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Old 02-10-2017, 09:46 AM
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The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

So I recently started a new art journal with a Strathmore 400 watercolor journal (8''x10'' in size). I decided it to fill it with illustrations for my favorite novel Lord of the Rings and everything else Middle-earth related, so it is now appropriately named The Red Book (the softcover is unfortuntaely brown but I did write the name on the softcover ).

The style of those pieces are going to be all over the place as I am constantly playing with new materials, and also because Strathmore watercolor paper has a textured and a smooth patterned side; I hate the smooth side and can't really work serious watercolor side, so half of the pgaes will be highly stylized and cartoony I think.

Here are the first few pages.

1. Aragorn and the battle for the Orthanc stone (watercolor+Zig clean brushes)


2. Elrond and little Estel (watercolor+Zig)


3. Celeborn and Galadriel after the fall of Doriath (watercolor+Zig)


4. Young Celeborn as a marchwarden of Doriath (watercolor+MozArt brush pens)


5. Celeborn and Galadriel, preparing for war (Zig+MozArt)



As this journal is 48 pages thick I am confident there will be lots more coming; this time I am fairly serious about filling it. Love to hear what you think and already excited about doing more.
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:15 PM
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

love all things LOTR and your Celeborn and Galadriel after the fall of Doriath is a very beautiful painting! Can't wait to see what you do next with this.
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Beautiful!
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Old 02-25-2017, 05:38 PM
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Thanks Lucy and Virginia!

Churned out two more in my art journal, I am now 7/48


Melian teaching the nightingale to sing. Watercolor.



One more Celeborn and Galadriel (can't help it, my favorite elves!), this time in acrylics. It was going to be watercolor, except I made the skin way too dark and just couldn't fix it, so I gessoed the page and repainted in acrylics lol.
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Nice work.
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

These are really nice! I love the little bird!
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:28 PM
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Thanks everyone for the kind compliments.

Two more, this time using movie designs.



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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

These are beautiful!
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Nice set (I've commented on some in other places.)
7/48 does that mean you want to do 48 for your book?
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Oh I forgot to menation, I love your tower and Strider is really nice, the darkness and the peeking through his hair, great!
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Old 04-26-2017, 09:39 PM
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Thanks a lot Lyrikey!

And Dianna, yes I am planning to fill out this art journal (which is 48 pages in total. My sense is I might eventually get tired of Middle-earth and start working on some other subjects in this book, and we shall see.

And a two-page spread I have finally finished, now 11/48, LOL.

This is called Children and Finarfin, and it is actually Finarfin's daughters-in-law and one son-in-law.

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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Did quite a few more over the last couple months.

Luthien


Aragorn and Arwen, in a more cartoony style


One more Luthien


Galadriel and Celeborn
The colors are suddenly muted because I only have watercolor now, no more dye-based insanely bright markers lol


Arwen, after a movie still


I just got Ipad pro and Apple pencil, and here is one of my digital painting attempts. Apple pencil is so much fun, definitely better than all the drawing tablets I have tried before.
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Forest background in the first Luthien painting is bonkers amazing. It drives me crazy with its awesome.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:40 PM
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Re: The red book of Middle-earth illustrations

Beautiful work. If you are looking for watercolor pigments that come close to your dye based markers, you might try the Phthalo pigments in greens and blues, they are strong, transparent colors. I also use Arylide Yellow FGL, that is a strong, clear yellow that is reasonably transparent unless you put down a LOT of pigment. The Quinacridone colors add a series of strong, transparent reds, that also might be a good option.
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