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

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Bag End sketch giveaway!

If you’d like to win this sketch of Bag End check out my Facebook post to see how! :)

Bag End painting by Soni Alcorn-Hender 

And a hasty animation of its work in progress.

Bag End work in progress animation

Radagast the Brown

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.Radagast drawing, Soni Alcorn-Hender

And here’s how he was done. :)

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.

31-Day Art Challenge, day 5

31 Days of drawing, Day 5. The prompt: ‘A movie/TV character drawn in a cartoony way

Even though he’s first and foremost a book character, the movie version makes a good subject: Thranduil.
As a ‘cartoon’ it’s a failure: too many lines by about five-bajillion lines, and peculiarly Byzantine, but I like it anyway. :) But I still (really) need to practise drawing cartoons and other simplified, non OCD things.
Inks and liquid leaf on scatty cardstock. 8×10″

Thranduil, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thranduil, Soni Alcorn-Hender

LotR & Hobbit sketches 2013-14

All of these are sketch-card size: 2.5×3.5″.

These portraits are all framed by elements from their own stories: Éowyn by simbelmynë flowers. Boromir with the Tree of Gondor. Gandalf by pipe smoke. Thranduil by the carved stone trees of his halls. And Bard by Lake-town and its reflection.

Moments from the Hobbit:

And scenes from Lord of the Rings:

And a few portraits from both.

Hobbit & LotR artwork for Calgary Expo 2014

These preposterously talented gentlemen all appeared at the recent Calgary Expo, and my friend (to whom I owe eternal thanks/ a statue / a kidney) asked if I might like some autographs? The answer was vehement and ebullient and had lots of excited swearing.

So I hastily made these in the hope they wouldn’t mind leaving some sort of mark upon them (an autograph, jammy fingerprints, anything) and as a microcosmically small recognition of their super-ness. ^_^

Update: the Dwarf pictures were finished too late to be autographed, but the gentlemen were given prints of them, and lovely Mark Hadlow (Dori) was even kind enough to give me a special autograph as a ‘thank you’. :D The Hobbits and Elves were signed however, included below are all the scans I have so far.

Hobbit Illuminations, finished :)

Hobbit ‘Illuminations’: with European medieval illuminations and bookplates as an inspiration, this was an experiment to create illustrations that might look like they came from the books of Middle-earth itself.
For larger images and details, please click ‘more’ and/or scroll down.

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Hobbit sketch cards (so far..)

Hobbit sketch cards! Most recent at the top.