WORK IN PROGRESS: Findis, Daughter of Finwë
[The name] Findis was made by combining the names of her parents. Little is said of her in The Silmarillion. She did not go into exile, but went with her mother after the slaying of Finwë and they abode among the Vanyar in grief until such time as it seemed good to Manwë to restore Finwë to life [ - if he ever did so..].
-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Shibboleth of Fëanor; The names of Finwë's descendants (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth)
Findis was Finwës eldest daughter and second child, the first from his second marriage to Indis of the Vanyar. Of Finwës daughters Findis was the good girl - she was the image of her mother and shared her kind, gentle and patient demeanour. When the other children of Finwë went abroad rebelling and causing trouble, she stayed obediently at home with her mother.. and missed all the fun of course..
I picture Findis as very tall (6'3" / 191 cm) and golden-haired, like her Vanyarin mother and her youngest brother Finarfin. Like the Vanyar (at least the way I see them), she would wear very plain and simple, traditional white dress, a palla-type cloak, no large ornaments or jewellery, and walk barefoot. I wanted her to look very serene and calm.. and as chaste as a nun.
The heraldic design is by me; inspired by Tolkiens heraldry for Finwë and =elegaer
s great design for Indis. The smaller design below her name is my idea for the emblem of the House of Finwë, based on Tolkiens Finwë design.
This is a WIP character sketch for my Lords of the Ñoldor
project. It combines the scanned, not-yet-cleaned-up pencil lineart without shading or highlights, the current idea for the heraldic device(s) and the Tengwar inscription (I haven't decided yet whether I want to use the regular script or the cursive style, so I included both) to be used in the triptych. At some point I might finish it up as an individual character portrait but for now its just a WIP component.
Character drawn on regular copy paper, no references used. The original is quite small; shes about 12 cm tall (thats a bit under 5 for the measurement-impaired). I used a regular HB pencil that I try not to sharpen too much.. gives the line a nice thickness and more lively(=uneven) character. The size also keeps me from adding too many details, which would be lost anyway in the finished piece where the characters are fairly small.
The heraldic designs were drawn in AutoCAD, assembled in Photoshop.
Its still WIP, so comments, ideas, suggestions, etc. are more than welcome!
WIP:Lords of Noldor: Triptych Layout
WIP:Lords of Noldor: Character Portraits