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Darkness enters the Shire. by nellmckellar Darkness enters the Shire. by nellmckellar
An image that has always haunted me from "The Lord of the Rings." I wanted to make a contrast between the utter evil of the Wraith, and the innocence and "untaintedness" of the shire.
One of the larger watercolours I've worked on. It was too big to scan, so here is a photo of it. This took a rather long time to finish.
Inspired by John Howe's work.
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Darkness enters the Shire. by ~nellmckellar captures the true magic of Tolkien's world. You can practically feel the wind blowing through the grass, and sense the evil emanating from the wraith. ( Suggested by twosilverstars and Featured by ZirTuan )
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Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist
Yikes, that horse is WAY scarier than in the movies. Outstanding job!
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Hannibalsjustice Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Very well done, bravo. Love the Ring Wraith's arrival in The Shire.
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Saliona93 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a masterpiece! La la la la Love 
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Kabetchett Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want that Wraith's horse... then give him the flip off and ride away... then eventually take that Wraith's Fellbeast... just use Frodo a a decoy! :dummy:
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noleme Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I think the horse's legs are maybe a bit too long, but the rest of the picture is awesome ^ ^ The amount of detail is astounding :o
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Ze-Platygrapsus-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is ... awesome ! :wow:
I also love Jon Howe's work but what you did is great ! I absolutely love the contrast.
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Roruna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
oh that is gorgeous.
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CapcomWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Student General Artist
*sigh* It's pretty here...
*notices him*
Oh...sh^t!!!
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Hichii-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
Noes! Not ze wraith!
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CocoCarlton Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Student General Artist
I like how you depicted the ring-wraith.
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SkullFound Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
i love this!
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TheWildNae Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nazgul! I love this pic! :*
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Efenleot Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
I like very much the painting, and the idea of it! It's all watercolour? Congratulatuions! I hope to manage it this well some day!^_^
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
Thank you, and yes it's watercolour :)
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Efenleot Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
awesome! :O
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SangInnocent Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
I have to admit that is beatiful. I like this scene in LOTR film and your painting has the same atmosphere. Great.
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Relient-K Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Dangit...I can't see the full view.... :(
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Megadrive Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
it tis beautiful! u did an amazing job on it.
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yuugiusa Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
needs more mist around the man and his horse. give him just a little bit more privacy to keep the viewers guessing. =)
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The-Fact-Collector Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Just Beautiful.

I'm sorry, but my vocabulary is far too limited to do this wonderful picture justice. I'll just sit here in front of my computer screen and think of all those wonderful things I'd like to be able to voice.
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liquidskyfire Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! you did a lovely job on the contrast between the wraith and the shire... we likes it, precioussss :D
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el-billo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005
wow! This reminds me very much of the movie!
Amazing work! :clap:
Keep it up!
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005
Thank you, I shall! ;)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is expertly drawn. the detail is excellent. the colours are perfect. well worth getting a daily deviation. well done
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
Thanks heaps :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
no problem. it's a damn good piece of work.
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kylpen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
i really like this work of art except that some of the grass straws are blue.
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
:lol:! Yes, I know.
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Katrina-Madd Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2005
Oh I can't belive my eyes! :wow: *favs* how did you manage to draw this!?
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
Hmm I can't remember how I did it! :o Well thanks!
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Katrina-Madd Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2005
ehhe dont mention it
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Grisznak Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
Wow, I was shocked Whe I saw it at you feature deviation. Great picture, you cought here magnificent climate of the story.
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loonymoony Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
stellar gallery, your work is impressively detailed. (and this is water colours? wow.) great
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2005
Thank you. :)
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xshroudedx Featured By Owner May 21, 2005   Writer
*Stares in awe*
What can I say, you have an incredible talent, not only for the painting part, but in being able to show emotions and feelings in your work.
You do realise that this entitles me to hate, you don't you?
*scowls with jelousy*
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IaiaRose Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005   Photographer
I love lord of the rings and horses, *sniffle* two in one! Everything in it is so detailed and elegant, how did you do it!?! :wow:
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ordinaryundone Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Echoing what others have said, the atmosphere that the wraith gives off is spectacular, and the detail on the grass and the sense of movement...

Keep up the swell work!
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
Thank you very much! :):)
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Eleaf Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005   Photographer
It is beutiful.....omg i love it!! You are so awsome this piece is so magical. I love the tree and the horse.. and everything.. Wonderful, Wonderful =P must watch you...
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005
Hehe, aww, thanks. :)
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peaceoflorien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2005
Its incredible how you've made watercolor look like acrylic. =)
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005
Oh, I used gouache too, like for some of the grass and leaves.
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oceanfire-song Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2005
I love how having the ringwraith in the curve of the branch only adds to that hunched over, creeping feeling. He looks insidious and evil--great rendition! :+fav:
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danes-sweety Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004
that horse looks mightily mean somehow
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Accused Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004   Photographer
thats really neat! i cant stop looking at it and its now on my fave list. its very good and i know that water colors can be hard to work with. you have talent my friend and you've captured the wraith riding thorugh the shire. :thumbsup:
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zeldarules251 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2004   Writer
i wish i could water color like THAT!!!
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Nergling Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004
great work friend
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NiennaElanesse Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
It's perfect... O.o
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are Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004
Wow. 'Tis a surprise that I haven't added this to my favorites already, but I'll do so now. x3 Is it watercolor, acrylics, or something else? It's so smooth, I can't tell. <3 I love the horses hair, and all the little details on the tree astound me. Do you have a rough idea of how long this took to complete? It looks like it would have taken weeks/months, what with so much detail everywhere. :3
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
It's watercolour and gouache. I lost count of the time it took me, but it was a long time...
I'm glad you like it, thanks for the kind words.
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