Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Tuor Coming to Vinyamar by MatejCadil Tuor Coming to Vinyamar by MatejCadil
Now Tuor came to the ruins of a lost road, and he passed amid green mounds and leaning stones, and so came as the day was waning to the old hall and its high and windy courts. No shadow of fear or evil lurked there, but an awe fell upon him, thinking of those that had dwelt there and had gone, none knew whither: the proud people, deathless but doomed, from far beyond the Sea. And he turned and looked, as often their eyes had looked, out across the glitter of the unquiet waters to the end of sight. Then he turned back again, and saw that the swans had alighted on the highest terrace, and stood before the west-door of the hall; and they beat their wings, and it seemed to him that they beckoned him to enter. Then Tuor went up the wide stairs, now half-hidden in thrift and campion, and he passed under the mighty lintel and entered the shadows of the house of Turgon; and he came at last to a high-pillared hall.
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Unfinished Tales: Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
watercolour. A3 paper.

This is another another picture made for Projekt ilustrace monthly challenge, but already last summer, not quite finished for the deadline, then left for several months and at last finished. I returned here to my favourite story from the Silmarillion which I already illustrated several years ago in a complex six-part series (see Tale of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum). I also have to mention my ten years old illustration of Vinyamar, so you can compare the depictions:
Vinyamar by MatejCadil
When I was designing the great hall, my general idea was to take inspiration from two sources: Gothic architecture (Noldorin architecture has to be at least as majestic as Gothic cathedrals) and Art Nouveau (its curvilinear designs are among the most elven-like things I have seen in this world). So what do you think about this design?:-)

----

Also, in case you haven't read it in my journal, I have recently set up an Instagram account Instagram New Icon , so you can check it out and follow. I put there a mix of older finished pictures but also various sketches and WIPs I don't have here, so you can certainly find some new things there. ;-)
Add a Comment:
 
:iconstella-moon58:
This is quite amazing. It reminds me of the world I made, called Zariotho, though I know this is not my world, but yours. The watercolor/painted style gives it a storybookesque feel to it, and the building the person's heading towards adds the feeling that this is supposed to come from a world containing magic. Some shadows are missing on the bottom, where his feet are and a few others, but that is the only complaint I have. Altogether, this is the kind of picture I would find my "Zariotho" characters in, as the world is given a nice feel for the unknown. Very well done here!
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
3 out of 3 deviants thought this was fair.

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

:iconphynex113:
Phynex113 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This drawing really caught my eye! It is a very detailed piece of art, for which you should be very proud! It gives the spectator the impression as if it were standing just at the start of that bridge looking up at that building. Quite lovely indeed! I have shifted my focus to landscapes too, that is why I actually found this drawing quite instructive and helpful. The colouring is fantastic, I specially like the green areas, which for me are a nightmare to draw. Also the sculptures are great detailed, even to be small. The only thing I would say is that you could have added more shadows and maybe not have let the sky be so homogeneous? But that is just a mere detail to do, it is not really important, I guess it depends if you like it or not that way. 
Overall, great work indeed, u really know yourself around landscapes, and I find that very admirable!! keep it up!
This comment is from :iconprojectcomment:
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the detailed comment, I am glad you like the picture. It took me quite a long time to finish and the colouring was not easy, but I am mostly glad with the result. You're right there could be more shadows (that's always difficult when I'm not painting directly from a reference) and painting sky with watercolour is always problematic for me, I should practice more with that, especially painting clouds. Anyway, thank you! :-)
Reply
:iconrearda:
Rearda Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this piece. I would love to see the original.  You have followed the text well. Your bright colours and strong images remind me of the work of Ted Nasmith. I like the way you foreshadow future events with the swans in the background.
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Ted Nasmith is indeed my favourite Tolkien illustrator.
Reply
:icondgraymanfanatic:
DGraymanFanatic Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
This is lovely. I know Tuor was free of Mogorth's curse but it seems to me, and it was even stated in Children of Hurin, that what ultimately lead him to a better fate was that he didn't shut out council from Elves or the Valar or reject their help as Turin did. 
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, that's why I like Tuor much more. He was much more humble and wise than Túrin.
Although Túrin suffered a lot of misfortune apparently thanks to the curse, his pride and rancour make him quite unlovable.
Reply
:icondgraymanfanatic:
DGraymanFanatic Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
Tuor was a way more likeable person. I think it was because he was an overcomer too. He wasn't all dark and gloomy and allowed himself to rot in his despair. And he wasn't defiant of people who were just trying to help him. People can blame the curse all they want but I think the lesson of Tolkien was ultimately how people can blame this and that for the misfortune in thier lives and then fail to prevent the misfortune that's caused by their bad decisions.

