Concept art: Dwarves and things

Hi welcome to my next post, if it's your first time here please read through my other posts.

This time around I'm posting some recent concept artwork. Most of my work nowadays is digital, but sometimes - for various reasons - I work in traditional media and bring my work into a digital workflow later down the line.

Dwarf Chieftains concept art

Dwarves are a fun brief to work on, what is it about these squat, mythological earthy guys that make them such an interesting subject?

I guess our modern idea of what dwarves are supposed to be is heavily influenced by J.R.R.Tolkien. In German mythology they were thought to be nature spirits in the form of small human beings who lived in mountains or under the earth. I like the Norse interpretation - they were the product of the primordial blood and bones of Ymir. The Prose Edda describes dwarfs as beings similar to maggots that festered in the flesh of Ymir before being gifted with reason by the gods.  

Ebony prisma-colour sketch

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  I'm always open for more freelance work. So, if you're here looking for concept work, illustration or graphic design then drop me a line. Comments and interaction always welcome.