Finrod Felagund

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A quick and fun portrait of Finrod Felagund, drawn on a class trip and painted with Daniel Smith & Schmincke watercolours on Canson Vidalon paper. (I just love that rough texture.)

Aurë entuluva

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Last of all Húrin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew he cried: ‘Aurë entuluva! Day shall come again!’ Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive, by the command of Morgoth, for the Orcs grappled him with their hands, which clung to him still though he hewed off their arms; and ever their numbers were renewed, until at last he fell buried beneath them. Then Gothmog bound him and dragged him away to Angband with mockery.
Thus ended the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, as the sun went down beyond the sea. Night fell in Hithlum, and there came a great storm of wind out of the West.

The Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle

Full step by step tutorial can be accessed at Patreon! :)
http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=2162456

Patreon!

Thank you for your input, here and elsewhere! :)

http://www.patreon.com/jennydolfen

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Patreon is a site where you can support artists you like creating stuff that you love. It works a little like an ongoing Kickstarter – the pledges start much lower, and the rewards are ongoing, too.

It’s a dream of mine to be able to work as an artist full-time. Patreon gives me the chance to try if it can work. If you can imagine supporting me – starting as low as 1$ per month – head over and see what’s in store for you in return! :)

This is still very experimental, and if you have any more good ideas for rewards or stuff to do and share in the patrons’ feed, please let me know!

Patreon brainstorm

Not only one but several people have contacted me recently, asking whether I had a Patreon, and since then, I’ve been thinking about how to set one up for me – which is a bit unusual, it seems, as most Patreon artists seem to be relying mainly on digital content as giveaways, and most are digital artists.

Think of Patreon as an ongoing Kickstarter – you sponsor an artist over a longer period of time, and you get goodies in return. The cruncher is that the whole idea of Patreon is to run for months or longer, and allow the artist to focus on things he or she loves to do, which of course means that the rewards need to strike a balance between what makes the patrons happy and what the artist can give and still be productive.

Here’s some reward ideas I am thinking of offering. I’d be glad to hear your ideas, too – if you could imagine supporting me, please weigh in in the comments!

Low reward tiers (~1-5 Euros):

  • Shoutouts on my website
  • Access to previews, tutorials, art before I upload them; access to exclusive wallpapers, avatars, and hi-res line art to colour (patrons only)
  • raffle tickets for prints, original art, and commissions. These will start small, but will bet bigger and more elaborate as “milestone goals” are reached
  • chance to weigh in on what I’ll be drawing
  • chance to request tutorials

Mid reward tiers (~10-50 Euros):

  • all of the above plus:
  • Stickers, prints, postcards, bookmarks of my art (actual tangible rewards every month)
  • more raffle tickets (3 instead of one) for commission and original art giveaway raffle

High reward tiers (~50-100 Euros per month – I can dream, right?)

  • all of the above, plus:
  • monthly facsimile prints
  • more raffle tickets (5 instead of one) for commission and original art giveaway raffle
  • Patreon bookmarks created for all high-tier patrons; the lineart will be the same for all and printed, but it will be coloured by hand

And don’t worry: I will NOT restrict my general posting habits and uploads for the public – sponsoring me is an extra reward if you like my art and would like to support me creating it, not blackmail. ;)

If you have any more ideas that are easily doable in higher numbers, and would make you happy, let’s hear them! :)

Speed now this feathered shaft

Maedhros therefore, being in anguish without hope, begged Fingon to shoot him with his bow; and Fingon strung an arrow, and bent his bow. And seeing no better hope he cried to Manwë, saying: ‘O King to whom all birds are dear, speed now this feathered shaft, and recall some pity for the Noldor in their need!’

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J. R: R: Tolkien, The Silmarillion: Of the return of the Noldor

Watercolour and Ecoline on Canson Vidalon cold-pressed paper, 23×33 cm

Steps:

Originals for sale on Etsy

I’ve sold three (mostly small) originals this past month, and have decided to part with a few more of my darlings.

There’s a little bit of everything here – also price-wise. Take a peek!

By popular request, stickers are also available in two different packs now!

Eagles at War

A watercolour illustration I did for author Ben Kane and his upcoming book “Eagles at War”, about the battle of Teutoburg Forest. I met Ben while we were both working on our respective Hannibal novels, and I really enjoyed his novels – and we decided we needed to do something together. Next, I’m doing a larger painting for him, of the battle itself.

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Watercolour and Ecoline on Canson Vidalon cold-pressed paper, 20×30 cm.

Some wip shots:

Finally, I’m having a Spring Sale in my Etsy shop! Every order of 30€ and above is -15%. Just enter SPRING15 at checkout. Take a look!

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