April 2007 - coloured pencilsCommission info
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This is from the Unfinished Tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, a scene that stuck in my head since I first read it years ago. Saruman and Gandalf arguing about the Shire and the art of smoking at a meeting of the White Council. A long time before the War of the Ring or even Bilbo's journey.
Saruman was little appeased by this answer (for he hated mockery, however gentle), and he said then coldly: "You jest, Lord Mithrandir, as is your way. I know well enough that you have become a curious explorer of the small: weeds, wild things, and childish folk. Your time is your own to spend, if you have nothing worthier to do; and your friends you may make as you please. But to me the days are too dark for wanderers' tales, and I have no time for the simples of peasants."
Gandalf did not laugh again; and he did not answer, but looking keenly at Saruman he drew on his pipe and sent out a great ring of smoke with many smaller rings that followed it. Then he put up his hand, as if to grasp them, and they vanished. With that he got up and left Saruman without another word; but Saruman stood for some time silent, and his face was dark with doubt and displeasure.
The Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Part Three, chapter IV.3
First time trying new pencils. Not too happy with some parts, kinda proud of others. These Prismacolors everyone's so praising have their advantages, but also rather severe limitations. I don't think they will replace Polychromos and even Pablos for me.
The scanner ate a lot of shading on Saruman's robes... and some other parts, too. And I have forgotten the first big ring, or rather put it last, but whatever.