There are several very kind mentions of my Tolkien lecture at The One, and this post is a great overview of the entire day of lectures featuring The Lord of the Rings music of Howard Shore, and linguist David Salo.

Having got things going with style, Mr Olsen was followed by Colleen Doran, who gave a wonderful presentation about Tolkien’s art, his own influences, and the art of those who have interpreted Middle Earth. She modestly focused largely on the work of others – though we all agreed we would gladly have spent more time looking at her own gorgeous drawings – and her talk was accompanied by images for us all to gaze upon and enjoy! She also brought prints of her ‘Gimli’s Gift’ drawing, for us all to take home with us.

I had a number of people ask why I did not show more of my own Tolkien work in the lecture. I chose to focus on other artists because Tolkien is big and I am small. I will try to find the time to post some of my notes. But I recall that I promised almost four years ago to post my Smithsonian lecture notes too, and never did.

If days were 48 hours long, I am sure I would temporarily delude myself into believing that would give me enough time to do all I want to do.

Anyway, nice pictures at the links, and a shout out to our friend Laura Cooper at Mythology Body, whose guest post on this blog can be found here.

Here is what Thranduil seems like to me, a sketch I did not show at the lecture. Can’t remember if this has been published.


Hope to get a chance to do some official portraits of Thranduil someday, but in the meantime, this sketch makes a nice Elf King!

I’m thinking actor Luke Goss who played Prince Nuada in Hellboy: The Golden Army would make an awesome Thranduil in The Hobbit film, don’t you?


If someone could tell me what’s not to like about this guy, I am open-minded enough to listen to your opinion, but whatever it is you would be wrong.

The “Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics” exhibit has traveled to the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. The exhibition opened at the end of October and will run into December 2009.

I have several original pieces in it, including an unpublished page from issue #7 of The Book of Lost Souls, and two pages of A Distant Soil. I was surprised how many of the pieces in the exhibit from other artists are digital.

Pen and ink slowly goes the way of the dodo.

I guess this makes me a dodo. I don’t intend on giving it up.

For all the other dodos out there, check out Paper and Inks Arts, the best pen process wonk catalogue ever.