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Tom and Goldberry's First Meeting by MatejCadil Tom and Goldberry's First Meeting by MatejCadil
Old Tom Bombadil was a merry fellow;
bright blue his jacket was and his boots were yellow,
green were his girdle and his breeches all of leather;
he wore in his tall hat a swan-wing feather.
He lived up under Hill, where the Withywindle
ran from a grassy well down into the dingle.

Old Tom in summertime walked about the meadows
gathering the buttercups, running after shadows,
tickling the bumblebees that buzzed among the flowers,
sitting by the waterside for hours upon hours.

There his beard dangled long down into the water:
up came Goldberry, the River-woman’s daughter;
pulled Tom’s hanging hair. In he went a-wallowing
under the water-lilies, bubbling and a-swallowing.

‘Hey, Tom Bombadil! Whither are you going?’
said fair Goldberry. ‘Bubbles you are blowing,
frightening the finny fish and the brown water-rat,
startling the dabchicks, and drowning your feather-hat!

(...)

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

watercolour pencils

An illustration for the lovely Tolkien's poem The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, featured in a collection of the same name. And just as the title says, it tells a series of adventures of Tom in a light-hearted and whimsical way, just as he presents himself, starting with his first meeting with Goldberry (depicted here) and ending with their wedding. But keep in mind Tolkien himself describes it as a hobbits' poem inspired by their encounters with Bombadil, so the story is not necessarily canonical (just like the the Sam's rhyme "Troll sat alone on his seat of stone" I illustrated some time ago).

I've wanted to make an illustration of Tom and Goldberry for a long time. It was even my part of an art trade with :iconfaqy:, I didn't manage to carry out for a long time (her part was a picture of young Elrond and Elros: childhood ). I had originally a very different idea: I wanted to draw Tom sitting on willow roots and Goldberry dancing on the water surface, lightly touching his hand. I made some sketches, started drawing it, but somehow it didn't work well and I wasn't satisfied with it, so it was left unfinished for a long time. But finally new impulse came with a monthly challenge on the Projekt ilustrace website. The monthly theme was "vodník" (a water spirit of Czech folklore, who often pulls unwary people into rivers or ponds), but it was open for original interpretations, so I got the idea to draw this scene, where Golberry (who is herself undoubtedly a water spirit) plays a role similar to a vodník. So what do you think about it? :-)

Also, to share some thoughts about the way I compose illustrations such as this one, I've described my art process here:
Tom and Goldberry - Process by MatejCadil 

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:iconmichaelrmaranda:
With the huge popularity of Tolkien, this subject matter I feel is very charming and different from the popular subjects. You have captured the love of Tom and Goldberry in a wonderfully crafted piece. I feel the colors you utilized creates a storybook/mythical feeling, which is perfect for the subject matter. There is a simplicity of body form which again compliments the subject matter. Some perspective elements could be improved and a variation of line strengths would enhance emotion both of the characters and the background and foreground work. Overall a delightful piece with a solid illustrative styling. Again, Well done.
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persian-pirate Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
úplně úžasný, detaily i barvy, perfektní moment, je to zlatý, naprosto :love:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky moc za komentář, jsem rád, že se ti to líbí. :thanks:
Mimochodem, pěkná galerie. :-)
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:iconelaini-the-mystic:
I had no idea that their first meeting was this funny! Giggle They are a cute couple.
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At least according to this hobbits' song (which might not be quite accurate description of events, but still it is quite cute) =D
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Catches the charm and innocence of the way the Hobbits looked at Bombadil and his lady.  Very cheering and happy.
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, I love the way these poems and songs capture the spirit of 'hobbitishness' and I wanted this illustration to express it too...
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faQy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Student Filmographer
děkuju ještě jednou :)
to vypadá pořádně namáhavě! Smím se zeptat kolik hodin si nad tím strávil ?**__**
Hrozně dobrá je ta vrba-textura na ni a jak hezky kontrastuje s barvou lesa vzadu(ta barva je užasná :3 ) a taky výraz na Tomově tváři stojí za to :D 
A v tom okrouhlém rámečku to vypadá uplně jako ilustrace, která by byla nahoře před kapitolou s touhle básničkou :D (hm...vyšla už někdy někde knížka s tvýma ilustracema? *__* )
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jo, namáhavé to docela bylo... :-) Ale kolik času jsem s tím strávil, to opravdu těžko říct, moc jsem si to neměřil. Řádově deset, dvacet? Nevím...
S texturou vrby jsem si dcocela vyhrál, ale ty kontrasty mi daly pořádně zabrat. Je v tom obrázku tolik věcí, světlejších, tmavších, různě uspořádaných, že bylo fakt těžké docílit, aby vyniklo to podstatné a zároveň to mělo pěkné barvy a náladu. Myslím, že s tím jsem vždycky měl problém – strávil jsem třeba spoustu času na kresbě drobných detailů, ale ve výsledném obrázku všechno tak nějak zanikalo, protože to podstatné dost nevyniklo. Tomu jsem se snažil vyhnout. Mimochodem, když se podíváš na verzi, kterou jsem vložil na Projekt ilustrace (projekt-ilustrace.cz/dilo.php?…), tak vidíš, že s těmi barvami a kontrasty jsem si pak ještě dost hrál. :-)
Já mám rád různé dekorativní rámečky, ale zpravidla je dělám klasicky obdélníkové podle formátu papíru, ale Právě v tomhle případě mi k tomu sedělo něco měkčího, tak jsem poprvé zkusil zarámovat to takhle oválně. A máš pravdu, že si vybavuju nějaké takové ilustrace v knížkách.
Zatím moje ilustrace přímo nikde nevyšly, když nepočítám nějaké obrázky převzaté v různých Tolkienovských magazínech a jednu kresbu kostela na brožurce (scontent-fra3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v…). Ale hrozně by se mi líbilo nějakou knížku ilustrovat, doufám že se mi to někdy povede. :-) Ty jsi už něco ilustrovala?
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faQy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Student Filmographer
dobře ty- já když dělám s vodovkovýma pastelkama tak nějakou přesnost vůbec nezvládám většinou všechno rozmazávám do sebe ^^;
 kontrasty potom zvládám jenom ty uplně základní u velkých ploch ^^; 

