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Queer Lodgings by fresco-child Queer Lodgings by fresco-child
“He is a skin-changer. He changes his skin: sometimes he is a huge black bear, sometimes he is a great strong black-haired man with huge arms and a great beard…Some say that he is a bear descended from the great and ancient bears of the mountains that lived there before the giants came. Others say he is a man descended from the first men who lived before Smaug or the other dragons came into this part of the world, and before goblins came into the hills out of the North. I cannot say, though I fancy the last is the true tale… I once saw him sitting all alone on the top of the Carrock at night watching the moon sinking towards the Misty Mountains, and I heard him growl in the tongue of bears: ‘The day will come when they will perish and I shall go back!’ That is why I believe he once came from the mountains himself”

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: Queer Lodgings

The imagery conjured by this passage has remained with me for nearly a year and a half. Countless projects have seen completion before this one, but ‘Beorn’ preceded them as a nearly polished idea in my subconscious. Despite its simplicity, illustrating the transfiguration of Beorn into a black bear was immensely challenging. The ambiguity of this ‘in-between’ stage was compensated for by fog and light. Intending for this to be more than portrait, I knew I had to introduce a conceptual element. I capitalized on the shapeshifter’s affinity for animals by encircling his body in an ethereal current made up of birds. Although Beorn had a particular love of bees, they didn’t translate as well from a visual standpoint. Constructive criticism is much appreciated :D
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YouLei Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  New Deviant
Absolute reality... astounding work.
CosySister Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw man, this is what he should have looked like in the movies :D This is how I always imagined him when I was reading the book.
ArtKosh Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
It's the fascinating! Beorn as he is!
philippeL Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really as I would have imagined Beorn :thumbsup:
SnowCrasher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, love the eyes, the expression, the posture, the whole beariness... so great.
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dazmar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is the ultimate Beorn,i generally don't like to imagine him with a beard,but this is just fantastic in every aspect,i have no words to express how much i like it. If i was to do hobbit the movie, you would be the first i would contact :) you are awesome!
lostmyparadise Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
absolutely brilliant. his eyes produce so much fear inside me haha i love it! that would be a poster id like to own.
jahchild1904 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. I can't wait to see him in the movie if his depiction is anything like this.
Satsuki98 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always wonder how he would look like!
This is just beautiful!
noleme Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Impressive and somewhat scary! Good job on portraying Beorn, and also on the technique.
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, really cool and impressive. He looks very intimidating. I'm really looking forward to see him in the movie, because he's played by Michael Persbrant who's Swedish like me ;)
fresco-child Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) Like you, I'm mightily excited for Mikael Persbrant's portrayal of Beorn. There's a duality to his eyes and facial expressions that recall the kindness and ferocity of a bear. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off at the moment just before Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarf company meet with Beorn :D
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know! The first movie has gotten me even more exited to see the next two. It think they will be much better and I still liked the first :)
seanchuckhowell Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How long did this take? and how big is it? is it acrylics?
JoriB Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic, Danielle!
fresco-child Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much Jori! :)
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