Fëanor. Watercolor & acryla gouache. 9″ x 8.5″.
Fëanor was the mightiest in skill of word and of hand, more learned than his brothers; his spirit burned as a flame... He was tall, and fair of face, and masterful, his eyes piercingly bright and his hair raven-dark; in the pursuit of all his purposes eager and steadfast. Few ever changed his courses by counsel, none by force...and it was he who, first of the Noldor, discovered how gems greater and brighter than those of the Earth might be made with skill...
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
The thumbnail sketches at the start:
I asked other SmArt School students to play art director and choose a thumbnail. Nearly everyone liked #1 the best, which was also my favorite.
The drawing before painting, in pencil/graphite & white charcoal: