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Greenwood the Great

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Greenwood the Great (or Eryn Galen) was a large forest in Rhovanion, later known as Mirkwood throughout most of the Third Age. It may have once formed part of the vast primeval woodland which covered most of Middle-earth during the Years of the Trees. The Eldar passed through the area on their journey to Valinor and it was first populated at this time by the Nandor, unwilling to cross the Misty Mountains. They multiplied and were joined by wandering Avari, becoming known as Silvan or Wood-elves (they were later ruled by Sindar lords Oropher and then his son Thranduil). Early in Greenwood's history, the Old Forest Road was constructed by the Longbeard Dwarves to carry traffic between their territory in the Misty Mountains to Erebor, and the Iron Hills. Later, in the First Age, Men also came from the east and settled in the forest itself and in the surrounding lands, becoming known as Woodmen. They were likely responsible for some retreat of the forest's borders (Though it still remained vast).
Around the turn of the first millennium of the Third Age Sauron, under the guise of the 'Necromancer', returned to Middle-earth and built a fortress on the hill of Amon Lanc in southern Greenwood. The hill and the fortress together become known as Dol Guldur, the "Hill of Sorcery". Sauron's arrival caused a darkening of Greenwood, and at this point it became known as Mirkwood. Giant spiders, as well as bats and orcs in Dol Guldur's service occupied the forest and it became thicker, darker and covered in cobwebs.
It was not until the end of the Third Age and the defeat of Sauron, that the forest was purged of the darkness and renamed Wood of Greenleaves.

oil pastel, A2 paper. 2017.

Made for February 2017 'Green' monthly theme on Projekt ilustrace. I  haven't drawn any bigger piece in oil pastels for quite some time and I got a new set of Van Gogh pastels for Christmas, so to try them out, I wanted to make some large and richly coloured picture. With oil pastels, I really love drawing trees, bushes and landscapes in general. It is quite enjoyable, but this turned out to be more difficult than expected (drawing trees from below is always more difficult, as there has to be the illusion of light shining through the leaves) and I'm not completely satisfied with the trees, but I think it's good for now. :-) I also tried a new technique (inspired by Ffey 's oil pastel landscapes), scratching in the layers of oil pastel (it is especially effective for the grass). Anyway, I hope you like it! :-)
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:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

I really admire the serene atmosphere and attention to detail infused on every leaf, blade of glass and fold of bark on each of the trees. They way the shadows of the forest stretch on beyond line of visibility is also believable. It has a nice painterly quality to it while still imitating real life to a pleasing degree. The tall, flowing shapes of the trees are reminiscent to Tolkien's. In its final form, I would say the canopy of leaves is where the brushstrokes feel a little more obvious, while everything on the ground flaw and on the bark of the trees conveys a wistful fairy tale charm. You captured that sense of wildness and lack o corruption that Greenwood would have shown before Sauron's presence crept in. Overall, this is a very good painting, with excellent attention to detail and keeping in tone with J.R.R. Tolkien's illustration style
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Thank you for your critique. :-)
I'm not quite satisfied with the upper part of the picture, as the canopy of leaves is quite difficult to capture, but I really enjoyed painting the lower part with all the details.
I took inspiration from Tolkien's own illustrations and although oil pastel is quite a different technique, I wanted to keep it close to his style.
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lovely, so many details
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Thanks! :-)
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cool work. i like the details 
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Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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sakura-forestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
noleme's avatar
Lovely! Almost didn't notice the Elf patrol. 8o
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:-)
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I like the details and the lot of differend green colours in this picture. :)
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love using green and painting trees and grass and natural scenery and here I certainly enjoyed playing with the colours. :-)
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SarkaSkorpikovaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Tohoto obrazu se nemůžu vynadívat! To jezero, ty stromy. Je to zvláštní- takový nějaký les jsem vždycky měla v hlavě, jen jevím, jeslti jsem si ho přiřazovala k nějakému konkrétnímu středozemskému. :) Hrozně se mi líbí, jak se to všechno hýbe a vlní a jakou to má hloubku! :clap: Jo a veliké plus za všechny ty houby!
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Díky, jsem rád že se ti to líbí. To je zajímavé, taky jsem měl už dlouho chuť takový nějaký hodně bohatě zelený (pra)les si nakreslit a využít zase olejové pastely, téma "zelená" mi k tomu přišlo vhod a docela rychle jsem se rozhodl pro Velký zelený hvozd. Ale s konkrétním rozvržením obrázku jsem měl trochu problém, pořád jsem se nemohl rozhodnout, jak přesně to pojmout, a nemohl jsem najít skoro žádné fotky pro inspiraci a jako předlohu, se kterými bych byl spokojený, takže jsem to nakonec kreslil skoro výhradně podle fantazie a bez úplně jasného plánu. Na těch stromech je asi poznat, že by jim lepší předloha nezaškodila, ale jinak mě to samotného celkem příjemně překvapilo. :-) Jo jo, houby, s nima jsem na vás myslel. =D
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To jezírko je nádherné! Taková bažinka uprostřed lesa... trošku mi to připomíná Rýchorský prales. 
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Jojo, chtěl jsem, aby to vypadalo opravdu divoce a "pralesovitě". :-)
Rýchorský prales mám moc rád (i když při kreslení mě teda jako přímá inspirace vůbec nenapadl).
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I see an elven ranger who is watching the pond :) 

I have an idea for fanfiction. That Thranduil, Elros, Elladan and some other elves including eternally preatty girls live in Puszcza Białowieska in Poland as the last bit of the Greenwood the Great :P And they don't do much, except stealing vodka and food from men, and have crazy "adventures" like trying to electrification of their halls, of course by, damm English lacks proper words for stealing energy and many other ordinary things! But one day they learn that someone in far far away America made a movie "Lord of the Rings" where are characters called Legolas, Elrond, Galadriel. And they are angry, very angry! 
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Haha, that sounds interesting! =D
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How is "załatwić" in Czech? 
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I have to admit I didn't know this word. Based on slovnik.cz, it can be translated as dělat, dohodnout, dojednat, dokončit, expedovat, odbavit, odbavovat, odeslat, odpravit, poslat, spořádat, vypravit, vyřídit
So apparently it depends on context. :-)
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I'm sure that in Chech are similar words, which have similar context, because in communist period people faced similar difficulties with living here and there. Załatwić in Polish means "get something done", "obtaing something", but context is that it isn't in a normal way, but through conections, something like that. Example in the communist period some one was constructing a house, and he had a work on a state construction company so he "załatwił" illegal using of construction equipment from his company and some construction matterials for his own house. But also załatwić has diffrent meanings like just to solve some problems etc. 

Or other example. "Załatwić robotę". Someone has a cousin who is a mayor of a town or city, so he uses this contection to "załatwić" a job for his son in one of institution which are under township control. 
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Oh yes, I know what you mean. :-) I think it could be translated "sehnat", "opatřit" (these are more ordinary words) or maybe best is "schrastit", which is a colloquial word with a similar connotation, as obtaining something that is normally difficult to get, especially in some crafty way, through connections etc. Or in the second example, when someone gets something like job or for his friends or family, it can be "dohodit".
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A truly vivid and effective capture, in nearly his style, of what Tolkien wanted us to see.  Very lovely detail and color, wonderful agglomeration of elements.  It's very good indeed.
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Thank you! I even used Tolkien's own illustration of Mirkwood as an initial inspiration. :-)
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