Thursday, January 16, 2014

"What are yer?" —William the troll, in The Hobbit: Roast Mutton.

Trolls!! Its a subject matter that I have skated around for sometime now, as when it comes to painting Tom, Bert, and William, I really want to them justice. I have been doodling and collecting reference material for a while and have yet to come up with a final idea. Tolkien's own illustration was the obvious starting point, followed by Scandinavia with its rich tradition/folklore concerning trolls. Growing up the troll from The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Ladybird books) is also lurking somewhere, as are lots of the early RPG Trolls. Images:- 1-my doodle (not human enough). 2- J.R.R Tolkien. 3- the great John Bauer. 4-Ladybird books. 5-Guthrie Trolls made for the games manufacturer Grenadier.

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