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Aldamir of Gondor by MatejCadil Aldamir of Gondor by MatejCadil
Aldamir – Neldë Yunquea Aran Ondonóreo (Aldamir – the Twenty-third King of Gondor)
Aldamir was the younger son of king Eldacar of Gondor but followed him as King due to the death of his brother Ornendil at the hands of Castamir the Usurper during the Kin-strife. Although Castamir later paid with his life for the killing of Ornendil, the sons of the Usurper successfully escaped and established an independent and hostile lordship in Umbar.
During Aldamir's rule, kings of Harad, who had been vassals and allies of Gondor since the time of king Hyarmendacil I, made league with Umbar ande rebelled against Gondor. King Aldamir fell in battle against them.
Aldamir's son Vinyarion succeeded him and won vengeance for his father with a great victory in Harad, after which he assumed the name of Hyarmendacil II.
pen and coloured pencils, A3 paper. 2017.

Aldamir is shown here as a warrior in armour, because he had to fight a lot in the wars against Harad and he himself fell in a battle. The name Aldamir can be interpreted as "tree-jewel", so in this portrait I chose to symbolically depict him as standing in front of the White Tree of Gondor. I have to say, the tree was very difficult to draw, partly because I hadn't completely made up my mind how it should look, partly because it is just very difficult to draw something like  this with coloured pencils I was using. What do you think about it? I would love to try painting the tree itself sometime, though I don't know whether I'll dare. ;-)
The border decoration again has a similar outline and general style as with Valacar and Eldacar (and unlike Castamir), but there are fewer "Northern" elements, as Aldamir was not as intimately connected to the Northmen as his predecessors. The ornaments are partly inspired by his name, showing stylized tree-leaves and floral ornaments. I realized it might look almost elvish, which is just a coincidence and doesn't have any special reason. The colours of the border mirror the colours of the portrait, with mostly warm green and blue and white, with some black and brown for more contrast.

I hope you like it! :-)

Previous king: Eldacar of Gondor by MatejCadil 
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Rearda Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! I love the composition, the framing, the way you have used your materials to create a light-filled image that looks like stained glass.  The two things I noticed that I'd change (if it were me), is that his knee pads look a bit uncomfortable, and the reflection of the tree is narrower than the tree itself (it's usually the other way round, if there's a difference caused by water disturbance). 
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment and constructive criticism! :-)
You are probably right about the knee pads, I am no expert in old armour and just tried to use various references to draw it, so it is no wonder I did not get everything right. As for the reflection, very good observation, I didn't occur to me, but it should really be wider.
silenceofthedeep Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
I really love all of these. Have you thought about tackling the kings of Arnor once you finish with the kings of Gondor?
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :-)
I can't say I haven't thought about it, it has even been suggested to me several times (including the Stewards of Gondor, Chieftains of the Dúnedain etc.). But given that it has been eight years since I started with these, I am not sure I can make it in a lifetime... =D
SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Takovouhle vitráž kdyby sme měli v katedrále... :)
Krása veliká! Mimojiné se mi líbí Aldamirův výraz. Taky skvělá zbroj plná detailů a v neposlední řadě zpodobnění stromu a jeho blízkého okolí. Už jen když by se vyňal strom, jezírko kolem a kousek trávníku, je to jak obraz ze sna. 
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, díky. S Aldamirem jsem nakonec opravdu spokojený, jak vyšel.
A ten Bílý strom by mě lákalo zkusit si nakreslit samotný, i když je to dost těžká výzva, vystihnout svou nejasnou představu, zvolit správnou míru bělosti mezi zářivým Telperionem a obyčejným stromem. Ale jsem rád, že jsem si to tady trochu zkusil. :-)
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am immensely grateful for your comment! :aww:

You expressed well what I wanted to convey in the style of decoration: Continuity with the Rómendacil-Valacar-Eldacar dynasty, while also turning away from the northern style and back to something more traditional and conservative. Even the elvish feel (while it was not intentional by me) might fit into this, appealing to the high, originally half-elven lineage of the royal house.

