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Lord of the Rings

Celebrian
My base

Uinen
Baseless

A doll of Celebrian I whipped up for an Actor's Challenge at Glam. The theme was velvet. I wanted to make a somewhat 'slinky' dress. Anyways, this is about her capture. I imagine her not to be in the mood to dress up properly, so she's only wearing an dark, greyish underdress (normally an overdress like the one seen in my Galadriel doll would be worn over it). Also had to add a quick background showing the waterfalls of Imladris. I made her in a rush, so I'm not completely happy with her, but eh... It was fun to make.

A quick doll of Uinen. I had been on a Silmarillion/HoME kick lately (pretty much thanks to Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle Earth album, which I had been listening to for an entire month) and needed something to distract me from my exams, hence I opened MS Paint and made this little doll. Uinen is one of my favourite Maiar (along with Osse) and I wanted to put down a character design for her. I imagine her to dress quite simply: no elaborate dresses with tons of colour, just a few coral and pearl details. Also, the seagull is so small because she's supposed to be quite tall here. I didn't put as much time as usual in the background, but I do like how the clouds came out ^^

Galadriel
Baseless

Arwen
Baseless

A doll of Galadriel (also known as Alatariel, Nerwen and Artanis) that I started way back in January. My computer died and then I was busy with other projects, so I never got around to finishing her. The dress was based on one of the many sketches I made during class and the entire doll is based of the Eowyn doll I made last year (see below). The background in the inner circle features Lothlorien and Caras Galadhon with the famous Mellyrn, the flowers in the outer circle are Elanor. The rest of the background features random flowers, Niphredil and Elanor (bottom) and branches of Telperion and Laurelin (top). The latter I added because she first lived in Valinor and her hair was said to capture the light of the Two Trees. Anyway, Galadriel is one of my favourite characters of Tolkien's world and I've been wanting to doll her again for ages. There isn't nearly enough fanart of her: she's such an interesting character. I had lots of fun working on the dress (and playing with the transparencies) and the inner background ^^ And the dark outlines were a nice challenge for someone who rarely uses any outlines XD

A (very) quick doll of Arwen, based on a doodle I made last year during a class that was way too easy. I used the book descriptions for the design of her clothes and the infamous lacy cap, which I modified a bit to make it more pleasing to the eye. To be honest, I never liked it because most of the depictions I've seen don't look very Elvish and I've always wondered how Tolkien imagined it. The background was done surprisingly fast. It took me only one session to complete, whereas most backgrounds I made take multiple dollingsessions/days. Anyway, I like her face, hate her hands and am okay with the rest of the doll.

Eowyn
My base

Noldo
My base

A doll I made of Eowyn for a collab that never got finished. The dress design is based on various descriptions of her in the books (the Dutch translations). I wanted it to have a royal feel while still being more practical than the long Elven dresses. The background in the circle was inspired by a beautiful cold sunrise I saw while travelling to school. The flowers in the circle decoration are supposed to be Simbelmyne and the flowers in the lower background are flowers that grow in similar climates to that of Rohan (yes, I totally did research the climate of Rohan)
Also, I do realise that her name is missing an accent, but I just couldn't get it to look right).

A costume design for a Noldorin lady and another product of boring lessons. It might be a bit over the top, but somehow I've always got the image of the Noldor being a proud people with a love for pretty things. Especially before the Feanor debacle. I imagine that fashion after that would have toned down a lot, especially for the Elves who left Valinor. Erm... what else to say? I've always associated red colours with the Noldor. You know... some of them were excellent smiths and a smithy means fire and fire is red and such... Also, the pose looks a bit awkward, but the shawl needed showing off (especially since I reworked it a dozen of times. The brooch is pretty much based on a beautiful cameo found in the local tumuli.
The background is a product of the 'Aaargh, stupid doll. Stop being so stubborn and let me finally finish you!' sentiment. At first I wanted to pixel Tirion, but I had already done that for Nerdanel (see below) and pixeling the same city twice in such a short time would just be stupid. So now I've settled for some heraldry. It isn't official Tolkien heraldry, but I did try to keep his rules in mind. It's also supposed to have a bit of a stained glass effect going on.

Teler
My Base

Nerdanel
Base

A costume design for the Teleri. I sketched it out during the more boring lessons and decided to doll it. It's a more formal outfit as I imagine that the blue shawl wouldn't make walking and running around any easier. Though it can also be worn longer in the back so that the front part doesn't reach the ground. The colours are inspired by the sea and sunsets at sea. The pose seemed appropriate for a Teler, maybe she's remembering before the Kinslaying. Anyway, I like the overall feel of it, though the hands look bad and the full background (seen in the layout) is much better.

