View Full Version : A Character of JRR Tolkien

10-11-2009, 12:21 PM
Anyone out there in the mood to draw one of his brilliant characters? I know I am and will be posting mine soon!:D

10-11-2009, 03:50 PM
I completely suck at drawing characters but would be willing to give it a shot. The trouble for me would to try and choose :p

Great idea for an art project Alexandra. Being a major LOTR fan I am certainly up for it.

10-11-2009, 07:28 PM
"Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for? "

Gotta love this guy. :)

Mostly oil and knife, 100% AR


10-12-2009, 12:28 AM
Wow Picaso! He is just marvelous! Love it!:)

Sirius, I bet you'll do well, and hey, if I have the courage to put my drawings up, anybody should:eek::o:)

Peter Pinckney
10-12-2009, 01:31 AM
Not a character I know............but ?:cool:

10-12-2009, 01:37 AM
Well, you just KNOW I'll have to take part in this thread, don't you... ;)

Characters on the way!

Peter - I see the Ring as a character in its own right, I don't thing there's any problem in having that in here. :D

Picaso - I love the composition of your Gimli pic. Very nice!

10-12-2009, 01:56 AM
Not a character I know............but ?:cool:

The protagonist:D:D

:eek:Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.:eek:

A fascinating challenge .... I think I'll try since I am a fan of Tolkien.;)
Very lovely works Picaso and Peter

10-12-2009, 02:36 AM
Oh Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The RING. This is fantastically drawn and painted! Well done. :D:D:D You know, I hope someone here draws the only being to be able to handle this entity and laugh. "He's a merry fellow; Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow."

Elfdaughter and Silvy, let's see what you have girls!!!!:D

10-12-2009, 02:49 AM
Here are some familiar souls. :)
(I used Hague's Hobbit and cave as reference, just changed his cloak, face, and clothes. Added the other hobbits, and cave eyes. AR software.)

Peter Pinckney
10-12-2009, 04:02 AM
Sniff...........Sniff................Sniff........ ...SNIFF

10-12-2009, 04:15 AM
Wasn't this a really great scene both in the book and in the movie? Really great Peter!:)

10-12-2009, 04:52 AM

Cave of Shelob is it?, one of the more unsettling parts of the movie
Lovely job:)


That ring is so real looking, as if ... it... were... calling... my.... n...


10-12-2009, 04:53 AM
yes.... my.... precious

< droool >

10-12-2009, 06:08 AM
This was supposed to be a Dryad but when I saw this thread I thought wood elf! and made a few changes... ie the dress is white, less leafy and she is a lot less green and mossy.

10-12-2009, 06:37 AM
Thanks Picaso. You know, I wish that I had spent more time on it. I just threw it together. I had in mind Moria, but it could as well have been the cave of Shelob. I will have to go back and read it again soon so that I can be accurate.
Fraser, that is lovely.

Peter Pinckney
10-13-2009, 09:32 AM
from one of my blending/layer experiments came...........Shelob

Peter Pinckney
10-13-2009, 09:51 AM
and then 2 scenes of Middle Earth............the second is supposed to be Frodo and Sam in Mordor carrying the Burden................you can maybe see why I don't paint the human figure:o:o:o:o

Peter Pinckney
10-13-2009, 10:04 AM
@Fraser................oh yes that is an Elf!!

@Picaso...............that was one of my favourite lines in the movie......great portrayal of an unforgettable character!!

Thanks for the nice comments:):) and thanks to Sandy for starting this thread:):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

10-13-2009, 10:24 AM
Wonderful!!! All of these are amazing.

10-13-2009, 03:23 PM
Peter, your contributions to this thread are wonderful. Shelob, perfect-Moria-dynamic, and well portrayed. The incline and travel as great as the weight of the burden, poor things. It is not hard to me to see the relationship in this story with burdens of our lives. I must commend you on your work sir. They are beautifully painted.:):):):):)

10-13-2009, 04:50 PM
Haha! Wonderful!

I had a blast with this. I made a key discovery concerning AR. You can blend using "soft light" just like in photoshop. Oh man, I had so much fun. This is such great news! Off to explore the rest of the settings.

