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October 20, 2012
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Gandalf and the Balrog

By gonzalokenny
"You shall not pass"
I wanted to share with you my vision from the Lord of the Rings!
Hope you like it!

OMG!!! I've got another DD!!!
I had no idea! I was on vacations!
Thanks to all who are responsible for this DD
(PutYourBraveFaceOn and KasumiCR)



Quería compartirles mi visión sobre este pasaje de la trilogía "El señor de los Anillos" de J.R.R. Tolkien.
Espero que les guste, saludos!

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gonzalokenny's avatar

No problem, thanks for the credit!

not-klayman's avatar
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This detailed and nicely colored drawing has, however, a conceptual flaw: Gandalf stays too close to the beginning of the Bridge. As you remember, Gandalf's tactics was to lure Balrog onto the bridge, and then break the bridge so that Balrog would fall down. If Gandalf was staying as close to the beginning as this drawing depicts, Balrog would have no space to *step* on the Bridge, and the battle would never end as it ended in the book.

P.S. By the way, the Balrog's head here closely resembles the head of Diablo in the Diablo RPGs. At least, it does for me.
leseraphin's avatar
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Here we have a classic scene from the LOFR, Gandalf holding up the Bridge of Khazad Dûm against the Balrog. The colors are perfectly chosen and it shows a perfect understanding of the mechanics of color. The technique is flawless, the anatomy is right, the perspective is good, as is the scaling of the characters. Still, the scene doesn't have the impact your talent deserves because of the angle of view chosen. I assume you wanted to show the wrath of the Balrog, so I think you should have lowered the camera close to the ground to emphazise the scene, or maybe tilted the horizon line to add some dynamic to the scene. I hope you find this critique fair and helpful.
overseer's avatar
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I am truly mesmerized by this interpretation. Due to the fast moving action sequence in the movie you never really get to see the fire demon all that well.

The details you have put into this image are astonishing and it provides an amazing depth. I also absolutely love the opposites of red and white light and how Gandalf is lit up by the glow of his staff. That really boosts the ambience.

The one thing I might have tried to make stand out more are the tails or tentacles closest to Gandalf. The form is nice and I understand the motion blur, but maybe a little more glow would add to the intensity of the fight and provide an even more present sense of danger. Maybe more detailed flames as well, a little more ferocity.

But it certainly is no necessity in this overall marvelous piece of art!

The only thing truly missing is Ian McKellen's signature on it! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)"/>
Hama-Girl's avatar
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The first thing I thought when I looked at this was WOW. In particular the smouldering heat of the Balrog- the way you've executed the sword and whip to look almost liquid, in contrast with the volcanic look of the body clouded in dust and ash, is simply superb. In my humble opinion; any artist that is able to physically convey that feeling of burning heat through an image, is a master of their art! Literally!

I love the way the cold light of Gandalf's staff gleams; and you can see where the effect of his magic stops and the power of the Balrog starts; magnificent.

The only thing I think that could be worked on would be Gandalf's cloak- some more flow of the material would have looked good around the base, the sleeves look absolutely fine as they are.

Keep up the inspirational work!
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
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Here we see Gandalf and Bolrog about to engage in a battle. Depths surround Gandalf and he is holding his staff and sword. This digital artwork really contrasts the sizes between Bolrog and Gandalf, as Gandalf stands tall against him. The colours of Bolrog are so vibrant and so is the glisten of the staff and sword against the earthy tones of the ground and stone. Bolrog looks as though he is about to strike as Gandalf prepares himself. This piece caught my attention from the bright contrast, as Bolrog rises out of a cloud of dust. The wind is blowing and an epic battle is about to ensue. The snapshot that the artist has given us is indeed spectacular. The size of Bolrog and just how HUGE he is and the colours of the fire all around him in contrast with the small gleam of Gandalf's staff are magnificent. I just cannot say how much the colours are wonderful and the attention paid to details is amazing as well. I think personally that this is a great interpretation of this scene and is executed in a professional and stunning manner.
relic222's avatar
Amazing critique my friend, I will go on and say that I look up to you, some day I wish to become just as precise as you are, that is some spectacular description, I love how you perfectly pin-pointed the thing that (in most cases) caughs the eyes.
FetusFiesta's avatar
That's very kind of you! I'm sure you could at least spell the characters name's right though, hehe. Just remember that practice makes perfect :) it's nice to see someone else who likes to critique work since a lot of people don't offer constructive criticism... though I didn't really criticise much in this one! I couldn't see any flaws *_*
relic222's avatar
Ahaha indeed but that's such a minor flaw, and of course, as you said there seem to be no flaws, t'was a perfect analysis for me, really liked it.
Also what I've noticed is that some people take constructive criticism as a provocation, such a shame through.
FetusFiesta's avatar
Aww thank you! I'm glad ^^ Have you done any critiques yet?
Yeah, it is a shame that people do not take constructive criticism well. I mean, it is understandable when it is something on a subject that they are very very sensitive too and if they're not asking for criticism, that's one thing. But when they ask for critique and you give it to them and they get angry, it's a shame.
relic222's avatar
No I haven't yet, I have been throwing some friendly tips here and there, I don't feel confident enough for now, I'll practice a bit more and then I'll try.
FetusFiesta's avatar
I'm sure you'll do fine! I'd like to see them when you do them. ^^ You'll be fine :)
sangreconleche's avatar
Real nice, but dude, it's "Balrog". Not Bolrog :B
FetusFiesta's avatar
Hahaha sorry. Wish I could edit critiques. How embarrassing . im so bad with spelling
I love this. Good vs. Evil angelic spirits, Maier. Gandalf showed he was badass
gonzalokenny's avatar

Thank you! I really appreciate it

PurpleButterDirt00's avatar
Wow  this is the best drawing I've ever saw before
Muhrkward's avatar
This is awesome. The light on Gandalfs staff blinds me and the red and yellow of the balrog let me feel its heat.

Sadly I found it via facebook at…
Since it doesn't have your signature I suppose it's an illigeal offer, just for your interest.
gonzalokenny's avatar
Yes, I know about those thieves.... They are still stealing my art.
VeritablyV's avatar
It feels as if I am inside this furnace of fury! The hot, dry air singes my lungs... The crackling, roaring sounds of fire fill my ears... Black acrid smoke stings my eyes... But, this glowing Balrog of Morgoth SHALL NOT PASS!!!
VValar's avatar
Mind blown. This Balrog looks even more scary than the one in the film. Absolutely amazing!
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