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So if you know me you probably also know that I loathe and detest anything Tolkien stands for or wrote. It's stale, stuffy, boring, static, bidimensional in an infantilistic way. Evil is utterly evil with no motivation or even the slightest characterization whatsoever, good is utterly good, although with a lack of true purpose or motivation, considering how vague the opposition is. It's glorified shit. Couldn't agree more with this article: www.revolutionsf.com/article.p…

So when I think of elves, obviously an established literary topos of the fantasy genre, I try to distance myself as much as I can from the tolkienian image of these angel-like perfect boors. They're utterly boring anyways.
In the real folklore, elves have always been seen in cultures as something elusive and deceptive, like all fairies. In fairy tales, fairies are the epitome of what is dangerous about the wilderness.
So in a fantasy world, they should be as distant and alien from the human culture as possible, because we're most fearful of what we don't know (as Lovecraft used to write).
So imagining fantasy as a renaissance age Europe, the way I do, how could an elf look alien and scary? Well for example, nudity was seen as a sin and a shame. So an elf who is not afraid or even aware of such a morality code, would definitely work. I thought I'd also draw from the celtic and native american aesthetics, and underline the savage impressions they gave to the christian populations who encountered them. One of the scenes I most liked in the TV drama Vikings was when the Christians of England first witnessed the pagan rites of the Northmen. That's the type of alienness, of otherness I was aiming at here.

And also, I'm practicing my inking technique. And that was the real point. There you go.
Brushes and crowquills on paper. 100% traditional media, baby :)
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CallofTheDeep Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Everything about this is spot on.
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sir! Wow what a gorgeous gallery you have!
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CallofTheDeep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
Thank you so much!

I don't even know what to say, man.
A compliment like that from an artist of your ability... I'm speechless, than you so, so much.
Your gallery utterly blew me away, your work is magnificent.
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well... why, thank you but... I think you overestimate me a bit... :)
I don't mean to diminish the great compliment though!
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
Your comments give me some food for thought, but at the same time you say that Tolkien's fault was in not explaining enough about Sauron's motivations and character. Yet you glorify Lovecraft because his evils were unknowable. Either I'm missing something, or there's a disconnection in your logic. Yes, Tolkien decided to populate his world with different races that could find a commonality to work together to face an evil that was intent on enslaving or destroying them all. That's not that different from what the Allied Forces were like during WW2 facing the Nazi's in Europe - which was when the books were written. Hitler wanted to enslave or destroy everybody in the world. Why? Who really cared then, or even cares now?

Yes, Tolkien essentially took Elves and Dwarves and Hobbits and Ents and Orcs and Trolls and... and made them all into humans with strange makeup by exploring the commonalities they had with the humans in the story. That's not necessarily a bad thing, maybe we'd all get along better if we were more willing to look past the differences and focus on the similarities. Maybe it could be possible for an Elder Thing, and a Mi-go and a Human to find common cause to work together to prevent the rise of Cthulhu, and wouldn't that be an interesting story if it could be told decently?

From a player stand-point, sometimes its fun to explore life from a different angle, that's what roleplaying is all about after all, so why not get to explore life from the point of view of an Elf, a Dwarf, or an Orc? One of my personal sayings is that I prefer to roleplay as something other than human, because I get to pretend I am a human EVERY day. I'm never sure if I'm doing THAT right, in fact I'm reasonably sure I am not. If I were, I probably wouldn't need therapy and medication just to face "reality." And yes, it can be fun to explore weird things that make your character different. I once played a Pathfinder Mwangi Jungle Elf Barbarian who kept threatening to EAT the other party members when they annoyed her. :)
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icarus414 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
Well said, but I get the impression that Tazio's not really interested in debating the point. (That said, I think it's worth noting that there were hella shades of grey in there too; the fellowship/allies just LOOKED all bright and shiny because they were being contrasted against the bleak and ultimate darkness of Sauron/Hitler.)

Still a damn fine piece of art though.
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
I should also mention that if he didn't understand Sauron's motivation it might have been buried too deeply for him. The trilogy didn't explain it well from what I remember. But in Tolkien's logic there was a motivation. Sauron was first and foremost a follower of Morgath, conquering Middle Earth was a stepping stone towards forcing the Valar to release Morgath from prison. Morgath's motivation was essentially to prove himself superior to the other Valar. He'd always envisioned himself as superior to the others, always imagined that Iluvatar  had elevated him above them. It was a crushing blow when he discovered that he'd been delusional. So he declared himself Lord of Middle Earth from the beginning and the other Valar were asked to prevent him from destroying the creation. In short Morgath had a superiority complex. Madness has never needed a sane reason, it's in the definition of insanity.

