Dwarves has always been a favorite subject of mine. Itâ€™s a regular challenge to try and give them some character and expression, when their mouths are usually invisible. They are not dwarves if they donâ€™t have luxurious facial hair (Fig.01)!
This dwarf was better with his mouth closed anyway. The more obvious choices often donâ€™t work as well as the more subtle (Fig.02).
Some little thumbnail scribbles to try and find a â€œstageâ€ for the story. This is just to give me a general idea, as I like to leave the painting process open to happy accidents and spontaneous decisions (Fig.03).