Journal commission for ~anguirel who asked for Miriel weaving her tapestries in the Halls of Mandos. Miriel Serinde is a very interesting character from Tolkien's works, her story is very short and sad and you can read more in-depth about it here -> [link] . She was the mother of Feanor, having the task to weave all the deeds of the House of Finwe after her death.
Imaginary weaving-from-a-distance technique was devised in order to fit the journal's composition.
Pigment liner, graphite, white and metallic silver pencils, white acrylic on a 13x21 cm Moleskine journal. The character is a creation of Tolkien.
********************************************** Being a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy film, I anticipated with much excitement Tonner Company's release of their LOTR line of dolls based from the films.
The sculpt in my opinion is absolutely spot on, but sadly the factory paint failed to bring out Liv Tyler's features. It was quite a challenge because not only did I need to capture Liv's features but also her essence and character as Arwen, as well as capture an expression of inner emotion and longing for her mortal love, Aragorn.
Complete hair restyle and full facial repaint were needed to bring Liv's features to life. The subtlest shading on the different features of her face was executed to achieve this.
Repaint is a new form of pop art, wherein the doll's face is treated like a three dimensional canvas, with the added challenge of painting within a very small area . Since dolls are basically miniature pieces, brush strokes and shading have to be very controlled and precise.
-- acrylic paint and ultra fine brushes
(Note: I am not in any way affiliated with the Tonner Doll company)
My Grima Wormtongue costume...
I love this costume very much! ^__^ And its not just a love for the costume itself... Its love for the character and the actor who plays him.
I made the bulk of this costume in 60 hours spanning 3 days. (Sleep? Whats that Precious? Whats sleep, eh? X_X) I decided to torture myself like that because about a week before the Dallas Comic Con I learned that Brad Dourif had been added to the guest list. You see, I had originally planned to make and wear the Grima costume for a much later convention, but when I found out my favorite actor that I've admired since I was 8 years old was going to be there, I had to drop the current costume I was finishing up for Comic Con(Frodo) and sew like a maniac to finish Grima decently enough to wear to the con and show Mr. Dourif just how much I appreciated him.
As for meeting him... it was the greatest, happiest moment of my life. He was very kind to me and let me know just how impressed he was with my costume. I was ecstatic and was very lucky I was able to speak to him as much as I did. We talked about some of the similar problems we had getting around in the costume and he even gave me tips on Grima posing and posture. ^__^
I've improved my costume greatly since that weekend in October and the picture above is of how the costume currently appears. I will continue to update the costume due to a strange mixture of devotion and an insane need for perfection.
I only wish that my costume had looked as nice as it does in this photo back when I met Brad Dourif. I can only hope that I will be able to meet him again sometime soon with my costume looking its absolute best.
A big thanks goes out to my dear sister RedVamp for taking the time to photograph me. And I must bow down and kiss her fetish boots for the wonderful job she did getting just the right angles to bring out my inner Grima/Dourif-ness. ;P