Roac the Raven pencil studies

I wanted to ease back into drawing since I’ve been ignoring it for a couple weeks and I feel a bit clumsy at the moment. I decided to go back and revisit Roac the Raven even though I did put him into one of my drawings last year. I never finished some of his character studies I’d wanted to do.

From the dA page:

After taking another long break, as well as getting used to a new computer (old one gave out finally) and making sure I can still scan… I decided to do a little sketching. I’ve been meaning to go back to Roac the Raven and put down a little more of what I “see” in my mind. His bald “crown,” I wanted to be asymmetrical. Below the eye on one side, a bit of an eyebrow on the other. Felt a little awkward today — maybe I’d have had better luck “painting” it in ink. The darkest spots turned out a little choppy on the scan, but I didn’t want to do much to it. My main thought was to get a bit of character, and focusing on patterns and direction/flow.

Drawn on regular Strathmore drawing paper (didn’t quite fill the 11×14 space) with blue pencil first for roughing in the shape, then finished using 2B and F pencils. Scanned in b&w.

View sketch here.

“Before long there was a fluttering of wings, and back came the thrush; and with him came a most decrepit old bird. He was getting blind, he could hardly fly, and the top of his head was bald. He was an aged raven of great size. He alighted stiffly on the ground before them, slowly flapped his wings, and bobbed towards Thorin.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

I love drawing birds, so I’m sure that won’t be the last. 😉

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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