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The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey Movie Review

It’s winter, and with the cold weather and darker days it’s not unusual to feel a bit down in the dumps. That is how I was feeling when I went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but it succeeded in lifting my spirits. It is the story Bilbo Baggins, a fussy, stay-at-home Hobbit who has barely been beyond his front door, that is until Gandalf the wizard volunteers him to join an adventure with 13 Dwarves as their ‘burglar’. It is a feel-good film with a lot of humour and a satisfying conclusion, even though it is the first instalment of three films.

Bilbo Baggins is going on an adventure!
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Sunday Sketch #17 – Crunt

This is Crunt (derived from Crotchety Runt and only coincidentally sounds like a rude word).
He’s like Grumpy (from the Seven Dwarves) but without the charm. This is the dwarf that other dwarves find too offensive to be around. Crunt is not evil (Lawful Good actually), he’s just unpleasant, rude and smelly (he’s afraid of water). It often annoys me in computer RPGs how you are not allowed to role-play a rude character without it being considered evil. Someone can be ill-mannered yet still carry a good heart.

Crunt is the epitome of low Charisma. Now many, many people get low charisma confused with low Comliness – but comliness is how physically attractive/unattractive you are whereas Charisma is about how attractive your personality is. Look out for an example of low Comliness next week when I’ll be doing the concept art for Crunt’s sidekick Fugly.

Pg 52: Please & Thankyou

This week in Epic Fail: Martin puts an end to the banter about aledged Elven / Dwarven homosexuality and back to the business at hand, namely finding the key to open Kasper’s Spellbook.

Creator’s Commentary: … Um…

Pg 51: Elven Theory on Dwarves

This week in Epic Fail: Tinuvielle and Amuletts gather evidence that Dwarves are gay.

Creator’s Commentary: Too risqué?

When Kevin first created this Dwarven Fighter I suggested the name Clod son of Sod, both referring to the earth, which then became Clodding son of Sodding and finally Clodin son of Sodin. True story.

I’d appreciate your feedback on whether this page is easy to read or if I need to edit the text and speachbubbles.

Pg 50: Overlooked

This week in Epic Fail: The party go to see Simone, a Magic-User with a job for them. Clodin says that as the leader he should do the talking, but as soon as the door is open she goes straight to Martin much to his chagrin.

Creator’s Commentary: I started and re-started this page 3 times, I was mostly done with the second version when I decided to bin it. I’m glad I did because the third and final version tuned out so much better. It can be such a temptation just to draw characters from straight in front or straight sideways, because it’s easy and there’s not a lot that can go wrong like with tricky angles and foreshortening. Except it’s flat and boring. That’s what I couldn’t accept; I guess I’m demanding more of myself.

I ran into some difficulty with height, specifically Clodin and Yoru. I still have a bee in my bonnet about a workshop I attended a while back, during which I asked for advice for drawing midgets, i.e. people who are proportionally smaller, as per the dictionary definition. I got jumped on for ‘using an offensive term and being discriminatory’ and therefore never received the help I still sorely need for drawing smaller characters such as (fantasy) Dwarves, Halflings and children. Harrumph! I guess it was just a misunderstanding but wish it hadn’t gotten in the way. If anyone can give me advice on drawing, to use the longer, less controversial definition, proportionally smaller characters it would be greatfully received!

Pg 13: Party Politics

This Week in Epic Fail: The party take a vote to decide who will become the leader.  They foolishly leave Amuletts with the deciding vote, who promptly asks who will bid for it.  Dirk is horrified, but Amuletts maintains she is staying true to the spirit of politics.

Creator’s Commentary: Trying to draw Amuletts rubbing her hands together was sheer hell.  You may wonder why Tinuvielle and Dirk voted the way they did.  Well, Dirk is banking on dwarves reputations for being lawful, and Tinuvielle believes she has Martin wrapped around her little finger.

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Phineus & Friend Fan Art!

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I have three new pieces of fanart to show you all. First up Barry Linck, of the webcomic Phineus: Magician for Hire, has drawn the whole team! His comic, like mine, has roots in role-playing. I suggest you check it out.

Next we have two peices done by friends of mine. ‘There is Clodin: natural state’ (which is to say he dies a lot) by Jonjo. This is something of a spoiler but not-really. I have begun to describe Clodin as a stick of dynamite: you can be sure he’s going to blow up; whether anyone goes with him depends on how close they’re standing!

‘Lady Clodin’ by Jason is just… wrong. It poses the question ‘Would Dwarfs die less if they looked like this… or would the beard still be a
problem?’

clodinfanartbyjonjoLady Clodin by JasonInterestingly this led to a whole debate on female Dwarves.  Are there female Dwarves?  Do they look just like the men?  If they are so indistinguishable could Clodin, in fact, be a woman?  Our favorate theory was that Dwarves are like bees: they only have one female – the Queen, who is an enormous, fat Dwarf that all the others ‘service.’  Have I given you disturbing mental images?  I’m so sorry.