(Scorpion Honey) TOO MANY ELVES

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My parents named me Stephanie.

I'm 21 and currently majoring in illustration.

This is an art blog to post my sketches, WIPs, and finished work.

Main Blog: http://thranduilbbbackribs.tumblr.com/
Tolkien Blog: glitteringgimli.tumblr.com

A little “Get Well Soon” gift for melkorwashere of their version of Aiwendil/Radagast 

Yarrow flowers on the bottom for Healing and Good Health :’)

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Been wanting to draw phobs’s Aiwendil (and their Namo) for a while so no better time than now!

Also I discovered how good my coloring looks on the tan paper, NEVER WANT TO GO TO BLACK AND WHITE AGAIN *A*

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#I'm sorry if the clothes aren't accurate -sobs-  #hope you feel better phobs!  #aiwendil  #radagast  #the silmarillion  #silmart  #melkorwashere 

Sketch commission for jeremyjohnirons !

They wanted a bust of writer and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov w/ a halo of butterflies *U*

I have another commission I need to really work on but may not get to until school ends at the end of April. 

The only commissions I’m accepting right now are quick sketches of 1 character/person/subject since I’m busy this month. But at the end of April/beggining of May when school is over I’ll be open for all commissions I have listed.

Commission Info HERE

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#this was so much fun to draw  #actually a stress reliever from my thesis work  #vladimir nabokov  #jeremyjohnirons  #commission 
belovedblabber asked: I love your concepts and designs fir the Silmarillion and Tolkien stuff in general. It's not like anything else out there. I love the fact that you are outside the box. Most people conform to a similar design, (including me) but you have created your own. Which is so unique and gorgeous. You are my fave Silmarillion artist. I love how many if your designs have darker skin, something you don't see much. What gives you your design ideas?


Answer:

my brain right now:

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Holy shit that’s really incredibly nice of you to say omg

give me a moment INEEDTOBREATHE -FAINTS-

But YEAH uh I’m not really sure how to answer your question (i’m so bad at answering questions like this oh man) BUT I’LL TRY MY BEST

Uh idk for the most part when I was read the Silmarillion I would do quick sketches of how a character would appear to me in my mind when I first read about them. Some of them have changed from how I first imagined them, but for the most of them they’ve stayed the same. 

As far as clothing goes I usually just kind of draw whatever comes to mind, whatever feels right to their personality and body when I personally think about them. I also don’t really want any of the characters to have to dress a certain way as far as genders go. I feel like people should wear whatever the fuck they want to wear. So I don’t have certain fashions that only females and males have to wear, but differences in the fashion is based more on the culture of that group like maybe this group of people wear a lot of layers with thick fabric or this group wears thin clothes etc.

Haven’t been able to do this enough yet since I’ve been so busy this semester, but I do look at a lot of fashion throughout history and also armor and weapons from around the world (especially armor and weapons just so it makes SENSE and not just some ridiculous design). It’s gonna be tough cause there are certain looks from different cultures that I really appreciate but I really don’t want the attire they wear to be so obviously taken from a culture especially since I’m aware some clothing is sacred to different cultures.

As far as faces go I usually already have an idea of how a character looks and I go hunting for face references of models and actors from around the world who come close to how I imagine the characters (i know there is a beauty issue with using only models and actors, but my biggest reason for that is because they’re gonna have more references available than say just a random person). 

And in some cases the models and actors are just SCARY accurate to how imagine the characters. I’ve written them down and I share my face model for Lúthien and Fëanor

Model: Nan Sheng

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The very first picture I ever saw her in is the one below. It took me FOREVER to find out who she was because every picture I saw of this one even when I image searched it on google it would never give her name. I can’t even remember how I eventually found her but I did and I’m so glad. When I first saw the picture below my heart skipped cause she was so perfect as Lúthien and was exactly how I imagined her (minus the grey eyes and skin of course). 

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As for Fëanor he was the first character I had found a face model for. 

Model: Douglas Booth

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I’ve actually never seen any of his work, but when I was first reading The Silmarillion I had been curious of the new Romeo and Juliet film adaption that he was in as the lead role. I REALLY loved the trailer they had for it so during that time I would constantly watch it over and over again. Without even realizing it (until later) when I starting reading about Fëanor in The Silmarillion I imagined Fëanor with his hair that I draw him with and with Douglas’s face. It was only until after drawing sketches of Fëanor a couple of times did I realize who he looked like when I imagined him. So that’s the story behind his design, and he’s one of the few characters who has gone through basically no further development since the beginning since I have a perfect headcanon for him already (personally for me).

Also look at this shit, just imagine he has the long hair I draw Fëanor with and he’s working in his studio or whatever (I actually just saw this photo earlier this week just yelled “IT’S TOO PERFECT”).

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#i hope this helped  #belovedblabber  #the silmarillion  #feanor  #luthien  #SCORPIONFAQ  #replies 
emotionalfrittata asked: I concur with the anon; you have a very distinctive style, and your pencil lines are freaking luscious (that sounded less creepy in my head). I wish you all the best in completing your thesis, though I'm sure it'll be fantastic.


Answer:

HA IT’S ALL GOOD

Sometimes when I find something so beautiful I can only describe it as being delicious (especially color)

thank you for the sweet message ;w; 

I’M GONNA DO MY BEST ON MY THESIS >:’3

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#replies  #emotionalfrittata 
Anonymous asked: I really like the fact that you add POC into your artwork for the Silmarillion and anything Tolkien related! It makes me happy!!


Answer:

Ahhhh thanks anon ;w; Glad to hear that!! <333

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#replies  #Anonymous 
muchymozzarella asked: You and Ewe are so lucky oh my god I think I'm gonna cry ok


Answer:

NO DON’T CRY 

DON’T CRY DON’T CRY AHHH

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#muchymozzarella  #replies  #HEAVY BREATHES  #NO BB NOOOO 
Anonymous asked: your family portraits are so cute ovo thank you for making all this wonderful art!!


Answer:

AH HA THANK YOUUUUU <3

-DRAWS ALL THE CUTE FAMILIES BEFORE THEY’RE MISERABLE, BROKEN, OR DEAD-

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#Anonymous  #replies  #or all three of those  #cause everyone knows the silmarillion is just elf shenanigans gone wrong 
Anonymous asked: YOU CAN FUCKING DO IT YOUR ART STYLE ITS SO UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFULL I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE INSECURE BUT BELIEVE YOU ME WHEN I SAY THERE IS ABSOLUTLEY NO REASON AT ALL FOR THAT BECOUSE YOUR ART ITS INTERESTING AND GORGEOUS AND OUTSTANDING


Answer:

omg i feel so bad for replying so late T^T

thank you so much for the encouraging message ;w; I’m feeling a lot better these last couple days then i was earlier last week/weekend

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#replies  #Anonymous 

some sketches and wips 

- Fëanor (possibly the moment he realizes he’s about to be struck down by Gothmog). I actually drew this last weekend when i was really sad and angry and struggling with personal things and it helped a lot.

- Fëanor WIP portrait

- Maiar sketches: Mairon (Sauron) and Eonwë

- Glorfindel and Frodo

- Beleg Cúthalion

- Oromë

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#the silmarillion  #lotr  #glorfindel  #frodo  #feanor  #lord of the rings  #eonwe  #mairon  #sauron  #beleg  #maiar  #valar