This one took me a while… I’ll only say that I am so ready for summer to be over (I’m not a fan of it anyway). The rest of the info is on the dA page:
“Yeah yeah, what can I say? It’s another drawing of “just Thorin.” Well, I like drawing Thorin (hubby is certainly thrilled as Thorin is also his all-time fave character too). Also, I’ve mainly been testing some things out as well as finding easy projects to work on to practice and build up confidence again (I know what Thorin looks like, but I’d have to hunt down tons of character/costume refs for an entire Company to “get to know them” better for drawing).
I was rolling along pretty well with this one once I started working on it, only fighting my usual quickly fatigued eyes that I’ve had problems with since at least my teenaged years… and then symptoms got worse. I didn’t talk about it too openly, but it was bad enough that I got a referral to an eye doctor to make sure there wasn’t something really bad going on. Turns out, another problem I have frequently — allergies (grrrrr) — hit me SO hard, I could barely see out of or move my left eye. Finally got a medication and some tips to fight the allergy trouble, and things started getting back to normal very quickly, so I was finally able to finish this drawing. Between the heat of summer with an a/c that wasn’t working well for a while, and the eye thing, I took a lot longer than I intended to finish it. It sucked wanting desperately to work on it, but knowing better than to go near it (with good reason).
Although it’s just of Thorin, I like to imagine this is where they were almost to the Misty Mountains, and he stopped to watch and wait for his Company to catch up to him (and scan the horizon to make sure they weren’t being followed).
This one was originally sketched a while back and I can barely remember much about it. The original sketch is just over 4 inches tall, and apparently I was in a crappy mood when I scrawled it (those sketch lines look SO angry heheh — you can see the original sketch here). I scanned the sketch, enlarged it, and lightly transferred to 11×14 Bristol, and finished up the details in blue pencil before inking. I took a while with Thorin himself since the bulk of the a/c and eyesight issues happened while working on him, but the background only took a day’s work (the scan didn’t pick up all the subtle ink washing and light black pencil shading. I wanted Thorin to be the main focus).
Done in Black Magic ink with Winsor & Newton series 7 #2 brush, some archival art pens for touch-ups and straight lines, black pencil for light thin-lined details and a little light texture, and acrylic white paint for touch-ups. Also did a bit of inkwashes.”