Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 8 of the '29 Faces' May Challenge: WIP Art Journal Entry inspired by 'Lord of the Rings'....

A WIP of my art journal entry for my student who loves fantasy fiction: A portrait of Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings...


Day 8 of the '29 Faces' of May Challenge.  21 more faces to go.....

Today's Face features another guest entry by me for the art journal of a student, as per my Student Art Journal Project (I have 10 youth for whom I'm doing this  (nearly 1/3 of the Faces right there!), so still PLENTY more art journal entries from me to come....).  

Unlike his classmates, this art journal's owner hasn't participated in my literature class, so the book list  from which I'm drawing inspiration for my other highschoolers didn't really apply to him.  I still wished to do something literary for his entry however, and so, being as that I know he is a huge fan of fantasy genre, I decided to do a journal piece inspired by that most classic of fantasy epics, J. R. Tolkien's, 'The Lord of the Rings'.  Therefore as such, we have here a work in progress portrait that I began...of...(deep breath!) the ranger/future king, Aragorn (son of Arathorn) deep in thought and reflection as he contemplates the considerable tasks ahead of him upon having been presented the powerful sword, "Anduril", reforged from the broken shards of the legendary "Narsil", the blade of the line of Elendil, which was known for having previously defeated the dread evil sorcerer, Sauron, the wannabe Lord of the Ring.... (or something like that anyway, as much as I enjoyed it I confess it's been an age since I've read the book!).    In any case, still lots more to work on here before I declare him finished -- but I'm determined to get to bed at a more reasonable time tonight if it kills me (because NOT getting a decent amount of sleep tonight (finally) probably will!), and so this is where I'm leaving off for the time being until I can get back to it....

I did show my students my progress in their journals today in class, and they seemed pretty enthused and appreciative of my efforts.  Here's to getting all ten of the student art journals wrapped up and completed by this time next week....!

2 comments:

Lisa Graham Art said...

I love this piece. The Lord of the Rings is awesome and your art gives honor to it...don't know if honor is the right word but I hope you know what I mean.

Patience said...

Thanks so much for the nice comment and the really kind words, Lisa...! :-) Indeed, I adore 'Lord of the Rings' too, so it wasn't too hard deciding what literary angle to take for this particular student, who spent much of my class creating art that reflected classic fantasy themes: swords, dragons and knights, as well as Harry Potter etc etc. In any case, lots of fun for me! :-)