The Battle for Christmas

December 24, 2012

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when atop a small house

Old Dwarf Santa was warring, with a bitter cold louse.

The Battle for Christmas

In keeping with this month’s past dwarf-filled week, here is a dwarven warrior Santa Claus, engaged in an epic battle with the vicious Jack Frost atop a slick snow-covered roof, as he struggles to get his bag of weaponry to the chimney, not far off.

This picture is a pencil sketch which I colorized and partly shaded in Photoshop. The style is somewhat rough, but I’m satisfied with the result overall.

Now, if this is just a little too violent for you, here’s a charming Christmas post by my sister to clean your palate.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

2011. Dwarf Lass on Battlements

To conclude our Dwarf a Day week, surrounding the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I thought I would finish with a somewhat neglected member of dwarven society: the lady dwarf.

Shading each individual stone and finishing up all the details of her clothing, such as the Celtic knot work, beads and fur, actually took me several sessions off and on to fully complete, but I feel the result was well worth the effort. When I drew it I wanted to depict a dwarf maiden who was sturdy and tough, as well as feminine and beautiful, as this seems to be a rarity in the already scarce depictions of fantasy female dwarves.

The only beard you’ll find in this picture is the one on the axe.

2011. Standing Dwarf Warrior

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened at midnight last night, and as an ode to the book on which it was based, I thought I would post this sturdy fellow, who’s beard is tucked into his belt, much like the descriptions of many of the dwarves in the book.

I really enjoyed doing all the details on this one, and I quite like that his axe is actually somewhat small (for a fantasy dwarf, anyway) yet manages to look formidable all the same. Perhaps it’s the almost scythe-like pick on the back?

2011. Dwarf King

As dwellers of the mountains I often imagined dwarves having a fondness for furs and pelts in general, as the temperature high on the peaks where they make their homes would no doubt be bitterly cold.

The chain around this dignified dwarf’s neck is partly taken from the description of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit, who I recall wore a gold chain around his neck as well.

Dwarf a Day: Well Kempt Dwarf

December 12, 2012

2011. Kempt Dwarf

For day four, we have this interesting character. He has a little bit of a gnome quality to him, but I think he might just be more of an intellectual dwarf. They can’t all be warriors after all.

2011. Scarred Dwarf

Here’s a somewhat more detailed sketch of a gnarly dwarf face for today. Though he doesn’t have a full beard as is expected of a proper dwarf, I think with the combination of the scar on his head, and the look on his face, he more than passes in terms of required grit and brawn.

2011. Two Dwarf Sketches

For day two in my Dwarf a Day week leading up to the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I thought I might as well post two little sketches in one picture. That doesn’t mean I’m going to do three for day three or anything like that though, this is likely where the synchronization of pictures and numbers comes to an end.

2011. Dwarf Profile Sketch

I decided to start posting a Dwarf a Day for the week leading up to the release of the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, because it features thirteen dwarves, and I happen to like drawing gnarly dwarves in my free time.

This is just a rough sketch of a dwarf profile to start off with, but there will be more detailed art to come.

I wanted to post another piece of art from my mystery novella The Pale Rose, and thought I would include the character descriptions featured at the start of the book. Incidentally, this illustration is for the last chapter, and features the lead detectives, Charles & Amelia Humble.

Ch22, In Conclusion

Cast of Characters

Amelia Humble: A devoted wife and mother with a scandalous proficiency for probing the criminal psyche; though no one would know it to look at her.

Charles E. Humble: He would have gladly admitted to his wife’s marked hand in shaping his career, had she not forbidden him from doing any such thing.

Montgomery Townsend: Unwavering in his devotion to the woman he loves; hiring a private detective was only the first step in his endeavor to find his wife.

Josephine Townsend: An effervescent woman with expensive taste and a love for things of beauty.

Gregory Richards: A close friend of Mr. Townsend, he appeared to care little for much of anything, least of all his tiresome wife.

Victoria Richards: A woman very practiced at forgetting unpleasant things, and speaking only of pleasant ones.

Rufus Barrymore: Born to money, he had little need to think, which was fortunate for him, as he had little ability to do so with any degree of success.

Oscar Barrymore: Life’s wicked jokes had hindered any grand plans for his future, souring both his perspective and mood.

Patricia Bartlett: A dear friend of the missing woman, her appearance was as agreeable as her manner was helpful.

Mrs. Attwood: She was unable to attend the party on the evening of the tragedy, though this hardly meant she could add nothing to the investigation.

Forbes: He maintained an appearance of rigid strictness, but inwardly seemed to hide something more.

Matilda Oliver: A young maid who kept to her work, and tried her best to stay out of trouble; though trouble had a way of finding her.

Miss Kippering: The highly suspicious cook, her unpleasant nature made it no wonder at all that she never married.

Vincent Welling: Mr. Townsend’s bungling assistant, who still held his employment to the great marvel of all who met him.

Inspector Cole: The inspector in charge of the case, his disproportionate arrogance seemed to be the beginning and end of his character.