I don't mind that Tazio may not care about my opinion or debating it with me. As I kept telling a former friend: "if you have the right to publicly express your opinion, I have the right to publicly express my contrary one."

I do have to agree that Tolkien's writing style has become old fashioned, as the same for any writer whose works survive for any time they start to feel stale after a time.

I also have to agree that the art is very fine, but it's expected of Tazio. :)
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digital-dust Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
This made me realize that I could have my werewolves be mistaken for elves due to the pointy ears when they're in human form. Thanks for the revelation.
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tZuB Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
wow! Interessante l'idea di fondo del disegno e grande l'inchiostrazione!!
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
grazie!
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Muady Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Very nice spray with the ink here.

It can be tricky to get the aim right with that stuff^^
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It takes some practice, and some white ink to correct mistakes, in case ;)
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Muady Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
I know it man, ive always worked in traditional ink^^ Ive not done
that much spray work myself tho. Only recently learnt how.

What do you use? I use a tooth brush and just drag a finger across it. 

Makes a big mess on my fingers but works well^^
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I use a small flat brush. I find it easier to control. I drag it against the side of a broken pencil. Mess on the pencil instead of the finger and easier to direction the spray :)
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Muady Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
hmm i may try that
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DeathstarCocktail Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love that lip scar and them abs small heart - pink 

Also your ink work is super nice, wouldn't mind seeing more of it. 
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! And you will :)
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warriorneedsfood Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Your inking is great. Right in the direction I want to go. How did you do the white splatter?
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
With white acrylic. The bottle says white ink but of course it's a different substance. I don't know which labels are good and which aren't. I use one called "Kuretake" and I find it good.
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warriorneedsfood Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'm working on inking, but I'm having the hardest time getting my lines where I want them. How big are you drawing?
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This one was done on an A4 sheet. Comic pages are done on A3 sheets.
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warriorneedsfood Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Bravo! I have to worst time trying to get my forms and lines so clean on such a small page.
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's not a matter of page size, really. You need to work on your inks and be sure to avoid dead lines. Use some good brushes or crowquills, you'll see an immense difference. Variation in the size of the line is important to give a smooth and warm feeling to the art. There are some very good tutorials on youtube.
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
I really like this take on elves in general! If you don't like Tolkien, what writers do you like? I'm always looking for something new to read
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Where to begin... fantasy genre or other genres as well?
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Fantasy
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, I don't read much fantasy in general, I'm much more of a sci-fi fan. However, I absolutely adored each and every book by Terry Pratchett set in the Discworld. I'm also a huge fan of Sapkowski's Witcher novels, they're truly great, including the collections of short stories. I also enjoyed Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora. Quite fetching, nice relatable characters, good story. Now I'm reading Brian McNaughton's Throne of Bones. It's very close to Ashton Smith and Lovecraft, extremely gory and macabre, and written in a beautifu, beautiful prose.
Also, never forget the classics: the saga of Elric by Michael Moorcock and Conan's tales by Robert E. Howard :)
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
I've always wanted to read Elric. I'll have to look into the others!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Really feelin' this. 
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Ahrken Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
For me Tolkien has written more a fairytale or a legend and there you have the utterly evil and the pure good! You have these clearly defined characters and species that nowadays seem boring... 

Now, I just think that your description doesn't go well with your picture! Even though you loathe and detest Tolkiens elves, and think they should be alien and odd, you create a beautiful women with pointy ears! With this perfect body and beautiful face she is like the Tolkien elves, an angel! 
Fairies can be everything i know, but you could have gotten a more distinctive and unique look, with changing the anatomy or small things like no mouth or make her ugly and malformed. With the nudity for me you do the opposite of what you had planed, for me it gives her this sublimity and perfectness that shouldn't be.

Over all it is a great picture, wonderfully executed inking and i admire your style, for the rest you know now my opinion ;)

Keep it up!
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Ahrken Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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Ahrken Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
No problem
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Great Work :3
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Welcome :la:
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splatpixel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful technique and character, sir! :D
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you dear sir :)
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Anoki-Doll Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful piece. I love the style you inked this in.
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Tia!
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Dillek Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done! I Love it.
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Oni-Neko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the background the way it is. it gives me the impression of a winter landscape which for me reinforces the idea of elves who are as dangerous and unpredictable as nature. 
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Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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svesamikreteni Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoooaaah...
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