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Thorin Oakenshield

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An other challenging drawing, the third with characters of Middle-earth as subject. I guess now I will take a holiday from Tolkien and Jackson and I will devote myself to other subject.

Thorin, with Gandalf, is undoubtedly the most charismatic carachter of The Hobbit. This drawing is dedicated to the famous dwarf and to the actor who managed the great dignity, the infinite courage and generosity. The reference images are different, but I hope you like the resault

Pencils on watercolor paper Arches
108 working hours
Started 18/01/2013
Finished 02/03/2013

Other 'tolkien's drawings'
Image size
3366x2218px 3.82 MB
Canon EOS 1000D
Shutter Speed
1/49 second
Focal Length
48 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 2, 2013, 2:34:13 PM
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This piece was intended as an homage to the character Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit, and the references create exactly that. To me, the different references each explain a different part of this character and his role in the story. The central image presents him as a warrior, clad in chain-mail and (judging by his eyes) set for battle. The piece on the right shows him as a member of the fellowship, protecting the Ring. The portrait on the left, however, shows are gentler and calmer image of the warrior. Between the three references, the character is comprehensively portrayed and described.


Once again the artist has produced a masterpiece. The hair and furs in the two portraits are executed to the utmost detail, and each of the 15 forms on the right are outlined properly. Additionally, the references are blended together well. My one critique on technique is that the piece seems off-balance to me. Putting the full-head portrait on the left, while blending nicely into the mountainside of the right image, throws the weight of the piece heavily to the top-left corner. I can't think of a way that it could be placed in the center and work with the other two references, but this would be an improvement if it could be done.


This piece is a beautiful rendition of the character from The Hobbit. The three images together paint a varied and interesting portrait of Thorin. I look forward to seeing the next work from Franco Clun.
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Your critique is quite valid, but Thorin Oakenshield had absolutely nothing to do with the Fellowship or the Ring. */nerd
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LmomjianHobbyist Traditional Artist
ah sorry :-p thanks for pointing it out. only read half of the first book lol
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Non posso che restare a bocca aperta.
Quando ho visto questo tuo lavoro ho seriamente pensato fosse una foto scannerizzata.
Data la mia scarsa capacità con il disegno, probabilmente l'impatto è ancora maggiore.
Io amo seriamente questo lavoro.
Sei riuscito a cogliere in pieno lo sguardo di Thorin, il suo orgoglio, il suo cipiglio severo ma al contempo gentile. Ogni cosa è studiata con minuzia, mi piace in particolarmente vedere la compagnia avviarsi, che si gira a guardarci come a renderci partecipe di quanto sta avvenendo, come se noi fossimo in viaggio con loro. Il bianco e nero poi da una sensazione quasi ultraterrena, fantastica, il cui lo spirito e il mondo di Tolkien prende vita.
Da fan, posso solo complimentarmi per questo spettacolo visivo.
Da artista (anche se non mi reputo tale) l'uso del chiaro/scuro mi affascina tantissimo, e quella luna lì, che si erge e illumina i nostri protagonisti, è un tocco di classe.
Bravo, bravissimo! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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Comme à vôtre habitude, vous avez atteint des sommets.
L'ambiance générale est réussis, on se croirait bien en Terre du Milieu au clair de lune.
Le relief des cheveux sur le grand portrait est très bien, les poils de barbe sont super (merci l'indentation).
Les deux portraits sont tellement proche de l'originale que l'ont dirait un imprimé de la photo.
Le pommeau de l'épée parait réel, la matière (acier) est très bien faite.
Je n'ai pas de critique négative, j'ai trouvé en vous mon maître.

Félicitation mon cher, j'ai envie de partir avec Thorin & Cie grâce à vous et vôtre talent, merci !
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I don't usually do critiques, but I found myself in awe of this piece. Originally I expected this to be digital when I saw the thumbnail, but I was most pleased to find that I was not correct.
Your vision of putting these 3 scenes together is unique, and your attention to details and proportions is most exquisite! This is absolutely beautiful and your focus to detail on everything rather than the subject is well executed. The metal of Thorin's armor I think is my favorite part.
Technique was in everything I felt, from the mist in the background to the fur of Thorin's coat. Your vision is obvious and I only dream of making something like this. So that ought to explain impact as well.
Still in awe of it being in traditional.
Thank you so much for posting this!
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This piece is absolutely stunning. I can't imagine the amount of time and effort it must have taken to complete this.
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Harmony1965Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning! :)
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This is absolutely fantastic work! I love it so much.
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Of all the characters in Tolkien's stories, Thorin  Oakenshield is my favorite character and when I read the books back in the 1970s I was devastated when his character died. 

I have not seen the 3rd movie of The Hobbit series yet.  I am going to have to watch it one of these days.  As someone who does not draw, it seems miraculous that a person can take a pencil and paper and create a likeness of another living being.  I don't see how that is possible.  It seems like magic to me. 

Your work is wonderful, I love it!
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Charlene-ArtHobbyist General Artist
Fantastic detail!
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francoclunHobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks, a nice compliment :D

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Charlene-ArtHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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wow! impressive ^^
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francoclunHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, it is most appreciated. :D
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563blackghostHobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool ^^ I just absolutely love this drawing xD
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C'est juste magnifique, Bravo!
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francoclunHobbyist Traditional Artist

I'm really glad, thanks! :D

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dvitolaProfessional Digital Artist
Truly amazing work.
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francoclunHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :D
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XandImus General Artist
long hal the fallen honorable king!
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francoclunHobbyist Traditional Artist
eh, eh. Thank you very much :D
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