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Nerdanel by Veronnikka Nerdanel by Veronnikka
Portrait of Nerdanel, wife of Fëanor.
Since she is described as a sculptor, I've always imagined her wearing her hair up because she'd definitely want her hair out of the way while working. :D

About her design:
I saw it somewhere that she actually has brown hair, but the redhead impression sticks... so I compromised a bit.
And i just didn't have the guts to go full on the ruddy complexion. At least I tried.

Again, my apologies for the quality of scanning. I'll upload a better version once I get back to school.

Character © J.R.R. Tolkien

Update: I have re-scanned this piece. This version preserves the texture and colors more satisfyingly.


Watercolor and ink on Fabriano cotton paper, 9"*12".

• WIP of this piece:…

• Other portraits:
Miriel Serinde by Veronnikka Galadriel by Veronnikka Celebrian by Veronnikka Elwing by Veronnikka Arwen Undomiel by Veronnikka Idril Celebrindal by Veronnikka
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ThaliaTook Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I just figure the 'ruddy' stuff means she has pink cheeks, or is prone to a bit of color if she exerts herself, that sort of thing.  Anyway, very lovely!  (As usual.)
emmiko28 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
:happybounce: brown-haired, grey eyed ... Nod well done. Clap i miss the ruddy part.
Taina-dOS Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is beautiful! :D
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Very nice.
MGRESA Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Zeryo9 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply amazing, really love the detail and style of this!
Neranella Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Marvelous artwork. :D
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work!:love:
ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her! 
Tolkien says that she had auburn hair, so it must have been quite reddish - maybe he meant that it was not flaming copper red, but it did have a lot of red highlights.
Veronnikka Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I did intentionally added some extra red into her hair, just to address that "auburn" point - but it didn't really work out on such a vibrant background.:P Anyways, I'm still against painting her hair in the color of fire trucks. :D
ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I'm biased, because I'm a great red-hair fan, the brighter copper the hue is the better, so I've always imagined the only Elven redheads with copper hair :D. But it's probable that their hair would be more auburn than bright copper, yes. Pity :D
MariaB9 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is how she is supposed to look like, great work!
DorianHerestor Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks beautiful! I love how detailed her hair looks and I like her sassy smile. But it's funny, I always thought that she was a redhead!
Veronnikka Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to imagine her as a redhead too, until I read it somewhere that it was a misconception...:D
milenkadelic Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful.
AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish I knew who this was, but nevertheless, it's AMAZING. :D
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August 10, 2013
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