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The Passing of Thorin Oakenshield

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By AbePapakhian   |   
Published: March 22, 2013
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Pencil Illustration of Thorin's death
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2100x1509px 1.16 MB
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
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KreepingSpawnProfessional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, sir.
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EleynahStudent Digital Artist
such a masterpiece! Great details work!
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EllosseHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is heartrending. The sorrow in their faces... well done. I think that the proportions of some of the dwarves' heads look a little off, but then, I am not one to talk! Excellent job anyways!
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ivoignobHobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! This is really one of the most touching scenes of the Tolkien universe and you captured it very good. First I like how you give the viewer a sense of deepness by dividing the scene in three layers. The front layer with Thorin, Bilbo an the other two dwarves (can't remember their names) standing right at the bed. The second layer which consists of the dwarf left to Bilbo and the one dwarf holding up his hand against his face. The third layer which is all in the back including Gandalf. The more you get in the background the more the lines are fading. I have always problems with doing this myself, thinking, a light line is not a finished line. Which is certainly not true as we can see here. Sedondly I like all the emotions and last but not least the amount of detail you put into this.

But I have criticism as well :) I wonder if the head of the two dwarfes right of Bilbo are too big, even when compared to a Hobbit's head. Both dwarfes heads right of Bilbo look even bigger than that of Thorin which should not be as they are even further away from the viewer than Thorin. It's the only thing which is a little bit disturbing imho. But then again I am no expert. Maybe you have an explanation for that :)
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AbePapakhianProfessional Traditional Artist
try using harder graphite for the background objects. 4h, 3h, 2h. Go to softer and darker leads as you come to the foreground. The rest is practice.
I do put a lot of effort into my pencil illustrations, but I do allow for mistakes as well. You're right, the proportions are off but it would be the other way around. Thorin's head should have been bigger than it is, the others are proportionately right for dwarves. I don't find it disturbing, however. It's just something I'd have to rethink if I decide to turn this into a painting.
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Literally not even joking. I am crying.
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I love the way you have drawn the battle armour! The whole image is beautiful, and I think I shall go off and cry now... Stunning!
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I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Finale - Tokien's Legacy".  You can find it here: realmsoffantasy-myth.deviantar…  ^_^
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I got to this part today...I was in the car with my mom and little cousins (all girls) and I didn't ever realize I was crying until the middle girl, Jamie, said.

"Buffbuff? Why are you crying?"

This is a simply beautiful picture.

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waow that's a wonderfull art :noes:
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a damn excellent piece of work
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thank you.
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very welcome
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ElysianImageryProfessional Digital Artist
i am so not looking forward to watching this in the movie. It was hard enough to read in the book....
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AbePapakhianProfessional Traditional Artist
As long as they don't make it too melodramatic, I'll be good with it. He's proven himself to be a very good storyteller.
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TolkienOPHobbyist General Artist
I can't wait to see this scene in the movie! I hope it will be as great as your drawing^^
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Gold-SevenProfessional Traditional Artist
I always love your visions of Middle-earth, and also your fantastic pencil work! Thank you so much for giving the world a bit of Tolkien back, when everybody else is just on about Peter Jackson at the moment.
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AbePapakhianProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I've really enjoyed your work as well. There are some really talented people here who have shown a unique view of Tolkien's writings.
It's funny, maybe a generational thing. Those who have come to Tolkien via Jackson naturally identify with his vision, so I stopped thinking about it so much, as long as they bring a new interpretation to the images.
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I knew about the existence of the books since teens, but I started to actually read them exactly the same time as I saw the Lotr trilogy in cinema. I became the fan of books and the movies the same time, but the more I read, the more I realized where the movies made mistakes besides doing it right.

And so far in The Hobbit there's even more mistakes I'm afraid. I always felt rather disconnected between Thorin and Armitage. They should've at least put more some more grey on him and been more loyal to his nature and storyline. They even changed some major events in dwarf history. Armitage's dwarf is someone else.

I really appreciate the original visions in DA - it's really refreshing to see all that. It doesn't matter if the movie makers take too much crazy freedoms - there's always artists that can patch all that, such as you two! :D
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AbePapakhianProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the compliments. I think the trick to watching the movies is to see them as interpretations of the books. It takes away any sense that things are not as they should be and it can be enjoyed for what it is. Don't get caught up in what was changed or left out and just enjoy the ride. I know there are some things that I visualize that contradicts Tolkien's words, but that simply as I see it. If I had a couple hundred million dollars, you would see a completely different movie and I'm sure there would be a lot of people who would not agree with my views.

I think the beauty of a site like this is to see a wide variety of interpretations. I would like to see more different views.
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Gold-SevenProfessional Traditional Artist
Very true! Although I find it very hard to let go. And it's getting harder with every movie. ;)
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I'd have made Thorin a bit more old and graybeard, but otherwise is great. The fact they look like dwarfs and not like those things in the film add an extra bonus. :D
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AbePapakhianProfessional Traditional Artist
You know once you see the movie a couple of times these dwarves grow on you. I like that they use colourful personalities to replace the colour coded hoods and cloaks that Tolkien uses. Jackson fleshes them out a lot more than one sees in the book.

btw, I never saw Thorin as such a greybeard. He had to have been a robust dwarf to go through the journey than a more elderly dwarf would have been capable of.
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