At least two of my illustrations for the Silmarillion is going to involve trees and so today and yesterday I have been drawing and painting trees. I began by drawing real trees:
Until it began to rain and then I began to paint.
And here is the Parsnip Forest
These top ones are preliminary sketches for the forest in which I intend to implant Oromë and Nahar hunting fell beasts.
The ones after this are the beginning of an idea for Telperion who produces the flower which the Valar make into the moon and also the ancestor of the White Tree of Gondor.
Illustrating this book makes me realise that I'm a tiny tad of a nerd about it.