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


The Ring is taken to Rivendell

Prints and shiny things available here.

A re-working of an earlier painting (The Hidden Valley), this new version has Frodo being carried to Rivendell by the Elves after falling at the Ford.  Made for the Tolkien art exhibition: ‘Evil in the Shining Light’, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, through September 2015.
Original was acrylics on paper 11.5 x 8″, added frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.

The Ring is taken to Rivendell, Soni Alcorn-Hender

And a close-up of Frodo’s rescue party.
At the front are two pairs of Elf riders, followed by an Elven cart bearing the fallen Frodo; behind him is Strider on foot; then Glorfindel (not Arwen :p) on his white horse; behind him near the bridge are the three Hobbits on foot; then there are two Elves on foot on the bridge, and two more on horseback at the end:

2015 Tolkien show Rivendell re-worked-det

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.

Middle-Earth inspired prints

These three green offerings have just been added to the Etsy shop, any of which would make the perfect background for a little daydreaming and a nice cup of tea. :)

Rivendell, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Rivendell, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Little Rivers of the Shire, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Little Rivers of the Shire

The Hidden Valley, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Hidden Valley

New header!

The first one was pretty enough in a subtle, understated way. But I don’t really do subtle; I do fiddly, fussy, fastidious, and fecking sparkly. Huzzah!
It was made as a digital collage from this drawing (originally 21x29cms, graphite and acrylic on cardstock).

Which is also the drawing I was working on in this video : Sketching Rivendell Et voilà!

Header / banner illustration

Sketching Rivendell

I’ve been asked a few times how I draw, and the answer is: ‘erratically, with lots of mistakes and some dithering’, and behold there’s now proof.

(This is my first time filming something with this camera, and time lapse, and making films, and .. everything. Humble apologies for the sloggy bits.)