'Then in a rush it leaped across the fissure. The flames roared up to greet it, and wreathed about it; and a black smoke swirled in the air. Its streaming mane kindled, and blazed benind it. In its right hand was a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire; in its left it held a whip of many thongs.' Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring.
Creating this project was a real ordeal. I had finished it once and my computer crashed and destroyed the only copy of my file. So I had to paint it all over again. This piece is the first to show what I have learned from my classes. Gandalf's robes come from a costume I now own, and all the Balrog anatomy comes from reference photos of fire, bats, tigers, mountain goats etc.
There are tons of details that are lost for elfwood size, and even lost for any on screen display. The painting is intended to be printed at about 30inches x 19 inches so any on screen display loses a lot. Check out my web page for more detail shots than the ones posted here.