Not finishing art, but still drawing

I admit, I was going to try my best to finish the Very Big In-Progress pile of art before allowing myself to add to it even more. But sometimes even the best intentions fail miserably, right?

I’ve been in a very blah mood so doing much of anything has seemed to take more energy than it should have. Why push it? Why make yourself miserable, forcing yourself to do things meant to be fun, only to end up even more miserable? Sure, there is that gratification of “Yay! Finished another thing that’s been nagging at me!” — but really, that’s not the whole point.

So, while I have plenty I could be working on already, I started sketching some things that have been on my mind even more.

First, there is a harp design for a Prince Thorin (pre-dragon attack) painting I hope to do. I have some slight changes to make to the design, but it feels good to be able to check *that* off my “To Do List!” Of course, stocking up on paints again since all the ones I’ve had for way too long have dried out, but that’s another list. 😉

View harp sketch here.

From the dA page:

I’ve been wanting to get back to painting, and one of the things I would love to paint is Prince Thorin playing the harp, back in happier days in Erebor before the dragon attack. Sadly, all of my paints are dried out so I need to stock up on those again…. as well as get back in practice (it’s been waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long). I think I’ve been “thinking” in B&W way too long, too. ;)

So while I have lots I can do, I keep getting distracted thinking about other projects. And this is one of them… Thorin’s golden harp. I wanted to give it a dwarven design, and of course a nice tip of the hat to our favorite feathered friends. I’m hopeful that getting started on the design process will perhaps even give me a little boot to make more progress on this painting.

Drawn on drawing paper with a blue pencil, then scanned and converted to grayscale to darken the lines a bit.

Next up, is a drawing of… gasp… wait for it… Thorin (again! I know, I know). There is still some more work to go on it, but the basic lines and some shading “notes” are in place for me to be able to transfer and ink to better paper.

View Thorin sketch here.

From the dA page:

As if I don’t already have enough in my To Finish pile of art, I started yet another Thorin drawing. This time, because a spot on the wall was screaming at me. My husband framed and hung the AU King Thorin Pencil Study on his side of the bed and at the time requested that I draw something for my side of the bed and use the same frame. Instead of pencils, I’m hoping to ink this piece since my corner is a little darker and pencils won’t be easily seen.

My husband and I both squeed happily when we saw Thorin stomping around Bree wearing his cloak in the rain in the beginning of Desolation of Smaug, so I decided to draw him wearing his hooded cloak for this piece. I’m hoping to not only add more detail, but possibly layer another drawing where the text is on the image. We’ll see if I’m more in the mood to quickly finish it and keep it simpler, or proceed as planned.

Drawn on 11×14 drawing paper in blue pencil. I will most likely transfer the basic lines to Bristol for inking with a brush on the finished piece.

The second one of Thorin will probably be my main focus for now. Given that I’ve been excited to keep working on it even on days I tend to not draw at all, and rewarding myself with eyestrain headaches, I’m hoping to keep riding that “yay I’m having fun!” mood.

That’s not to say I’m giving up on the In-Progress Pile — just that at this point, I’m going to do whatever it takes to enjoy this hobby. 😉

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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