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Silmarillion Celegorm Huan

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Published: December 12, 2017
© 2017 - 2019 MathiaArkoniel

Illustration of Celegorm and Huan, from the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.

I just started working on this piece, when an Anon on Tumblr, asked if I could do a tutorial on how I create my ‘crispy’ illustrations. So, I’ve decided to record the process, and create a timelapse video of it, that hopefully will give some insight into the process behind these paintings.

I have also created a more detailed step by step tutorial here, listing the brushes I use, the options selected, etc.:…

If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. :)
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RubelleRisingStudent General Artist
Please do an update on the background tutorial!!!
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your interest. :D I am not sure what exactly you would like, a proper tutorial written down, step by step, or a video of how I paint the background? If it's a video, then I already have one showing how I paint the backgrounds from scratch, but for another painting, not this one.
This video shows the basic painting of the environment: (watch it until 2:04 only).
This video shows how I finalize the background, including using textures to add more realism and life to it:

Hope this helps. :)
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RubelleRisingStudent General Artist
Thank you so much for kindly sharing your knowledge and process! :love:
I will watch these videos carefully!
The background in this picture is truly amazing, and I wondered for days how you made it. 
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I love this picture! The time before all befalls him.
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I am glad to hear you like this picture. :D
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Annathelle26Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So haughty! This is perfection :heart:
GreenSprite's avatar
What a crazy amount of work goes into these <3 You're very good.
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It would be great to see an aminated film adaptation of Silmarilion made in such a style as yours :D
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ElissaKarminakriaHobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful and thank you very very much for sharing your method! :D 
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Ai, this is gorgeous! I absolutely adore Huan's face. And dang that Celegorm is sexy! ;P 

Great work, this is beautiful :heart:
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i never get tired of your wonderful artwork!i'm always looking forward to your next project with anticipation +fav 
katnor's avatar
Lovely rendition of Celegorm! He looks very much like I picture him, beautiful, arrogant and very conscious of his beauty. Huan looks a little long-suffering... :)
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WyzzelHobbyist General Artist
Thank you soooo much for all the work and this tutorials! Your the best!!! Tight Hug 

I try to understand everything with my bad English, what you do with all the masks and how you manage this shadow layer ... it looks very difficult for me, because I have no idea what I can do with PS or how. But as soon as I can find time, I will test it!
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pain-artHobbyist Digital Artist
brilliant work!!, your coloring is always ethereal ! :love:
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MellarilHobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. Love your style and the crisp, clean lines in the background. Celegorm looks so mean and sexy.
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Flood-landHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, so lovely :D You can really feel the atmosphere with this one
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