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 sketch by Soni Alcorn-Hender

And a hasty animation of its work in progress.

Bag End work in progress animation

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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 the Brown, 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, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Dwalin print signed by Graham McTavish himself :D

I’m stuck here in Portugal so my chances of going to exciting conventions in North America are teeny. However, I do have the nicest friends *in the world* and was just sent a scan of this wonderful thing! Fresh from the Calgary Expo where my goddess of a friend asked the man himself to sign this for me, and apparently he was lovely (and awfully handsome) in person. ^_^

Dwalin illumination by Soni Alcorn-Hender, signed by Graham McTavish

Dwalin illumination by Soni Alcorn-Hender, signed by Graham McTavish

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 Illuminations, work in progress – Thranduil

(Continuation of) an experiment in illustrations inspired by medieval European illuminations, but ideally that look like they might have come from Middle-earth itself!

This is the final of the trio for now: Thranduil, King of the Wood Elves.
To see the work in progress of Dwalin and Thorin, click here! (Or scroll down ;)

Thranduil work in progress by Soni Alcorn-Hender

scan of the Woodland King fully drawn out and awaiting colours