'The Seduction of Sauron'
From the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Long before Sauron was lord of Mordor, before he was even evil, he was
'Mairon', a gifted metalsmith among the Maiar.
He grew impatient with the slow unfolding on the flawed world and
desired to create things
to his own plan instead. Melkor promised to show how this could
be achieved, and so step by step,
Mairon followed Melkor down into darkness until he became 'Sauron'.
Created especially for the Tolkien art show 'Evil in the Shining
Light', curated by artist John Cockshaw
Acrylics on paper, digital colouring,
11.5 x 8" Frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.
Melkor (or Morgoth as he was by then) and his most powerful servant:
Another preparatory sketch for the series on Sauron (his fall from
grace to Dark Lord) and attempt to 'find' the right faces for him and
Melkor. The details are still a work in progress but the basics are
Melkor / Morgoth, an insidious vulture-esque thing of smoke, shadow and
smouldering horribleness; and #Sauron, all golden and fiery but
following in his master's footsteps.
From the Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
Pencil and acrylics, 8.5x11 inches
Annatar 'giver of gifts', Sauron in his fair, deceitful form during the
Annatar and Celebrimbor
Sauron in his fair form
as Annatar when he taught the Elves the
craft of ring-making.
It wasn't until afterwards (when he forged the One Ring in secret,
planning that it should rule all the others)
that his true identity and purpose were revealed.
Depicted here: 'Annatar' guides the hand of Celebrimbor, greatest of
the Elven smiths.
In the top left and right corners, Elrond and Galadriel shun him. They
couldn't see through his disguise, yet still they didn't trust him.
The rings that were made in secret are embedded in the frame: on the
left, right and bottom and the three Elven rings made by Celebrimbor;
and above Sauron's head is the One Ring. At this time it was still just
From the Silmarillion by JRR
Created especially for the Tolkien art show 'Evil in the Shining Light'
on during September at the Bank Street arts gallery in Sheffield,
curated by artist John Cockshaw
Acrylics on paper, with added digital colouring, 11.5 x 8"
Frame element by Stephen Clulow on Flickr.
— with Soni Alcorn-Hender.
"Annatar and the Craft of Ring-making"
Thumbnail preview for Annatar and Celebrimbor above
Aug. 30, 2015
Sauron being fair and
flattering as the hostage of Ar-Pharazôn, last great king of
Númenor before the fall.
A fall engineered entirely by
Sauron in fact, for by cunning he rose from prisoner to most-trusted
advisor of the proud king,
and convinced him to offer blood and lives to exiled Morgoth. (The
smoke of their sacrifices can be seen through the window.)
Then as the King felt the
weight of old age and death come upon
him he listened to Sauron's promise of immortality in Valinor,
and how a brave man might take it for himself if he would only sail
West to claim it...
of Númenor adorn the top left and right corners.
Embedded in the frame to the left is the shining isle of the Valar,
Númenor's holy mountain Meneltarma to the right. The Eye of
Sauron overlooks all above, and death awaits below.
Acrylics on paper,
with added digital colouring, 11.5 x 8" Frame element by Stephen Clulow
on Flickr. —
the Silmarillion by JRR
especially for the Tolkien art show 'Evil in the Shining Light' on
during September at the Bank Street arts gallery in Sheffield, curated
by artist John Cockshaw.
Made last year for a Tolkien art exhibition, I've
put parts of this up before but not the completed triptych, until now.
A Dark Lord's Progress :
F̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶ ̶/̶ ̶p̶u̶p̶i̶l̶ ̶/̶ ̶f̶o̶l̶l̶o̶w̶e̶r̶ / servant to Melkor.
Teacher / m̶a̶n̶i̶p̶u̶l̶a̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶/̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶i̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶/̶
̶m̶u̶r̶d̶e̶r̶e̶r of Celebrimbor.
P̶r̶i̶s̶o̶n̶e̶r / most trusted advisor to Ar-Pharazôn.
Inspired by 'The Silmarillion'
and other writings of JRR Tolkien.
Sauron was defeated at the Battle of the Last Alliance,
but his Ring was not destroyed and he rose again.
click to enlarge
25 Essential Expressions Challenge: Sauron
The idea is to draw an imagined face in a variety of emotions to check
he/she can run the gamut of expressions in a plausible way. This was
very useful, though it took longer than it ought.
(Though admittedly the only imaginary face I’ve drawn more than once is
my version of an early Sauron. …º-º It got odd around
‘flirty’ and then just went full Nic Cage by ‘silly’.)
Crown of Sauron
September 24, 2016
Sauron again because shuttup.
My previous attempts at drawing him (including the pic I'm using as an
avatar) never seemed to have his crown right:
I always envisioned it to be made of flames; and ideally a gold crown,
like the ring, (rather than black which is how it's usually depicted).
But how do you make a gold crown stand out on gold-ish hair?
So I've made the crown into a sort of grisly halo: it's partly above,
as well as on, his head.
The part touching the head has long teeth that anchor into the hair,
probably quite painfully - I think many women reading this will know
exactly what I'm talking about. ;p
And when seen from the front, the crown begins to hint at the shape of
a flaming eye.