Here's my balrog.

10-13-2009, 08:29 PM
What an awesome thread idea Alexandra! Fantastic work so far everyone!

10-13-2009, 11:24 PM
Hey, thanks Sketch!
Great painting of Balrog-Gray. I am just learning these effects too.
I am hoping some one catches my riddle and makes an artrage painting of this person.....hint hint. This person is in the book, but was sadly excluded from the film.:(

10-14-2009, 02:31 AM
Haha! I actually started him (If I'm reading your puzzle correctly) before giving up because the eyes were so out of whack. I'll take another shot at it then.

10-14-2009, 06:40 AM
Great paintings everyone!

Loved the ring! Looked realistic!

Loved your paintings too Peter!

Loved the painting of Gimli!

10-14-2009, 10:31 AM
Fantastic thread , great work everyone, haven't read his books but seen the films. that rings great Pete.

10-14-2009, 11:51 AM
This fellow I liked he counted as he shot the enemy. My daughter just told me his name, it is Legolas.

10-14-2009, 11:55 AM
Well done Sandy! Legolas was one of my favorite characters. The actor, well need I say more ladies?:o:o:o:o

10-14-2009, 10:06 PM
I recovered this old painting of mine which seems to fit pretty well ...

10-15-2009, 02:02 AM
Sandy Legolas is a dishy young man, I should have found a reference and done him justice. He looks good with blonde or dark hair. I cannot remember what colour eyes he has though.
Caesar, the painting fits well and is done very well as all your creations.

10-15-2009, 03:25 AM
Thank You, dear Sandy! It's a quite old one and I was still a little clumsy with AR features ...

10-15-2009, 05:10 AM
How about some Nazgules?:)
Actually I draw only one of them))
Hope you like it.

10-15-2009, 05:29 AM
I really love your painting Sandy-I liked him with the blonde hair. I think in the book he had blonde hair. :) I must go and read it again.

Cesare, this is a wonderful Wizard! I love it.:)
I wish you could draw Galadriel and her mirror for us.:o:D

Looking forward to your Nazgul FreeAlchemist.:)

10-15-2009, 05:30 AM
Oh, your picture just came through for me- great Nazgul!:)

10-15-2009, 06:07 AM
Dear Sandra I did have a Galadriel too (mirrorless), but since it was inspired by someone who doesn't wish to appear anymore ....:(;):)

10-15-2009, 07:40 AM
Thanks Alexandra and Gratitude to you for creating such topic!!!

10-15-2009, 09:59 AM
You're so welcome Dear FreeAlchemist! Hope to see more of your art!

Cesare, I am so sorry. Anyway to alter the facial features a bit?:)

10-15-2009, 10:02 AM
Plastic surgery You mean, Milady? What a brilliant idea! By chance I've got a model who would perfectly fit.;):p I would leave Galadriel hair blonde anyway ...

10-15-2009, 10:12 AM
And whom might be the fortunate model??????
You really amaze me. The shoe's thread, and Coops and Manna-such amazing likeness'. All of them that you have done. Just amazing.:)

10-15-2009, 06:24 PM
Here's Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo.
Amidst the water grass and old man willow,
Holding flowers fair for the river-daughter
comes the eldest up from the river-water.

Sorry... Makes me realize JRR's real skill. I just can't help the rhymes, I've had Tom Bombadil on my mind for a while now.

I confess I started out painting Glorfindel, thinking "Brilliant" referred to his death against the balrog and subsequent resurrection and hence Frodo's ability to really see him (as a shining figure), even with the ring on, but a friend sorted me out.

This time around, I discovered all textures available. Paint really behaves differently on rough grain paper and on canvas, but somehow I'd never gotten around to trying the canvas setting. I'm such a noob. Ah well, this was fun, if not strictly artistic. Some one with some real artistic skill should try this nut case as well. You really can't go wrong, just make sure he has a feather in his hat, a beard, yellow boots, and a blue jacket. He's a short little man, and that's about the limit of JRR's descriptions. He's meant to be something of an enigma I guess...

