Smaug, the Unassessably Wealthy

Smaug, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Smaug

‘Smaug the Terrible’ dragon from the (film-version) of The Hobbit.
In his treasure are actual little gems, a tiiiny Arkenstone, and enough 22k gold leaf to even satisfy a Dwarf, briefly.

This shiny, jewel-encrusted wyrm will be one of the prizes in my art giveaway for the winner to choose from! Keep an eye on my Facebook page to see the other art prizes as they’re finished, and then for the contest itself afterwards!
A4 / 8×11.5″, acrylics, pencil, gold paint, liquid gold, 22k gold leaf, and glass crystals of various sizes.Smaug, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Work in progress:

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The Lonely Mountain

The Lonely Mountain, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Lonely Mountain

“And then Bilbo saw a sight…”

The Lonely Mountain, from the book ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien.
This is the second in a series of landscapes inspired by both Britain and Middle-earth – this one based on Buachaille Etive Mòr in the Highlands of Scotland.

Acrylics, pencil, pastel, gouache, tea, dragon scales, and the indignation of surly Dwarves; then a smidge of digital editing including the frame.
A3 / 12×17 inches
Prints available here.

Work in progress and details:

The Old Forest

The Old Forest, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Old Forest

” ‘They do not like all that about ending and failing,’ said Merry. ‘I should not sing any more at present. Wait till we get to the edge, and then we’ll turn and give them a rousing chorus!’ ”
—The Old Forest, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

 – I just learned that this will be the cover of the Tolkien Society’s annual publication: the ‘Mallorn’! :)

The first in a series of landscapes inspired by both Britain and Middle-earth – this one based on the forest of Padley Gorge in Derbyshire. Though I think the trees there are less likely to eat you.

Acrylics, pencil, pastel, gouache, tea, cat hair, and the withered deathless malicious and malignant soul of a really evil tree – on paper (also made from trees, maybe evil), and then some digital colouring and fannying about.
A3 / 12×17 inches
Prints available here.

Work in progress and details:

 

Rohan sketch

A test drawing for a #Rohan painting idea to get a feel for the landscape. I wanted to do a golden landscape under a cold, blue sky, (got the idea from living in Scotland) because even the grassiest places aren’t green all the time – however, my go-to Tolkien expert siad Rohan must be green; so this is as far as this version will ever get. I still like it though. :)

Rohan landscape sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Rohan landscape sketch

Fëanor, spirit of Fire

Fëanor with Silmarils, sword, and blacksmith hammer, illustration by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Brought to life with a little animated light and the influences of creation and destruction.

LotR gilded landscape sketch cards

Lots of experimentation went into these tiny Middle-earth landscapes. All of them have handmade borders made from pieces of filigree, and then gilded in gold or silver with a few tiny crystals.

All cards measure 2.5×3.5 inches. Stickers, cards and shiny things of them can be found here. :)

 

For the ‘Shire’ card I went back to a technique I tried for the first time with a Star Wars set (for Topps here) but made even shinier with all the bright colours of Hobbiton. Crystal flakes, sequins, and individual bits of glitter were pressed into glass glaze.

Shire stained-glass effect gilded sketch card by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Shire stained-glass effect gilded sketch card

LotR sepia sketch cards 2017

Each one measures 2.5×3.5 inches and is a mixture of acrylics and pencils, except for ‘Arwen’ which is heavily gilded in Dutch leaf and 22k gold leaf.

Tolkien Society publications

I’m honoured to have my illustrations featured in and on the most recent publications from the Tolkien Society:
Inside, and on the back cover of, ‘Mallorn’; and the cover of ‘Amon Hen’.

If you’re a Tolkien fan, consider joining too!  :)
https://www.tolkiensociety.org/

Illustrations by Soni Alcorn-Hender featured in the Tolkien Society publications

Gandalf & Frodo

‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’

From The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter ‘Shadow of the Past’) by JRR Tolkien.

The famous words of comfort and wisdom spoken by Gandalf to Frodo (book version).
Pencil and acrylics on painted paper, 21×30 cms. Gandalf and Frodo, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Gandalf and Frodo, work in progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Gandalf and Frodo, work in progress