A quick doll of Nerdanel the Wise in a formal outfit. She's supposed to look sad, which would be quite normal as she has lost her seven sons and her husband. Though the latter probably isn't as bad as he was a stubborn ass. The clothing should look more complicated than it actually is. Once you get rid of the overdress thing and the shawl, you're left with a short-sleeved, floor-length dress, one that doesn't trail on the floor. I kept it like that as I don't exactly imagine her wearing cumbersome dresses. After all, she was a renown sculptor and mother of seven sons, so most likely she didn't sit around looking pretty ;)
The background is a quick and undetailed one, featuring what should be the city of Tirion with the Mindon Eldalieva tower.

Manwe
Baseless

Luthien
My base
Heraldry is based on a drawing by J.R.R. Tolkien himself.

A remake of my older doll of Manwe. I kept the same basic design, but went with a completely different pose. He originally wasn't supposed to be holding a bow, but the original idea wouldn't work, so I went with the description of the Valar going to war in the first part of History of Middle Earth. He doesn't have arrows near him because... err... a) he might use magical arrows made of wind or b) he makes Eonwe carry them for him or c) he isn't preparing for war, but likes to show off his bow. Anyway, I worked on this doll for months and I still don't like it. Perhaps I'm doomed to making bad dolls of Manwe for forever o_o

My take on Luthien (of course she's more beautiful in my mind, but it's hard to capture such beauty). I had many plans for this doll, but most of them refused to work. So I don't particularly like her, especially not the background. Her dress is inspired by some old fashion plates I found this site. It's a short dress because I figured it'd be a bit too hard to dance around in the woods wearing a floor length one. Oh, and I know the doll isn't shaded as if it were night-time, but that was pretty intentional. After all she's half-Maia, half-Elf, so it kinda makes sense to me that she'd 'glow' (oh dear, that's not a good word for it at all I guess, it sounds better in Dutch >_<) a little bit.

Ulfrun
Baseless

Kurr
Base

An example doll made for the third round of the Miss Doll Middle Earth pageant
Little Ulfrun determined to protect her smithy, people and of course beloved husband (because the stubborn and hardy fool obviously needs protecting *cough*) from those vile Orcs.
Ugh, don't like this doll too much. It seems my anatomy skills weren't up to par for such a pose. Add up with limited time and you get this >_< And yes, her hair has suddenly turned straight. That's totally not because I didn't want to figure out how to draw curly sideswept hair, but because she secretly curls her hair (by braiding it or something like that). Unfortunately, during war there isn't much time for such superficial activities, so it's naturally straight now... Yup, that's why... Perfect, logical reason...

If you want to adopt this, please ask Lee's permission as it is her character. It is not my call to decide whether this is adoptable or not.
My version of Lee's character for the second round examples of Miss Doll Middle Earth pageant. It was hard to think of something more formal for an Uruk Hai and Lee has done a better job of it on her version, but making this was fun, especially the base edits. It has been so long ago that I've worked with a base that it was even kinda awkward, I still like going baseless more XD The little background features Orthanc with a fiery pit in front of it, because after making the background for my Ulfrun doll, I decided I just had to pixel a tiny Orthanc ^^

Ulfrun
Baseless

Ulmo
Baseless

An example doll made for the second round of the Miss Doll Middle Earth pageant
As the goal of the round is to represent your realm at a council, the character had to be depicted in the formal fashion of their realm with either a heraldic symbol or a background of their realm. I opted for the latter (and rushed it pretty badly) as I didn't know where to put the heraldic symbol (and I knew no symbols for the Iron Hills and was running out of time). I never imagined Dwarves wearing lots of robes and since female Dwarves would pose as male Dwarves, dresses are excluded as well. Besides that, I didn't picture Ulfrun as one to wear a dress, so I opted for patterns and embroidery instead ^^ I imagine her as a stubborn little Dwarf waiting for the council to end so she can return to her work and husband. She'd be checking out others' jewellery and weapons as well, while probably thinking she could make much better ones XD

Ulmo, finally another doll for my Valar series... which I started last year... I stopped working on it because I couldn't get Ulmo to look right. A few weeks ago I got inspiration to doll him, so here he is now. He is definitely better than my last try (which no one will ever see). It took me way too long to get a pose for his arms: I think I ran over to my room to check the pose in the mirror for about a dozen times before being able to draw the arms... Anyway, I don't feel too proud of this doll. I liked the hair, but unfortunately the new pose covers it and now it looks pretty weird XD The waves around him are probably the best I've ever done though ^^

