It was hard to find a reference photo for what I wanted so I ended up drawing up a sketch by studying at least a half a dozen photos. I wanted a front view, but I wanted both the elk and most of Thranduil to be visible. I also added the crown and the sword even though he probably would not be wearing the crown to battle, but it looks cool this way.
Tools: Graphite pencils (4H to 8B)
Here’s the drawing progression:
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