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It was a lot of work, but it was also fun to do... here is the behind the scenes interview with me about the short story I narrated.
 
The first short story I've written in over 5 years was brought to life by my wife, Cynthia Griffith. To date, it's ALMOST the most successful episode of Not About Lumberjacks. I sat down with Cynthia for this 13-minute interview about the challenges of not just narrating a story, but bringing the voice of an African grey parrot named Horus to life.
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It's been WAY too long since I last painted in acrylics (late 80's - very early 90's when I "regularly" used them), and in all honesty I didn't know what I was doing. I switched over to watercolor/gouache, some coloring with markers, did some digital coloring over scanned inks... and then focused on b&w/ink as my main form of art, before taking a way-too-long break from art completely (the past few years, I've started adding a bit of regular pencil back into the mix). I've been craving painting again, so I thought it was time!

This started off as a little 3.5"x3.5" blue pencil scrawling that was difficult to see and very vague. It went through a long process of changes until I was happy enough with it to start painting. I was very tempted to use watercolor/gouache, but they were all dried out and all my "nice" brushes were for inking -- I had more supplies for acrylic, and needed to get back into practice for some upcoming acrylic paintings too.

I am not a photorealistic artist -- I'm more stylized, with many years of comic books as my main focus (that's actually how I met my husband, he is a writer). Also I am such a lover of inked art (brush), so I did use black to mix in with some colors, like the dark shadows/sections of his hair, to bring my style of drawing a little more comfortably into painting mode. This whole piece was simply practice, but also a fun experiment to see how I might like to push my way of drawing in new directions.

Acrylic paint on 11x14 canvas, and scanned with color and contrast adjustments -- the scanner changed some of the tones, like the skin which is a little darker/redder than the actual painting, but taking a photo also doesn't show the painting in its "true" form either. I also had to do a lot of scans, trying to figure out what worked best for my dark living room wall, yet also looked good enough on a digital scan without driving me mad.

I'm honestly not sure how long this took. The drawing was a drawn-out off and on thing, and when I wasn't sick or had other things to do, I tried to push myself to work on it as much as I could every day. I also used natural light only, so I could not paint during cloudy days sadly. I just didn't think to keep track of painting time closely enough. "Too long" would be my response, since I experimented, changed things if I didn't like the effect, and obsessed a little too much (slowing progress even while working often on it).
It's been WAY too long since I last painted in acrylics (late 80's - very early 90's when I "regularly" used them), and in all honesty I didn't know what I was doing. I switched over to watercolor/...
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Hey folks! Sorry I've been so quiet here (I do check G+, but for groups I have to be on the right system). Anyway, I've slowed down a little this year due to a few distractions, but I'm still having fun and drawing Thorin & Co when I can. This was my most recent finished piece, and I'm still working on others (even hoping to get back to painting, as well as more ink and pencilled pieces). Hope everyone has been enjoying their favorite part of Middle Earth -- see you around here and other places! :)
I LOVED Richard's portrayal of the dragon sickness, and I wanted to capture that look while he wandered around Erebor looking for the Arkenstone (and believing one of his own Company must have stol...
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New Blog Entry: A sketch of Thorin for a future practice painting, and some pics & explanation of the process so far. 
So around the end of October/beginning of November, I started working on a sketch for a future project. I had a little alone time, when my husband was out for a while, so I grabbed my sketchbook and did some very light, scrawled/loose sketching in blue pencil. One in particular stood out to me ...
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I LOVED Richard's portrayal of the dragon sickness, and I wanted to capture that look while he wandered around Erebor looking for the Arkenstone (and believing one of his own Company must have stolen it and kept it from him). I wanted to make the viewer feel like one of the Company, wandering around discouraged, coming around a corner, and then looking up to see Thorin glaring at them as he lurks around the treasure like a mad ghost. Quickly now! Back to work! You probably don't want him getting too close and asking if you've found it yet...

I decided to take my time with this and try a lot of different things -- in some ways, I think my inked drawings are becoming more like paintings, as well as using things other than ink. Since I work in B&W, I want to find ways to still have parts of the image stand out over others so they don't turn into a muddy blur. It can be difficult for me to work on backgrounds especially, but the streaky effect ended up working in my favor for damaged Erebor.

Drawn on 8.5x11 drawing paper as a blue pencil sketch, then regular pencil to darken lines. Enlarged and transferred to 11x14 Bristol using a lightbox and blue pencil.  Inked using Black Magic ink, Winsor & Newton series 7 brushes (#1, #2, and #3), as well as Micron pens (#'s 005, 01, 03, 08) and a Faber-Castell pen (M). Finished using Black Magic ink as ink wash, as well as black pencil, and Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay white India ink. Scanned, then only slightly adjusted contrast -- for once, I didn't mind the effect of the scanner slightly washing out the spot blacks.

