I loved reading Tolkien's stories of Middle Earth. As a teen I saw that world come to life in the animated Lord of the Rings movie by Bakshi. Although looking back there was much lacking in that film to my teenage eyes it was nothing short of incredible.
After watching that movie I read all the Tolkien material I could find and to this day I remain a fan.
A little while a go I decided I wanted to illustrate a scene as a promotional illustration. I chose the scene when Merry and Pippin meet Tree Beard in Fangorn Forrest.
It remains a work in progress and hopefully I can get back to it soon. Here are some of the sketches I've made in preparation for the illustration.