This is amazing. You somehow managed to keep aspects of the character design from the movies but still being much closer to the character depiction in the book (I noticed especially how you put only one dagger at his waist instead of the twin daggers in the back Jackson's team ame up with for whatever reason they thought made that so much cooler.)
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Nice! Great craftsmanship, great art, and a beautiful well-united result.
So many people drawing fan-elves don't understand the basic proportions of human and similar bodies - that heads don't end just above the hairline, that large eyes need correspondingly larger eye sockets, or that huge protruding goat-ears wouldn't fit well in those elegant helmets--if you fold 'em inside, they'd be almost deaf, while if they stick out special holes in the side, they'd be too easily severed, and so on.
And other realities as well: Good armor needs to bend at the joints and not carry five hundred pounds of extra weight in decorative flanges, fist-sized gems, petrified animal skulls and so on; tiny decorative bows can't send arrows very far; eight-foot swords with foot-wide blades would wear you out with one or two swings (if they didn't dislocate your thumb, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and quite possibly spine the first time you swung them). And let's not even talk about whether Luthien *really* would have worn an entire drugstore counter's worth of mascara, lipstick, and other cosmetics while performing formal ballet maneuvers in a low-cut gown long enough to trip on, even if it don't snag on every passing bush and hemlock-umbel tall and fair.
So, in my verbose way, I'm just tryin'a say: Thank you for making such a beautiful AND believable picture!