|Maglor is one of the most tragic characters in The Silmarillion, and one of those I love best... this painting is an attempt to tell part of his story.|
Teaching myself to draw since mid-2015, and slowly feeling less like a beginner. I started with traditional media (pencils, color pencils) but a free trial version of Photoshop CC got me hooked on digital!
Enormously inspired by lots of artists, both professional and self-taught on this website. Everything I'm learning about light/shadow, colour palettes and composition, I'm learning from looking at the work of other artists. Everything else I'm learning by peering at hundreds of pose refs and images taken from Google searches. I haven't found my style yet at all... so I really really appreciate feedback and any tips on techniques that could help me improve.
Now using MyPaint 1.0.0 (I know there are newer versions but my Windows 10 laptop loves only this old, stabler version) with a Wacom Intuos tablet. Then I move the finished MyPaint file to GIMP for cropping, re-sizing, and text (I'm still very confused by GIMP and don't know much about using its many other features).
I recommend MyPaint 1.0 highly - it has none of the bells and whistles of Photoshop CC, and it may lack the features of later MyPaint versions, but it works really well if all you want to do is draw and paint. And it is FREE!! My only complaint is the amount of lag if my file gets too large.
This is Finrod sculpting a bust of Amarië after the completion of Nargothrond. (Kind of inspired by the Pygmalion and Galatea myth though of course poor lonely Finrod's statue isn't coming to life.)
And this is the meaningless conversation I had with myself as I painted this:
“…and I’ll make Amarië a life-sized statue.”
“Nah. It might look creepy.”
“Make her a little smaller.”
*draw draw paint paint*
“Argh!! I should have made her life-sized!”
“No way! Not after all that work.”
“Well, open the file in GIMP and scale her larger.”
*open GIMP. Select Amarië. Select Scale tool. FAIL. Select. Scale. FAIL. Repeat two more times.*
"You should stop being so cheap and just get Photoshop CC. It’ll work so much better.”
I'm a digital art idiot. And that’s why Amarië isn’t life-sized.
The legendary first elves after they awaken at Cuiviénen - Enel, Enelyë, Tatië, Tata, Imin and Iminyë.
I love stars though I don't get to see them much because of light pollution!
[Finally found time to add the pose references which I (pretty loosely) based the elves on: Enel, Enelyë, Tatië, Tata, Imin and Iminyë. Oh yeah, and for Iminyë's hand! ]
[Apr 2017 edit - I'm very honoured that Sigrid Miech chose to use this painting for her video of her original composition Cuiviénen and Back Again. It is a beautiful piece of music and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.]