Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Turning the real into Tolkien inspired art (water colour/chalk sketch)

I have been toying with the idea of using my home town of Olvera, Cadiz as inspiration for Minas Tirith the white city. With just a little imagination Olvera could quite easily be tweaked and it is something that I may well explore in the future.

Tolkien described Minas Tirith as built on a hill, called the Hill of Guard, right against the face of Mount Mindolluin. The city looked eastward over the Pelennor Fields, which were used for farmland, toward Osgiliath, the former capital of Gondor.

The white city end of day sketch.

Within this mountainous region, Sauron's main fortress Barad-dûr formed its tower, at the foothills of Ered Lithui. To southwest of Barad-dûr lay the arid plateau of Gorgoroth, forming the region's keep, and Mount Doom its forge. End of day sketch.

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