Monday, September 29, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 269 to 273

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

Page 269
Page 269: "He drew from a pocket in his old jacket (which he still wore over his mail), crumpled and much folded, Thorin's letter..."

Ink and pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 270
Page 270: "It was as if a globe had been filled with moonlight and hung before them in a net woven of the glint of frosty stars."

Ink and acrylic on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 271
Page 271: "As they passed through the camp an old man wrapped in a dark cloak, rose from a tent door where he was sitting and came towards them."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 272
Page 272: "He was soon fast asleep forgetting all his worries till the morning.  As a matter of fact he was dreaming of eggs and bacon."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 273
Page 273: "Soon a single runner was seen hurrying along the narrow path."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Friday, September 26, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 264 to 268

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

Page 264
Page 264: "Ere many hours were past, the banner-bearers returned, and trumpeters stood forth and blew a blast."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 265
Page 265: "It smote into his shield and stuck there quivering."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 266
Page 266: "Now the days passed slowly and wearily."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 267
Page 267: "'Winter and show will bite both men and elves.'"

Ink and pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 268
Page 268: "'Let's have a light!' he said.  'I am here, if you want me!' and he slipped off his ring, and popped from behind a rock."

Ink and pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 259 to 263

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

Page 259


Page 259: "So while the others went on with their work, Fili and Kili were sent, guided by a raven..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 260
Page 260: "There came a night when suddenly there were many lights as of fires and torches away south in Dale before them."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 261
Page 261: "Under the Mountain dark and tall The King has come into his hall."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 262
Page 262: "...the green banner of the Elvenking and the blue banner of the Lake..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 263
Page 263: "Now these were fair words and true, if proudly and grimly spoken..."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Monday, September 22, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 254 to 258

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

Page 254
Page 254: "There for ages his huge bones could be seen in calm weather amid the ruined piles of the old town."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 255
Page 255: "But ever more thickly the birds were gathering."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 256
Page 256: "Before long there was a fluttering of wings, and back came the thrust; and with him a most decrepit old bird.  He was getting blind, he could hardly fly, and the top of his head was bald."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 257
 Page 257: "'Now I am chief of the great raves of the Mountain!'"

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 258
Page 258: "'Back now to the Mountain!' cried Thorin.  'We have little time to lose.'"

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Friday, September 19, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 249 to 253

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

Page 249
 Page 249: "There was a hiss, a gushing whirl, and then silence."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 250
Page 250: "They gathered in mournful crowds upon the western shores, shivering in the cold wind..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 251
 Page 251: "'What sort of gold have they sent down the river to reward us?  Dragon-fire and ruin!'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 252
Page 252: "But the Master scowled at his back as he went, and remained sitting on the ground."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 253
Page 253: "The air was filled with circling flocks, and their swift-flying messengers flew here and there across the sky."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 244 to 248

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

Page 244
Page 244: "...and in the South there was no sign of the dragon, but there was a gathering of very many birds."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 245
 Page 245: "Suddenly it flicked back to view; a brief glow touched it and faded."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 246
Page 246: "...before the roar of Smaug's terrible approach grew loud, and the lake rippled red as fire..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 247
Page 247: "Fire leaped from the dragon's jaws."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Page 248
Page 248: "The Master himself was turning to his great gilded boat, hoping to row away in the confusion and save himself."

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


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.