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The Temple of Melkor
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Published: August 3, 2017
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Numenor,  Sauron in the Temple of Melkor
Illustration for the Silmarillion by Tolkien
mixed media, 44x31 cm

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Image size
450x635px 287.19 KB
Shutter Speed
10/500 second
Focal Length
38 mm
Date Taken
Aug 2, 2017, 11:27:42 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Comments (84)
Quarter-Virus's avatar
Quarter-Virus|Professional Filmographer
I am in love with the way you render gold and lighting <3
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EKukanova's avatar
Thank you!
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Sigovius's avatar
Sigovius|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done!The reflections of light on the gold is simply excellent!
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bpmha's avatar
bpmha|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job! What did u use for this ilustration? Acrylics?
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GeaAusten's avatar
GeaAusten|Professional General Artist
Stunning !!
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EKukanova's avatar
Thank you! :3
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deorZumKingdom|Hobbyist General Artist
stunning Heart Heart Heart 
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Frigori's avatar
Frigori|Student General Artist
You've got really beautiful arts!!! 
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Uruk1's avatar
This is a very unique and quite original version of Sauron while still being true to the books. Incredible !
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bjornaxen's avatar
Hello Elena! Your work is really excellent and very inspiring. Especially this illustration of Sauron as high priest. Seing this it was both just how I imagined it but with an extra dimension I haven't thought of. I have a working on a theology of Sauron (as part of an attempt to develop a version of the black speech of mordor) and wonder if I could use this picture as an illustration. 
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Nassima-Amir|Professional Digital Artist
This is incredible! I just discovered your art, it's so impressive, the details and how loyal to the descriptions of Tolkien your art is ! Amazing job ! Keep it up !
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EKukanova's avatar
Thank you very much for kind feedbeck! ^____^
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noahcat's avatar
Reminds me about Morrowind and Dagoth Ur.
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Lothiril's avatar
That mask is amazing! :-O The details and the colours, I am in love. I also like how it hides most of Sauron's face so that we can't really see it - in many ways Sauron is a quite hidden figure and especially in LOTR we don't see much of him - books and movies alike. Looking at all we can read about him in The Silmarillion & co. it's interesting how he's more and more described from a more and more distant view in each following narrative. His thoughts and words become more distant as well as his shape and face, and I'm sorry for rambling but seeing the mask made me think of all of that...
Anyway, I actually just wanted to let you know that I adore this artwork a lot! :)
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dosheraque|Student Digital Artist
золото золотое, очень интересные переходы тона
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LegendariumStudio's avatar
На DA можно найти немало качественных артов, но редко когда встретишь оригинальный стиль. Это как раз тот случай. Ценность Вашей работы не в безукоризненном владении графическими приёмами (хотя это тоже важно), а в создании уникального образа посредством элементов материальной культуры. Элегантная золотая маска, передающая тщеславие и властолюбие Саурона, в то же время является символом, скрывающим его лицо (в прямом и переносном смысле). Я бы однозначно хотел увидеть её в экранизации. 
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EKukanova's avatar
Марк, спасибо большое! ^____^  Образ Саурона рождался долго, тема падения Нуменора она очень глубокая, поэтому не хотелось делать ещё одного среднестатистического относительно привлекательного злодея, а продумать образ как раз через детали. Золотые маски имели место во многих древних культурах, и символический смысл у этого предмета очень обширный, кроме самого естественного и очевидного- двуличие, желание скрыть свою истинную природу. Так что всё именно как вы говорите, это и подразумевала, рада что оценили!
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MidgarZolom|Hobbyist Photographer
I love how the metal has turned out in this piece. Really cool forms here.
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SeanWolfson|Professional Traditional Artist
pretty imaginative all over because the detailed mask and furnitures
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EKukanova's avatar
Thank you!
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Grace-Zed|Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! :heart: 
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Eveangelyne's avatar
I was looking for some Tolkien characters depictions and most I found were disappointing or childish... Until I stumbled into yours. You have a special gift for transposing in breathtaking images what Tolkien painted with words. When I look at your art, Vairë the Weaver comes to mind. Thank you so much for sharing your unique work!
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Какой же он стремный...
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