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Coffee paintings!

The Shire

Dec 4 2013, 5:54pm

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Coffee paintings! Can't Post

I thought I'd share the three coffee paintings I've made so far :) I got inspired by the very talented Jenny Dolfen ( http://gold-seven.deviantart.com/ ) who sometimes uses coffee as a a medium.

My style is much closer to photo realism, and I thought it would make a good challenge.

The first painting I made was of Bilbo. I simply used different strengths of instant coffee and water and painted like you would with water colours.

Bilbo portrait: http://imgur.com/gallery/ajrrugs

This is by far the most basic of my coffee portraits. I went all in on the next one, portraying Nori! :)

It's on size A4-paper. You can see the scale here: http://imgur.com/gallery/lQDMH
I was able to give this to Jed Brophy, the actor. I work at the Swedish SciFi-conventions, and he visited Helsingborg :)
Later he shared it on both Twitter and Facebook, I was incredibly happy ^^

Next up was Radagast. Sylvester McCoy came to the Stockholm-show last weekend, and I wanted to have another go at coffee painting.

Here's what it looked like when he received it: http://imgur.com/gallery/2NJWG

I want to make portraits of all the dwarves, and maybe some other characters. Hopefully I'll find the time soon!

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Dec 4 2013, 11:31pm)

Tol Eressea

Dec 4 2013, 6:58pm

Post #2 of 15 (994 views)
Woah!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am always impressed (and a little jealous of) those who have artistic skill. I see comments like 'early version', 'first attempt', 'humble drawing', random scribble',and I want to slap them up side their heads!!!! You are way better than I ever could be,so don't be at yourself down!

Rant over.Tongue

What do you do with these, and your other work? What inspires you? What is your favourite media and subject?

These would sell pretty well IMHO.

Call me Rem. Rembrethil is a lot to type!!

Forum Admin / Moderator

Dec 4 2013, 11:32pm

Post #3 of 15 (990 views)
Very well done, but the images are oversized. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll post below our image guidelines from TORN 201 - free free to resize your pics to these guidelines and post them again within this thread so that others can see them.

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The Shire

Dec 5 2013, 12:24am

Post #4 of 15 (986 views)
Oh dear! I didn't realize! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the information, I'll replace the images with links instead for now :)

Bilbo portrait: http://imgur.com/gallery/ajrrugs

Nori portrait: http://imgur.com/gallery/lQDMH

Radagast portrait: http://imgur.com/gallery/2NJWG

(This post was edited by KotteTheHalfling on Dec 5 2013, 12:32am)


Dec 5 2013, 12:40am

Post #5 of 15 (974 views)
Wow, those are great! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for sharing - looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Welcome to TORn!



Dec 5 2013, 12:44am

Post #6 of 15 (973 views)
I think you and I [In reply to] Can't Post

should get together and compare stick figure drawings. Tongue Like you, I'm quite envious of people who are so talented. Ah well, if I can't do it myself, at least I can admire and appreciate other people's creations.

Tol Eressea

Dec 5 2013, 2:27am

Post #7 of 15 (969 views)
Yeah..... [In reply to] Can't Post

I can at least collect it too.

I CAN draw a mean stick figure!!WinkCrazy

Call me Rem. Rembrethil is a lot to type!!

Tol Eressea

Dec 5 2013, 2:46am

Post #8 of 15 (980 views)
Impressive! [In reply to] Can't Post

Maybe you'll revisit Bilbo after completing the dwarves. It'd be cool to see the difference, with the experience gain and all.

And I have to ask: do they continue to smell like coffee once they're completed and have sat about for a bit?

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Ziggy Stardust

Dec 6 2013, 2:17am

Post #9 of 15 (976 views)
These are really cool! [In reply to] Can't Post

They have an ancient look to them. Really cool!


Dec 6 2013, 7:43am

Post #10 of 15 (966 views)
WOW [In reply to] Can't Post

Incredible work!! And I love your medium of choice! I've never done an entire painting with coffee, but I am in the middle of making Thorin's map and I stained it with coffee to make it look aged Smile you have an awesome talent!

The Shire

Dec 6 2013, 6:40pm

Post #11 of 15 (947 views)
Thank you very much! :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Well... The two last ones I gave away to the actors, like I said ^^ I don't usually sell paintings I've made, unless they are commissioned by people. But I'm thinking of producing more to sell.

My favourite subject are portraits like the ones shown here, or fire portraits such as these: http://imgur.com/a/L1DyE
Acrylics is my favourite media. I used to do more oil work, but acrylics is so much more convenient. I hope to do some more oil in the future :)

(This post was edited by KotteTheHalfling on Dec 6 2013, 6:43pm)

The Shire

Dec 6 2013, 6:42pm

Post #12 of 15 (955 views)
Perhaps! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, I probably will. But the I might pick another scene ;)

The first one doesn't smell at all. You can still smell it somewhat on Nori and Radagast, but only on the darker spots. I think it will keep fading, just like the colour itself. It needs to be kept out of direct sunlight :P


Dec 27 2013, 1:38am

Post #13 of 15 (925 views)
These are great! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I love the look on Sylvester's face as he's holding the artwork!

The Shire

Jan 11 2014, 12:01am

Post #14 of 15 (923 views)
Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

I know, I'm so glad I was able to catch it ^^


Mar 17 2014, 4:30pm

Post #15 of 15 (909 views)
Sylvester McCoy looks really, really, really happy. [In reply to] Can't Post

Bowled over might be the right word if i spelled it right.

Again Kotte, you are fabulous! :)

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