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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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Naivara Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is soooo beauty!! i love it! >u< :heart:
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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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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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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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