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


Elves at the border

I wanted a border for my Elf portraits, and I couldn’t find what I wanted so I drew it.
But designing it was a long-winded affair, and with so many changes that the best way to show it was with an animation (scroll down).
Above it is a photo of the work in progress, impasto gold paint on black drawing paper.


Designing a leafy border, Soni Alcorn-Hender


The design process for an Elf border, Soni Alcorn-Hender

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

Fëanor colour study

Drawing test for a larger drawing of the same character: Fëanor from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion. The face that burned a thousand ships.
Prints and pretty things available here.

Fëanor colour study by Soni Alcorn-Hender

And the animated version, with firelight:

Fëanor firelight animated, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

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: