Doodling Nazgûl

The Nazgûl (from Black Speech nazg, “ring”, and gûl, “wraith, spirit”, possibly related to gul, “sorcery”), also called Ringwraiths, Ring-wraiths, Black Riders, Dark Riders, the Nine Riders, or simply the Nine, are characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. They were nine men who succumbed to Sauron’s power and attained near-immortality as wraiths, servants bound to the power of the One Ring and completely under the dominion of Sauron. They are first mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, originally published in 1954–1955. The book calls the Nazgûl Sauron’s “most terrible servants”.

I have always been a LOTR (Lord of the Rings) fan… and when I settled down in Argentina I started to play LOTRO (an MMO set in Middle Earth, a very nice relaxed introduction to massive online gaming if that interests you…if not please continue…) and this ignited that passion again, I started doodling LOTR inspired stuff and I am particularly proud of the following Nazgûl sketch (A5 ball pen on paper, the scan is very grey I do apologize):

Nazgul doodle

This sketch arose from the following doodles:

nazgul sketch3 nazgul sketch2 nazgul sketch1


Dave Denison British Surrealist and Number fetishist!

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The first ever painting exhibition I ever went to, where I knew the artist, a friend of my Dad. I was 7 or 8.

The Human Face of Surrealism: Paintings By David Denison

Out for a curry in Leeds one lunch with my Dad, he decided on the spur of the moment to drive round to visit Dave, in Wakefield, I think, or was he in Leeds? But we got to his house and he wasn’t there. I never did meet the guy that painted the most impressionable images that decorated the wall of the house I grew up in!

He now devotes his time to numbers and his site is pretty mind-blowing, a melange of sacred texts, numbers and colour inter-spaced with surreal imagery, his own:

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‘The founder of this site is an artist David Denison, who was among one of the leading exponents of surrealism in Britain in the 70s and 80s, he believes that his art formed the stepping stones along the journey which inevitably culminated in the emergence of the website as his life’s work, therefore you will find much of his work is embodied within the fabric of the site. Also you will find that the presentation of what is an immense farm of hopefully thought provoking and mind-set altering information has a relatively artistic leaning, with dramatic use of colour as a vehicle of communication including background colour switches.’


Wot? More tentacles?


1 – David Dureulle
2 – Eugenia Loli
3 – Eugenia Loli
4 – Shintaro Kago

In zoology: ‘A tentacle is a flexible, mobile, elongated organ present in some species of animals, most of them invertebrates.’

In art: ‘A tentacle is a flexible, mobile, elongated organ that can symbolize all of the following: complexity, diversity, variability, intelligence, insight, vision, mystery, illusion and hints at associations with the sea, moon, concept of the spiral and all that is eight!’