Eöl the Dark Elf

Eöl the Dark Elf, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl the Dark Elf from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.:

“But Eöl, though stooped by his smithwork, was no Dwarf, but a tall Elf of a high kin of the Teleri, noble though grim of face; and his eyes could see deep into shadows and dark places.”

If you’d like a print of his glowering suspicion, you can find them in all sizes and finishes here.

This glowering gentleman was painted in a different way (for me): sketched entirely in paint, no line drawing at all until the end for details.
An interesting exercise, though riddled with mistakes and horror and doom. :)

Eöl the Dark Elf (detail), by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl (detail)

Curufin

Curufin son of Fëanor coloured sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

20×30 cms, pencils and acrylics.

“Curufin the crafty … who was of perilous mood.”

From JRR Tolkien’s ‎Silmarillion

Sketch of ‪Curufin‬, favourite son of ‎Fëanor‬ (who made the Silmarils and started lots of trouble), and father of Celebrimbor (who made the Elven rings and ended in lots of trouble).
Called ‘the Crafty’ – possibly because he was good with his hands, possibly because he was a devious git.
Also tried to shoot Luthien, twice.
Fëanor had many gifts, apparently parenting wasn’t one of them.

And the un-coloured sketch:

Curufin son of Fëanor sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

 

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

Battle Under the Trees

An Elf archer shoots his way to his fallen comrade, and yet it seems he still arrives too late.

Battle Under the Trees (Elves & Orcs) by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Battle Under the Trees (Elves & Orcs)

Battle Under the Trees (Elves & Orcs) detail, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Battle Under the Trees (Elves & Orcs) detail,

Prints and shiny things available in my RedBubble shop here.

9×11 in acrylics, and gold and silver leaf, and a smattering of orc blood on primed canvas-board.
Original painting printed as a trading card for the set from Perna Studios’: ‘Spellcasters II, Enchanted Realms’.

Sauron triptych

A Dark Lord’s Progress :
Friend / pupil/ follower / servant to Melkor.
Teacher / manipulator / traitor / torturer / murderer of Celebrimbor.
Prisoner / most trusted advisor to Ar-Pharazôn.

Sauron with Melkor, Celebrimbor, and Ar-Pharazôn by Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘A Dark Lord’s Progress’ Sauron triptych

To know more of the stories these are illustrating, or more about the artworks themselves, please see their individual pages:

The Seduction of Sauron

Sauron as Annatar, and Celebrimbor

Sauron and Ar-Pharazôn

Inspired by The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.
Created especially for the Tolkien art exhibition: ‘Evil in the Shining Light’, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, through September 2015.
Acrylics on paper, digital colouring, 11.5 x 8″ Frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.

Sauron and Ar-Pharazôn

Inspired by The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.

Created especially for the Tolkien art exhibition: ‘Evil in the Shining Light’, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, through September 2015.
Acrylics on paper, digital colouring, 11.5 x 8″ Frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.

Sauron and Ar-Pharazôn, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

 Sauron as prisoner of, then advisor to, Ar-Pharazôn

Sauron being fair and flattering as the hostage of Ar-Pharazôn, last great king of Númenor before the fall.
A fall engineered entirely by Sauron in fact, for by cunning he rose from prisoner to most-trusted advisor of the proud king, and convinced him to offer blood and lives to exiled Morgoth. (The smoke of their sacrifices can be seen through the window.)
Then as Ar-Pharazôn felt the weight of old age and death come upon him he listened to Sauron’s promise of life everlasting in Valinor, and how a brave man might take it for himself if he would only sail West to claim it…

Buildings of Númenor adorn the top left and right corners. Embedded in the frame to the left is the shining isle of the Valar to the left, Númenor’s holy mountain Meneltarma to the right. The Eye of Sauron overlooks all above and death awaits below.

Elf costume sketch

Quick sketch costume tests for a work-in-progress Elf lordling.

Elf costume sketches, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Elf costume sketches

Sauron as Annatar, and Celebrimbor

‘The Craft of Ring-making’ inspired by The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Prints and goodies now available on RedBubble here.

Created especially for the Tolkien art exhibition: ‘Evil in the Shining Light’, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, through September 2015.
Acrylics on paper, digital colouring, 11.5 x 8″ Frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.

Annatar (Sauron), Celebrimbor and the Craft of Ring-making. Soni Alcorn-Hender

Annatar (Sauron), Celebrimbor and the Craft of Ring-making

Sauron‬ disguised in fair form as ‘‪Annatar’,‬ when he taught the Elves the craft of ring-making. It wasn’t until he forged the One Ring in secret, planning that it should rule all the others, that his true identity and purpose were revealed.

Depicted here: Annatar guides the hand of ‪Celebrimbor‬, greatest of the Elven smiths. In the top left and right corners, Elrond and Galadriel shun him. They couldn’t see through his disguise, yet still they didn’t trust him.
The rings that were made in secret are embedded in the frame: on the left, right and bottom and the three Elven rings forged by Celebrimbor; and above Sauron’s head is the One Ring. At this time it was still just an idea.

The Seduction of Sauron

‘The Seduction of Sauron’ inspired by The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Prints and goodies now available on RedBubble here.

Created especially for the Tolkien art exhibition: ‘Evil in the Shining Light’, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, through September 2015.
Acrylics on paper, digital colouring, 11.5 x 8″ Frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.

Seduction of Sauron by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Melkor corrupts Sauron (Mairon)

Long before Sauron was lord of Mordor, before he was even evil, he was ‘Mairon’, a gifted metalsmith among the Maiar. He grew impatient with the slow unfolding on the flawed world and desired to create things to his own plan. Melkor promised to show how this could be achieved, and so step by step, Mairon followed Melkor down into darkness until he became ‘Sauron’.

Drawings contained in the frame, starting from the top: Eye of (future) Sauron, the two Lamps of Arda, and (bottom) the future One Ring. The corner images are of Valinor.