Aulë The Maker

This is the final render of Aulë, the shaper of Arda (Earth), master smith, and the next Valar on my list to design.

This is the final render of Aulë, the shaper of Arda (Earth), master smith, and the next Valar on my list to design.

 

Here were some extremely early sketches for Aulë, the shaper of Arda (Earth), master smith, and the next Valar on my list to design.  I wanted to give him a sense of power and physicality...

Here are some extremely early sketches for Aule. I wanted to give him a sense of power and physicality…

I sketched out a face fairly quickly and then moved on to design some cool hair!  With the hair I was trying to go for some kind of viking/native american/east asian hybrid...In the end, I went with a viking style beard and bald head...

I sketched out a face fairly quickly and then moved on to design some cool hair! With the hair I was trying to go for some kind of viking/native american/east asian hybrid…In the end, I went with a viking style beard and bald head…

By this last sketch I had settled on pretty much all of the design decisions and decided to make his lower torso out of rocky materials to further solidify his connection to the earth and the mountains...

By this last sketch I had settled on pretty much all of the design decisions and decided to make his lower torso out of rocky materials to further solidify his connection to the earth and the mountains…

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