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The Necromancer
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Published: February 18, 2018
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Do you know this feeling? You have an idea and want to realize that as soon as you can. This is one of these works.
Actually, I combined three ideas I had in the painting: A creature/strange figure, a nightmare and a guy with lots of ghosts were these from the beginning. The ghosts became flames/tentacles, 'cause they looked kinda cute with there small eyes. The tentacles were also inspired by Kvelertak's song (the video is just awesome!) 'Svartmesse':… . The theme 'nightmare' was represented with some skulls. For these I used a 3D app, to find the angles I want. The eye on the head was a bit an allusion to Sauron.
I used ink pens and ink.
Image size
1980x3154px 1.3 MB
Canon EOS 600D
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
41 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 18, 2018, 4:28:05 PM
Adobe Lightroom CC 1.1 (Windows)
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willisrharrower's avatar
willisrharrower Traditional Artist
Wow killer work, those tentacle flames are awesome and the silhouette of this piece alone would be badass, let alone all those gorgeous details you've packed in there!
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Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun working on it, ink has always something satisfying for me. :D
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willisrharrower Traditional Artist
I can tell you are very at home within it your lines are so relaxed and confident!
DavidStaege's avatar
Guter Bildaufbau. Ein echter Blickfang.
Hattest du also ein 3D-Modell für die Schädel?
FrerinHagsolb's avatar
Vielen lieben Dank! Ja, ich habe allerdings eine App und keinen echten Schädel verwendet, mit welcher ich den Schädel drehen konnte wie ich wollte. Das war recht hilfreich.
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ScharleHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow der Gesichtsausdruck ist ja klasse. Hast du gut hinbekommen. Man fragt sich wie er in so eine brenzlige Situation kommen konnte! 
FrerinHagsolb's avatar
Vielen lieben Dank! Ich glaube, er ist sich selbst nicht ganz sicher, wie es dazu kam....:D
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candemarzatHobbyist Digital Artist
truly incredible...
I'm getting the impression that this could be part of a very sinister children's tale, sort of in the vein of the original grimm tales (but with a lotr inspired twist ;)). The composition is what catched my eye immediatly, with the symmetrical aspect and the high complexity of the different characters and details. Even the skulls made me stop for a second to admire them, this is one of my favorite works I've seen from you so far!

and just because I love bothering ppl, have you ever though of doing some short stories in comic form? like a page or two, maybe you actually draw comics and I'm just rambling but your style would make for such a unique story, it would be so exciting to see!
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Whoa, many thanks for your kind words! :tighthug: I'm also really proud of this one, because it was such an idea I felt to realize as soon as I could, and while drawing everything seemed to get to the right place for me. XD

I have to say that I would love to create a comic in this style -AAAaaah, I'd just love to be a graphic novel/comic artist later. I have so many stories and so many styles I would love to try.
But at the moment time for that is absolutely missing. Tantrum 
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lydia-sanHobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this is amazinnnggg!!
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lydia-sanHobbyist Digital Artist
Welcommee bunny emoji (happy! wave) 
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MetalAmethystHobbyist Traditional Artist
I never thought you could make The Lord of the Rings terrifying, but somehow you've accomplished it. I haven't read the books so my knowledge might be a bit off. I assume the figures in the drawing are the Necromancer and Sauron, before he turned evil. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

This is very impressive work here; the strokes, the designs. All of it really blends together to create a very chilling scene. The use of ink certainly matches the tone. The skulls are also creepily drawn. The best part of all is the shadows; the way they wrap around the man's legs, how they weave. It reminds me of how they drew the shadows for Hades in Disney's Hercules.
The orb with skull is a really nice touch, especially with the unnatural hands hovering over it.

My only issue is the Necromancer's face. It's still creepy, but it feels as though it could be even creepier. Perhaps the face could use a little more detail, maybe make it a little less oval. His vacant expression is good, though.

Flaw aside, this piece is a lovely, nightmarish creation; in the best ways possible. I suggest practicing more on the inking as well the sketch work.
Overall, fantastic work.
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Oh, it's too complex telling Sauron's whole story here...he turned evil very early but never was a 'necromancer' in this context. Why I brought his symbol in/alluded to him was because of the powerful rings he created for the free folks, especially the 9 men. As you might know, he still got power over them after they were actually already dead, as Nazgûls/Ringwraiths...I hope it makes sense to you! :D

Thank you very much for your extensive comment, I really appreciate it! And thanks for pointing at his face, although I wanted it mask-like/dead itself, I agree it could be creepier (maybe also by deforming it more?)!
Have a nice day!
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BlueMoonroseDragonStudent General Artist
This is so creepy but it's really pretty, I love it:love:
It's so cretty(see what I did there:D )
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Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :la:
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BlueMoonroseDragonStudent General Artist
No prob doll it's really Cool:D
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Angel47093Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, I do know the feeling. That happens to me a lot. Nod

Interesting necromancer. :) (Smile)
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Good to know! ^^ And thanks kindly!
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This is very well made!
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MikathegoldStudent General Artist
I love the symmetry here. It's very elegant.
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refelction's and dejavú's
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