Oh man. Finally done. Though I might do color washes later…So, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is my life, and I’m constantly attempting to pay homage in my work. This time however, I felt like paying a little homage to Peter Jackson and the cast. I’m a huge fan of the movies and I don’t really believe in the “one or the other” mentality.
The piece in general is about Hobbits and their relationship with nature and their ability to remain unseen. I gave each Hobbit an item relating to the four elements, which also happen to reflect their personalities, for Pippin: Beer/Water, Merry: Pipe/Air, Samwise: Athelas/Earth, and Frodo: The One Ring forged in Fire.
This is part of a personal project on the relationship between Heavy Metal and Tolkien. I’m focusing on 46 (and I’m sure there’s many more) metal bands who reference Tolkien, and I’m simply drawing members of said bands as characters in Tolkien’s Universe. Not that conceptually amazing, but fun nonetheless. It’s an ongoing project, so they’ll show up here every once in a while.
Here is Marco Hietala (of Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings etc.) as Beorn.