Sinister Squashling

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Sinister Squashling

Another one hour sketch to commemorate the upcoming All Hallows Eve.

This piece has been purchased.

All Hallows, Darkest Dark

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All Hallows “Darkest Dark”

A quick one hour sketch to commemorate All Hallows Eve.

This piece has been purchased.

Morla

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Morla

The ancient one.

Indifferent to the fate of the world, there are those who are completely consumed with the right to their own self-pity.

My second piece from The Neverending Story. Purely a test in creating texture, I did not focus so much on lighting here.

Several people who watched me draw this thought I was drawing E.T. Although that’s not the case, I have to admit that they may have a point. In fact, Morla’s facial construction as a model for the movie may very well have been inspired by E.T.

The Confluence

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The Confluence

The Nothing approaches.

In an hour so dark as the ending of the world, one can only hope that we will set aside our differences. Even if only to be afraid together.

Completed in June of 2016, The Confluence is a play on Michael Ende’s book; The Neverending Story. Sketch dimension is A4, medium consists of heavier graphites ranging from 5B to 8B.

This was the first time I had realized the potential shading capabilities of higher numbered B pencils. The higher percentage of graphite as opposed to clay creates darker, richer shading. The lead itself is also much softer than an H.

I enjoyed creating this piece. The Neverending Story is one of my childhood favorites. The book was translated into English in 1983, the year of my birth. The movie was released the following year, when my brother was born. My brother also has the same name as the actor who played the main character Atreyu.

This sketch was also a learning piece for me. When I started shading in the far background I discovered a technique to creating texture. This technique would soon dominate my style of art in every sketch I have drawn after.

The Wizard and the Worg

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The Wizard and the Worg

The Wizard and the Worg is my fourth and final piece on Tolkien’s book; The Hobbit.

A thrilling tale, the Wizard Gandolf and his dwarven companions find that they have insulted an underground labyrinth of orcs by escaping captivity. The orcs, who were close friends with the vile and untamed Worgs, chased Gandolf and his companions through a clearing in a grove where they had no choice but to climb the large pine trees at the edge of the forest.

In this imaginary depiction, Gandolf is lighting a pine cone on fire to throw at a hungry Worg below in an attempt to ignite his fur.

Riddles in the Dark

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Riddles In The Dark

The third installment of my sketchbook is titled Riddles in the Dark. Completed in the spring of 2016, this piece is a depiction of my favorite chapter in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book; The Hobbit.

An experimental piece, cubes are used to create depth while contradicting sources of lighting create false perspective. The title while true to its subject, is ironically multifaceted. Then again, when one really thinks about it… It’s not that ironic at all.

A Walk In The Rain

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A Walk In The Rain

A Walk In The Rain is my first painting. This piece was inspired by a 3 a.m. walk in the cold December rain on the morning of December 30, 2014.

The Trolls

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The Trolls

The Trolls is the second piece in my series of sketches depicting scenes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s: The Hobbit. This piece recreates an original artwork in which J.R.R. Tolkien himself drew Mr. Bilbo’s tale encounter with the trolls. While no replica, the idea for this piece clearly mimics that of Tolkien’s. One of my favorite tales from the book, I just couldn’t resist.

This sketch is the second sketch in my sketch book, and it is also the second version I have drawn. The original was drawn in July of 2014, and was gifted to someone. While drawn on a piece of printer paper using only one pencil, the original version was the first thing I had drawn in fifteen years.

Hobbit Hole

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Hobbit Hole

The piece titled Hobbit Hole is an imaginary depiction of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s: The Hobbit. Completed in August of 2014, the sketch took three hours to create. My inspiration came from the book: The Hobbit, as you might have expected. Hobbit Hole is the first sketch in my sketch book, and is the opening piece in what will be a series of sketches as I bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s: The Hobbit to life.

 

Introduction

Welcome to my art portfolio! My name is Derek Traver, and I’m a simple artist living in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are no real objectives here other than displaying a collection of my artwork, and hopefully that will be for years to come. I could find inspiration from anything really, so there’s no telling what I’ll post. Note that the majority of posts here will be of the artwork itself, with a simple line or two to cover the background story to each piece. I won’t be using this blog to focus mostly on art opinion or research.