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Inside Information by AndyIomoon Inside Information by AndyIomoon
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Edit: 10/7/12

Done! Happy to put the brushes down on this one now. I've had a lot of fun hiding in Smaug's lair for a week or two but now it is time to move on. For anyone interested, you can find details of the process work for this illustration here:

[link]

My next piece is already underway and I am quite excited about it. Once again I have set my sights high - looking for an Arthur Rackham/Norman Lindsay inspired illustration about mermaids! Go figure :)
More on that soon.


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Edit: 29/6/12

The composition has continued to evolve (in part thanks to your lovely feedback) and I am glad it has. Much happier with this now. I realised if I wanted to emphasise the size of Smaug I should not try and contain him within the boundaries of the illustration :)

Colour comp included here to show where I am going to go with the colours on this one.

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Based on the clear direction my recent poll is taking I have decided to move ahead with the Bilbo/Smaug illustration first... here's a slightly more worked up sketch (15cm x 25cm) looking at the layout in more detail.

Feedback very welcome at this stage. Is Bilbo too close to the bottom border? Is the illustration over-balanced on the right with the two pillars (one broken closest to foreground)?

The final art will be larger format (50cm x 70cm) - looking forward to having some space to play with - but need to iron out the kinks in the layout before I proceed.
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:iconnaivara:
Naivara Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is soooo beauty!! i love it! >u< :heart:
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - it was a lot of fun to paint too!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I love the little piles all over. :D
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Much appreciated :)
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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Wild-Huntress Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your beautiful work has been featured here: [link]
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks :)
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Arielphf Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Beautiful! You've done an excellent job on this!
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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KSilvershade Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
That is AMAZING! And awesome. And cool. And also epic, and very shiny.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a lot of good things! :)
Many thanks.
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NolweNamiel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Wonderful artwork!
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much appreciated. Cheers.
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gbindis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
I love the "sparkliness" (is that even a word in English?) of this image. The colours are beautiful!
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it's not a word it should be! :-)
Thank you for the lovely feedback.
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PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant piece, so shiny!
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shiny, shiny indeed :)
Thank you.
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noleme Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Beautiful colours and great detail. Certainly looks like a book illustration, and it brings back memories of the lovely illustrations many books for young readers had, back when I was a child. I'm looking forward to more Middle-earth images by you.
The picture looks well-balanced to me.
Btw, I like the dwarf face design on the caskets - most people drawing Middle-earth images are influenced by the movie designs for dwarvish culture, so this was very original and fresh. :)
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the lovely, detailed feedback. Very much appreciated :)
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
so beautiful! Your images are always filled with so much atmosphere <3
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the lovely feedback :)
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! It turned out really well! :D
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - I am pleased, especially after getting through the ugly stage that all paintings seem to have at some point in their jounrney :)
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha! Yeah, but it's so worth it to keep going! :D
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ullakko Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, that's a lovely work! I especially like how you used purple in the edges of the illustration, it adds to the atmosphere and depth, and it makes the viewer focus on Smaug. Wonderful detailing and I really dig how you portrayed the invisibility as well.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the lovely feedback :)
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terepalomitas Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
See? it couldn't go wrong :deviation: Love invisible Bilbo

Now tell me about your ink, is that sepia? or do you mix it? marker or nib? elaborate pleeeease!
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Tere :)
In this case I went with simple black markers (Faber Castell and Copic Multiliners) ranging in nib size from 0.03 (yes, that small!!!) up to 0.3. I used 0.2 primarily for the outlines before putting down the colour and then went back in over some of the lines around Smaug and some of the treasure at the end.
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
that is a really cool concept! Took me a moment to process it though. :)
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully the final art will jump out a bit more :)
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, I think it's a good thing! :) I remember the first version you did was rather more straightforward. This one makes one stop and think - I like that. :)
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent :)
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terepalomitas Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I'm ashamed to say that this kind of revamp did never cross my mind, awesome developement Andy, it's imposible to ruin this, is too strong already, take it home! :heart:
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, shame on you Tere for not reading my mind :)
I appreciate your confidence - stretching the paper today and starting on the colours tomorrow!!
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking wonderful, I love the cropping idea! The colours look great, I cant wait to see the final thing <3
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks - I have a secret desire to jump ahead in time and see how it all works out! :)
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think the composition looks great! I think the final coloring will be the thing to watch to make sure it stays balanced. :D
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely.There is always an ambient level of fear around the time I start on the colours - the colour study gives me a little peace of mind... fingers crossed I find that balance.
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good luck! :D
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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ErinHunting Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is coming along fantastically! Is this for a picture book?
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Erin. I wish it were for a book! No, it's just for me at the moment. Although I have an opportunity next year to be in a little, local exhibition so this will most likely go towards that. For the most part though I am just enjoying the creative time after a long hiatus.
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Valedhelven Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I never get tired of seeing new Tolkien illustrations! :deviation: Very nice, Andy, I love it so far - can't wait to see how this progresses! :eager: I don't think Bilbo is too close to the border, and I like the pillars a lot, but there does seem to be a heaviness to the right side... I would hate to see you lose the broken pillar, though - maybe adding something else on the left just above the railing (in the treasure?) to balance it out instead? Another pillar? Big urn? Statue? Giant box of Smaug-sized doughnuts? I dunno... :shrug:
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehheh - donuts, you say... who says Smaug doesn't have a sweet tooth!
Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.
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terepalomitas Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Oh I'm loving to see so many new artwork from you, missed it!
Let me look at this for a while, will be back at you later :deviation:
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking beautiful! Looking at the image in detail I feel torn about the pillars overbalancing.. I think the broken one in the foreground is fine (in fact I love how it helps to give an atmospheric setting). The other pillar I feel does take the focus away from Smaug, but t the same time it really gives us a nice sense of depth as to where Smaug is in relation to Bilbo. Also when I picture the image in colour I dont feel like the pillar would be distracting any more, but I cant know that until you colour it of course! The rest of the image to me looks perfect, I'm sure you'll make the right decision :)
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hear you - you're right. The colour and whatever atmospheric perspective I can squeeze in will help a lot. Thanks for taking the time to provide me with some feedback.
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think I'd prefer Bilbo to be over on one side or the other, not dead center. (Since Smaug is already fairly centered) He might be too close to the bottom It might be nice if there was some more overlap of the elements in the foreground and background.
I'm sure it will turn out well! :)
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think we are on the same wavelength... I will move Bilbo up and across I think ... and look for a few more overlapping elements, perhaps in the bottom left to help balance things up a bit. Re-reading the text there might be room for some big jars, full to the brim with lovely treasure :)
Thanks for the great feedback.
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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