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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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.

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

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

Rohan finished~

Éowyn and Éomer among the simbelmynë flowers, in memory of their uncle.
9×11 inches. Painted with acrylics and gold media and pencils and inks and *everything* and the horse they rode in on.

Rohan Meduseld

Rohan Meduseld det1

And a rough animated gif of the progress of the painting from start to finish:

Rohan

 

 

Rohan prettiness, work in progress

Work in progress: 'Ferthu Théoden hal' by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Work in progress: ‘Ferthu Théoden hal’

LotR sketch cards 2015

'You bow to no-one', by Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘You bow to no-one’

At Aragorn's tomb, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

At Aragorn’s tomb

Treebeard, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Treebeard sketch

Sam & Frodo Artwork for The Hillywood Show!

The talented parody sisters Hannah and Hilly Hindi asked if I could provide some sketches for the end credits of their LotR parody (to mimic the credits of Return of the King), but they specifically asked for Sam and Frodo ‘with all the feels’.

Here’s what I drew for them. (All 10.5×7″, graphite on watercolour paper)

And here’s their lovely video – make sure to have tissues handy!

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.