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At the Gates of Minas Tirith

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"Now the Captains of the West led their host towards the City, and folk saw them advance in line upon line, flashing and glinting in the sunrise and rippling like silver. And so they came before the Gateway and halted a furlong from the walls. As yet no gates had been set up again, but a barrier was laid across the entrance to the City, and there stood men at arms in silver and black with long swords drawn. Before the barrier stood Faramir the Steward, and Húrin Warden of the Keys, and other captains of Gondor, and the Lady Éowyn of Rohan with Elfhelm the Marshal and many knights of the Mark; and upon either side of the Gate was a great press of fair people in raiment of many colours and garlands of flowers."
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Book VI, Chapter 5, The Steward and the King

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I drew this picture originally for a 2011 callendar that I made together with my sister :iconmechor: as a Christmas present for our granparents. This was the picture for April.

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This piece is also for sale on my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/listing/81353273/…

If you like my Tolkien-related art, look at my related journal or gallery folder.
But you can find even more of my pictures on my website Angrenost.cz. It's in Czech, but you can still look over the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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peetProfessional Traditional Artist
Our Húrin looks remarkably similar, right down to the receding hair line! :dance:

Hurin of the Keys by peet
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, that's interesting! :-)
He is not drawn in much detail in my picture (although this was in fact one of my first pictures where I drew any characters with such amount of detail=D), but I have always imagined him as a noble and venerable middle-aged, dark-haired (a little greying) bearded man, so your portrait really fits well with it! :-)
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peetProfessional Traditional Artist
I agree with your depiction and ideas, which I think is borne out in my own portrayal. It's amazing how barely any physical descriptions can elicit that in different artists! 
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod:
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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CatiminyHobbyist
So many details, this is amazing. How long did it take you ?
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
It's difficult to say, many hours :painter: :coffeecup: :sleepy:, but I didn't measure it... :-)
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CatiminyHobbyist
I see, still it is a really great job.
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ActsofArtHobbyist General Artist
wow!
your architecture is amazing!
your characters are good too although somewhat stunted looking.
overall, beautifully done
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :-)
Arachus's avatar
Beautiful. You did an amazing job with the detail in this picture. It makes me feel as if I'm really there.
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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HaydaadHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful drawing. I love the details and color. Excellent job! Thanks for sharing.
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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NvaderGrimHobbyist Artist
Does this remind anyone else of the wizard of oz? No one? just me? OK.
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This is amazing ! So much detail !
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blushes:
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ivoignobHobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! I want to be honest, not rude. I like the architecture very much but not so much the charachters. But you have potential and I think your character drawings will improve!
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
That's all right, I appreciate such feedback! :thanks:
I'm aware that characters are my weaker spot, but I try to practice (what else can I do with it =D ). I don't think the outcome here is especially good either.
Also in this case it was quite difficult to draw those people in quite a small scale (so they would fit in the scene). If I drew it on a larger sheet of paper, maybe I could also draw the characters more carefully and in detail.
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ivoignobHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my feedback! All in all I like you Tolkien art very much! Keep up the good work. You are creative, that's a good thing. I for example sit around for years until I move on to my next drawing. Thats not so good :)
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