Hello friends, today is the 10th of December and twenty years ago Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring premiered in London, so I decided to join my love of Tolkien with my love for embroidery and recreate the map of Middle Earth. (I’m too scared to iron it incase I burn it!)
Well this is it, the last post for Tolkientober 2021.
Day 30 was a rest day, thankfully as it had been everyday for about ten days!
Day 31: Home, so I’ve done a quick little watercolour style Hobbiton on photoshop. I’m really happy with how this turned out.
Day 29: Tears – So I focused on the tears of Arwen Undomiel. I then overlaid the Gandalf quote from ROTK.
“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth,” Gandalf says to the gathered companions. “Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” And this, especially now, is what we need to remind ourselves: that not all tears are evil.”
Whoo! In the words of Frodo Baggins Its done! Below is a round up of all my efforts and you know what it doesn’t look to bad! Also I actually stuck with Tolkientober all month (meaning its the first inktober type challenge that I’ve actually finished!)Continue reading “Tolkientober Days 29-31”
Only a few more days and Tolkientober 2021 will be finished!
Day 27: Hope – I actually created two pieces for this theme for the first tried to illustrate the beacons of Gondor, as Gandalf says in Return Of The King “Hope is kindled.” and the second I chose another Gandalf quote ‘All we have to decide what to do with the time that is given to us’
Day 28: Battle -I actually really struggled with this one, there are so many amazing battles in LOTR but I couldn’t pick one, in the end I settled on Gandalf facing down the Balrog, because its such an iconic good vs evil battle.
There’s only two more Tolkientober based posts left!
Day 24: Kingdoms – So I chose the kingdom of Erebor from The Hobbit. Not gonna lie this reminds me of the Starbucks logo!
Day 25 was dreams, so I went with Eowyns dream (even though its Faramir’s in the book!) I’m not entirely happy with this one, but what can you do art is like that sometimes.
Éowyn: “I dreamed I saw a great wave climbing over green lands and above the hills. I stood upon the brink. It was utterly dark in the abyss before my feet. A light shone behind me, but I could not turn. I could only stand there, waiting.”
Day 26 of #tolkientober was stars, so I decided to go with A Rhyme of Lore.
On his way to Minas Tirith Gandalf mumbled to himself a Rhyme about the Downfall of Númenor.
Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.
Rhymes of Lore are small poems that refer to ancient events of history. Rhymes of Lore seem to originate from the Dúnedain of Arnor, some were known to the Hobbits who also had some Rhymes of their own. The Long List of the Ents may also be an example of Rhymes of Lore.
I’m thinking of redrawing all my calligraphy art with ink and watercolours and putting them all on my Etsy shop!
Sounds like a plan don’t it!
We’ve nearly reached the end of October already!
Day 20: Beauty – In my opinion Richard Armitage’s portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield was beautiful and this particular pice of CAD took so long and was spread over so many layers.
Day 21: Laughter – I always giggle at the thought that the Nazgul were invisible.
Day 22: The Road – I used that literally and put the road within the letter ‘O’
I really prefer the simple pieces I’ve created for this.
Wow! I cant believe its already time for Day 19 Tolkientober is flying by so quickly.
Day 17: Hands – Now I’m not particularly good at drawing hands so this one was a little challenging but I’m actually quite pleased with it!
Day 18: Party – I love the iconic ‘no admittance’ sign in The Lord Of The Rings.
Continuing to post as many of my offerings for #tolkientober so that I can actually finish posting them on the 31st. Day 19 was eyes, so I did a quick pen and pencil drawing of Smaug’s eye (it was actually for the eye challenge for DeviantArt).
So this year I decide to try and partake in Tolkientober on twitter and create a piece of art each day relating to the set theme. I know I won’t be able to complete all the challenges but I’m going to try my best to keep up!
Day 1: Ring – This is a wire ring I made, if I had to design a ring of power it would look like this, the wire is only craft jewellery wire but I love how it sort of looks a little viking/medieval.
Day 2 was a rest day – I love that the challenge includes rest days!
Day 3: Enemy – Enemy would that be a reference to Smaug the Terrible? I love illustrating dragons, they are literally one of my favourite things to draw (the other being bees)
Created in Affinity Photo (its like Photoshop) this Smaug was first drawn onto paper and then copied onto my computer. Overall I think it was something like 65 layers I love the orange colour of the dragon and may put more detail into the background eventually…or maybe add a very small burglar hobbit.
Day 4: Forest – The Forest of Fangorn lies on our doorstep painted with oil on canvas, very much in the style of Bob Ross. I took up oil painting at the beginning of lockdown (somewhat unsuccessfully) but I enjoy it nonetheless. This is one of my better ones and I’m genuinely pleased with it.
After years of using watercolour, oil paint is a totally different animal to work with – I cant believe how long it takes to dry!