

Page 40
 Page 40 - "And so the argument began all over again, and went on hotter than ever, until at last they decided to sit on the sacks one by one and squash them."

Watercolor and colored pencil on paper.

Page 41
Page 41 - "The next thing was to untie the sacks and let out the dwarves."

Watercolor and ink on paper.