G is for … Gollum.
Shown here sharing a tender moment with his precious.
This week for my Alphabooks contribution, I had grand plans. However, I discovered that my illustration skills didn’t couldn’t meet those expectations. I was defeated and left with an overworked picture that I was 100% dissatisfied with. It was a humbling experience because up until this point in the project I had been able to deliver something that met the vision I had.
After I gave up on my original piece, I needed a few days to build up the steam to give it another go. I just couldn’t walk away from the commitment I made to the alphabooks project. Although, I am happy with the results, my process is still eluding me. I cannot seem to get the fluid brush strokes I am looking for by solely using my Wacom tablet. Any insight into that would be greatly appreciate.
G was supposed to be for Gimli. I was attempting to draw him, from a distance, standing outside of the cave by the path of the dead. It was one of the few times in the books I could remember him being by himself, as he struggled with an irrational fear of going underground. I could not get the lighting I wanted and at this point in the attempts, I simply stopped. Perhaps I could have gotten there, but I’m not really sure I knew where I was trying to go. Scrap it up to learning.