Probably no figure in literature has inspired me more than the wizard Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. I have always loved his power, but even more his humor, compassion, foibles, and awesome style.
No sculpt ever captured Gandalf at his fearsomely frumpy best like the ‘Arcane Traveler’ from now defunct Peter Punk Productions. I managed to snag one off eBay a while back, and finally reached the point where I was ready to paint him.
I tried to stick to a fairly direct, meat & potatoes interpretation, doing my best while limiting special effects.
I hope I captured some of Gandalf’s worn and grizzled majesty. His confident and unfussy example we all could well imitate.
I was trying to capture the moment in ‘The Hobbit’ when Gandalf emerges from behind a tree to see the trolls turned to stone. I love how this immensely powerful being tricks the loutish trolls by imitating their harsh voices rather than raining fireballs from the sky. You don’t have to push hard if you know where to push!
This was a really enjoyable project for me. I hope I can capture the level of investment and nostalgia I felt again. Let me know what you think of the Dalf!