In terms of art of the characters, I've fallen in love with Gold-Seven's paintings of Feanor and family. Most of her work of them is on the second page of her gallery (click here to go to that page) and it's absolutely gorgeous.
Morgoth wasn’t quite sure which part of the vision had horrified him most, though: the one that showed him eventually marrying Nienna, or the one that had showed him eventually sitting around with Manwë and laughing about Fëanor’s "antics."
Saw this today: The Baleful Head by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. (Go Pre-Raphy's!) It's Perseus showing Medusa's head to Andromeda. Look at Perseus' armor. It's leaf-like around his shoulders, kinda like PJ's elven armor, but less developed. I thought it'd be a cool starting point for the 1st Age Elves' armor. Still the leaf-motif, but less evolved.
Descarte went into a Starbucks and drank his coffee. The waitress came up and asked him if he wanted more. He replied, "I think not." And *POOF* he disappeared.
[shadow=blue,left,300]Which Pre-Raphaelite artist are you?[/shadow]
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Wait a minute! What if we took a Pre-Raphaelite approach with the designs and storyboards? The artist of this movement were during the 'high victorian' times and were trying to find a way out of what they saw as a world turing materialistic... (Ex: Beat culture during 50's...) They also sought the beauty and comparative simplicity of the medieval world...
This last bit might help in the designing process. We've already established that we don't want anything too elaborate or advanced since this is 'the' beginning of middle earth, but we also want a more natural approach. Something that could link across time periods to show a developing culture, but also show different cultures.
So, what do you think? An idea or back to the drawing board...
I really like the Pre-Raphaelite ruse. That would be beautiful...
...in her heart she gave him in a name in the forbidden tongue of the Noldor, Lomion, that signifies Child of Twilight; but his father gave him no name until he was twelve years old. Then he called him Maeglin, which is Sharp Glance...
I agree with that statement that the costumes should be simplified, however, the Valinorean elves should have OTT colour, clothing, hair, etc. They've had millenia with not much to do, so their fashios would change fairly quickly and go from extremes (rather like today, we're a society with not much to do and our fashios are over blown and change rather quickly). Their weaponry should be simple but well made. More ornate than anything.
The Sindar of Beleriand should waer grey. Remember that they live in darkness and you can't tell one colour from another in the dark, so their clothing would be textured and simple. They've been fighting Morgoth so their weaponry should be advanced and everything, cerimonial or not, should be functional.
As I've said on the PPC Board, I don't mind designing weaponry. I've been doing it for a while as a hobby. I also make (functional) chainmaille and am intending on learning scale-maille in the near future, so I can use that as reference for armour.
The armour should really reflect the society it comes from and how necessary it is to their survival. So the SIndar should have simple, strong, but lightweight armour, whilst the Noldor should be in heavy, ornate but slightly ceremonial armour as battle is rather a foreign concept to them.
~Morgul, very nit-picky about armour and weaponry.