Eöl the Dark Elf

Eöl the Dark Elf, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl the Dark Elf from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.:

“But Eöl, though stooped by his smithwork, was no Dwarf, but a tall Elf of a high kin of the Teleri, noble though grim of face; and his eyes could see deep into shadows and dark places.”

This glowering gentleman was painted in a different way (for me): sketched entirely in paint, no line drawing at all until the end for details.
An interesting exercise, though riddled with mistakes and horror and doom. :)

Eöl the Dark Elf (detail), by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl (detail)

Elves at the border

I wanted a border for my Elf portraits, and I couldn’t find what I wanted so I drew it.
But designing it was a long-winded affair, and with so many changes that the best way to show it was with an animation (scroll down).
Above it is a photo of the work in progress, impasto gold paint on black drawing paper.

 

Designing a leafy border, Soni Alcorn-Hender

 

The design process for an Elf border, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Curufin in colour

Curufin son of Fëanor coloured sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The painted and coloured version of the sketch I posted here yesterday – Curufin, son of Fëanor, from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.

‘Curufin the crafty … who was of perilous mood’.

20×30 cms, pencils and acrylics.

Curufin sketch

Curufin son of Fëanor sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

From JRR Tolkien’s ‎Silmarillion

Sketch of ‪Curufin‬, favourite son of ‎Fëanor‬ (who made the Silmarils and started lots of trouble), and father of Celebrimbor (who made the Elven rings and ended in lots of trouble).
Called ‘the Crafty’ – possibly because he was good with his hands, possibly because he was a devious git.
Also tried to shoot Luthien, twice.
Fëanor had many gifts, apparently parenting wasn’t one of them.

20×30 cms, pencils and acrylics.

Summer in the Park sketch

The studio can be too stuffy in summer, so I sneaked off to the park and set up a hasty studio under a tree, and drew things with leaves for the day.

Pencils and acrylic, approx 8×11″
Prints and shiny things here

Summer in the park sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

My outdoor studio has a nice view. But also ants.

Summer in the park sketch, outdoor studio, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thranduil throned

Thranduil throned, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Finished: Thranduil upon his throne,
Acrylics, gold leaf, red crystals (in his crown), and sass: 8.3×11.5″

In his crown alone there’s so much gold leaf that dragons are gathering outside my studio. Though they’re poor appreciators of art, they just sit on it.

Prints and pretty things available here.

Legolas sketch

I had a sketch of Legolas that I’d started a decade ago (literally) and it was fantastically awful. In that version he looked like a constipated horse in a particularly murky pond.
So I excavated the sad-looking thing to see if I could make anything of it – and lo, I made this!

If you want to see the transformation from constipated pond horse to woodland prince, scroll down for an animated gif of the journey.
Mixed media on 8.5×11″ paper

Legolas sketch, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Legolas sketch, work in progress animated, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Legolas sketch, work in progress animated

25 Essential Expressions Challenge

The idea is to draw an imagined face in a variety of emotions to check he/she can run the gamut of expressions in a plausible way. This was very useful, though it took longer than it ought.

(Though admittedly the only imaginary face I’ve drawn more than once is my version of an early Sauron. …º-º It got odd around ‘flirty’ and then just went full Nic Cage by ‘silly’.)

25 Essential Expressions challenge, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Fëanor colour study

Drawing test for a larger drawing of the same character: Fëanor from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion. The face that burned a thousand ships.
Prints and pretty things available here.

Fëanor colour study by Soni Alcorn-Hender

And the animated version, with firelight:

Fëanor firelight animated, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

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