You may remember I had mentioned back in mid-May that I was waiting excitedly for (hopefully) good news. Originally, I was supposed to hear by late July/early August, but it was pushed back another month.
I’m sad to report, that the “good news” I hoped for did not happen.
But the odd part of this disappointment: there is still plenty to be happy and proud about.
I had been contacted by the company who makes the documentaries that are included on the Extended Editions of The Hobbit trilogy movies. They had done a search through many, many, many images online, looking for just the right paintings and drawings to help illustrate their documentary. They came across my King Thror and Carc the Raven drawing I did in 2013, and asked me if I would be willing to let them potentially use it in their film.
The thing is, they understandably seek out permission before the actual pieces are made, to make things easier (and I imagine it does occasionally happen that an artist does not want to be included). Of course, over time, a LOT of edits and changes occur to polish the finished piece. Not only does the flow and information have to work together properly, but if something needs to be cut to allow time for another section, it gets cut.
Sadly, I received word that my piece did not make the final cut.
Of course I am very disappointed, but at the same time I am reminding myself that this was not a proposal I submitted. My drawing was picked out of a vast sea of wonderful art and for even the briefest moment, it allowed me to be a part of a fandom (however remotely) that inspired me to start drawing again.
Who knows? Perhaps if more documentaries for Middle Earth are made, I might still have a chance to be considered again. 😉
And while I may not have made it all the way to the final cut, I can still look at this drawing (and all the others I have framed and hanging on our walls) and think of more memories, excitement, and fun… all put down on paper with a bit of ink or pencil.