The image looks a bit better in miniature, than full view (some details), but this is manly portrait with character, and I love the wavy golden mane I picture most of the Eldar with wavy or curly hair and rather rich in amount since they valued hair so much, so it's nice to see something different in a see of straight thin haired post-movie elves.
Thank you very much for the kind words! I took a look into your gallery and it looks like we think alike concerning the elves. There's a trend in making them excessively feminine and top model like, I can't remember any part in the books that states they are any less masculine than men. They could be more handsome or even delicate in a sense, just like you expect medieval nobility to be when compared to the hardened peasants, but nothing like all those little girlish elves you see all around I agree with you about the hair, there's nothing wrong about varied hair styles including even short haired versions. Glorfindel specifically is very praised about his great wild golden mane in the books, so I tried my best to describe him as I see him. Tell me, what details did not pleased you as you said? I am curious.
Nobility vs peasants who had much harsher lives, good comparison. There might be many reasons for girlish elves - from thinking they're androgynous, through manga portrayals where it's just a style, to a problem with drawing men. I've stumbled upon advice that to draw a male elf one should draw a face of girl and then make her masculine (or just give male clothes); not so good idea. Anyway we've got different vision of their beauty, being more or less human like and also our skills to render what we imagine are different,m thus some male elves are too girly for one person, too ugly for another. I haven't been able to capture what I'm looking for, yet, but I'll keep on trying.
The details are in his eyes - it's not visible on a thumbnail, but in full view there's something off. Part of it is correct though, it's his eyes expression, but flip the image horizontally - if haven't - and you should see it. Our brain get's used to image while painting, so it doesn't see things unless we flip or rotate image, zoom out etc. Check his eye corners (external and internal), perhaps it's this what bothers me.
I was thinking of what Tolkien wrote while trying to explain Finwe's name: "All the Eldar had beautiful hair (and were especially attracted by hair of exceptional loveliness)" Shibboleth of Fëanor: The names of Finwe's descendants, HoME XII. Now I see it says nothing on teh amount of hair on heads Just beauty, which could mean something different to everyone. Regarding Galadriel you are right - her colour was exeptional: "she was accounted beautiful, and her hair was held a marvel unmatched. It was golden like the hair of her father and her foremother Indis, but richer and more radiant, for its gold was touched by some memory of the star- like silver of her mother; and the Eldar said that the light of the Two Trees, Laurelin and Telperion, had been snared in her tresses" – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor” (Handy source: silmarillion-club.deviantart.c… )