A stein illustration I made for Taverncraft. Working on the LOTR
theme was indeed lots of fun, we tried winged variations on the
preliminary sketches but ended up getting rid of them completely in the
final. Don`t get me wrong, I love creatures with wings -I guess it`s
obvious- but in landscape canvases they`re simply a pain in the ass :)
Balrogs` wings were already in debate, we decided to use that window,
also we needed to avoid the Jackson`s interpretation as best as we could
because of license issues, so I came up with an original Balrog and I
have all the space for a massive bulk :)
This one took me around 40-50 hours start to finish so it was just like the old times, and it turned out great.
CS4, Cintiq 12WX
Note: I have used reference for the gargoyles.
by Kerem Beyit