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Designing Legolas: Part 02

Go to Designing Legolas: Part 01.

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Video 01: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/cIU4EwcaJLM

When it comes to The Lord of the Rings, my favourite character is Gandalf. After watching the movie version of the fantasy novel series, I also fell in love with Legolas, portrayed magnificently by Orlando Bloom. Therefore, I really want to make this FANtasy design special. I’m sorry ladies, I will not be using Orlando Bloom as my reference, because I feel that in spite of fantastic makeup, Mr. Bloom is too human. However, I will make him handsome enough, so you need not worry.

J.R.R. Tolkien saw Legolas as an athletic, tough, warrior.

I’m not a prolific sketcher when it comes to drawing ideas most of the time. I tend to spend most of my designing in my head and only put pen to paper when I already have an image in my mind. If you have read Part 01, you will see that I was thinking about doing a profile pose of Legolas. Fortunately, my work prevented me from drawing fan art, and I left the project for several months.

I’m finally ready to continue with the design. Coming back to it, I thought that the profile picture may be too simple, so I decided to create a more rounded design.

Though I can draw human figures from my head, I find that having a visual aid helps me create better and more life like figures. I have recently acquired an Art Pose app on my iPad where I can quickly design the pose and angle of my character prior to creating a rough sketch.

After several hours of posing, and narrowing down my choices to two poses, I’ve invited Facebook and Twitter fans to help me decide which to use. We’ve decided on Pose 1, which you can see below:

Legolas Pose

Using ArtPose App, I’ve designed a pose for Legolas Greenleaf

The idea is to have Legolas Greenleaf balancing on topmost branches of a tree, and I feel this pose shows his impressive majesty.

I imported the image into Photoshop and after attempting to sketch out the pose through observation, I decided to simplify my life and trace the pose onto a new layer.

Though the pose is fine, I find that the proportions of the character are too human, so I decided to elongate Legolas’ torso, and make him appear taller and more elf-like. I can’t remember how tall elves can become, but I think they are at least 6 feet tall. I believe I read something about that in The Silmarillion ages ago.

In my sketches I have figured out his costume design, so the next step was to dress him and add some details to his head.

Legolas Greenleaf rough sketch 01

Legolas Greenleaf rough sketch 01

I have not included Legolas’ twin daggers/swords, but I did give him his 6-foot bow. I have no idea how he runs through the forest with that giant thing, but according to LOTR Wikipedia page the bow is 6-feet long.

The next step of course will be to refine the sketch. I also need to look up some bow designs, since I’ve never taken archery. In the sketch you can see what I think the bow looks like. Google will tell me what it actually looks like.

Until next time…

Cheers!

Mili

If you’d like to get this image when it becomes available join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of my upcoming original fantasy series Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Schoolism: Pictorial Composition Week 03

Pictorial Composition Week 03 Assignment:“Create 10 original studies using value only. Your studies should be designed for a bold, clear statement. This exercise will help your work pack a punch as you strive to manage complex subject matter.”

 

After listening to Nathan Fowkes’ third lecture, I’ve begun to develop a insecurity complex.

He shares with us all of these wonderful artworks in truly interesting lectures. I go on to listen to his commentary of other student’s work, just to make sure I know what I’m doing. Everything seems manageable. Then, I begin to draw my assignment… and I’m lost.

I never know how much detail I should include. What is enough? What is too much? Does it even matter?

Questions keep swirling around my mind, because I have this obsession of pleasing my teachers that I’ve been carrying since Grade 6. In Grade 6 I immigrated to Canada, and somehow I thought: “If I was a perfect student, people would like me more!”

Regardless, here I am: an adult and still desperate to please people.

I’m drawing these lessons second guessing everything I’m doing. I berate myself for not taking the colour and light course first, because it seems there is a need for extensive color and light foreknowledge for me to create the assignment as my teacher would wish me to.

Then, Life, that cursed flowing thing that cares not for any woman’s plans, decides to mess with me and here I am: three weeks later still working on the Week 03 assignment.

