View Full Version : Trolls, Goblins, & Ogres - Feb. & March 2011
02-01-2011, 11:01 PM
Welcome to an excursion into the classical imagination. This is subject is alive and well in the animae and manga and lots of other medias all around us.
Here is a small sampling of classical sources.
First a few links with thoughts and ramblings and facts on the subject.
2 Goblin Market - Arthur Rackham
Fuseli - the Nightmare - 1782
Bayes - Ogre Courting
Goya .....( ogre snack?) Saturn Devouring one of his sons
Grunewald - detail of the Isenheim altarpiece in France
Redon - Cyclops
Walter Stenstrom's Illustration for John Bauer's The Boy and the Trolls 1915
Kay Nielsen - the Hobbit ( not sure about this title, looked but couldn't find it again)
Studying these - using them as a springboard for creativity and technique - is what this thread is all about.
I hope you can join us and share your art in the voyage into the territories.
02-01-2011, 11:04 PM
Stenstrom, Kay Nielsen
02-01-2011, 11:48 PM
Ooh, Robin, what an excellent choice of photos. I don't know any of these artists but I am totally enchanted by their creations. Thank goodness I could copy all of them!!! Thank you. It would be such a busy 2 months!!!!
02-02-2011, 07:03 AM
Great paintings! I recognize that illustration of The Trolls, it was in black and white in the copy of The Hobbit that I read as a kid.
02-02-2011, 07:45 AM
I am looking forward to drawing some ogres and trolls!!
02-04-2011, 12:54 AM
Here are my first three.
02-04-2011, 10:46 AM
This one I worked on over the last two days. It's aiming for show and sale so I put watermarks all over for now. Original is darker in color.
65 lbs cardstock brown with Colourfix pastel ground 8.5 x 11 inch
Derwent Drawing Pencils
Based on John Bauer's work.
02-05-2011, 06:09 AM
'3 eyed ogre', pen, 4 by 6 ins. A doodle in my sketchbook...shows I am getting in the mood for the troll project. This morning, I got a copy of Christina Rosetti's poem 'The Goblin Market' from the library, so that might inspire an illustration. Its a very long poem.:cool:
02-05-2011, 12:11 PM
Good one there, June!! This troll got to like to eat.
02-06-2011, 01:22 AM
Hi Sandra. You are getting into the ogre and troll mood too, I see. I like your creations, especially the three colourful ogres around the teeny white figure. Makes you wonder what they are going to do next!
02-07-2011, 04:13 PM
Robin, what a great idea for a thread.
Good to see your work Sandra and June, as always.
This was inspired by a quickstudy I did yesterday for the Portrait Forum, "Madame Sarkó," i.e. Carla Bruni. I enjoyed painting this one today, hope you like it.
02-08-2011, 12:27 AM
Nice one Lawrence. Great colours and love those ears.
02-08-2011, 07:35 AM
Cheers June, thanks.
Here's another of Carla Bruni (sort of), this time as a pixie.
02-12-2011, 05:11 PM
OOh, Lawrence, we are getting some naked elves now. Yes! Can you make them more voluptuous and devilish? Hehe...
02-13-2011, 01:42 PM
Sandra - oh, catapillar ogres, very imaginative.....the three ogres each have interesting expressions.
June - oh, that ogre is sooo sweet looking That is a really good idea to go the library ......maybe I'll get a chance to do that this week.
Lawrence - what great depth and mysterious eyes the elf has. The naked elf is quite mischievious...love the background on that one too.
you all have inspired me .....hope to get something done today.
02-17-2011, 02:31 AM
Some doodles tonight.
Sakura Koi watercolor
Stabilo pastel pencils
Montblanc Fountain pen with black ink
Canson Biggie Sketch 9x12 inch half page
Mungyo extra soft oil pastel
Pentel Calligraphy Brush Pen
Canson Biggie Sketch 9x12 inch half page
The shading are all done with brush pen and then smudged when necessary.
02-17-2011, 11:42 AM
Real spooky animals, Sandra, and the portrait looks like Honest Abe as a satyr.
Here's a young faun.
02-17-2011, 11:56 AM
Oops, that wasn't a faun, that was an elf.
Here's the faun.
02-17-2011, 12:30 PM
Lawrence, good eyes. Indeed, I based it on Abe Lincoln. Your faun has a celebrity look. Great cheerful background there.
02-18-2011, 11:12 AM
Yep, that does look like Abe.
Lawrence, that fawn is interesting....it does look like a celebrity
Here a couple tree goblins I saw while looking out the kitchen window.....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2011/88676-goblintrees067_copy.jpg
02-18-2011, 11:56 AM
Everybody doing great trolls and goblins. Sandra's look cute and funny and then sinister. LG is doing the glamourous side of pixiedom (Is that a word?) I'll have to dig up a few ogres and join the group.
Hey, Robin...Trees that have faces and move around are pretty scary.
...and June I love your doodle guy. :heart:
02-18-2011, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the kind words folks.
Here's a pixie.
02-20-2011, 02:47 PM
Lawrence - she is fanciful. A delicate blend of reality and fantasy fleshed out with your approaches. You seem to be having fun!!
02-22-2011, 02:47 PM
Lawrence, I didn't know you like trolls so much. Another cute one. Are these all oil pieces? How big are they and where do you store them? You are so productive. I don't think I have space for canvases if I paint as much as you do.
