This is an early pencil sketch of the black gate at the Entrance of Mordor, I felt the idea of designing different sections on different pieces of paper and then bringing it all together at the end is a good designing technique and I could approach my concepts in this way.
These are concepts of the dead Marshes and Fangoon Forest. The enchanting space is what drew me in, I like that elements of the environments are hidden at first so there is more behind the image. I will need to think about this in my concepts because I could reveal part of what the space/environment but also include that hidden layer.
This a cave environment I found in the book, I like the look of the rock formation and structure. The use of staglatites makes the space feel more closed in and the character's are constricted with the height of the environment. These formations could be useful for my own cave and cliff environments described in the extracts.
These are concepts of Isengard and has a lot of ideas for structure inside the tower with the ridged layers of stone. The pit is more effective because it creates the impression that it is never ending below the world's surface. The small wooden bridges and platforms describe how fragile and dangerious this environment is. It is the basic idea of how I want the volcanic cave concept to look that it plunges deep within the earth, never ending.