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The Black Captain by MeliHitchcock The Black Captain by MeliHitchcock
"In rode the Lord of the Nazgul. A great black shape against the fires beyond he loomed up, grown to a vast menace of despair. In rode the Lord of the Nazgul, under the archway that no enemy ever yet had passed, and all fled before his face.

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The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly crown; and yet upon no head visible was it set. The red fires shone between it and the mantled shoulders vast and dark. From a mouth unseen there came a deadly laughter.

"Old fool!" he said. "Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!" And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade."


(Just trying to get over my creative slump. It's been sitting in my sketchbook until this morning when my muse finally brought out the can of whoop-ass and clobbered me with it. This isn't as detailed as some work I've done, but meh... whatever it takes to get me back on the drawing track.)

As always The Witchking isn't mine. He belongs to J.R.R. Tolkien. I just abuse the characters every so often. :p

EDIT

Went back and fixed some things I and other people thought were screwy. I think his hand looks much better now. Plus I added some more highlights around they Witchy boy's hand, neck, and various other places for more emphisis on the figure. Thanks everyone for the crits on making this better! :D
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:iconrofl2014:
rofl2014 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Amazing!!!!!! I love it!! Incredible and unique work!!
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PhantomReaver Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Amazing! I love the shadows and perspective. You've done an awesome shot of a scene from the book that the movies just couldn't get right. I was pretty disappointed that this scene was made pretty brief and pointless in the Peter Jackson version of the film. Though it was at least included in the animated version by Rankin Bass. Though not nearly this good.
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Monster4ever Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
looks líke headless horse´man in word of warcraft :D
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I bet that's where Tolken base the Ringwriath from the Headless Horseman.
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whiteraven06 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
your works about tokiens books are great, please do more
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lukaxp Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Tolkien could not done it better,PICTURE IS GREATH!
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am a fan of the Witch-King as well...
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JimTalon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
i love this old one, compared to the new style from the movies
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I thought his helm was a little funky. It reminded me of a crown of thorns for some bizarre reason. :o
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:iconaranov:
Aranov Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is absolutely gorgeous. ...and scary. Yay fire and evil horses of doom!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lol Can't be the witchking if he isn't scary. ;)
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:iconaranov:
Aranov Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good point. ;) Anyway, it's an amazing portrait of one scary character.
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Kisham Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
FINALLY... the Witch King as Tolkien describe it, not that helmeted nazgül of the movie...
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CapitanCatalufo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
Great worck, when i saw the 3th Movie i was thinkingthats just a guy with black sheetsober all over him, he was relly scary in the boock.
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Lotus-su Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
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FacelessMaster3003 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007   Writer
exceptional drawing:) *adds to favs*
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Wonderful depiction.. very dramatic pose, contrast, colours.. the whole composition! Perfect!
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I've been meaning to draw this scene for the longest time but have never managed to get to it.. it's one of my all-time favourite scenes! (I still can't believe how Jackson could ruin the breaking of the gates, the confrontation of the Witch-king and Galdalf as well as his death scene in his movie! :disbelief: )

You've definitely done justice to the book! A :+fav: for sure!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
(I still can't believe how Jackson could ruin the breaking of the gates, the confrontation of the Witch-king and Galdalf as well as his death scene in his movie! :disbelief: )

Tell me about it. :hmm: That was one thing I really wish he would have stuck to in the book because the tension at that moment was intense! Nothing like the casual fly by in the movie and I still believe the Witch King could have dispatched Gandalf fairly easily then. I was just as let down by the WK death scene too... but then... most scenes that the villains had a part in I thought didn't do any of them justice. Saruman for the most part was good, though, again, his death sucked. And The Mouth of Sauron... oh god, don't get me even going on that guy...
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
Yeah.. it's perhaps the most dramatic image I have from the book (it's right there in top-3 with the confrontations of Éowyn vs. Witch-king and Gandalf vs. the Balrog, anyway.. ). The whole drama is precisely in that tension, the build-up.. not the impending fight itself. Grond and the breaking of the gates were fantastic in the movie right up to the point when the gates flew open. The trolls charging in was such a *huge* anti-climax that I literally groaned aloud in disappointment in the theatre when I first saw it..