Yeah, Turin did have alot of tragedy and some of it he couldn't help. But later in his life...yeah, he's the one who chose to ignore warnings from wise people who knew what they were talking about and the consequences were very sad. He can't blame the tragedy from his decisions on morgoth.
Reply
:iconaquarellesplash:
AquarelleSplash Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful, soft and relaxing. Dreamy to the senses. You truly add depth to the imagination of Middle Earth.
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks my friend, I am glad you like it! :-)
Reply
:iconmenkhar:
Menkhar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
překrásné! Clap Love 
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky moc! :blushes:
Reply
:iconmenkhar:
Menkhar Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Bylo mi potěšením, mám moc ráda tvojí tvorbu :-) Měj se moc hezky a užij si Velikonoce :-)
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, ty taky! :-)
Reply
:iconanimale38:
Animale38 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I'm from :iconprojectcomment:

I'll do my best here. First, I'm a Tolkien fan, so, I like the subject matter of your piece. That aside, I like the rendering of you piece. You are obviously skilled with watercolor. Everything seems proportionally correct. I like the details: the statues, the birds, the foliage, the character, the windows, etc... It looks like you took your time with this piece. The colors are pleasant and work for the mood of the piece as well I think. I suppose if I had to change something, it might be the composition of the image? It seems very...centered and stagnant. I almost wonder if it would appear more dynamic if you put the building at an angle and off-center it...sort of put it in an isometric view and off to one side...a more dynamic pose? I almost wonder if the two pillars in the front are too clean as well (lacking moss and growth) like the walls and the building have on them? Just a side thought. (As opposed to perfectly centered in middle of pate and just the front view?) Maybe that's not the look you're going for though? Just my thought. In any case, pretty image. Nicely done.
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment, I am glad you like my picture.
I agree with your thoughts about the composition, no doubt if I put the building at an angle, the illustration would look more dynamic. But in this case this composition was intentional, partly as an experiment (I wanted to try this symmetrical layout and I thought it might be fitting for this scene, so that the ancient and impressive architecture is emphasised), partly just because it was for made for a monthly challenge and I knew drawing it in more complicated angle would take much more time (well, even so I didn't finish it in time=D).
Reply
:iconanimale38:
Animale38 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! I see what you're saying and that makes sense. Glad I found your piece to comment on. It's very nice. Good luck on your future works! Cheers.
Reply
:icondesenhoexperiment:
DesenhoExperiment Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hello from the :iconprojectcomment:

This is a very interesting pencil art you did here, this looks like some kind of old church that has been abandoned to it's own destiny, slowly being taken by the flora of the place, with it's golden and white colours contrasting whit the somewhat dark green of the flora, behind there are very cold looking montains, if the ideia was to make they look cold, them you suceded, while this church looking bulding is a intersting contrast with the vegetation growing just a little out of control, it would be more interesting if more of the vegetation was entering the bulding itself by it's windows, there was shards of colored glass on the flor, or some cracks on the walls, those are just some ideias and you are free to disagree with me. Good choice on the character's cape colour, the blue does contrast somewhat with the yellow and green, making what him stand out. 
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are completely right that some vegetation growing through the windows could make it more interesting, it didn't occur to me when I was painting it. Thanks a lot for your comment! :-)
Reply
:icondesenhoexperiment:
DesenhoExperiment Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome, and besides your art is great even without it.
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
Reply
:iconthejfluffy:
theJfluffy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018
This is really beautiful!
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like it! :-)
Reply
:iconcrystalmonsterbatim:
crystalmonsterBATIM Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!! awesome job!!
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :thanks:
Reply
:iconcrystalmonsterbatim:
crystalmonsterBATIM Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome!! >w<
Reply
:iconaquarellesplash:
AquarelleSplash Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful, your talent is amazing. 
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
Reply
:iconannamare:
annamare Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your design of the hall! The details on the windows are beautiful. I agree that a marriage of Gothic and Art Nouveau would produce the most elegant and graceful elven architecture! The great birds on the building - are they eagles? How suitable for a home of Turgon! The repeated bird motif with the swans and the little seagull on the statue is meaningful for Tuor who will become Lord of the House of the Wing.
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I am glad you agree with my design choices! :-)
Yes, these are eagles. I thought they would be a suitable part of the decoration, though I had a bit of a hard time drawing them to my satisfaction. It is interesting that the repeated bird motif was not consciously chosen in relation to the House of the Wing, but I just felt that the birds are appropriate for this picture. :-)
Reply
:icondeuscaritasest:
DeusCaritasEst Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Student Writer
I think it's incredible, particularly the combination of artistic styles you mention, very intriguing and unique and appropriate to the subject. :)
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am glad you think so! :-)
Reply
:icondeuscaritasest:
DeusCaritasEst Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student Writer
My pleasure! :)
Reply
:iconlivin4thelamb:
livin4thelamb Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful piece! What media did you use?
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It is mostly watercolour (with some pencils for the details)
Reply
:iconlivin4thelamb:
livin4thelamb Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How lovely!
Reply
:iconhgardnerda:
hgardnerda Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018   Artist
Beautiful 👍
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dance:
Reply
:iconsnow-monster:
Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done. The design of the great hall is quite unique.
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, I am glad you think so! :-)
Reply
:iconlizwiz33:
lizwiz33 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
Nice
Reply
:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
March 1
Image Size
377 KB
Resolution
600×874
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
1,260
Favourites
185 (who?)
Comments
41
Downloads
7
×