Drums of War

January 5, 2014

12, Drums of War

It’s day twelve, and my Epic Fantasy Twelve Days of Christmas has at last come to its end. And what better way to finish off my series of epic fantasy art, than with the most epic of all fantasy beings, the noble dwarf? For the “Twelve Drummers Drumming” we have a battle-worn drummer, preparing to rally his fellow soldiers for one final charge against their enemy.

If you have looked over my site at all, you probably know that I rather enjoy drawing my little dwarfish pals. It’s something about their gnarly, crunched up faces, stout and sturdy figures, and gargantuan, braided beards that just puts a smile on my face. So, naturally, I had to include at least one in my twelve days of fantasy art.

I hope everyone enjoyed seeing what the fantasy equivalent to each gift would turn out to be each day, and that they weren’t too abstract a parallel to the originals. I’ll be honest here, I really didn’t give them too much thought, and tried to go with my instincts on what they should all be, as I drew them all in a bit of a rush.

Though I hit the drawing board rather hard each day, to reach my deadline on time, I actually had quite a bit of fun seeing what I came up with for each of the twelve gifts. Some turned out surprisingly close, while others only just matched up, but all in all, it was a fun exercise in hasty creativity and imagination, and I’m rather pleased with how they all turned out in the end.

For those of you who stumbled on this late, here is a list of my eleven other pieces of art in reverse order. Enjoy!

A Piper’s Song of Healing

The Lords do Battle

Dance of the Little Ladies

Maiden and the Minotaur

Swan Lady on the Waters

The Griffin’s Nest

Golden Rings of Power

Calling Forth the Birds

Facing the Cockatrice

Turtle Drakes Collide

Phoenix of the Ash

And, if you enjoyed this, you’ll probably want to take a quick look at last year’s Christmas post.

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.

Dwarf

March 22, 2010

An old black and white I did of a fantasy dwarf warrior. I wish I had dated it so I could tell you when I did it, but I’m the kind of artist that just sketches and doodles endlessly and never remembers to make note of when I do so.