To all those who have yet to read The Hobbit, there is much anticipation in the revelation of a particular character in the upcoming film, played by Billy Connolly …
To make the title of this post a bit more appealing (and certainly non-misleading) I’ve inserted the word “fan art” in there: mainly to describe a brief endeavour of mine in trying to recreate the appearance of how I’ve always pictured the character of Dáin.
Drawing what little inspiration can be drawn out of the recently released images of the Lego version of Dáin, I took it upon myself to integrate a little of that design into a character poster (together with some of Connolly’s own facial features).
The result is far from intriguing, but it was rather fun (if at times frustrating), gathering the different elements and splicing them together: creating something “newish”…
If you’re interested in knowing how this was achieved, I’ve broken down the elements and process into several steps:
- The helmet is from the upcoming Official Movie Guide (with The Hobbit logo and front piece of helmet removed to reflect the Lego version)
- The face and beard were built on the Dwalin character poster (here)
- The knife from the Dwalin poster was removed; the beard lengthened and given a red dye – including the eyebrows.
- The mouth, from a picture of Billy Connolly, was inserted within the beard
- Using another Connolly photograph, the eyes were subtly infused into the face and the pupils given a bluish tinge
To be honest, whenever I read the book, I always think of a white-bearded Dáin; but seeing how the Lego figure has turned out to be, I followed along that same design.
So, have I meddled with your Ironfoot ideals? Is this appearance acceptable or downright ludicrous? Have you crafted your own version of this character?
Share your thoughts and creations with us! 🙂