Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Fellowship of the Ring in Moria


by Donato

This is one of those months when the head is down, feverishly working away on new commissions and trying to finish them before the holidays get the best of my studio hours.  Below are a few progress and detail shots of the new Middle-earth work as well as a few samples of recent drawings.

I'll be honest, I had no idea what colors or color theme I would be using before I began the initial acrylic lay in on this painting.  In part this is why I create such detailed preliminary drawings, so I can freely and liberally experiment with color concepts without fear of destroying my compositions.  The strength of the underdrawing will always be there to save me in the end regardless of what mess happens in transparent washes on top.

Once the idea of a warm, yellowish-green light evolved from those washes within this image, I then turned to oil paint to lay on the heavy opacity and get to work modeling and rendering up the forms and their volumes in the light of Gandalf's staff.

My post today is short.  Middle-earth is calling, and I yearn to walk with the Fellowship through the splendor of the mines of Moria...



The Fellowship   - Rough Concept

The Fellowship of the Ring In Moria - Rough Concept

The Fellowship of the Ring In Moria  -  Preliminary Drawing       24" x 18"

The Fellowship of the Ring In Moria  - Beginning Stage     

The Fellowship of the Ring In Moria - Progress Stage    78" x 44", Oil on Panel   

The Fellowship of the Ring In Moria - Detail    78" x 44", Oil on Panel

6 comments:

  1. You know when you see something so stunning it almost brings tears to your eyes... this is one of those times...

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  2. I actually like the preliminary drawing the best. Cold and icy.

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  3. I actually like the preliminary drawing the best. Cold and icy.

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  4. Beautiful, is this a private commission just because someone wants Middle Earth on their wall, or will it be used for something else? Sorry if my question sounds ignorant to you, I just stumbled across this. I love this blog, but I haven't had time to read it for a while.

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    1. Hello Felicity, Welcome to Muddy Colors! This is a private commission, bound for home in Paris when I am done. It will also make an appearance in a new revised Middle-earth book of mine hopefully coming out in late 2016.

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  5. Great piece. Can't wait to see it in it's final splendor!

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