Original sketch (lines turned to grayscale and darkened to show on scan) here: http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Mad-Thorin-Searching-the-Treasury-Sketch1-552737046
The sketch, ready for transfer to Bristol by lightbox and blue pencil: http://cfgriffith.tumblr.com/post/126528649617/progress-continues-on-thorin-more-details-have

Special thank you to my friend DarqueJackal , whose wonderful comments over the past couple years on various drawings inspired me to take my time and do a lot more with this drawing than I might have normally done.
I LOVED Richard's portrayal of the dragon sickness, and I wanted to capture that look while he wandered around Erebor looking for the Arkenstone (and believing one of his own Company must have stol...
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Yup, it's true! I read this for my husband Christopher, a writer and podcaster (and I have new understanding of all the work that goes into things like this -- whew)! Please check it and his other stories and podcasts out! :)
 
Need something wonderful for tomorrow's commute? How about a story about an unemployed writer who lands her dream job, but finds it comes with much more than she bargained for in the form of an African Grey parrot named Horus?

Narrated by Cynthia Faye Griffith (the part that makes it wonderful, although for the first new short story I've written in years, it turned out well), I have a new favorite episode of Not About Lumberjacks.
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New Blog Entry: Looking back on my 2015.
Looking back on the year and what little I see in-progress and (even less) finished, I should feel a bit of disappointment in myself. It's not just a matter of the usual “oh wow, I surprised myself and did more than I thought” like past years. I really did have long gaps and did a lot less than ...
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New Blog Entry: Now that I'm mostly over the nasty cold we had, it's time to get back to that Thorin painting which has just been transferred to canvas. A few little details/fixes (mostly to make sure I can see what the heck I'm doing), and hopefully I can really get to work for real painting it.
Well, I admit I had been working steadily on this project and then… we got sick. Christopher, myself, and my mother-in-law even, all came down with chest colds. Ugh. Cough-your-head-off, sneezing loudly (and strongly enough to feel like you were pulling muscles), lasting a week or two icky colds ...
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And if you think you're sick of seeing the same drawing over and over, heh... let's just say, perhaps I do take breaks often for a good reason so I don't have to look at them for a while either. ;) 
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New Blog Entry: A quick (and unfinished) painted color study test
I mentioned I plan on adding a little color to my life — or, art hobby — in the future. I also shared a drawing that was created specifically for that purpose. This past week was spent digging through old paints and brushes, testing things out, and finally attempting a quick color study.
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My sweet husband Christopher made an animated gif of some of the ink-progress on my latest Thorin drawing!
Since this drawing took me a little while longer to finish, and I have a habit of scanning each day's progress, I ended up with quite a few images from start to finish. This is not a step-by-step tutorial image. I tend to jump around to give my eyes a break from tiny details, ...
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Still disappointed my drawing of King Thrór and Carc didn't make the final cut of the BotFA EE documentary, but I'm very much looking forward to seeing it when it comes out! Getting closer!
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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/

Please note: If you follow me, please let me know who you are or if we know each other elsewhere.  I may not follow everyone back if I can't tell where I know them from, or what we have in common. :)
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www.xmarksthescot.com

X Marks the Scot - A kilted community.

The Juggling Writer - Are You Afraid to Write?
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If you’re afraid to write, draw, or create and share whatever it is you make and what others to see, this is the entry for you.

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Search for. Learning to sew historical clothing struggling to teach myself Irish fiddle and hoping to eventually get back to juggling and art ...

The Juggling Writer - Landing Our Curiosity
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Some thoughts about the landing of the Curiosity mission on the surface of Mars…and writing.

The Juggling Writer - Dandelion Seeds in the Wind
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Some thoughts on the death of Ray Bradbury from a kid who grew up in Green Town.

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

The Juggling Writer - Self Promotion for Writers
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The one rule about self promotion for writers I know.

Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors —
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Chapter 21 – Salvation at the Rim of Hell. by Christopher Gronlund on February 19, 2011. Wow, the last chapter of Hell Comes With Wood Panel

The Juggling Writer —
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A blog about juggling work, writing, and life

ChristopherGronlund.com —
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LinkedIn Traffic Tip. by Christopher Gronlund on December 15, 2010. This is from an entry I recently wrote on The Juggling Writer. I recentl