This goblin looks a little too happy to be doing whatever it is he is doing. I imagine he has either spotted our heroes or that he smells barbecue on the wind.
Now that I'm finished with it (and it's 3 am here on the East coast) I notice that the wolf seems more dispirited than threatening. Like he'd just as soon sit this next one out. I think I will have to get more threatening wolf reference for the next scene. None of your half-hearted, would-be-cocker-spaniel wolves for the Battle of Five Armies. I need canines of real caliber. Dogs named "Cerberus" and "Chimera" and "Death-Metal-Jaw-Foot" and the like. Not "Cupcake" or "Patch" or "Useless, Whey-Faced Mule" like our sulking friend here.
Anyway, so this is a more polished watercolor to compare against the oil painting from last week and the earlier Hobbit pieces. The only digital aspects are pulling up the colors and levels in Photoshop. (Ok and some details in the face. I couldn't help myself.) I had to use my machine at the office for this since my home pc is still in Permanent Sleep Mode.
Overall I am pleased with the results in this piece even though I am not really sure how I got here. I would really value your feedback. Is there any noticeable improvement on the previous Hobbit pieces? How does it compare with the Reluctant Dragon oil painting? Should I hang it up altogether and do the Battle of Five Armies as interpretive dance? Let me know what you think.