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The Man in the Moon and Roverandom's Gift by justjingles The Man in the Moon and Roverandom's Gift by justjingles
An illustration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Roverandom - a darling children's book. The whole book is available to read online and is short and sweet. If you look up close at this piece you can see the constellations on the lunar moths (Tolkien calls them "moonbeams"). The composition was meant to evoke the yin yang symbology.

This is my interpretation of when the Man in the Moon, an accomplished wizard, grants Roverandom his new name: "'Come on, tiny tot!" said the moon-dog; and then Rover remembered what a tiny tot he was, even beside the moon-dog who was only small, and instead of barking something rude he only said: 'I would like to, if only I had some wings and knew how to fly.'

'Wings?' said the Man-in-the-Moon. 'That's easy! Have a pair and be off!'
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Evergreena Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh man, I LOVE this story! (I've actually been thinking of using Roverandom for my senior art project...) 

I like your depiction of the Man in the Moon! And Rover is adorable. :D 
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
YAY another fan! You should totally use Roverandom for your project, link me when you're done. :)
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KayleeTonksLupin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
*Roverandom fan happydance* Ohmygosh PERFECT!!! *squeals* *cuddles the little Roverandom* Have you done anything with Rover and Little Boy Two? Because omigosh that would be SO CUTE. :D

*all the love*
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justjingles Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Oh sweet! I am so happy to meet another Roverandom fan. :heart: :glomp:

What are you envisioning for the Rover and Little Boy Two concept? If you have an idea I'll put in my idea folder and might pull it out and do it on a rainy day.
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KayleeTonksLupin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
:)

I didn't have a particular idea. Maybe a picture of how Rover got lost at the beach, and a follow up of Michael Tolkien (he was Little Boy Two, as you know :D) walking on the beach, grown up, and finding the toy Rover again...

Or maybe just a picture of Rover and Little Boy Two exploring the Man in the Moon's kingdom together. Or something. :)
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Russockshitha Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I love this book! Very nice illustration.
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justjingles Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you so much. Is there anything in particular that you like about it?
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Russockshitha Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Did you mean the book or your painting? The book is really cool because of all the imagery, and the way the story is about the fantastical journey of a dog. It is just such a neat tale. It is too bad it is not more popular. I like your painting because the color and the way you did the Man in the Moon's beard are really good.
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justjingles Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Yeah, it's so true! I really like that story as well. I also wish it was more popular. Thank you very much.
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Russockshitha Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
You are welcome!
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I don't know why but I see in his face some resemblance to Tolkien!
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
That is a huge compliment! Tolkien also had a fetchingly prominent nose. XD

Thanks for the comment!
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love the little moths.
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:iconjustjingles:
justjingles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Aww, thank you.
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Yasmin661 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love it :D
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justjingles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Hey, thanks so much.
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Annie-Stuart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh my gosh Roverandom is my favorite Tolkien story. This is beautiful!
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
hey, thanks so much! I really love it too.
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eat-ride-listen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really pretty! I did love the story of Roverandom, and you illustrated it quite beautifully :D
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Hey thank you so much!!
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eat-ride-listen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, it's nice to see another fan of Tolkien's other works besides LOTR :)
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
yes, Roverandom is such a charming and sweet story. I hope lots of people will become interested and want to read it.
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eat-ride-listen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, me too ^^
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
*GASP* ROVERANDOM ART! Not only that, but it's gorgeous Roverandom art! Ahhh! I love this!
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
A ROVERANDOM FAN?!?! ~flying glomp~ Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
*Roverandom fan happy dance* :D
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really lovely :) It could be directly from a children's book
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
thank you so much, what a compliment!
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dreamheron Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
love it!!!
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dreamheron Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
love it!!
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Dice9633 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
I adore the beard coloring. Smooth, cool, but still some colour thrown in. Yay!
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WonHitWonder Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing... This is absolutley beautiful, I love it! Thanks for sharing it!
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justjingles Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
aww, thanks :)
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irocandrew Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how everything swirls and flow together!
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:iconjustjingles:
justjingles Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
thank you so much!
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shahab68 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012   Digital Artist
b-e-a-utiful...:+favlove:
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
thank you!
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LukeHoward Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
very nice.
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
thank you!
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Skudde Featured By Owner May 10, 2012   General Artist
Yayy you've done something new! :3 But gosh, the winged canine has the same pose as my id. xD
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
thanks, glad you like it! you're my wing inspiration, I used to hate drawing wings until we did our art trade. Plus your tutorial and the way you lay the shapes out makes it way easier to see what's going on. I never knew that the big feathers had divets in them until I saw your work, it's such a subtle thing. The "finger part of the wings" in front is pretty much the only pose I feel like I can do right now, though, with the subject looking like they're flapping backward. I painted an eagle for work but he didn't turn out as good, I might actually e-mail/Note you for feedback and critique on it if you have the time?
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Skudde Featured By Owner May 11, 2012   General Artist
Oh, such nice words~ -^^- I'm glad to hear how I've spreaded the inspiration for wings. But yeah, I used a photo reference when I made my ID and I guess that makes the wings in this piece quite correct. At least I think they look nice. : D I just noticed the similiarity.
And yes, I'd love to give some feedback. :aww: I check my notes more oftem than my e-mail so you can send the pic through dA.
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Yeah, your wing tutorial is my top favorite on DA. I noted you with the piece, thanks so much for any feedback!
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Kynamh Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very intriguing piece. Fluid, organic, simple and nicely done.
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
thank you kindly!
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PoweredByCokeZero Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, he looks so friendly, like a big mystical grandpa. What a lovely artwork!
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
aww thank you, he probably is a mystical grandpa
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PoweredByCokeZero Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'd like to think he is! =D
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Very fine!
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