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Beorn, the Skinchanger by Leone-art Beorn, the Skinchanger by Leone-art
Beorn appears in “The Hobbit”: a man who could assume the appearance of a great black bear. He's described by Tolkien as very big, tall and strong. Beorn's design was tricky... He has to be menacing but somehow friendly... his savage side must be visible. When he's using his in human form, he's keeping himself calm but his strength is always ready to explode. Visually he should have some "angles" to suggest his ferocity, but a bear head is full of circle lines. The shape of his hair and beard must suggest the shape of a bear's head. His Irises are depicted with an intense orange hue, the same we find in wild animals. His pose hints his strength and his caution toward the viewer.
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
And to think all they had to do was give him a full beard and a mustache!... And more screentime! :D
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Der-KAIser92 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
muuuch better than in the hobbit-movie!
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TeranMingOgilthorpe Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Please don't get me wrong, this is amazing and it is much better than I could do, but I notice everyone forgets that Beorn does have bushy eyebrows.
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Leone-art Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll see to that in a future repaint.
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TeranMingOgilthorpe Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Okay :)
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peet Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Really wonderful technique - he looks a little like the British actor David Morrissey - was he by any chance based on him?
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Leone-art Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello peet,
no, the design isn't based on a particular person. I've started working on the actual actor chosen by PJ for the role, but after several sketches I wasn't satisfied with the overall design. Then I've began throwing in several photos of wrestlers and "strong man" competitors. From this mix emerged a new face which I've modeled to the final Beorn.
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah I see :-) - well, what do you think though? static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/O…
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noahcat Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Looks like Kurt Russel to me.
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Jeff Bridges as Beorn... I love it.
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Leone-art Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Holy c*... you're right! 
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HAHA! But in the best way possible! You're art is gorgeous, man - keep it up.
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ArtKosh Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Look at the wildness into his eyes! a very nice done!
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Kaiser23 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Very nice Beorn design. I also wish the film would have used something similar to this over the werewolf like design we got. Perhaps they wanted to but thought he would look to much like the dwarves, with all the hair and beard. Anyway, Great work.
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secretoflurkmore Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Too bad they didn't follow this design for the film version, perfect vision.
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Anwel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Gorgeous work!!!
So much ferocity in his eyes. You made the best portrait of the Big Bear I've ever had.

Do you mind if I used it in my blog, to illustrate the character in my RPG campaign?
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Leone-art Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello Anwel, I've sent you a PM.
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Anwel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
I've seen it, thank you Leone :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Just saw a spoiler image of movie Beorn. I immediately went on a rampant search for real Beorn's to clear that horrible Teenage-werewolf-meets-wolverine-image out of my head.

Now... THJIS, is Beorn. Powerful, feral, yet very human. And true to Tolkiens word. Thanks for saving my day :D :handshake: :beer:
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Leone-art Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
and you, with your wonderful feedback, made MY day. Thank you woutart
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p0tluck Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I really appreciate the description
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Leone-art Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
tremendous work. this is a depiction of beorn i can get behind. I love how you've given him these animal qualities even in his human form, and the age of him which, as in the book is hard to tell, but old. very well done!
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you are talented. You've capture everything you've said in the description. An amazing portrait
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MariaB9 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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