Monday, 25 February 2013

I've been busy binding this very special edition of The Hobbit. I used grey-board under dark dreen goatskin to build up the dragon and inlaid a stunning real ruby for his eye.

I hand painted the fore-edges with a scene from the text of Gandalf walking towards the lonely mountain. On the top edge I painted a sun rise scene and on the bottom edge I painted a moonscape picture.

The Dragon, Smaug, covers the whole book, the front board, spine and back board, and can be seen when the book is open.....