I REALLY wasn't supposed to have time for this right now, but it thought I'll finish up this sketch for JRRT's birthday (3rd January – obviously I'm late!
I apologize to everyone for not commenting or replying too much lately, I'm too busy right now with RealLife™ and will be for a couple of weeks still -- I will get back to all those messages when things cool down, promise!
The First Meeting of Fëanor and Nerdadel
"While still in his early youth Fëanor wedded Nerdanel, a maiden of the Noldor; at which many wondered for she was not among the fairest of her people. But she was strong, and free of mind, and filled with the desire of knowledge. In her youth she loved to wander far from the dwellings of the Noldor, either beside the long shores of the Sea or in the hills; and thus she and Fëanor had met and were companions in many journeys."
(J. R. R. Tolkien: The Later Quenta Silmarillion (II) §46c, Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor, HoME 10: Morgoth's Ring)
The first meeting of Fëanor and Nerdanel, two young travellers on a journey somewhere in Aman, sometime along the Noontide of Valinor..
Wacom tablet, about 7 hours.. still learning how to use the thing.
I've always found horses very difficult to draw and so I've avoided them usually. Now I thought I'd finally try and put the tips I got from ~vixentheangryfox
(who has incredible talent for drawing horses! Thanks a lot for the advice!
) to some use. I was lazy and didn't look for references so there are probably lots of mistakes.. The horse is kinda stick-legged and stiff and it still looks like a dog a bit (like my horses always do..
). I've rarely even seen a live horse from close up so I don't know how their features and musculature are supposed to be.. and I've never ridden one, so I have absolutely no idea how all the equipment works or looks like – it's a good thing Elves don’t' use any of those, so I drew just a saddle and some decoration.
I'm sure there's a lot of people here who could help me out, though.. I know the problems with the elves' anatomy here, but any horse-related tips are very welcome!