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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Hobbits in… Cumbria?

A Cumbrian landscape (Buttermere) becomes a scene from Lord of the Rings: Strider leading the Hobbits from the Midgewater Marshes to the Weather Hills (where Frodo will have an unfortunate encounter with a Wraith). But for now, the Hobbits greatest concern is getting that ‘fool of a Took’ across the stream without him bathing in it (and pulling poor Merry in after). Frodo intends to help, as soon as he can stop laughing.
Strider and Sam (with Bill the pony) are ahead.

Acrylics and pencils on hot-press pastel paper, 21×29 cms

Prints and pretty things available on RedBubble here.

Midgewater Marshes to the Weather Hills, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Midgewater Marshes to the Weather Hills

Shire Bridge

Prints and things available here.

I painted the original a couple of years ago: an idea of Frodo and Sam enjoying one of the Shire’s little rivers’, perhaps at the beginning of their journey when everything still felt enjoyably adventurous in a very safe way. I liked the parallel between these two by the river, and the earlier pair of Sméagol and Déagol, and how their river trip ended. And both of those pairs of friends are bound by the same ring.

This is a re-working made for the Tolkien art show ‘Evil in the Shining Light’, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, through September 2015.
Original was acrylics on paper, 10 x 7.5″ Frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.

Shire Bridge, Soni Alcorn-Hender