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I'm finally getting back to the drawing of Fili I'd started a few weeks ago. I was really torn -- I needed to transfer the rough sketch (I wasn't feeling too great and had drawn too deeply into the paper to continue using it), but I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish it in ink or pencil. After a LOT of back and forth, I finally picked one (pencil) and that meant I could finally transfer it to the final paper, cleaning up the blue pencil rough during the transfer process. I use different paper for pencil and ink, so that was why I couldn't even continue with that part.  Plus, I wasn't in the mood to haul out my lightbox... distractions and all... ;)

So now he is ready for pencil finishes. Hoping to continue working on him in the next week or so -- let's hope I don't have any more distractions before then!

Scanned in color with the contrast/brightness adjusted -- the blue pencil is very light in reality.
I'm finally getting back to the drawing of Fili I'd started a few weeks ago. I was really torn -- I needed to transfer the rough sketch (I wasn't feeling too great and had drawn too deeply into the...
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After taking another long break, as well as getting used to a new computer (old one gave out finally) and making sure I can still scan... I decided to do a little sketching. I've been meaning to go back to Roac the Raven and put down a little more of what I "see" in my mind. His bald "crown," I wanted to be asymmetrical. Below the eye on one side, a bit of an eyebrow on the other. Felt a little awkward today -- maybe I'd have had better luck "painting" it in ink. The darkest spots turned out a little choppy on the scan, but I didn't want to do much to it. My main thought was to get a bit of character, and focusing on patterns and direction/flow.

Drawn on regular Strathmore drawing paper (didn't quite fill the 11x14 space) with blue pencil first for roughing in the shape, then finished using 2B and F pencils. Scanned in b&w.
After taking another long break, as well as getting used to a new computer (old one gave out finally) and making sure I can still scan... I decided to do a little sketching. I've been meaning to go...
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"Before long there was a fluttering of wings, and back came the thrush; and with him came a most decrepit old bird. He was getting blind, he could hardly fly, and the top of his head was bald. He was an aged raven of great size. He alighted stiffly on the ground before them, slowly flapped his wings, and bobbed towards Thorin." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
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I have a painting to do in the future (I'm hoping this year) of the three Heirs of Durin, so since I have been drawing Thorin so much, I decided to start getting used to Fili for a change.

Rough blue pencil sketch on 11x14 drawing paper. I still have some things to add and fix, and hopefully I will finish it in pencil.
I have a painting to do in the future (I'm hoping this year) of the three Heirs of Durin, so since I have been drawing Thorin so much, I decided to start getting used to Fili for a change. Rough bl...
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I've posted several things in the past, in my Scraps and on my blog explaining this piece...

You can see the original blue pencil sketch here: http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Thorin-Cloak-Blue-Pencil1-512564394
You can see the 2nd section's sketch here: http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Thorin-Cloaked-Figure-RoughSketch1-512872222
You can see a little of my process here: http://www.cfgriffith.com/2015/02/27/why-i-seem-to-be-taking-longer/

The final piece is drawn on 11x14 Bristol (transferred with lightbox, using blue pencil... some tiny detailed sections were lightly drawn in 2H pencil so I could see them better). Inked using Winsor & Newton series 7 brushes (sizes #2, & #3) with Higgins Black Magic Ink. Also small details and straight lines inked using Micron (#'s 08 & 03) and Faber-Castell (size M?) waterproof ink pens. Also final details and effects done with black (and some) white pencils, as well as Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay India Ink.

Whew! I admit, I didn't continuously work on this one, so it would have been finished quicker if I'd focused better and wasn't as distracted. Hubby and I LOVED Thorin stomping around muddy Bree in DoS... so I just had to!
I've posted several things in the past, in my Scraps and on my blog explaining this piece... You can see the original blue pencil sketch here: cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/… You can see the...
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Where I'm at with the current fan art drawing of Thorin and how I got there. Now if I could just get back to it! :P
February 27th, 2015 by Cynthia Griffith. I used to be very fast with art. One thing I swore (and this goes for most things I do now, whether it's art or sewing) is to go for “quality over quantity.” I got way too burned out in the past. I also ended up with piles of paper everywhere.
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Yeah, and I've just not been feeling steady. Every time I push myself when I'm not feeling so great or rested, I end up messing up lines I liked. I'll wait until I finally feel a bit better. 
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Still working on the parts for my next drawing of Thorin -- http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Thorin-Cloak-Blue-Pencil1-512564394  I'm still not sure if I'll add this part, but if I do it will need to be reduced in size to go in the lower right hand corner of the drawing. I needed to focusing on mostly shadows and shapes, since I won't be able to add as much detail. Mostly for mood, and final lines can be adjusted before I ink.

