A preview of a forthcoming larger work, 'Helcaraxë'. See the scrapbook for the layout sketch. Like my other works, it began life as a watercolor painting and moved to Photoshop, which I am still *very* new at.
Depicting an episode from the Silmarillion when Turgon's wife Elenwë perished while crossing Helcaraxë, the Grinding Ice. Featuring Turgon and his best friend Finrod.
I like the raw emotion here, although there are some technical problems I hope to solve in the final work. For one thing, Finrod's hair is too bright. This pic is a real challenge because at this point in the story, the sun and moon do not yet exist, and the stars would be the only source of light. But I imagine the weather on Helcaraxë is probably pretty inhospitable, so I don't know if even the stars would be visible. If I can fix the hair and the lighting problems, the final piece should be one of my best works ever.