So since about two nights ago I'm reading The Hobbit again, as my last chance to read it once more before the movie is released this December. Pretty soon there's a scene where the dwarves are chanting a song (check out a wonderful rendition of the song here: [link]
. Now I was wondering, when you read a book and someone starts singing in it and you can read the lyrics, does a melody pop into your head and you can actually hear that person sing or do you just read it like a simple poem? For me personally it depends, there are some passages where I do indeed have a certain melody in my head, but in others I feel like I am avoiding it on purpose because I love the lyrics so much that reading it in any special rhythm would take my attention away from their meaning. An example would be one of my favourite pieces by Tolkien that is recited by Gimli while the companionship rests in Moria. >>>[link]
(talking about LotR now, not the Hobbit anymore)
So how does that work for you when you read a book?
Excerpt from The Song of Durin's Awakening:The world is grey, the mountains old,
The forge's fire is ashen-cold;
No harp is wrung, no hammer falls:
The darkness dwells in Durin's halls;
The shadow lies upon his tomb
In Moria, in Khazad-dûm.
But still the sunken stars appear
In dark and windless Mirrormere;
There lies his crown in water deep,
Till Durin wakes again from sleep.
On a more artsy note I feel like I am rediscovering line arts. I've always hated this part most and after a while I found ways around it, either by drawing completely line-less or by working on the sketch to such an extent that it became my line art. But now that I've tried it again with my chibis I am really starting to like it a lot more than before. Maybe I have simply learned so much in the meantime, that I can do it a lot faster and at the same time have results that don't frustrate me to no end.
I almost feel like I enjoy the line art more than the flat colouring by now. Probably never more than shading though.
Guess it's a good thing knowing that I can do it if I want to.