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A component of my February painting (which may now become my March painting - see my blog for details :) ).

The horse is sloping too much and I don't think I will bother with the decorative stuff hanging from the horse, as much as I dig all the folds - anyone know what you call that "stuff" btw?

And I wish I had started drawing further down the page as I would have liked to include the top of Gandalf's hat and his staff... nevermind.

Picture Bilbo riding on a pony beside him and some dwarves on ponies receding into the distance on the right and you will have an idea of the composition I have in mind. Or visit my blog for a thumbnail.

hehheh, yes - there will be many more shameless plugs for my blog to come!
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Brilliant! I love your pencil work! I must go off to see more.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man - appreciate it :)
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
you are ever so welcome. Thank you for sharing!
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love sketches done of the Middle Earth mythos more than I do finished paintings I think. This is lovely my friend.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Kevin. I must admit to a preference for sketches too - they are often more raw and closer to the mind's image.. certainly for me they are. I have Alan Lee's collection of pencil sketches from the LOTR and it is an amazing, inspiring book.
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I find them somehow....softer and more...like the misty dreams from which many of my own ideas spring. I get so tired of the over-polished, overproduced- of which the US is a prime offender- and the overdeveloped nature of things these days. It's my primary gripe with most CG stuff being done: not everything needs to shine like polished chrome. And I love Alan Lee- both his art and the man- he seems such a gentle and soft spoken soul.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree - Alan Lee is a gem :)
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ironhenry Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Hey! Pretty cool! Middle Earth is just the best place to play with a pencil :nod:
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man - it sure is. I am in the middle of a huge melancholy bout to do with all things Tolkien at the moment. Been watching the LOTR appendices over and over again lately and taking turns being inspired and horribly depressed that I was not a part of the creative process!!
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I had to comment on this as well as this piece: I know what you mean! I thought I was the only one who watched the appendices with a mix of wonder and loning sorrow that I was not- and most likely never will be- a part of something like the LOTR epic.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, Kevin - I might have guessed we would share similar thoughts on this. It is a real bitter-sweetness is it not?
Having said that - I hope you have sent your folio down to NZ. If ever your skills would be appropriate it would be in the marvellous amount of model-making and set-dressing that goes on down there... dare to dream my friend :)
You have a rare talent. There are not many people who can do what you do. I, on the other hand, am but one of a million people who can pick up a pencil... :)
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh god man- I really admire your work! And I wouldn't know how to begin to send my stuff to NZ or to whom I should do so...? But it would be like coming home for me...
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you have an advantage that is worth exploiting. Of the hundreds of resumes that are sent to Weta each week in NZ there would be very few with your skill set. The trick is to get your folio submission to stand-out from the crowd so if you sent them one of your cool creations along with photos of your other work that would be sure to be noticed at least.

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Even though they suggest you don't send 3D or sculptural pieces I think it is worth sending something small as a "gift" :)

Go on man, do it! I'm going to send my stuff through too for what it is worth :)
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ironhenry Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
There is always The Hobbit! I want to see Andy in full-on Orc army gear!!!
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh to dream :)
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Nicely done :)
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primulatook Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
quite charming!
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why, thank you (and for the fave too :))
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LG-Young Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Love it! :heart: (Even the fold thingies)

I haven't done a LOTR type illustration in years, it would seem. Hmm....
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh do, do, do, do!! :D
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LG-Young Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
I think I will -- especially scenes from the Hobbit, before the upcoming film subtly shifts images in my mind...
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