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Troll slayer

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Pippin killing the troll at the Black Gate. I know, the troll is small. But that way it's easier on poor Pippin :)
(inspired by a certain hobbit talk :D)
(a sketch from math.)
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tree27Student General Artist
Beautiful movement! I can't stop looking at this.
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
That's good! :D
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is this a pure troll or more of an ologhai....I assumed ologhai due to the slightly smaller stature 9ft I would guess
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
He would be taller, but I ran out of paper. ;)
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Well, who knows? Olog-hai were supposed to be a smarter breed of trolls. Nothing much more is known.
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oh....I dunno I just assumed that since they were supposed to be semi parallel to the uruk-hai in certain aspects that they were about 8 to 9 feet...and I think somehow that was an assumption that turned to fact in my brain
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Hai = "folk" . So they are troll-folk. ;) Just a different name. The only difference I can think of was that they were smarter and didn't fear sunglight.
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ah, yes I suppose that makes sense. (what are your opinions on morgoth's appearance? in parentheses because it has nothing to do with this art)
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
oooh...Morgoth. I assume that as Sauron, he could take many forms. But since spoiling stuff in Valinor, he's lost heaps of his powers and sort of stayed stuck in the form of a huge scary black dude with burnt hands and a wounded leg. (marks by Silmarils and Fingolfin).

Long ago I drew a lame Morgoth vs. Fingolfin picture and I'm going to revisit that scene for a certain product I shouldn't yet talk about. ;) Looking forward to it.
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chronosvenHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is brilliant! you extremely talented! Absolutely Middle Earth!:clap:
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Lol, Pippin is awesome!
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Ah, yes, drawing in math class... though i've only ever doodled; this is more or less a true drawing. :) The movement & shading are really nice.
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
:)) Math used to be the best class to draw in. We had a very famous and prestigious math professor which meant I didn't understand almost anything he said :D So I had a lot of time for drawing.
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I've always been horrible at math, so i always find myself drawing during the class... Very bad when you're supposed to be trying to comprehend the ideas, isn't it? ^^;
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
I was feeling bad about it too. Then I heard the most intelligent person in the whole class say: "These math lessons might be a bit too difficult, I understood only the first 20 minutes and I got lost." Now when a guy with photographic memory (who was already teaching a couple of classes like programming and some other difficult stuff during his second year at the university) said this, why should I feel bad? :D Next semester we got a new teacher and math suddenly started being quite fun.
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Glaurung-IIHobbyist General Artist
Maybe Pippin was too close to the camera? :lol:

Noce work on the troll's muscles. I like the sense of movement in the scene, and the old-paper background.
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
hehe, he wouldn't worry too much about the troll then. I was just lazy and had too little of the paper :D
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Glaurung-IIHobbyist General Artist
Nevertheless, is still good :giggle:
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PippinIncarnateHobbyist Traditional Artist
you have no idea how thrilled I am to find this, and to find it so well drawn!

I was so pissed that this part of the book wasn't in the movies, but then again, I doubt they would have done it justice anyways.

Go get 'em Pippin!
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
:D thanks, I've been thinking of painting this properly, not just as a sketch :)
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I wish my sketches from math classes looked like that. :O Absolutely gorgeous piece, great set-up and I love the few arrows and the sword on the ground. The troll is amazing too. (Although in my mind trolls are even bigger, at least compared to hobbit-size.)
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
there wasn't enough space on the page when I remembered he could be there somewhere ;)
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