King Thror and Carc the Raven

I finished a new drawing. This one took a little while — between holidays and ice storms, not to mention just flat-out not working on it every day… I’m happy to finally call it “done.”

I’ve always had problems with my eyes, but I’ll admit it’s getting worse. When I was younger, I’d get to work for long periods of time before I started having trouble. Now, it’s almost instant.

Add to it, the shaking. It’s annoying enough, trying to working with fabrics and pin and hand sew… takes even longer to get tasks done when you shake so much you struggle to get those tasks done that require fine control. Inking with a brush? That definitely doesn’t mix well with shaking (but at least I don’t risk jabbing my fingers with pins and needles because of it)!

To be honest, if I were to add up how many hours total I spent on this drawing, it wouldn’t have been too much longer than I normally would have done (there are a lot of details in it, especially compared to the more basic drawings I’ve been working on with no background). Like I mentioned, however, I did not work on it every day and there were times I could only put an hour’s work in then stop before I had more things to fix the next time I sat down.

About the drawing itself, I really like the two characters. They were fun and I’m pleased with what I’ve been getting back of the “old” me before I took a very long break from drawing, and am even pushing myself to try new things. The background? Hate it. I kept trying to find images from the movie showing where they were standing, and sometimes what I saw didn’t make sense, or it wasn’t quite what I needed. I sloppily filled in the blanks and just got a “don’t care anymore, throw something down” attitude. Unfortunately, I also tried something different with it (I didn’t want the figures to be lost in other details, so I wanted to be more subtle — like not using spot blacks and regular inked brush lines). They were such large spaces, I started working very fast with ink wash to avoid too many jarring splotchy sections. I guess I’ll have to figure something out for my backgrounds if I continue using ink washes like this. Fortunately, except for one drawing in my stack of things to finish, most are outside.

Anyway, here is the drawing itself! Please see the deviantART page for a bigger file, a link to the blue pencil sketch before I started inking it, and information about what I used to draw it. Thanks for looking!


King Thror and Carc the Raven by ~cfgriffith on deviantART

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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4 Responses to King Thror and Carc the Raven

  1. Well, you know my feelings about this piece: it’s my fave piece of art done by you! It’s been a blast watching it come together, even though I know it took awhile.

  2. I think you just like it because that’s your hand in the drawing, Christopher! 😉 Ha!

    Thank you, sweetie. I’m so glad we can share in this fandom together. I have such a blast drawing the dwarves, and I especially love how excited you get about it too! Thank you!

  3. CMStewart says:

    That’s a great drawing!

    Sorry to read about your physical troubles. Within the past year I’ve been getting (painless) ocular migraines which sometimes make it difficult to write and read. I hope you are able to treat the cause of your own symptoms, and are able to do the activities which make you happy.

  4. Thanks, CMStewart!

    I’m sorry to hear of your troubles as well. It makes things so frustrating, doesn’t it? I’m hoping I’ll be able to at least get it a little more under control, but we’ll just have to see what it is and if it will even be possible. I’d looked into it when I was younger, but there wasn’t much the doctor could do… enough time has passed though, so maybe I’ll have better luck next time.

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