For those of you whom I met in Porto last week, I was trying to explain what sketch cards are and give an idea of work I’ve done before. But it’s easier to show you. :)
Here’s a sample of sketches included with the trading card set for Topps & New Line Cinema Lord of the Rings:
There are more HERE and HERE.
‘No visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations!’
‘Farewell, dear Bilbo’
‘Realm of the Lord Celeborn…’
‘This is no mine…’
‘Why do you lay these troubles on an already troubled mind..’
‘City of Kings.’
‘Perhaps you’ve come to tell me why my son is dead..’
‘The dead do not suffer the living to pass.’
‘Do you not know death when you see it, old man?’
The Host rides to the Black Land
The White ship into the West.
‘…he’s known as Strider’
‘…forsaking the immortal life of your people’
..He is burning. Already burning!’
‘Your son is badly wounded, my lord..’
‘There will be no dawn for Men.’
The lighting of the beacon
‘Let him go, you filth!’
‘I summon you to fulfil your oath!’
(Aragorn): ‘Fight for me and I will hold your oaths fulfilled! What say you?!’ ‘…We fight.’
The black-sailed ships
The town of Bree
‘Bring forth the Ring, Frodo’
Light in the dark
The Fellowship mourn
“Govannas vîn gwennen le, Haldir o Lórien.”
‘The Pillars of the Kings!’
The Black Gate is shut.
‘There is nothing for you here, only death.’
‘Leithio i philinn!’
‘Who enters my domain?’
The Dead Army swarm the enemy
‘I do not believe this darkness will endure.’
‘I can’t carry it for you…’
A long-awaited reunion.
And some of the sketches for various Star Wars sets for Topps and Lucasfilm :
There are (many) more here for the Empire Strikes Back, and here for the animated Clone Wars series (which I really enjoyed), and here for all the Star Wars things before the new movies.
Amidala stained glass miniature
Leia stained glass miniature
Han Solo stained glass miniature
And here’s a sample of the tarot cards (major arcana only) I was asked to make for the Penny Dreadful set, based on the themes & symbols of the show, but not using the actors’ likenesses.
You can see more about these particular cards HERE, there are many more which I still need to upload to my site!
And if you still want to know more, go here: https://bohemianweasel.com/about/
And then come and say ‘hi’ on Facebook! :D https://www.facebook.com/BohemianWeasel/
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 16, December, 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 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, work in progress animated
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 20, June, 2016
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.
And a rough animated gif of the progress of the painting from start to finish:
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 13, May, 2016
‘You bow to no-one’
At Aragorn’s tomb
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 10, November, 2015
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!
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Thursday 18, December, 2014
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:
‘I’m going on an adventure!’
Trolls and a Hobbit.
Bilbo’s arrival in Rivendell.
Galadriel and Gandalf in Rivendell, The Hobbit.
Galadriel in Rivendell
And scenes from Lord of the Rings:
‘The furthest I’ve ever gone’
Bree, The Prancing Pony Inn
The Pass of Caradhras,
Hobbits in Fangorn
‘Release the River!’
Gandalf rides to Gondor
Aragorn leads the Dead Army to Minas Tirith
Fall of Barad-dûr
And a few portraits from both.
Éowyn in simbelmynë
Bard the Bowman
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Wednesday 3, December, 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.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 26, April, 2014
You are a great talent!
Thank you, Mark Ferguson
That’s what the gentleman himself wrote on the first image, which is a print of a rather hasty sketch! *Insert vast amount of squee here*
A magnificent friend (to whom I now probably owe a kidney) printed it out and took it with her to the Calgary Expo where the HIGH KING OF THE ELVES signed it. ^_^
The image below that, however, is the finished version – with extra shiny and special.
Gil-Galad, finished in ink, oils, and liquid gold on vellum paper.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 13, May, 2013