I just can’t take the stress anymore!

So what do I do?

I give myself a mental slap.

Nathan Fowkes is a knowledgeable artist. I like his lectures, but he is not my God. Why should I please him? I’m taking these lessons to possibly improve my own work. No one is grading me on these assignments. Heck, I barely get any commentary on these assignments. So, I’ve decided to take it easy and enjoy myself. If I want to add in more detail, I’ll add in more detail. If I can create something with less detail, I’ll create with less detail. Am I doing these assignments correctly? Not quite sure, but I am getting my story telling point across and having fun. Since I’m not looking for work in a studio, that is all that matters.

Today, I have finally finished my assignment for week three. I think in took four days of work and three weeks.

All of these images are sketches of illustrations I’m thinking of creating for my novel, Warriors of Virtue. (Except the one of Legolas standing on top of the tree, that one is for FANtasy Character Designs.)

The image of Storm Rock surrounded by lightning and storms is my favourite of the bunch. I’ll use it as basis for one of the cover paintings for sure.

Without further ado, Assignment 03:

Schoolism: Pictorial Composition Assignment 03

© MILI FAY ART | Nathan Fowkes Pictorial Composition Assignment 03

I’ve tried to create moods. Some have less detail, some have more. I tried to make some images graphic, some less so. The style may not be quite as cohesive, because I have not developed it yet, but these images get the story points across… At least I believe so. Also, the font I use for the cover page is just a mock up. Mili Fay will also be lower for the Kindle version. The image here illustrates the possible positon for the print version of the book.

Let me know which of the 10 you like best!

Cheers!

Mili

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Legolas: Part 01

I’m considering the future design of Legolas. I would love to make him look like Orlando Bloom, because I cannot picture another’s face on Legolas, but would this be legal? I have seen many Orlando Bloom caricatures of Legolas selling all over Comic Con, so maybe it’s not? I have not made up my mind regarding this step yet.  Perhaps, I’ll make my Legolas look less like a human and more like an elf. Orlando Bloom is very much a human with elf’s ears. You’ll just have to wait and see.

I thought about different scenes where Legolas stands out in the movies. I LOVE the scene where he walks on snow. I like him surfing down the steps. I like his acrobatics in The Hobbit,…

Nevertheless, I have always seen Legolas as a character apart from the other members of The Fellowship. Elves of all the creatures of Middle Earth seem the least earthbound. They have an etherial quality to them. Therefore, even though Legolas develops a close friendship with Gimli, I always felt that he was kind of lonely, missing others of his kind. I feel that eventually Legolas became more earthy and a part of The Fellowship, but in the beginning, I fear he was very much alone.

When thinking of him, a design that was imprinted on my mind was Legolas standing atop of a giant tree, balancing on the slimmest of topmost branches, looking out at the horizon stretching before him. He carries his trusty bow at his side, while birds fly about him.

Legolas design rough sketches.

Designing Legolas Greenleaf from “The Lord of the Rings”

I did not want another character where all we see is the side view of the character’s face, but somehow this is how I see Legolas, and I’m no longer willing to fight with my psyche just so I could force out an image with a three-quarter view of the face. There comes a time an artist just has to accept the images flowing through his/her mind and put them on paper as they insist they should be.Have you created your own characters in the past? What kind of issues were you commonly facing? How did you overcome them?

I would love to see what you think, so feel free to comment at will. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

All the best!

Mili

To get a free copy of “Legolas Greenleaf” when he becomes available join Mili Fay Art Fan Club:

 

Go to Designing Legolas: Part 02
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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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The Lord of the Rings: Balrog Durin’s Bane

"Balrog Durin's Bane" © 2015 MILI FAY ART

“Balrog Durin’s Bane” © 2015 MILI FAY ART

Initially, for my new FANtasy Character Designs Project, I was going to create very simple characters. Simple characters do not have many lines, or colours, and they are very easy to animate. However, in the end, I’ve decided to create the best 2D characters that I can. Creating Tolkien’s Balrog Durin’s Bane took more than a week! Much more time than I expected. For this reason, it looks as if I’ll only be able to create these characters every two weeks, not once per week as I imagined.  Again, paid work will always take precedence over unpaid work, so the two weeks may turn into three (hopefully not more).

