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.
All posts in category LotR & Hobbit
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 29, April, 2017
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! :)
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 7, February, 2017
‘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.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 24, January, 2017
A tree-herder, or ‘Ent’ inspired by the Big Belly oak of Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, and the excellent walking (and talking) trees from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
Mixed media on A4 200gsm paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, or 8.3 x 11.7 inches.
Prints and shiny things available here.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 21, November, 2016
If you’d like to win this sketch of Bag End check out my Facebook post to see how! :)
And a hasty animation of its work in progress.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Thursday 15, September, 2016
I did this as an indulgence just because I think Sylvester McCoy has a glorious face, and I loved the idea of framing Radagast with lovely living things.
This is the movie version of Radagast-ish, but without the bird poo etc. because he’s better than that.
Pencils and acrylics on paper, 20x30cms.
And here’s how he was done. :)
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 12, September, 2016
Father and son (one of them) with the border design I made especially for Elf portraits
(you can see it being made here.)
Fëanor whose name meant ‘spirit of fire’.
Both from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 10, September, 2016
Thingol, King of the Grey Elves, from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.
“In Beleriand, King Thingol upon his throne was as the lords of the Maiar whose power is at rest,
whose joy is as an air that they breathe in all their days,
whose thought flows in a tide untroubled from the heights to the deeps.”
Thingol throned in his grand and secret underground kingdom The pillars were said to be sculpted like great beech trees, with golden lamps hung from all their branches.
In the frame, either side of him are symbols based on those for Melian (his wife) and Luthien (his daughter), and above him his doom: the ‘Nauglamir’ necklace with a Silmaril in the middle.
He can also ornament your own underground lair, with pretty printed things from my RedBubble shop here.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 9, September, 2016
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.”
If you’d like a print of his glowering suspicion, you can find them in all sizes and finishes here.
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. :)
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 26, August, 2016