khorazir replied to your post “nerdfaceangst replied to your post:nerdfaceangst replied to your…”I found it really helps doing the work with inspired stuff. As a teenager I almost exclusively drew horses, but doing so gave me an eye for proportions, shading etc. Also it came in really handy when I started with LotR stuff.
Your LotR stuff <3 <3 <3
As a teenager, I drew a lot of naked people doing it because I absolutely hated the teenage obsession with sex and thought that was a way to give it the middle finger (logic.). Then I drew RP characters for a while and tried desperately to morph into Regis Loisel. That didn’t work out so well, but it did mean I got to draw some really atypical faces and funky creatures.
Actually, did you know I tried to emulate YOU for a while before it dawned on me that I can’t just ‘take’ someone else’s style because I have my own buried somewhere deep inside? Of course the early TORC nerds were really not getting my style, but whatevs. They couldn’t handle anything that wasn’t hyper-realistic.
I still envy people who can get closer to classic fantasy art. But that’s my own fault, I need to practice drawing people more.
Oh wow, thank you. I didn’t know that my stuff used to be one of your sources of inspiration.
My Tolkien inspired watercolours were of course strongly influenced by Alan Lee’s fantastic works, as well as those by a couple of illustrators from the “Golden Age”, like Rackham and Dulac, and Ivan Bilibin. And when I was in my late teens I drew quite a lot of Indiana Jones fanart before Tolkien took over entirely.
And now I’ve kinda gone back to the basics when it comes to drawing people and started to use far more actual reference (mostly for depicting Sherlock characters, of course ;)), and I’ve noticed that it has influenced my style. I’ve also experimented with other mediums I rarely worked in before, like ink and coloured pencils, and I’ve done some purely digital work in the form of graphics and posters. I’m curious how all this will have altered my style when I go back to creating Tolkien illustrations.