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Thorin Leading the Way by cfgriffith Thorin Leading the Way by cfgriffith
Yeah yeah, what can I say? It's another drawing of "just Thorin." Well, I like drawing Thorin (hubby is certainly thrilled as Thorin is also his all-time fave character too). Also, I've mainly been testing some things out as well as finding easy projects to work on to practice and build up confidence again (I know what Thorin looks like, but I'd have to hunt down tons of character/costume refs for an entire Company to "get to know them" better for drawing).

I was rolling along pretty well with this one once I started working on it, only fighting my usual quickly fatigued eyes that I've had problems with since at least my teenaged years... and then symptoms got worse. I didn't talk about it too openly, but it was bad enough that I got a referral to an eye doctor to make sure there wasn't something really bad going on. Turns out, another problem I have frequently -- allergies (grrrrr) -- hit me SO hard, I could barely see out of or move my left eye. Finally got a medication and some tips to fight the allergy trouble, and things started getting back to normal very quickly, so I was finally able to finish this drawing. Between the heat of summer with an a/c that wasn't working well for a while, and the eye thing, I took a lot longer than I intended to finish it. It sucked wanting desperately to work on it, but knowing better than to go near it (with good reason).

Although it's just of Thorin, I like to imagine this is where they were almost to the Misty Mountains, and he stopped to watch and wait for his Company to catch up to him (and scan the horizon to make sure they weren't being followed).

This one was originally sketched a while back and I can barely remember much about it. The original sketch is just over 4 inches tall, and apparently I was in a crappy mood when I scrawled it (those sketch lines look SO angry heheh -- you can see the original sketch here: www.instagram.com/p/BCJNno7IDM… ). I scanned the sketch, enlarged it, and lightly transferred to 11x14 Bristol, and finished up the details in blue pencil before inking. I took a while with Thorin himself since the bulk of the a/c and eyesight issues happened while working on him, but the background only took a day's work (the scan didn't pick up all the subtle ink washing and light black pencil shading. I wanted Thorin to be the main focus).

Done in Black Magic ink with Winsor & Newton series 7 #2 brush, some archival art pens for touch-ups and straight lines, black pencil for light thin-lined details and a little light texture, and acrylic white paint for touch-ups. Also did a bit of inkwashes.
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Thriin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
awww awesome!!Love Love  I LOVE all the details you put in and happy to hear things get better fro you!!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Just a matter of time and healing. :D  Taking a bit of time before starting my next drawing though. We just adopted a cat... she's been fitting in pretty quickly, but she needs my focus and attention for now (and I don't want to start inking anything if she ends up being a lap jumper -- that could get messy. Ha!). :)
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Thriin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
aww congrats on the new family member! cats are so cute, if I wasn't so much a 'hamster person' and was choosing a cat or dog I would take a cat :)
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have always been a bird person, but have lived with cats before. This is my first (shared) cat with my husband, who grew up with them.
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RachelFay Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Fab!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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DarqueJackal Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
*waiting for the winds of majesty to blow*  Ahhhh, there it is! 
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahah! I could do with even a little winds of majesty to blow through for a bit... *fans self* Egads! So hot! Do Not Want! (I was a little worried Christopher would pack us up and head somewhere to the mountains when I finished this one, actually! It does look a little more inviting than my area).
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TwiggyStone Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional Filmographer
I love the details on this :heart: 
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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BellaNoel99 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Student General Artist
This looks great! I love all the details and the pen work is fantastic!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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