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The Middle-earth traveller's sketchbook by Gold-Seven The Middle-earth traveller's sketchbook by Gold-Seven
I can't believe I've done this and it looks this good, but - I've made my own sketchbook! :la:

After searching and asking around, I found that no brand sells pastel paper sketchbooks. Then the wonderful ~flyingfish98 pointed me to a tutorial of how to make your own sketchbook, and it was basic enough that I was able to follow it. (No kidding. I can spend 20 hours over a watercolour painting, but anything that involves craft? Argh!)

Made from Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper, an old envelope for the cover, a ripped-up printout of a map of Beleriand (Middle-earth of the First Age)* pasted on with transparent and waterproof casein glue, some string, and quite some blood and sweat. Yes, even blood. I told you I'm terribly clumsy with craft. :D

I can't wait to fill this beauty with sketches... I'd love to recline by the waters of Ivrin for that, but alas, I'll have to make do with our world.

Photo by me. Plus all sorts of decorative cosplay stuff accumulated over the years.

*Since people keep asking: The map can be found online, and it's definitely a legally grey area. I would not be allowed to sell this; the map was drawn by Christopher Tolkien; it's the official one from the Silmarillion. The parchment look comes from a texture I painted myself, with custom brushes.

Some more in-progress shots on my blog: [link]

Some of the things that are in it by now:
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NisidaSirina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Your sketchbook e and your sketches are both wonderful, and you're inspiring. When I see how much you have improved I feel so happy people as skilled as you do exist!
cmtvable1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
cool book
Cinth-Degree Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Years ago a friend bought me a LotR themed sketch book. It was really cool and unexpected. (it's made to look like it was made by Bilbo, with small sketches and quotes throughout). But, I haven't drawn a thing in it... like I'm afraid I'll mess it up!
You don't have that problem at all! It's awesome you made the journal and are filling it with Tolkien art.
Cooperama Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Ich hab sowas mal für eine Freundin gemacht. ^^
Viel persönlicher als ein normales Blank und es hat den Vorteil, dass man das Papier auswählen kann, was gut ist, wenn man lieber mit dunklerem Papier arbeitet. Die meisten Blanks haben doch eher weißes oder leicht gelbes Papier. Darin kann man Highlights natürlich vergessen.

Schaut chic aus. :)
AlcinavomSteinsberg Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
And more inspiration for me! I followed the link to #Tolkien-Voronwë and found this. Yours looks great, too. Thanks for the link!
elenamarcelo84 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The sketchbook is so cool, I love your art, specially your drawings of Tolkien's characters.
Ying-Yang-Twiinz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the cover for your sketch book :) where did you get it ?
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's the map of Beleriand drawn by Christopher Tolkien, printed out on parchmenty paper.
Mrs-Haldir Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :D
mbnn1079 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
fantastic effort in this!
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