Gil-galad was an Elvenking,
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
The last whose realm was fair and free
Between the mountains and the Sea.
Painted with watercolour and gouache on 20×40 cm Etival cold-pressed paper.
Video is on my Patreon.
Some Silmarillion in between, though at least slightly inspired (as probably shows) by Star Wars – ever since I saw Kylo Ren’s costume, I felt Fëanor would really look great in a high collar and flowing coat-tails. I’ve put him in black and gold before, so that was something that always belonged to him, for me.
And though you might say otherwise, the hair is 100% Fëanor, too. ;)
Gold leaf (22 karat, a slightly paler colour than the 23 karat I usually use):
Watercolour, gouache, and gold leaf on Canson Montval, 42×30 cm (painting itself an inch smaller).
Original available here
Prints with gold leaf available here.
“For Maglor took pity upon Elros and Elrond, and he cherished them, and love grew after between them, as little might be thought; but Maglor’s heart was sick and weary with the burden of the dreadful oath.”
(The Silmarillion, “Of Eärendil and the War of Wrath”)
Watercolour and gouache on Canson Montval cold-pressed paper, A3 size.
A re-run of an old sketch that never took off, so I was really glad when I was asked to revisit it as a commission! My son kindly modelled both Elrond and Elros. Don’t ask me which is which. XD
20×29 cm, watercolour and gouache on Schut Terschelling hot-pressed paper.
“But many refused the summons, preferring the starlight and the wide spaces of Middle-earth to the rumour of the Trees; and these are the Avari, the Unwilling, and they were sundered in that time from the Eldar, and met never again until many ages were past.”
This started as a character prompt on Patreon, and ended up being painted purely for the fun of horses and Maedhros and Maglor. I just love these two and am not ashamed of it in the least.
21×30 cm. Watercolour and gouache on Canson Montval cold-pressed paper.
Finwë and Míriel walking on the shore of Lake Cuiviénen. In the background, the other Eldar with their spouses; only Elwë is alone – yet…
Watercolour and white gel pen on Canson Montval cold-pressed paper, 40×29 cm.
A quick and fun portrait of Finrod Felagund, drawn on a class trip and painted with Daniel Smith & Schmincke watercolours on Canson Vidalon paper. (I just love that rough texture.)
Beautifully matted prints available here.