GANDALF   PCGamer magazine   The deadline for the Lord of the Rings projects was rough--one week.  So, I decided to start with Gandalf first as I figured I could complete a close-up shot the quickest.  the only thing I was unsure of was how to show his magic capabilities.  In the movies, Gandalf does not always have a visible magic effect (thank goodness!), but sometimes just a slight electric arc can be seen when he is skewering the Balrog on the mountaintop.  So, we decided to go with an electric effect as opposed to our initial thoughts of using fire.    The only major edit to this piece was that I originally painted Gandalf with his sword-Glamdring, which was later changed to his trusty staff. 
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