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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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