This weekend had my latest middle-earth painting, The Walls of Moria, hanging at IlluxCon/IX Arts convention. Since I do not have much of that painting in process shots, I share with you here another painting as a surrogate, Éowyn and the Lord of the Nazgûl.
(my apologies for some of the jumps in process oils, I tend to focus upon painting, not photographing what I am doing!)
Abstracts from sketchbook, 8.5″ x 11″ Watercolor Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper
Rough Drawing from sketchbook, 8.5″ x 11″ Watercolor Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper
Final Preliminary Drawing, 23″ x 25″, Graphite on paper
Photographic and inspirational references
Acrylic lay in, 34″ x 39″, on Panel
Beginning of the application of Oil Paint
Final Oil Painting, Éowyn and the Lord of the Nazgûl, 34″ x 39″, Oil on Panel
Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, art was always a hobby for Donato as a young man, he would steal away into the basement of his parents' home to work on drawings, create his own maps for the game Dungeons & Dragons, paint figurines, read comics, and construct model tanks and dinosaurs. His love of imaginative play dominated his childhood, both indoors and out. At the age of twenty Donato enrolled in his first formal art class, the beginning of his professional training. Immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 1992, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York. It was then that his love and appreciation of classical figurative art took hold. He continues his training even now, visiting museums regularly, learning from and sometimes copying original paintings by Rembrandt or Rubens, attending life drawing sessions with illustrator friends and constantly challenges himself within each new project. Pilgrimages to major museums are his preferred reason to travel.
Over this past year Donato has released the revised hard cover compilation of his works on the theme of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend from Dark Horse Comics.