10-16-2009, 01:09 AM
Oh Gray, Thank you! I loved Tom in the book-his laughter when holding the ring, no evil had power over him. His strength and love for his love and his love for the land and animals. Well done, and keep at it- you are really good. I am still trying to figure out layers, and textures. Maybe when I grow up I will move to oils. LOL. Nah, I will never grow up.;)

10-16-2009, 01:11 AM
... and I don't even need to dream for using my imagination (although it usually help improving the virtual reality)!;):D

10-16-2009, 01:13 AM
I uploaded this picture in the Gallery section. I know it belongs here. One of my favorite chapters in The Hobbit. Pallet knife, airbrush, and pencil.:)

10-16-2009, 01:38 AM
It's a very nice painting, dearest Sandra, and I remeber of that part of the book too, when Bilbo and the dwarfs were escaping, if I'm not wrong! :eek::):)

10-16-2009, 02:30 AM
Thank you Dear Cesare.:) Looking forward to seeing your Galadriel. I know it will be beautiful.

10-16-2009, 03:16 AM
I hope to be able to have her posted tomorrow ....;):)

10-16-2009, 07:49 PM
Really fantastic works here :)

Here is my lame attempt at Gollum:

10-16-2009, 08:47 PM
He's perfecly recognizable and expressive, dear Sirius! A wonderful pastels work!

Peter Pinckney
10-16-2009, 09:28 PM
Oooooooooooo! Gollum!Gollom!Gollum!

Here's another................can't get the hand right.........no good at the human form really must practice more:mad:

10-16-2009, 10:48 PM
Yeah, I agree Sirius. These are wonderful.
Well done on Gollum, great perspective and colors Sirius!:) Our precious.:eek:

Peter, what is wrong with the hand? This is beautiful. I can see your talent is in drawing the figure as well. The layers are beautifully mastered also. I love it!:)

10-16-2009, 11:12 PM
This odd company members comprise some of the races Tolkien depicted although it's not referring to any of his books or notes and would probably contrast with his vision where one or two of the races are fundamentally good and evil, independent from how their individuals were raised ....
I added another old drawing too referring to an Elf Lady who curiously remind me Alexandra a little bit ...;):)

10-17-2009, 01:01 AM
... what about this Galadriel, dearest Sandra? I hope I didn't disappoint Your expectations! ;):p

10-17-2009, 01:31 AM
Cesare, I don't know where to begin. They are incredible. I must say that I enjoy viewing them. So much expression. I admire your talent and capabilities. The top picture and the woman standing looks like Manna. And you added Galadriel, and said she reminds you of me? Oh, I am so flattered. She is beautiful! Well done Cesare!!! I think these are fine contributions to this thread. A big kiss on the cheek to you my friend!:)

10-17-2009, 02:56 AM
Dearest Sandra, maybe this way is a bit clearer some kind of likeness ....;):D

10-17-2009, 03:00 AM
... and thank You for Your kiss I would return. Where am I then here? :rolleyes::confused:
Probably on the first one with the little elf girl on my shoulder ...:eek::D

10-17-2009, 03:38 AM
Cesare, Wow, well done! I remember seeing this one before. I really like it. :):):):):):)

10-17-2009, 06:15 AM
LOL :p Dearest Sandra, it just took a very quick plastic surgery to keep my double promise ... :DI got quite fast now with portraits !;):)
Thak You!

10-18-2009, 06:26 AM
ENT incoming....slow...so slow:D!
From my old painting of a baobab here's Treebeard.

10-18-2009, 08:19 AM
Silvy, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!:D:D:D:DWell done!!!:D

Peter Pinckney
10-19-2009, 04:10 AM
Silvy, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!:D:D:D:DWell done!!!:D

Me too!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) :)

Peter Pinckney
10-19-2009, 06:32 AM
The Eye in the Palantir

10-19-2009, 04:23 PM
Oh wow Peter, this is cool! Great idea!:):):):)
I have been trying to think of something to post soon. I started Arwen, but my daughter wouldn't stand in the same place for me for an hour.:rolleyes:

10-20-2009, 05:35 AM
Hi Peter! Agree with Alexandra....it's COOL:):) and very ipnotic:eek: seems change colours and moving while one's viewing

10-26-2009, 03:53 PM
My sketching abilities and anatomy are pretty sad, so I turned this scene into a stained glass window. I hope you enjoy it.:)

'Good evening, little master!' he said, bending down. 'What may you be wanting?'

