Of Lúthien the Beloved
Such lissom limbs no more shall run
on the green earth beneath the sun;
so fair a maid no more shall be
from dawn to dusk, from sun to sea.
Her robe was blue as summer skies,
but grey as evening were her eyes;
her mantle sewn with lilies fair,
but dark as shadow was her hair.
Her feet were swift as bird on wing,
her laughter merry as the spring;
the slender willow, the bowing reed,
the fragrance of a flowering mead,
the light upon the leaves of trees,
the voice of water, more than these
her beauty was and blissfulness,
her glory and her loveliness.
-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lay of Leithian
This is an attempt to depict Lúthien as Beren saw her dancing in the forest of Neldoreth: singing together with the nightingales with flowers springing at her feet as her song swept away the winter and awakened the spring. Obviously it's a poor attempt.. I like this drawing, but it really doesn't do Lúthien justice. She's supposed to be the most beautiful being that ever lived, but I just managed to draw a relatively pretty girl with a big head who looks like she's wearing too much make-up..
..Wait, perhaps the secret of Lúthien's unmatched beauty was that she was the only girl in Middle-earth who knew a cosmetologist..
*cough* uhmm.. aaanyway, nothing special about this; HB pencil + HB mech. pencil on regular printer paper + the usual Photoshop treatment. No idea how long this took me in total, but probably an hour to draw the whole thing and five more to shade the evil dress!
Despite the errors in this one I still like it.