The Wizard and the Worg

The Wizard and the Worg

The Wizard and the Worg is my fourth and final piece on Tolkien’s book; The Hobbit.

A thrilling tale, the Wizard Gandolf and his dwarven companions find that they have insulted an underground labyrinth of orcs by escaping captivity. The orcs, who were close friends with the vile and untamed Worgs, chased Gandolf and his companions through a clearing in a grove where they had no choice but to climb the large pine trees at the edge of the forest.

In this imaginary depiction, Gandolf is lighting a pine cone on fire to throw at a hungry Worg below in an attempt to ignite his fur.

Riddles in the Dark

Riddles In The Dark

The third installment of my sketchbook is titled Riddles in the Dark. Completed in the spring of 2016, this piece is a depiction of my favorite chapter in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book; The Hobbit.

An experimental piece, cubes are used to create depth while contradicting sources of lighting create false perspective. The title while true to its subject, is ironically multifaceted. Then again, when one really thinks about it… It’s not that ironic at all.

The Trolls

The Trolls

The Trolls is the second piece in my series of sketches depicting scenes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s: The Hobbit. This piece recreates an original artwork in which J.R.R. Tolkien himself drew Mr. Bilbo’s tale encounter with the trolls. While no replica, the idea for this piece clearly mimics that of Tolkien’s. One of my favorite tales from the book, I just couldn’t resist.

This sketch is the second sketch in my sketch book, and it is also the second version I have drawn. The original was drawn in July of 2014, and was gifted to someone. While drawn on a piece of printer paper using only one pencil, the original version was the first thing I had drawn in fifteen years.

Hobbit Hole

Hobbit Hole

The piece titled Hobbit Hole is an imaginary depiction of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s: The Hobbit. Completed in August of 2014, the sketch took three hours to create. My inspiration came from the book: The Hobbit, as you might have expected. Hobbit Hole is the first sketch in my sketch book, and is the opening piece in what will be a series of sketches as I bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s: The Hobbit to life.



Welcome to my art portfolio! My name is Derek Traver, and I’m a simple artist living in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are no real objectives here other than displaying a collection of my artwork, and hopefully that will be for years to come. I could find inspiration from anything really, so there’s no telling what I’ll post. Note that the majority of posts here will be of the artwork itself, with a simple line or two to cover the background story to each piece. I won’t be using this blog to focus mostly on art opinion or research.