I have to say, Aldamir was at first quite difficult for me to draw, perhaps because not as much is known about him personally as about his predecessors, so I didn't have as clear idea how his portrait should look like as, say, Eldacar or Castamir. But in the end I was quite pleasantly surprised how this turned out and he is one of my personal favourites (if not the favourite) too. So far. :-)

As for the progress when comparing the kings throughout the ages, it can conveniently be explained by the change of taste in Gondorian culture -from symbolic and fixed depictions to more realism, but let's admit it: It has been eight years since I started, so it is no surprise that my style and skills (luckily) developed a bit. =D I don't know when I'll submit more, though. I do have Hyarmendacil II in the proces, but busy months await me, so we'll see...
Toraach Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
I hope that the gondorian art won't return to symbolic roots, because it would be boring :)

I hope also that we won't wait three years for next kings.

I like how you draw a cloack for this king. It is purely a decorative clothing here, and it loos very good, and gives him a smug look, court ladies loved him, and he loved them, to annoying of his queen :P 

There is an interesting thing with cloacks in fantasy. Fantasy from some reasons love them, especially for their looks, and mysterious associations when hoods on. Even in the Lord of the Rings, Aragorn sat in the Prancing Pony, with his hood on, despite being indoors of course. Hoods were mostly for protection against elements, not for looking cool, and especially for various rangers/outdoorman/soldiers/assasing it wasn't practical to wear them on all the time, because they constricted the field of view and they needed it wide, even on the sides. Also it wasn't practical to wear cloacks during combat, because they were heavy, could be grabed by an enemy or just constricted movements, and be tangled by vegetation. So Example a cloack of Eldacar on his portrait, is despite being a long one, also just a decorative element, despite looking more practical than Aldamir's. 

There is an interesting thing. In Polish there is no seperate words for cloacks and coats. Both are called Płaszcz. Which is nearly identical with Czech word Plášť. Sometimes is the word Peleryna used for some decorative kinds of cloacks, or capes. But it is more for stuff like capes/cloack used by superheroes like Batman, or by vampires in 19th century settlings, like Dracula, or to evening wear called the opera cloack, and such. Just clothes with mostly decorative not practical usage. With the words for clothes is a funny thing, how they don't well match in various languages. The english word coat, means an outerwear with sleaves, but nothing in definition about its lenghts. So there is the peacoat which is short, and the trenchcoat and the chesterfield coat which are long. In Polish Płaszcz is a long thing, so the peacoat called Bosmanka is corectly clasificed as Kurtka (which mean the jacket), but people often called it Płaszcz, because it's wooly and more elegant than a typical Kurtka, being more elegant and traditional is a feature of Płaszcz in Polish (with a notable exception "płaszcz przeciwdeszczowy", that's a rubber or plastic antirain cloack :) ) . Also we have two words Kurtka for outerwears, which aren't coats (like M65 field jacket, parka, leather jacket, etc), and Marynarka for jackets like from suits. When in English both are just Jackets :) Even more confunding, in English sometimes is something like the Sport Coat, which is like a jacket from the suit but less formal. Just crazy! 
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I wanted there to be a little bit of change in the clothing, so I chose this shorter, more decorative cloak for Aldamir.

Very interesting thoughts about the various words in different languages. If I compare it to Czech, we do have separate words roughly corresponding to Cloak and Coat: Plášť and Kabát, respectively, both having a bit of a traditional and elegant connotation. Płaszcz przeciwdeszczowy is Plášťenka in Czech. And we also have two words Bunda (=Kurtka) and Sako (=Marynarka). It is interesting that these words are completely different in our languages, but it seems they have quite similar meaning. Also it is funny that Google Translator is unable to understand the difference between these terms when translating Czech<->Polish (apparently it is translating through English). :-)
Menkhar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
skvělé! Clap 
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Děkuju! :bow:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
Thanks to your intricate technique, skillful depictions, and thoughtful character design and setting, that sad little story in the back of a book became orders of magnitude more vivid.
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I enjoyed portraying these kings because more is known about them than about the early kings of Gondor, while they are still hidden in the Appendices, quite obscure for most people and rarely (if ever) illustrated, so I am glad that I can bring their story more to life by my art. :-)
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