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I Am Called Strider

WonderBroad
Lorien

Feb 26 2007, 1:41am

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I first read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in 1975, so my images do not rely in any way on images from the New Line films. I illustrated for various publications of the Mythopoeic Society (specifically, Mythlore and Mythprint) for many years.

As I get around to them, I'll post some of my illos here. This is one of my favorites. It is titled I Am Called Strider.






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diedye
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Feb 26 2007, 2:02am

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I see you've gotten around your pesky picture-posting problem. (Say that 10 times fast. Wink)



WonderBroad
Lorien

Feb 26 2007, 2:03am

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I had to resort to Photobucket. I just could not make the picture appear in the post by the direct method.


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Altaira
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Feb 26 2007, 3:26am

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What a great interpretation of Strider, WonderBroad! I absoultely love his eyes. You captured intelligence, sorrow and just the slightest hint of a sense of humor. I can see him being very kingly if he had a crown on his head.

Very well done!


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Feb 26 2007, 6:45am

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What character and thoughtfulness in his face! [In reply to] Can't Post

Impressive. One of the things I really like about this work is that it doesn't necessarily have to represent Aragorn and so has a wide appeal and resonance.
Looking forward to seeing more.

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Feb 26 2007, 7:08am

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And such sorrow and the wear of years on his face. Perfect, Wonderbroad.

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Stapper
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Feb 26 2007, 1:09pm

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The face is so realistic.. I feel I'm looking at a real person here!

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Feb 26 2007, 3:13pm

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I actually prefer non-movie artwork myself. Very nice. Thanks for posting it.

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Aerlinn
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Feb 26 2007, 4:03pm

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Very very nice indeed. Not how I pictured Strider, but that doesn't matter - this is good. It's a beautiful portrait.

And to me the films were the worst thing that ever happened to fan art.

Can't wait to see more. Thank you!


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Sandicomm
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Feb 26 2007, 11:14pm

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You should pop into the RR on Wednesday, because there will be a discussion on just that!

WonderBroad--that picture is marvelous. As much of a Viggo fan as I am, I really think your Aragorn is fitting.

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WonderBroad
Lorien

Feb 27 2007, 1:22am

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Thanks, guys, for noticing the attention paid to Strider's eyes. Whenever I draw a person, I always start with the eyes. If you don't get them right, you might as well stop drawing, because nothing else will work if the eyes are wrong.

For this illustration, I was influenced, of course, directly by the scene in the novel:

"As Frodo drew near he threw back his hood, showing a shaggy head of dark hair flecked with grey, and in a pale stern face a pair of keen grey eyes."

The latter part of the sentence--"in a pale stern face a pair of keen grey eyes"--is what inspired the image.

I also referred to other parts of the book that spoke of "the lean face of the Ranger," which dictated the shape of his face in the drawing.

>>And to me the films were the worst thing that ever happened to fan art.

You can say that again! Not that I think a lot of those artists aren't talented (they are--some spectacularly so), but I think, because of the films, they've missed the excitement of creating the characters wholly out of their own imaginations, had they only the books from which to draw.


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Aerlinn
Lorien


Feb 27 2007, 3:08pm

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Or I'll have to go home and bury all my pencils in the back yard! ;) Not that they've been used for anything in a looonnng time...

Seriously, that's a very real face. Very very well done.

[quote]Not that I think a lot of those artists aren't talented (they are--some spectacularly so), but I think, because of the films, they've missed the excitement of creating the characters wholly out of their own imaginations, had they only the books from which to draw. [/quote]

Yup. Exactly.


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WonderBroad
Lorien


Feb 27 2007, 6:08pm

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>>Please tell me you used a model

A long time ago, when I was a young student and struggling with my illustrations, my dad suggested to me that I start keeping a photo morgue--a file of photos that help illustrators achieve a finished piece, if one can't afford to hire models. It's not just a file of people references. I have vehicles, architecture, landscapes, animals, plants, costumes, weather phenomena (clouds, skies, tornados, etc.)--just about everything you can think of.

Anyway, as a student, I couldn't afford to hire models. So I took his advice and started collecting reference photos. I now have a photo morgue of around (I'm not making this up) 30,000 images that help me to achieve the finished pictures I have in my head.

These photos are for reference only. Long before I use any of them, I first work on a picture's composition through a bunch of quick sketches directly from the idea in my head. Then I refine the composition until I get approximately what I want. Then I use photo references plus my imagination to produce a completed work.

I still can't afford to hire models. But I make do working in this fashion.

In this illustration, I think I used about three separate "men" references for Aragorn (not the same person in any of the references), plus my imagination, to get to the finished picture. That is to say, this "man" does not exist anywhere else but here. He is a composite of a number of references plus my own brain work.

I start first with Tolkien's written descriptions, pay close attention to how a character is described, and write down a bunch of notes about the character's looks and the particulars of the scene I'm depicting. Then I draw those very quick sketches to work out the composition, refining them as much as possible. Once I've settled on a composition, I pull photo references (either hard copies or electronic files) that will help me to nail down the depiction. And then I start to draw for real.

I highly recommend a photo morgue if you can't afford models. Whatever it takes to achieve the illustration in your head!


Aerlinn
Lorien


Feb 28 2007, 2:38pm

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used to take up the whole basement. And the photos I take at the Renaissance Faire - thousands of 'em - specifically to (someday) use as reference *do* take up a big chunk of the living room.

I forgot they were called morgues! I worry about my brain.


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WonderBroad
Lorien


Feb 28 2007, 11:20pm

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>>used to take up the whole basement. And the photos I take at the Renaissance Faire - thousands of 'em - specifically to (someday) use as reference *do* take up a big chunk of the living room.

You get where I'm coming from! RenFaire stuff is great. I find references on the internet from the various faires around the U.S.

>>I forgot they were called morgues! I worry about my brain.

Oh, no problem--I alternately call the collection my "photo files." "Photo morgue" does sound a little gross...


Beren IV
Gondor


Mar 3 2007, 2:56am

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Not only is the face itself very good, but so also are all of the props. He looks like he is a man with an Elvish background to him: the combination of beardlessness but still distinctly aged, in his way, to the extent that he is. I like the Noldor star as his cloak clasp, and the very intricate and unusual design for his pipe. Plenty of things to look for to identify that this man is in fact one of the allies of the Elves, even descended from them, if you know what to look for and are attentive enough!

Everything else looks really good, as good as any depiction of Aragorn that I have ever seen, to be honest. You may have equals, but here, at least, you have no betters!


WonderBroad
Lorien


Mar 3 2007, 6:52pm

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Thank you! I am pleased you like my illos. I wish I had more time to produce illustrations at the pace I did when I was in my 20s and 30s. Alas, my life gets in the way. *grumble*


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Goldie Took
The Shire


Mar 4 2007, 6:17pm

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wow he holds you in his gaze! love how made his skin so weatherworn, and the pipe is lovely!

I love to see how others picture the characters!


elvenhobbit
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Mar 5 2007, 2:50pm

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This is brilliant....wonderful....superb...

but what gets me is the thought and age of his eyes...you can almost see the
King in his eyes, here.

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Elven
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Mar 21 2007, 3:49pm

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What a beautiful interpretation of Strider!!!

His eyes really do 'look' at you!!

Just brilliant!!
Thankyou for sharing this - Im just having a look through all your work now... WOW!!

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WonderBroad
Lorien


Mar 21 2007, 6:40pm

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Thanks, elven, elvenhobbit, and Goldie Took (and everyone else). Your comments are much appreciated!

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