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New Blog Entry: A "new" hobby to blog about on occasion.
When I first created this blog, it was not meant to be for any one hobby. It was meant to be a place to point friends and family to when they were interested in knowing what was up with me. I have too many interests and hobbies, and I frequently have to put things aside so I can focus on others.
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This was drawn on regular Strathmore drawing paper (11x14) first in blue pencil, then with regular pencils (F, HB, and 6B). I’ve been drawing Thorin so much (admittedly he is my favorite), I wanted to start getting used to Fili. I actually need to collect more photos of him for reference (oops!). Special thank you to FB Fili for being so patient and helping me find a couple detail refs I was having trouble finding. Lots of breaks between sections/parts, as usual for me these days.

You can see the original very rough sketch (before I fixed things I disliked about it) here: http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Fili-Knife-Sketch1-523822141
and the blue pencil transfer the final drawing started from here: http://cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/Fili-Knife-In-Progress-blue-pencil-transf-534469298
This was drawn on regular Strathmore drawing paper (11x14) first in blue pencil, then with regular pencils (F, HB, and 6B). I've been drawing Thorin so much (admittedly he is my favorite), I wanted...
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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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Back to Thorin (but of course)! This in-progress blue pencil sketch is on 11x14 Strathmore drawing paper and will probably be transferred to Bristol for inking.

I've been obsessed with the story-not-told in Ered Luin (most likely also because I play LOTRO and love going back there with my characters). I like to imagine Thorin would go away on trips for trade and supplies on his own, so he could think and be alone. Perhaps here, he is thinking of happy days gone by, family lost, Erebor in its glory -- the mighty kingdom of Durin's Folk. And while picking up supplies, I am sure he is also searching for information: where is his father? Any detail. Any hint. Any rumor.... always searching and wondering.
Back to Thorin (but of course)! This in-progress blue pencil sketch is on 11x14 Strathmore drawing paper and will probably be transferred to Bristol for inking. I've been obsessed with the story-no...
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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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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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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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