I finished the above image, a collection of designs for the Seven Houses of the dwarves mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, back in the Summer of 2018. Since then I have been working on a follow-up.
Over the course of the last year, I’ve been designing the dwarves from the Third Age, aka Thorin & Company (plus a few others) from The Hobbit.
It was a very busy year for me, so I could only work on it off-and-on, every now and then. As a result, I had to keep going back and painting over the first dwarves that I drew in order to match my ever-evolving style, but at last the work is done.
The designs were based on a Hobbit script of my own (which I wrote as a way to process my thoughts/disappointment after the PJ Hobbit films), where I tried to focus more on the individual personalities of each of the dwarves in Thorin’s company (by extracting every minute detail I could from the original text) while also having the characters evolve from my previous First Age dwarf designs.