My first exhibition!
And look! I’m on the BBC!
My stand. I realised later that it was a weird mix of artists alley and actual stand. This was on the first day; I still had prints!
Jay Johnstone setting up his stand. Now THAT is a stand. I was taking mental notes on how to present myself properly.
Simo, alias Lathron, in his Elven armour that he forged himself. I wish I’d badgered him into doing another somersault that I could take a picture of. But be assured, he did do one; that armour’s very flexible.
Anke Eißmann, who shared a table with me, in the process of sketching Sherlock fanart. ;)
These two had a beautiful stand doing Elven calligraphy.
It was wonderful to see even older fans of Tolkien dressed up and generally sharing all the same enthusiasm.
Before Saruman went to subjugate the Shire under the name of Sharkey, he seems to have tried out Rugby at Lufbra Uni. Judging by the amount of trophies he gathered, it’s surprising he didn’t stick to it. Maybe it was because they always misspelt his name on the jersey.
Malcolm, winner of my purely personal Funniest T-shirt Contest. And generally a wonderful bloke.
Shaun Gunner, deputy chairman of the Tolkien Society and in charge of organising the Return of the Ring event. And yes Shaun, you’re everyone’s favourite! Deservedly.
Nancy Martsch, Ruth Lacon, Ted Nasmith, me, and Anke Eißmann at the “Illustrating Tolkien” panel.
Ted answering questions.
Ted looking at my portfolio. We had a lot of fun discussing lack of backgrounds and lack of characters. It was something I mentioned at the artists panel – that men seem to be focussing on the landscapes and women on the characters.
Me at the watercolour workshop.
Getting ready for the Traditional Knitted Dwarf Toss.
Close-up of the Knitted Dwarf.
A huge Smaug cake that was presented on Saturday night. It was delicious, too.
Ted Nasmith, Alex Lewis, and Lynn Whitaker singing Tolkien-inspired songs. One of my absolute highlights.
Breakfast time with the Dragon Vert Tolkien-reenactment company.
A seamstress from Le Dragon Vert working on a Bayeux- inspired tapestry depicting Éomer.
A setup at camp that just caught my eye.
Farewell to Lufbra. These are the student accommodations, and all in all, they’re about twice as big as the village I live in. I’d never seen such an incredibly large University.
Here are some of the quick watercolour portraits I did over the weekend:
Guess who. :D
A hobbit I did for Shaun. He said that people seem to draw hobbit feet far too large, and also told me that he had very large feet. So there.