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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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I started this in August 2014 and let it sit for way too long. Way too many distractions, occasional confidence blahs, and plenty of "not sure if I like this anymore" moments.  I thought I'd lost too much from the original sketch:

Blue pencil start here: http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Azanulbizar-Thorin-Sketch1-473346207
Darkened blue pencils used for transfer here: http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Azanulbizar-Thorin-Sketch-Grayscale-474845088

Finally, January 2015 (facepalm and blushes) I decided enough. Power through and just finish it.

I also received Deathless the sword for Christmas, and I really wish I'd had it handy when I was working on this. I was squinting at way too many small photo ref's for the costume and sword.

Drawn on 11x14 Bristol using Black Magic ink (and washes), a little black pencil for texture, and Dr. PH Martin's Bombay White ink for a couple little shiny spots on the mithril. Brushes used are Winsor & Newton series 7 sable (sizes #2 mostly, with some #3 and maybe a little #2).
I started this in August 2014 and let it sit for way too long. Way too many distractions, occasional confidence blahs, and plenty of "not sure if I like this anymore" moments.  I thought I'd l...
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New Blog Entry: My 2014 year in Review + goals for 2015, for Thorin & Co. fan art and historical costuming/sewing.
December 31st, 2014 by Cynthia Griffith. As usual, I dragged my feet to almost the last moment with writing this entry, but I am always glad now to write them. Because no matter how little I feel like I've done, I always surprise myself and remember things I'd forgotten about!
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As I mentioned on my two updates in Scraps, my husband requested an older, alternate universe (AU) King Thorin painting down the line. Since I've been trying to keep doing art, but am unsure when I will eventually get around to doing the detailed painting I would like to do for him, I thought I would do a sketch to see how I wanted old King Thorin to look. Plus, I'm giving this drawing to him and he can frame it for now.

Please see the previous sketches to read some of my thoughts about the future piece:

AU King Thorin Blue Pencil Sketch
AU King Thorin Start of Pencils

Drawn on 11x14 drawing paper, using blue pencil for initial sketch, then 2H, 4H, and 4B pencils. Along with some electric eraser for some quick texture on the fur pelt. I started taking a little too much time on this, and decided to push on and finish it despite having my eyesight go out (yet again, sighs) a little too quickly. So as usual, hopefully I didn't forget something. I would have liked to have gone back and darkened some of the other sections, but I think it will just have to be like this for now.
As I mentioned on my two updates in Scraps, my husband requested an older, alternate universe (AU) King Thorin painting down the line. Since I've been trying to keep doing art, but am unsure when I...
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My husband, a life-long fan of Thorin, asked me to eventually paint an aged/battle-weary Thorin on the throne for him someday. Since I am trying to keep sketching, I thought I would play around with his look for the eventual full-length throne room painting. It's hard to pick up details (and I used contrast on the scan to try and bring it out), so I'll hopefully go over this with pencils. I wanted to keep his decoration simpler, but a little bit of a cross between him, his father, and Thror. I also looked at some Battle of the Five Armies photos and saw a nasty gash on his forehead through his eyebrow. Sadly it doesn't show up, thanks to the crown, but maybe in a colored painting it will be a little more visible. Still a lot of detail missing, but with blue pencil sometimes the more you add (like wrinkles and the etchings on the crown), the blurrier things get. Plus, it kept looking more like Thror, so I pulled back a little. Maybe again, color will be of a little more help showing weariness around the eyes instead of a monotone piece.

No idea when I eventually do the painting, as I'd like it to be rather big and a little complex with the background and figures, and I don't even know if my paints are dried out or not. I also won't normally be doing AU art, nor taking requests... but since my sweet hubby not only is the one who got me into this whole fandom, but is beyond excited that I keep drawing dwarves, I figure I can do him a favor.

Sketched on 11x17 drawing paper using a blue pencil. And happy to have done something art-related three days in a row now.
My husband, a life-long fan of Thorin, asked me to eventually paint an aged/battle-weary Thorin on the throne for him someday. Since I am trying to keep sketching, I thought I would play around wit...
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I've been feeling rather crowded in my small living/workspace, and trying to get more organized so I have not done much with art lately (and I feel rather clumsy at the moment). I was in a bit of a mood today, and decided to sketch a little more "expressive" studies of Thorin, and ended up spending more time on this one than planned. Drawn with blue pencil on drawing paper first, then finishing with F, 2B, and 3B pencils mostly, I believe.
I've been feeling rather crowded in my small living/workspace, and trying to get more organized so I have not done much with art lately. I was in a bit of a mood today, and decided to sketch a litt...
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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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New Blog Entry: My review of Noble Collection Deathless Sword of Thorin (my hubby's Christmas gift to me... well, I say it's to both of us! He loves it too). :)
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I'm trying to be better about promoting my art. I always feel like I'm being annoying, even if someone asks me to let them know I finished something new. :)
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Hello, fellow Thorin fans! Sorry I have not introduced myself yet. I've really been enjoying being a part of this fandom, and have been having fun getting back to art and drawing dwarves (especially Thorin, of course)! :) 
I used to draw constantly, and then took a break for several years to focus on sewing and costuming. In fact, I have way too many hobbies and tend to rotate through them so I can give each a little...
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As I mentioned in my last update, AU King Thorin Blue Pencil Sketch, I'm working on a study for a future project my husband requested (an older King Thorin). After a break (my birthday was Halloween, so I had a few distractions before I settled back to art heh), I finally started blocking in more of the detail and getting the pencils started. This was originally sketched in blue pencil on 11x14 drawing paper, and these lines are lightly drawn in 2H pencil (I had to bring up contrast a little for enough to be seen). I intend to go over it more, in darker pencil leads.

I'm actually having a lot of fun with this one. Which is rather amusing, because it's supposed to be a study... and isn't what the final painting will look like. I'm not sure when I will get around to starting it though -- so I want to draw a nice image for my husband until then.
As I mentioned in my last update here: AU King Thorin Blue Pencil Sketch, I'm working on a study for a future project my husband requested (an older King Thorin). After a break (my birthday was Hal...
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This was quickly drawn on a small piece of paper (Thorin is just over 4 and a half inches tall from head to toe on this drawing). Blue pencils first, then my drafting pencil. I purposely tried not to add much detail, or go back and fix things too much. I was trying to scrawl this down as quickly as I could as a warmup/speed exercise (I didn't bother to time myself).

I'm wanting to get back into quick, low-detailed sketches again to work through ideas and to just keep drawing. And most will probably be small sized, since I plan to put them in a small, bound sketchbook. I used to work like this, drawing quick guidelines first at a smaller size, then enlarging the sketch to whatever size I needed and working any fixes and details in later while transferring to the final paper. It helped cut down on messy lines to erase later.
This was quickly drawn on a small piece of paper (Thorin is just over 4 and a half inches tall from head to toe on this drawing). Blue pencils first, then my drafting pencil. I purposely tried not ...
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Thank you, Lisa! I used to be a lot quicker, but I was in better practice back then. :) I need to regain that confidence again. 
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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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