Illustrating Snow White in an epic Lord of the Rings style.



  • I want to hold this book in my hand.

    I want to hold this book in my hand.

    I want to hold this book in my hand.

    Oh sorry, I didn't notice you there. I was jut repeating to myself the mantra that Jake Parker taught me. Cause, you see, I really want to hold this book in my hands.

    The book in question is Snow-White and 4 months ago I participated in a illustration workshop headed by Madalina Andronic in Bucharest where I did 6 drawings for my version of this timeless tale.

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    And I LOVED IT SO MUCH!

    I didn't go into this expecting like it this much, but each day, as the ideas came in and I found my own style and interpretation I fell in love with this story.

    Which is why I want to do a much larger version of this book. Somewhere around 30+ drawings. I'll be flying to London on the 3rd of September and then head on the 10th of September to Falmouth to start my study in Animation & Visual Effects.

    I wholeheartedly want to finish this by the time I arrive in London and visit the various publishing firms there with a copy of both this book and my portfolio.

    I'm starting this thread to motivate myself to keep my nose to the grindstone everyday and work on this project. But self-motivation is only half the story.

    I also want your honest critiques and personal opinions. As I will continue to post stuff everyday, I want to know what you guys think, what should I try? What should I give up? What should I try differently and so on.

    Thank you in advance and let the journey begin!



  • I going to post my main inspirations because I have a clear idea of what I want the book to look like or at least what I want it to "feel" like.

    This also helps for critiquing purposes, because it will provide you a template against which you compare or contrast my work.

    The point isn't so much to draw them in the same style or colors, but rather to hit the same emotional wavelength that these artists inspire. So I basically want to know if my drawings will stir the same mood and feel as the drawings bellow.

    1. Amélie Fléchais

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    As a heads up - about 99% of the artists listed here are going to be Gobelins graduates with charming watercolor superpowers.

    I love Amelie because here drawings make me think of Marie Sioux songs.

    1. GGmakesart

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    1. Juliette Brocal (Cy-Lindric)

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    Juliette is amazing. She did a lot of concept art and illustrations for the Silmarillion which are pretty much spot on for what I'm trying reach.

    1. Mingjue Helen Chen

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    1. Camille André

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  • I think Snow White in this style is epic! What a beautiful concept, I can't wait to see more!



  • There's a sort of Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea vibe to this - I love what you have so far!



  • Wow! To all of the above. I LOVE your Snow White and I love all the inspiration pieces you posted too. It also reminds me a bit of Song of the Sea. I'm obsessed with the art in that movie. Something about putting a touch of Celtic mythology on a piece to make it deep and mysterious.



  • Thank you bharris, Reann and Pamela! Yes, I'm very much obsessed with Song of the Sea and the Secret of Kells too, the fact it reminds you of it, it's the highest praise I can hope for :)

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    A king burial stuppa nestled somewhere in the wild forest, with the three moons: Mummer, Minstrel and Melody floating in the night sky.

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    A water nymph.

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    Everybody meet Prince charming. Both his mature and child versions.

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    The prince finds Snow-White after she dies from the poison apple. Joseph Campbell stressed the importance of water and watery environments in both dreams and myths, they serve as a border between the real and the fantastic (or rather subconscious).



  • Okay, up to this point I've shown you only concept art. Here's one of the final pieces:

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    The first drawing is the one I did in Bucharest 4 months ago. I started out good, but when it came time to color things I cocked things up and made an even bigger cocking when I tried to "repair" my cock ups by adding more color.

    I also didn't like the way baby Snow-White turned out in the right, so I changed her look in the new rendition.

    A problem I had last time was making the king look like he's apart of the sea. I don't know how I'm going to do that this time though.

    This drawing is mainly inspired by this awesome Silmarillion fanart done by Mother of Bees

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  • Looks so good!



  • You're definitely giving off the same vibe. I loved The Secret of Kells too! My son introduced me to it.



  • Hi guys. I'm in London right now.

    I haven't been able to post anything because preparing for the trip was a high-wire act in of itself and I still can't believe I managed to pull it off, but hey here I am in London now :D

    I'll be staying here 'till Friday and I'll be working on Snow-White just as soon as I find a nice coffee shop to paint in.

    Scanning or taking photos will be a lot more problematic though the drawing, I won't have any internet on my phone until I get an english number.

    I still want to hold this book in my hands, but it will take some time before I'll be able to post stuff again, so please stay tuned guys guys.



  • I'm loving this work. Can you list your social media?



  • Hey, that is great work!! Really love the style and where you're going with it.

    I will say that it didn't strike me as "Snow White" however. I don't know if that should matter, but I guess the snow white character and the dwarves were far removed from my preconceived notions of them. (Grated that is HEAVILY influenced by Disney.)

    But I think that what you're doing is better/more original.

    All the best in this endeavor!

    ~Shams



  • @AWall said in Illustrating Snow White in an epic Lord of the Rings style.:

    I'm loving this work. Can you list your social media?

    Thank you. ATM I can only give my Facebook page and Tumblr blog. I'm new to the whole social media thing, so my personal website is on my to-do list. :)

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    @Shams-Nelson said in Illustrating Snow White in an epic Lord of the Rings style.:

    Hey, that is great work!! Really love the style and where you're going with it.

    I will say that it didn't strike me as "Snow White" however. I don't know if that should matter, but I guess the snow white character and the dwarves were far removed from my preconceived notions of them. (Grated that is HEAVILY influenced by Disney.)

    But I think that what you're doing is better/more original.

    All the best in this endeavor!

    ~Shams

    Aww gee shucks. As the story develops and I add more drawings, I'm hoping it will be more Snow-White in essence. It's not just Disney I want to distance myself however, but also the general Grimm's fairy tale look. I'm hoping this will turn more like Snow-White meets the Kalevala :D

    But this is just wishful thinking at the moment. I'm moving to my student dorm tomorrow in Falmouth, and I'll finally be near a reliable printer to scan my drawings.

    Please let me know latter on Shams if the story resembles Snow-White more. Cheers! :)


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