People have often asked me why I’ve never drawn Smaug. I think part of the reason is that he’s so iconic that legions of talented people have drawn him, and I’ve never felt the need. But when the thought arose to do a painting that heavily relied on gold leaf, he came to mind immediately.
“Smaug lay, with wings folded like an immeasurable bat, turned partly on one side, so that the hobbit could see his underparts and his long pale belly crusted with gems and fragments of gold from his long lying on his costly bed.”
Watercolour and gold leaf on Clairefontaine Etival cold-pressed paper, 29×40 cm.
All of you who pre-ordered the artbook “Songs of Sorrow and Hope” and can’t wait to hold it in your hands (neither can I!) – there’s been some delay. Oloris is ironing out some details with the printer right now, and will be posting a fuller update soon!
The pre-order deals are mostly over, but you can still snatch up a few of the card bundles!
Songs of Sorrow and Hope: The Art of Jenny Dolfen
This piece combines two of my greatest loves – Star Wars and Art Nouveau. Some very mucha part in me squeed when I saw Rey’s and Kylo Ren’s long-trailing costumes. They were meant for Art Nouveau.
Watercolour and gouache on Clairefontaine Etival cold-pressed paper, 28×39 cm (11×15 in).
Trying my hand at another full watercolour portrait of Kylo Ren. It’s cool how much this working from photos phase has taught me about realistic painting since January! Adam Driver’s face still defeats me more often than not, but I’m quite happy with it here. A bit too handsome, perhaps, but I’m biased.
Watercolour and gel pen on Clairefontaine Nuageux cold-pressed paper, 39×29 cm (~11×15 in)
Original and prints available here!
Video on Patreon.