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Art Show: Inspired by Tolkien

Yellow Leaves and Gossamer

by Alma Lee

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Art: Yellow Leaves and Gossamer by Artist Alma Lee
This is my entry for the Tolkien show. I was familar with Tolkien because of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, but I was unaware of his poetry. I was browsing through to see if there was anything that I could illustrate for the show when I found a passage that totally drew me in. It was perfect inspiration but I was so intrigued I had to read through all of his poem. I found him really quite elegant and oddly highly visible in his prose. He is going on my short list of favorites poets.

I chose the following excerpt from I Sit and Think, J.R.R. Tolkien:

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.

I drew the figure in water soluable graphite, ink, and color pencil. I then brought it into CS6 and utilized custom brushes (for the background) Picture Perfect onOne for the light and color correction, added flexify II blending layers to add a delicate moodiness. When I was happy with the illustration I finished it with several Photoshop filter layers.

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