Gandalf PosterI had the idea for some poster art featuring my two favourite characters from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films. I liked the idea of drawing Gandalf towering above Bilbo, framed by a Dwarven archway. This was a fun one to draw.

Drawn and painted in Photoshop. This one began as a black drawing on grey background. The stone texture of the archway was created by drawing in a squiggly circle pattern, overlaid with dark spattered dots. Once the dark values were drawn in, the solid white back light in the archway was painted in before airbrushing colour into the image. The final stage was to draw in the highlights using a pencil brush again. This is my standard technique for detailed illustration work, starting in the middle with medium grey values, drawing in the dark side, adding colour then drawing in the lighter values.