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Daily Painting No.14 (Gandalf the Grey)

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I have been wanting to paint Gandalf (played by Ian McKelley, who appears to have no problem showing his underwear on stage) since I watched the Hobbit last week. One of my more challenging paintings so far. Due to the fact it its a well known actor so I have to get his likeness down to near precision.And also because I had chosen a ref with BACK LIGHTING! I reworked the nose and eyebrows over and over again, I was having issues with the nose proportions.. The reference was a still in the Lord of the Rings movie “Fellowship of The Ring’ (I paused the movie when I saw a interesting pose then when looking at the tv screen, I painted it on my computer).

Update: self critique: The eyebrows are still too dark and need to be lighted up (tried to fix it). the left side  of his face needs a bit more light. Any feedback is appreciated

Painted in Photoshop. Time Taken 1 hour and 30 minutes

Speaking of the Hobbit. Although the the movie in my opinion was very  enjoyable, it was obviously stretched out causing the the film to slow down to a crawl in places. This Two hour and forty five minute movie could of easily been cut down to about a hour and a half. Added content like Radagast’s epic adventures, and the dwarves’ battle with the giant golmes in the misty mountains feels tacked on.  Truthfully the entire book could of been done in ONE three hour movie ( I read the book, it is short and sweet at a brisk 300 pages). It’s like Peter Jackson wanted to relive his glory LOTR days. Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman’s performances alone make it worth watching.

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