přeju hodně štěstí s ilustracema, tvoje věci jsou na to jako dělané :) Já už pár věcí ilustrovala, ale byla to většinou spíš práce (tj. moc se tím nechlubím protože to potom docela špatně dopadlo s grafikou ^^; ) ale naposledy jsem dělala Králíka Karlíka Kralik Karlik by faQy  a ten byl fajn :) i když někdy bych si ráda udělala nějakou vlastní knížku/komiks :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No jo, je to těžké. Ale neřekl bych, že bys kontrasty nezvládala, myslím, že to důležité na tvých obrázcích zpravidla vyniká dostatečně. :-)
No jo, jak říkám, rád bych něco ilustroval. A samozřejmě nejradši bych si taky udělal nějakou vlastní knížku. Komiksy mám sice rád a na jednu stranu by se mi líbilo nějaký udělat, ale zároveň se na to úplně necítím, protože přece jenom jsou mi bližší krajinky než postavy, což není pro komiks úplně ideální =D. Ale takouvý nějaký vlastní ilustrovaný příběh, to bych chtěl někdy udělat... No, tak uvidíme. :-)
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eWeMad420 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful !!!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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eWeMad420 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Siiw Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sweet!
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :bow:
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aegeri Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tom Bombadil je zkrátka chlapík :) moc pěkně zachyceno :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
díky! =D
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jehe, moc hezké! :D Vtipné a povedené! :aww: Ta scéna se mi vážně líbí i zpracování se ti moc podařilo. Krásné! :hug:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky moc! Měl jsem decela jasnou představu, aled dalo mi to docela zabrat, abych tu scénu pořádně vystihl, tu celkovou náladu, barvy a světlo, a hlavně postavy a ten pohyb. Není to úplně moje parketa. =D Ale zdá se podle reakcí, že se to snad nakonec docela povedlo. :-)
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No to se nedivím, evidentně sis s tím pořádně vyhrál! :D A opravdu se ti to povedlo! :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky! :-)
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:iconvvveverka:
vvveverka Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rádo se stalo! :aww:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really lovely :) I like the bright colours and the scene
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Linnea! :thanks:
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Menkhar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
to je ale překrásný obraz! Love 
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Děkuju! :thanks:
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Pied-Wagtail Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist
So pretty! I love these two. ♡
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :-)
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annamare Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, it's absolutely delightful! It's so playful and light-hearted, and I think more charming than your original concept (that one sounds beautiful but this one brings a smile to the face).
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it this way. It was not easy for me, because I do not often draw such expressive scenes with characters in motion as here, but I liked the concept and I'm glad I decided to go through with it. :-)
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Professional Writer
Oh, wonderful!
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely delightful! :D
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :-)
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Úžasná ilustrace! :dance: Hrozně se mi líbí to provedení vodní hladiny s těmi lekníny a Zlatěnčinými vlasy. Taky vrbák a vůbec atmosféra řeky. A nejvíc samozřejmě výrazy Zlatěnky i Toma. 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky za pěkný komentář, jsem rád, že se ti to líbí. Přece jenom takovéhle akčnější scény nejsou úplně moje parketa. =D Ale jsem rád, že jsem to zkusil. :-)
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Alinnela Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nádhera! Clap 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Děkuju! :thanks:
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Mooroflife Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Student Writer
This is cute!
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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