Next steps will be prepping both drawings for transfer, and hoping I can see enough detail to use my lightbox to transfer the lines I want to Bristol for inking.
Still working on the parts for my next drawing of Thorin -- Thorin Cloak Blue Pencil1. I'm still not sure if I'll add this part, but if I do it will need to be reduced in size to go in the lower ri...
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I've been wanting to get back to painting, and one of the things I would love to paint is Prince Thorin playing the harp, back in happier days in Erebor before the dragon attack. Sadly, all of my paints are dried out so I need to stock up on those again.... as well as get back in practice (it's been waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long). I think I've been "thinking" in B&W way too long, too.

So while I have lots I can do, I keep getting distracted thinking about other projects. And this is one of them... Thorin's golden harp. I wanted to give it a dwarven design, and of course a nice tip of the hat to our favorite feathered friends. I'm hopeful that getting started on the design process will perhaps even give me a little boot to make more progress on this painting.

Drawn on drawing paper with a blue pencil, then scanned and converted to grayscale to darken the lines a bit.
I've been wanting to get back to painting, and one of the things I would love to paint is Prince Thorin playing the harp, back in happier days in Erebor before the dragon attack. Sadly, all of my p...
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New Blog Entry: Feeling buried under various piles, and please keep your fingers crossed for me! :)
Some of the in-progress pile, currently taunting me and screaming for my attention. The rest are either in the sketchbook or in my head, distracting me. And some are waiting for me to purchase supplies I need… augh! I seem to take a lot of breaks. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to work on ...
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Yes, it's true. I did some voice stuff in the beginning and end. A very funny episode. ;) LOVED the interview at the end with his mother!
 
It's already April Fool's Day in some parts of the world, but this is no joke: we really DO talk about poop for an hour. (And even get serious at the end.) Then, at 1:05:09, there's an interview with my mom​. About poop. It's funny. You will like it. Seriously...
Seriously, we talk about poop for an hour…and then follow it up with an interview with Christopher’s mom about poop!
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As if I don't already have enough in my To Finish pile of art, I started yet another Thorin drawing. This time, because a spot on the wall was screaming at me. My husband framed and hung the AU King Thorin Pencil Study http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/AU-King-Thorin-Pencil-Study-493960525 on his side of the bed and at the time requested that I draw something for my side of the bed and use the same frame. Instead of pencils, I'm hoping to ink this piece since my corner is a little darker and pencils won't be easily seen.

My husband and I both squeed happily when we saw Thorin stomping around Bree wearing his cloak in the rain in the beginning of Desolation of Smaug, so I decided to draw him wearing his hooded cloak for this piece. I'm hoping to not only add more detail, but possibly layer another drawing where the text is on the image. We'll see if I'm more in the mood to quickly finish it and keep it simpler, or proceed as planned.

Drawn on 11x14 drawing paper in blue pencil. I will most likely transfer the basic lines to Bristol for inking with a brush on the finished piece.
As if I don't already have enough in my To Finish pile of art, I started yet another Thorin drawing. This time, because a spot on the wall was screaming at me. My husband framed and hung the AU Kin...
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Learning to sew historical costumes, fan art of Middle Earth dwarves, and juggling with my husband when we have time. Too many hobbies to list! See links to art and sewing below.
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Attempting to learn sewing by making historical clothing (focusing on 18th century right now), as well as some embroidery. After a very long break, I am back to drawing -- fan art of Thorin and Company -- love the dwarves from The Hobbit movie. Actually, I have too many hobbies to list, and I am happily married to Christopher Gronlund.

If you'd like to find out more about me, or see some photos of the costumes I've made, please visit my website: http://www.cfgriffith.com/

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X Marks the Scot - A kilted community.

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Festive Attyre: Historical Costuming
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A page dedicated to historical fashion, featuring costume designs and research by Jennifer Thompson.

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The one rule about self promotion for writers I know.

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