Everyone seems to have their own personal favorites out of this series… Mine was the first because that was when I *really* got those trees right. Everyone else likes the last :) The poor middle one, she just kinds of hangs out, getting a tan.
The first is one of my first attempts at using watercolor, and they both had the same use of white acrylic to build the body. It was an almost unconscious bouncing off of the original to get to the second, though I do draw the single female in a flowing dress often.
I was at the Comicon the other week when I realized it’d been pretty much ten years between the two.
10 years of holiday cards. 2013- Raven Steals the Light 2012- Wintry Forest 2011- Radioactive Reindeer 2010- Christmas Monkey 2009- Millions of Santas (based on 1920s Childrens book, Millions of Cats) 2008- Merry Christmas Moose 2007- Penguins 2006- Bear Who Ate Too Many Stars 2005- Winter Buffalo (digital) 2004- Twinkle Deer (digital)
There Beren came from mountains cold, And lost he wandered under leaves, And where the Elven-river rolled He walked alone and sorrowing. He peered between the hemlock-leaves And saw in wonder flowers of gold Upon her mantle and her sleeves, And her hair like shadow following.
As Beren looked into her eyes Within the shadows of her hair, The trembling starlight of the skies He saw there mirrored shimmering. Tinúviel the elven-fair, Immortal maiden elven-wise, About him cast her shadowy hair And arms like silver glimmering.
excerpts are from Tolkien’s Silmarillion — [website | facebook] Prints available Commissioned watercolor paintings for a wedding, 2009