Anyway, on Friday I made this in art class (well, I made some of it last week but this is the finished version.) It was supposed to be a 'how to paint mist' practice, but I'm pleased with it beyond a practice piece. The figure is inspired by a free stock photo by Marcus Ranum, who is a very public-spirited soul who enjoys taking highly professional stock photos and giving them away to people to use for art. I'm not sure I've quite managed to catch the texture of silk, but it's not bad. I probably can take from this that I should work harder at sourcing reference photos..
And then last night, we were watching Star Trek Discovery, which is a series that I find I really enjoy. It's a bit darker than the usual Star Trek fare, and although I fear they aren't going to go the whole way to my favorite theory, that the Federation from Star Trek and Blake Seven are the SAME Federation, seen through different eyes, there are enough questionmarks over the behaviour of Starfleet to please me.
Anyway, we were watching that, and I painted this tiny A5 painting, using as a rough reference A Nude Woman Kneeling at the side of a Reclining Man (Study for Mary Magdalen Lamenting Christ),1857, by Julius Hübner (although why it is called that, I cannot guess, because Mr Hübner has clearly put a great deal more work into the Reclining Man, who is also pretty much nude, than the Woman, who is only faintly sketched in.)
Anyway, here they are: Idril and Tuor, escaped from war in Middle-earth to some beach in the distant West. This is actually acrylic, but weirdly, painting it on cold-pressed watercolour paper has made it look really quite water-coloury, at least on the background...
It was Nolofinwean Week on Tumblr. I am rather unsure about the title. I feel the Week of the House of Fingolfin would have a better ring to it and be more comprehensible to the casual viewer, but hey, it's not my week, so no skin off my nose. I was wrestling with servers this week, so I went for quick inkpencil,brusho and ink paintings. They are all A5, so pretty small too.
Turgon & Elenwe:
Fingon driving off a young and goofy-looking Glaurung:
Earendil guiding Elros (in a ship with an eagle figurehead) to land in Numenor.
Anaire and Galadriel fighting in the War of Wrath. (I am convinced that the Noldor force in the War of Wrath must have been mostly female)