Ulfrun
Baseless

Nienna
Base

An example doll made for the Miss Doll Middle Earth pageant.
"Ulfrun is one of the few female Dwarves around. Like her husband and the rest of her people, she takes great delight in smithcraft and spends entire days in the forge, completely forgetting about the world around her. However, if needed, she wields her axe with as much skill as she handles her chisel."
First time dolling a Dwarf, let alone a female Dwarf... I'm not quite sure if she looks Dwarfish enough, but I didn't want to follow the "fugly Dwarf stereotype" with her, which was quite difficult since she had to have a beard XD I kinda underestimated the amount of hair that I had to draw, especially the curly hair of the portrait almost killed me... Oh, and I got the name from a site with Old Norse names. Since there is only one female Dwarf named by Tolkien (or at least that I know of), I thought it'd be best to go back to the same source he got his names from (and definitely not searching one in Khuzdul, as Dwarves kept their true names hidden for the other races).

Another doll of my Valar series. I skipped over Ulmo because he just wasn't working out, and dolled Nienna instead. I really like her face, I know she's not actually crying, but I think she still looks sad enough. Besides many went to her for council, so I don't think she'd be crying all the time. The monotone colours and lack of details are also done on purpose, to fit the theme of mourning. I do like the shading and tones on this one quite a lot. And in case it isn't noticeable enough, that's her hair that's over her wrist. It's difficult to make it stand out more.

Gandalf
Base

Galadriel
Base

Gandalf! :D I decided to doll him because he's awesome, there should be more dolls of Gandalf, though preferably better than mine XD I loved making this doll and really like the shading on his robe. His beard and face however are quite bad... But meh, it's still Gandalf!

I wanted to doll something easy, so I decided to doll Galadriel. Then I realised the sleeves of that gown are semi transparent, so it became a bit of a challenge to me: how to doll transparent clothing in MS Paint? Whether I succeeded or not is up to you. Sad thing is that I do have PSP, but was to lazy to open it... I like the shading on the sleeves, but the rest of the dress isn't too good.
Oh, and I wanted to make her look a bit 'cold' and otherworldly, that's why she's so pale.

Yavanna
Base

Varda
Base

Yavanna, Giver of Fruits and the best one in the Valar series so far (forget that: Ulmo is better XD). I, for once, like her quite a lot. Tolkien wrote that she was dressed in green, but I decided to add some colours in. I mean, just look at nature itself! So many lovely colours, so why would the creator of plants and animals only wear green? I was a bit at a loss what to put in her hand, so I made a staff thing with branches with leaves coming out of it. I also added the back of the red sash/ribbon thing, because I wanted something to drag behind her if she'd walk, to touch the earth itself.
I loved making the palettes of this doll, it was fun to play a bit with the colours. Shading the hair was fun too, and finally dolling such a long dress again was a huge refreshment.

I decided to doll all the Valar, and this is the first one of this series. She's supposed to be Elbereth, Queen of the Stars. I always imagined her wearing a simple dress and no jewellery as not to distract from her beauty. I wanted to put the Valacirca somewhere, and since I was not in the mood to make a background, I decided to put it on the top of the cloak. I tried to make her dress look a bit floaty, but that didn't work out too well. I like the top of the cloak and dress, the rest could have been better.

HousesOfHealing
Base (Eowyn), Base (Faramir)

Galadriel
Base

Yay, the Houses of Healing. I'm quite satisfied with this doll, it took a long time to get the details of the costumes a bit right. I love the shading on Eowyn's dress, it's one of the few times I've shaded such fabric. The pattern on the starry mantle took ages, but I like the result. I like Faramir's hair, Eowyn's isn't too bad I think, but the palette doesn't fit with the rest of the dolls. Since it was the standard palette I use for her, I decided not to edit it. Just to keep the continuity.
Here you can find the doll of Eowyn alone and here is the one of Faramir.

Galadriel, because people keep forgetting about her. There are so many dolls of Arwen and Eowyn, yet Galadriel keeps being neglected. This is her when she goes all evil and like, but then without the windswept effects because this costume is difficult enough already and there aren't many stills of that scene. I gave her a sword (which I like a lot) because I imagined this would be what she had looked like if she had given in to the Ring. And because swords are fun to pixel ^-^

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