I keep imagining the deadly silence following the crash of the gates' breaking, the fear and anticipation on the troops' faces as they expect something just like that troll-charge to happen, but through the smoke only slow clicking of hooves is heard.. and when the black rider emerges they flee in terror leaving only Gandalf to confront him.. the two of them just staring at each other, and then the horns, the first rays of dawn.. now that would've been dramatic! Why oh why did PJ have to go and ditch the drama in favour of those lame scenes he put in? :shakefist:

I tried to do justice to Éowyn’s bold defiance (instead of whimpering and shouting comedic one-liners..) with a drawing, and I really wanted to give this scene a try too.. but now I feel I don’t necessarily have to, since you already did such a perfect job with it! :D
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Raven-Silver-Dagger Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
why does this remind me of the darker version of the headless horseman?? :O.o?: or is there such a thing? :faint: well anywho, very wonderful coloration in this!
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Kennashi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
iono, the movie looks better. the nazgul are supposed to be wearing simple capes, and that's what makes it great: its simplicity
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Well, he was in a battle at the time. =p Makes sense to wear armor during a war.
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Kennashi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
well...yeah, i guess.
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007   Traditional Artist
Ack...! Too much amazing-ness! This is awesome..!
I like that this is your own interpretation of the scene and not just from the movie pics...incredible...I'm shutting up and faving this right now. :)
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juni0rus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006   Digital Artist
Nice black rider ;) It's nice. I add it to my favourite!
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Nyxen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
Sweeet. I love this. :)
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Feantur Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
gorgeous painting, I just love the fiery atmosphere, well done!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Whoof, the Witch-King! :d The drawing itself is already great, but the lighting... that fire... is awesome. It makes the picture look so - malevolent.
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Fishbug Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Poor Witchking got the short end of the stick for the RoTK movie. Hardly gave him any time to be the primeval badass he is.
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Tell me about it. His badassness was summed up in a one liner by Gandalf. :p After that, it was nothing but flying around, waving a sword, then getting stabbed in the head. Poor Nazgul just can't get a break... :<
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Fishbug Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Would've been awesome to see him sitting on his horse when the gates broke, flames and whatnot with all the Gondorian soldiers running for their lives.
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AlfaSub1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
Wow! The Witchking! :+fav:
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Elenmire Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2005
is really impresive and very well done.
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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beatlebum Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005
Oh wow, that is so beautiful! Tolkien art is so damn hard!(But so much fun!)

And finally, one illustration that is not directly taken from the film!;) (Is it?)
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Nope! Not from the film at all!

I didn't get the feel of evil or deadly from the swoop by the Witchking did in the film. I wanted him to look like he just came out of hell itself to take over Gondor. :giggle: The movie just lacked the sense of danger. Not to mention that he could have -easily- killed Gandalf at that moment.

<Gandalf falls off horse>
WK: "This is my hour!" <Flamey sword trick>
<Gandalf frozen in fear>
WK: "Diiieeeeeee"
<Horns blowing and WK looks over shoulder>
<Fell beast still advances and gobbles up Gandalf, then Pippen for desert>
<WK glances back>
WK: "That worked well, now I'll go see what that horns about."

;)
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Xakuu Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005
Das ist wundervoll. Ich liebe es!
*It's Wonderful!*
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Danke!

*Unfortunately that's about all I know in German* :(
I'm glad you like the piece. :)
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KurakDarcia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005
interesting!
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MrLamppost Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2005
You went into a lot of detail for that picture. Really great job! :clap:
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank's a lot! :D :bow:
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MrLamppost Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005
You're very welcome. =)
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Akaiyukimegami Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
This is flipping awesome!! :D
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Akaiyukimegami Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2005
You're welcome! :D
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mindofka Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
I really love your personal interpretation, finally a new original one based on the words. Very nice backlight, and the pose is so regal and strong!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I really wanted to show that strength and power behind him. Someone that even Gandalf would be a bit afraid to have to confront. I'm just happy that it came out the way it did. :D
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mindofka Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2005
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Looks really evil :D
Merry Christmas!
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Auroranira Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
Wow, amazing! I've never imagined the Witchking like that. it's great to see different perspectives to what looms under those torn, black cloaks they wear. Very haunting, nicely done! :clap: Oh, and also a :+fav:!!
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