Robin, very menacing looking trees.
03-01-2011, 11:00 AM
Ta Robin. These are fun to paint.
Hi Sandra, they're all oil on 40 X 30 cm. unstretched linen, so you can store a pile of them in very little space.
03-01-2011, 08:05 PM
I drew these from the Harry Potter Sorcer's Stone movie - http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2011/88676-goblins088_copy_1.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2011/88676-troll089_copy_1.jpg
03-02-2011, 03:25 PM
Those are cute, Robin, I love sketches like those.
Here's an elf.
03-02-2011, 08:21 PM
can't get more elfish that this!
03-02-2011, 08:22 PM
more tree goblinshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2011/88676-22093_copy.jpg
03-03-2011, 06:10 AM
this looks like way too much fun...im trying one tonight!!! tyree:wave:
03-03-2011, 02:14 PM
Suzanne !!! how ya doin'? Good to see ya
03-04-2011, 08:34 AM
thanks!!! im doin' fine....havent been sketching much since december...so its time to dust off them there pencils:D tyree:wave:
03-04-2011, 04:28 PM
Another tree goblin! Though this one is a bit more difficult to discern.
Here's an old wizened elf.
03-06-2011, 08:39 PM
self portrait or spock or is it Bones on star trek?
03-07-2011, 07:51 AM
Actually I had old Mr. J. Paul Getty on the screen.....but changed him "slightly." :)
03-08-2011, 10:18 PM
oh, I'm not familar with his face......he has an interesting expression of an elf though
03-10-2011, 05:01 PM
Robin, if you know what Montgomery Burns (The Simpsons) looks like, then you'll know what J.Paul Getty looked like.
03-11-2011, 01:05 PM
oh yeah, I like the Simpsons...that Mr. Burns is a radioactive slime ball! I didn't know he was modeled after J Paul. Cool!
03-11-2011, 11:01 PM
this was fun....hb mech pencil...in my journal...now i want to do another one....tyree:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2011/65063-gnomes_classic.jpg
03-12-2011, 04:37 AM
Aha, "Goblin Market"--nice to see that Tyree, and looking forward to your next one.
This is an adaptation of Thomas Eakins's portrait of Walt Whitman.
03-12-2011, 06:18 AM
thank you lawrence....i think i have walt sitting by my front door...he speaks to me when i come in:D tyree
03-13-2011, 07:02 AM
Yep, what he says is "Forget about the dishes and get painting." :wave: :clap: :wave:
03-14-2011, 09:53 AM
Really nice drawing Tyree...please post more.
LG, you are really getting quite a collection of elves...Gloomy Getty of the paper bag lunch and wise, old Walt. Keep them coming.
03-16-2011, 08:39 AM
:wave: thank you....im working on another one right now....these are fun!!! tyree
03-16-2011, 08:22 PM
Tyree - your Goblin Market is really fun...I love looking at it. The girl reminds me of Julie Andrews.....surrounded by goblins:D.....
Lawrence - I really like your style...it looks brusque but the reality is firm and clear.......
I'm seeing goblins all around these days. ....in wood grains, tree knots, - maybe tommorrow I'll get a chance to "catch" some of'em on paper.:crossfingers:
03-20-2011, 11:45 PM
here are some ivy goblins and a debonaire ogre http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2011/88676-ink117_copy_2.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2011/88676-ink117_copy_1.jpg
03-21-2011, 04:57 PM
Cheers trafford, Robin.
Love that ogre, Robin.
Here's Mahatma Gandhi as a sort of Avatar, pixie-like figure.
03-21-2011, 08:59 PM
LOL - that is a really good likness, Lawrence
03-22-2011, 08:54 AM
:D thanks!!! im working on another cat goblin one now:D tyree
03-24-2011, 09:02 PM
''kit cats friends''...i got the idea from a photo from the all media thread....it still needs some putzing...but. its done with mech pencil in my journal....tyree:cat: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2011/65063-come_to_visit.jpg
03-24-2011, 11:36 PM
Tyree - delightful...the curiosity and feline personality of the cats is really evident
03-25-2011, 06:10 AM
thanks robin!!! i love those faces in your goblins...very clever the whole design...!!!!!!! .....lawrence....gandhi is wonderful...i love the glasses and intense eyes!!! im going to try a ink one now...having fun...tyree:wave: :D
03-25-2011, 04:59 PM
Cheers Robin, thanks for the comment.
Tyree, glad you like my Mahatma. Cute pencil sketch.
Painted this one yesterday, don't know if it's a goblin or a gremlin. What do you think? (It's based on a snub-nosed langur from Yunnan, actually.)
03-26-2011, 03:00 PM
Lawrence, you are really on a roll. I recognize Gandhi at once. Very good piece.
Susan, very nice black and white piece. You are superb with your mechanical pencils.
Robin, I like the big eyed ogre!! Good pen strokes.
03-28-2011, 11:36 AM
thank you both for nice comments...!!! :D lawrence....i think him to be a wicked goblin....he just has that look:lol: tyree:wave:
03-30-2011, 09:09 PM
Lawrnce - that is a powerful figure! Those teeth look really scarry and I think I can smell the fur. eeeek!
03-31-2011, 09:30 AM
Thanks for your encouragement and participation. See ya around.
04-02-2011, 04:22 PM
Hi Sandra, tyree, Robin, thanks for your comments.
Great thread Robin, highly enjoyable.
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