My brother spent ten years writing an epic fantasy novel. I loved it. I did quite a bit of art for it over the years, and when he asked me for a series of sketches which could become a calendar, I was delighted to oblige.

I have always been deeply inspired by the art of John Howe and Alan Lee. We got the extended disc sets of all of the Lord of the Rings movies and I would spend hours and hours watching and rewatching them. Those movies spoke to my soul, and that art… oh that art! I also discovered the art of Ted Nasmith around my early adolescence; he’s a lesser-known Tolkien artist, but his work has graced the cover of an edition of the Silmarillion (and the book-on-tape – oh, how I loved that one!). Additionally, he was the illustrator for The Complete Guide to Middle Earth. Plus lots of other stuff. His website is here. Just to warn you, you should probably have a few free hours at a stretch to go through his gallery. It is big. And beautiful. And so, so, so worth it. His depiction of Luthian Tinuviel speaks to me on a spiritual level. Hopefully you can see some of that influence here.

At any rate, this is the next “sketch” installment in my series. Terk and Nythael

Experimenting with styles and sources is important, and much of the best progress in my art has been made by copying great paintings or sketches (at some point, I’m going to post a rendering I did of Boucheur’s sketch “The Young Mother”), BUT THIS PRACTICE SHOULD NEVER BE CONFUSED WITH PLAGIARISM. I do NOT claim that this piece is an original, nor have I ever tried to sell it. For the sake of full disclosure, you can see how similar it is to the source material. I found this image on a Pinterest, and it goes back to this gallery, here.

The rode often to the eaves of the wood seeking sunlight by Catherine Karina Chmiel-Guglska:

I love beautiful art inspired by beautiful stories, and I am often scouring DeviantArt or Pinterest for something that ignites that wonder and imagination in me. We live in a wonderful world filled with people making beautiful things!