Conceptual Character Design, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Gandalf The Grey. Pencil. Digital Color.
A few years ago, I was asked to submit some concept art for a LOTR project at WB Consumer Products. It was a rush job, as they usually are, and since I was busy with other work, I couldn't dedicate myself to the project the way I wished. I didn't get the job. Nevertheless, I thought I'd share this rough sketch. Gandalf The Grey is my favorite wizard from literature (second to Gandalf The White! Haha!), and he has been magnificently portrayed in the Rankin/Bass, and Ralph Bakshi animated features, as well as in the epic trilogy by Peter Jackson. I was not directed to use Sir Ian McKellan's likeness here, so I endeavored to capture the character in his iconic form.