In Search of the Happiness Max

the-other-blog-of-sannapersikka:

Tolkien’s illustrations vs. The Hobbit films

Part 1.

Oooo…

Rivendell is the only one that’s markedly different, then. Which is interesting, as I tend to think that they did the elves pretty well.

Artwork - woo!

Today, I made a thing; this thing:

I made this for use as an illustration for a thing I’m gonna do when I reach 500 followers on Twitter. (But shh! Don’t tell everyone, yet, as there’s still a lot left to do!) The original was done in silver paint, which doesn’t scan well. As evidence, you can see an unfiltered version of the original below (I’ve made the black background more even in photoshop, but that’s it):

Particularly if you click on close-up you can see that the silver paint just looks weird. Which is a shame, because it looks awesome in person, but c’est le vie.

Anyway, I thought I would share because it’s been really nice to do some artwork again, and this was probably the most ambitious of the illustrations I’ve done so far, and, you know, nakedness. I know tumblr likes nakedness. There are still some things wrong with it. For example, his left (our right) knee is oddly shaped, which is a shame, because I got the right one looking fine in the end. I’m pretty sure gentlemen don’t need left knees, but whatever, I’m not in charge of that. I had a lot more trouble with the legs as I couldn’t find any references that were in the stance I wanted that were also in the right kind of lighting. I made quite a few mistakes as a result, but overall this is much better than it was, so I’m going to stop tinkering.