Drawn with airbrush and loaded knife using AR and Corel-no reference other than reading the description in the chapter and trying my best to draw from my tiny brain.:rolleyes:

11-14-2009, 10:05 AM
I did Legolas, but I don't know how to attach the picture!!!

11-14-2009, 10:30 AM
oh yeah!!! LET THERE BE LEGOLAS! :D A manga version, that is...

11-15-2009, 07:24 AM
Welcome Sharlotta, Your Logolas is great! One of my favorite character's.:D

11-15-2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks, Ally! He's mine too. http://smileys.*************.com/cat/36/36_1_21.gif (http://www.*************.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZRYYYYYYVGUS)

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01-09-2010, 05:11 AM
Here's a couple of LOTR related pieces I've done in the past.

(The 2nd one was part of an online drawing competition (the hobbits are me and my mates)...unfortunately done with a mouse in MSN Paint, as it was just before I got my hands on Artrage!)

01-09-2010, 11:38 AM
OUTSTANDING JOEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
I love these!!!!!!!!!! And you used a mouse with msn????? Too cool!:eek:

01-11-2010, 05:58 AM
Oooooooooooo! Gollum!Gollom!Gollum!

Here's another................can't get the hand right.........no good at the human form really must practice more:mad:


03-10-2010, 08:17 PM
I saw this project while at work and love this series though my favorite book is the Hobbit and it is all because of Smaug. So I had to come home and sketch him up just for this. I like it so far I think I will actually finish him.

03-11-2010, 03:12 AM
Excellent dragon Delirium! I love The Hobbit too. I have three of those books. One I am especially fond of-the version where JRR illustrated it himself.:)

03-11-2010, 11:23 AM
I have actully not seen that one but I am diffently going to find it now.

10-11-2010, 08:58 PM
Great thread with lots of goodies.I hope my little guy fits in here? AR3 SP 100% .;)
Larger Version (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=13117&catid=member&imageuser=5962)

10-12-2010, 07:38 AM
Amazing Scott he was well worth the wait a simply outstanding piece:):)

10-12-2010, 10:56 AM
Outstanding Scott. I could not begin to say enough about it. Thanks for such a wonderful contribution dear mate!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):): ):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

10-12-2010, 02:18 PM
This thread is great to peruse. Fantastic work on Gollum Scott!

10-14-2010, 07:58 PM
Thanks mannafig,Alexandra and gzairborne!Glad you like it;):):):):):)

11-01-2010, 03:24 AM
Fantastic work SCP, I couldn't think of his name, till I read gzair's message, Gollum's great, those big sad eyes, the whole scenes very well done.

11-11-2010, 12:08 AM
How could I resist? It's the subject of my thesis!

The two characters on the front are Merry (not Sam!) and Théoden. The two on the rear are Elfhelm and Éomer. As you might see, they're taken from the book, instead of the movie.

11-11-2010, 04:06 AM
Excellent work Tolman, outstanding.

Peter Pinckney
11-14-2010, 08:11 AM
Here I am cheating again ..........not a character as such..........one of the beacons of Gondor:D

11-15-2010, 03:23 AM
I wanted to comment here too Peter-thanks so much. Wonderful- wonderful-wonderful!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):)

03-24-2011, 05:30 PM
=) gonna put one up soon.

03-25-2011, 06:37 AM
wow nice work folks :D

Sadly I've not read Tolkein nor seen the movies. I don't do fantasy well at all...I'm more a down to earth, believe what i see kinda gal :p tho i have to admit i do enjoy some sci fi lol

04-25-2011, 01:37 AM
Well come on then Moosie and give us a Sci-fi pic.:D