A Snail’s Slow Dance

Just got Jamie’s B-Day/Valentine’s Day desktop done for 2014!

For Christmas she got me a 365 art-a-day book.  It has a page for each day describing something ‘Art-y’.  Some pages are about specific paintings, some about artists and some are exercises.  This is  one of the exercises.  I actually did it on my iPad instead of paper.  It didn’t come out too bad…

Hope you all enjoy it.

Snail - Slow Dance - Feb 2014

Snail – Slow Dance – Feb 2014

Oh, and I did write the poem as well… not great but I got a chuckle from Jamie (as intended.)

Here are the previous desktops…

 

- jesse norman bergstrom

 

 

Coloring book page

Doodler’s Anonymous is doing another coloring book!

So, as my wife, my 3 boys and my brother-in-law all went to visit my brother’s (who is deployed to Afghanistan) wife and their 2 kids.

I asked each of them what they would most like to color and here is what I got…

Hezekiah (3yrs) – A baby (carriage)
Matthias (7yrs) – A tank
Jason (32yrs) – A giraffe
Abram (5yrs) – Fighter jets
Jamie (32yrs) – Rainbow
Jody (37yrs) – Fairies
Samantha (8yrs) – Monkey
Morgan (10yrs)- Cobra

I added for my own pleasure : A castle, Mount Fuji, the Sun, a bird with nest and a picnic on a hill.

 

Color Me Please! - Oct 2013

Color Me Please! – Oct 2013 (Click for BIG version)

 

Enjoy…

 

- jesse norman bergstrom

Gimli, Leglolas and Eowyn

I have been sketching a few LOTR characters in a cartoony look. I started with Gimli and Leglolas and Jamie requested I do Eowyn. It took me as long to do her as both the other two. I have determined drawing women is harder than men…

This is what I get for breaking out the Lord of the Rings DVDs (Extended Edition). 9-12 hours (over 4 weeks) of watching plus a few hours of drawing sucked up…

I left some of my construction lines on Gimli (thought some of you might like to see more of a work in progress). The other two are really just sketches (not finished yet).

Hope you enjoy.

 

Gimli – Just standing proud.

Gimli Sketch (Jan 2013) click to view full-sized

Gimli Sketch (Jan 2013)
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Legolas – Shooting down an orc?

Legolas Sketch (Jan 2013) click to view full-sized

Legolas Sketch (Jan 2013)
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Eowyn – Getting ready to be smashed by the Witch King!

Eowyn Sketch (Jan 2013) click to view full-sized

Eowyn Sketch (Jan 2013)
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Jamie was thinking I should have gone ‘princess’ instead of ‘warrior’ on Eowyn.  But she approved anyway.

- jesse norman bergstrom

 

 

Eldorado – Verse 4 (Page 7 & 8)

Well here is the last Verse and final illustration for Eldorado by Edgar Allen Poe.

I know it has been a little while since the last post… I was not 100% happy with the final page. But I did some final color tweaks and am now satisfied.

 ”Over the Mountains
  Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
  Ride, boldly ride,”
  The shade replied-
“If you seek for Eldorado!”

Eldorado – Verse Four (Jan 2013)
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Here is some detail on the boy…

Eldorado – Page 8 – Detail (Jan 2013)

 

This page may change slightly in the finished product.  I am planning on doing this together with Annabel Lee also by Poe.  This illustration will tie the two poems together.  We will see as I work on Annabel Lee.

 

Check out the whole poem:

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Eldorado – Verse 3 (Page 5 & 6)

This is one of the two verses I always remembered Mississippi quoting from Poe’s poem in John Wayne movie Eldorado (or on IMDb).

  And, as his strength
  Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow-
  ”Shadow,” said he
  ”Where can it be-
This land of Eldorado?”

Eldorado – Verse Three (Dec 2012)
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Some detail on the Hezekiah’s kitty…

Eldorado – Page 5 – Detail (Dec 2012)

 

Hope you liked…

Check out the whole poem:

-jesse norman bergstrom

Eldorado – Verse 2 (Page 3 & 4)

On we continue with Edgar Allen Poe’s Eldorado

  But he grew old-
  This knight so bold-
And o’er his heart a shadow
  Fell as he found
  No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado

I love how this illustration came out.  I had doodled a valley and tree like this before and always wanted to use it for something more.

Eldorado – Verse Two (Dec 2012)
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Here is some detail on the knight and the flower…

Eldorado – Page 3 – Detail (Dec 2012)

 
Check out the whole poem:

-jesse norman bergstrom

Eldorado – Verse 1 (Page 1 & 2)

Here is the first illustration for the first verse of Edgar Allen Poe’s Eldorado.

Gaily bedight,
  A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
  Had journeyed long,
  Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

Dad was asking what ‘bedight’ meant… so for those of you in the same boat. 

Bedight: Archaic for adorned or bedecked

Eldorado - Verse One

Eldorado – Verse One (Dec 2012)
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Here is a detailed view of page one.

Eldorado - Page 1 - Detail

Eldorado – Page 1 – Detail (Dec 2012)

 
Check out the whole poem:

-jesse norman bergstrom

Eldorado – Cover Page

I have been working on illustrating Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Eldorado in the form of a children’s book.

I have got it pretty much done.  Just finishing some final detail work.

But, here is the cover page to get us started.  I will try to post one verse (2 page picture) each week for the next few weeks.

Let me know what you think.  Be sure to click on the image for a full size view.

Eldorado - Cover Page

Eldorado – Cover Page (Dec 2012)

 

Check out the whole poem:

-jesse norman bergstrom