Thorin Oakenshield Is Carved In Oak By Great Artist James Hance. It’s A Completely Masterpiece.

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Artists choose various ways to complete their works. Some use paint and ink, others use cameras. And James Hance chooses pencils, scalpers, and a piece of oak. This is a work about an ancient fiction figure Thorin Oakenshild, who’s the son of Thráin II, and the leader of the Company of Dwarves who aim to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. I dare say that it’s quite difficult to carve it vivid and lively, including the lines on the face, and every detail of his hair. Now enjoy the great work. ( via: imgur )

Initial sketch on thick oak board in graphite & sharpie – had my fingers crossed that adding wood stain wouldn’t make the sharpie lines run…

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

It didn’t! Couple of layers of golden brown wood stain, 20 minutes to dry and I was ready to carve…

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

Started with the highlights…

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

Adding lowlights and shadows with a wood burning tool…

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

Looking good!

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

Gave the oak a nice rough cut, sanded the edges, used a router to add some aging and little dings here and there…

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

Varnish!

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

4 layers later and he’s finished – Glued a couple of wood blocks to the back so it hangs away from the wall.

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

The oak / wood burning / varnish and wood stain combination smells amazing. I should have opened a window. Oh, god.

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

Different angle

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

With Gandalf’s pokey stick. Finished, ready for his new home!

Thorin Oakenshield - Carved in oak

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