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Thorin and Goat in Ered Luin by cfgriffith Thorin and Goat in Ered Luin by cfgriffith
I've been spending a lot of time messing around with ink, but not really getting much done. Time to simplify. And time to finish things that have been sitting around WAY too long.

This was originally started (the blue pencil part of it, not the inks) in early June 2015. For whatever reason, I couldn't bring myself to ink it (despite really wanting to). So new brush in hand, I decided enough was enough. I really need to stop putting things off -- I end up forgetting (or am just doing things differently now) what I was planning to do a year or more later when I finally get around to these.

The original blue pencil was done on 11x14 Strathmore drawing paper. I wanted to preserve the blue pencils, so I scanned, darkened the lines, turned it into B&W, and printed it out to transfer to 11x14 Bristol for inking. I used Black Magic ink with a Winsor & Newton series 7 #2 brush, a little bit of detail work on Thorin and a few tiny pebbles with a Micron 005 pen, a bit of touch-ups in white acrylic paint and white pencil, and a little texture-work in black pencil.

As far as the scene... I play Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), and I have one dwarf and two elves (also a hobbit) so far. You'd think I'd be sick of seeing Thorin's Hall/Ered Luin... well, no. My character house is there. I love that area and feel at home there. Many times, when I'd be questing (and coming across little things that were about Thorin or the Battle of the Five Armies) I would stop and just think about the story before The Hobbit. As I said on the original sketch's page:  

"I've been obsessed with the story-not-told in Ered Luin (most likely also because I play LOTRO and love going back there with my characters). I like to imagine Thorin would go away on trips for trade and supplies on his own, so he could think and be alone. Perhaps here, he is thinking of happy days gone by, family lost, Erebor in its glory -- the mighty kingdom of Durin's Folk. And while picking up supplies, I am sure he is also searching for information: where is his father? Any detail. Any hint. Any rumor.... always searching and wondering."

And of course, wondering when the time would be to return to Erebor.

(I hope the scan doesn't lose some detail. I was pressed for some time, and wanted to darken the solid black areas to get rid of the streaking that happens with scanning and hope it didn't do anything weird to the details.)

Link to the original blue pencil sketch:  cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/…
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WolvesKey Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Baby goat has grown up ;)
Lovely picture once again, great job ^_^
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MirielOfGisborne Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic idea of drawing Thorin with a goat! Lovely!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Hubby and I love goats (we don't have any -- but love pics/videos/etc and he used to work around some), plus dwarves and goats are a great lil pairing, so I just *had* to do it. :D
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Wynnifredd Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Lovely work, and the story behind it makes it more so. Thank you for sharing it.
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for checking it out and for the very kind reply! Best Wishes!
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Wynnifredd Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
to you as well. ;)
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meilin-mao Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely scenery, nice details and the inking was very well done. I love the story you think of for the scene.
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Best Wishes!
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eWeMad420 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful!!!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Thriin Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
awwww it's beautiful!! and very detailedLove Love  yes, Thorin is always searching for his father-I SO wish Gandalf would tell Thrain his son never gave up searching for him:( (Sad) 
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's been a little bit of a fight, getting used to doing things that used to come a little more naturally many years ago. But I also want to experiment and push myself too.  And yes... *sighs* Poor Dwarves. :(
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