I did film my progress using Camtasia. I tried using the free EZVid, but that program used too much memory.  Wacom Cintiq Companion has been designed for artists using multiple Adobe products at once, however with EZVid and Photoshop open, my poor tablet wanted to die.  Camtasia works perfectly, without any delays as I’m drawing.  The total time for this work took about 20h (maybe more), so it will take me a while to edit all the videos together, remove long pauses that happen as I’m thinking and not drawing, and speed up the video where I feel the viewer is not getting any new and useful information.  I also intend to add dialogue explaining my process. I hope to edit those 20 hours into 2, but we shall see.

If you have never seen me work I always take the following steps:

  1. Thumbnail sketches; these are tiny (no more than 2″ square) sketches that are very rough and usually cannot be interpreted by anyone other than myself or other artists.
  2. Sketches; during this step I take my favourite thumbnail, size it up on the computer, and then I start to draw. At this stage I’m thinking about movement and shape; I do not worry much about structure.
  3. Final Sketch; I pick my favourite sketch and develop it until it is ready for cleanup.
  4. Cleanup; this step may look like tracing, but I’m actually choosing lines and reworking the drawing until the final line drawing is absolutely perfect.
  5. Colour; the final step is colour.  If I had more time, I may work out my lighting plan in Grayscale first; however, at this point in my career, I feel confident enough to colour my artork without figuring out tonal values (Grayscale) first.

Below is a visual progress strip from Step 2 in my drawing process of Balrog Durin’s Bane fighting Gandalf:

Balrog Durin's Bane Visual Progress

© 2015 MILI FAY ART

You can get a 1024 px wide JEPG of this design for FREE by joining the Mili Fay Art Fan Club below.


 

The full-resolution (7200px x 4500px/24″ x 15″ at 300 ppi) image will launch on Gumroad this Friday, July 3rd, 2015. Stay tuned.

 

Which character from “The Lord of the Rings” universe would you like to see me design next?

Be the first to answer this question in the comments below, and you will WIN the original, full-resolution, PDF of your character’s design for free!

For more details about this project, see THE LORD OF THE RINGS: “FANtasy Character Designs” Project.

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: “FANtasy Character Designs” Project

I’m searching for all the fantasy fans in the world. For this purpose, I have decided to create “Fan Fantasy Character Designs”. In the coming months, I will try* to design a fantasy character from a selected fantasy universe once every 2 weeks.

Fans voted and the first universe will be J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings”.

The characters will be 2D, fully coloured, on a plain background. I will be working with Wacom Cintiq Companion. Therefore, from the first sketch to the last image the art will be digital.

 I have downloaded EZVid and will record my progress. If YouTube allows, you will be able to watch me create each character stroke by stroke. I will also publish a quick Time Lapse video for those of you who are not interested in seeing the full progression of the art.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  1. You can join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to receive a 1024px wide JPEG file of each character design for FREE.
  2. You can follow my progress on Mili Fay Art Facebook Page, Twitter (#FANtasy) and DeviantArt.
  3. As I am finishing the design, on my blog I will ask which of the characters you would like to see me design next. The FIRST person to respond in the comments will win; I will design the character of their choice, and they will get a POSTER SIZE full-resolution of the design for FREE. The rest of the fans will be able to purchase the full resolution PDF image for $1 on Launch Week (the first week the image becomes available for sale), then the price will be raised to $3. Once the following design is out, the price of the previous will be raised to $5.

All the money I earn from this project will go towards publishing my first, fully illustrated, fantasy novel: “Warriors of Virtue” . 

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club if you wish to participate in the FANtasy Character Designs Project:


 

Thank you for your support!

<3 M

NOTE: The first character will be Balrog–Durin’s Bane

* I wrote “try”, because this is a side project and my work has to come first.

 

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