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All I've Lost by TheLongDefeat All I've Lost by TheLongDefeat
Maedhros is one of the most tragic characters in The Silmarillion, and forever my favorite person from all of Tolkien's legendarium. I wanted to incorporate a lot of the themes of his life and especially death here. In a moment before casting himself into the flames of the earth, he reflects on all he's lost for the avarice of the Silmaril: his home in Valinor and the light of the Trees, his father, his hand, and five of his brothers (hence the bloodied stars)... so many valiant people perished in the War of the Jewels and the kinslayings he and his family started. :(

I've never tried to paint him before, and hardly paint people at all so please forgive my many mistakes. Also, some of the effects I've used don't come across well. The paint on the stars is a deeper red and very metallic, and his armor and clothing is also accented with silver paint. The Silmaril and his eye have a ton of pastel/ white sparkles and really glitter irl. Thankfully the goldleaf shines well in photos/ scans at least. :) I tried to capture the glitter here: Psx 20181009 142612 by RiverHound

Also, listen to Steve Conte's "Heaven's Not Enough": www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT9vwy…
and Insomnium's "Lose to Night": www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw81mc…
if you want even more sad feels for Maedhros. ;_; I listened to those both on repeat to paint him.

12 x 8" watercolor, goldleaf, metallic paint, glitter, salt, gouache, pen
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ExpoLight-UK Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019  Professional Photographer
Very nice work, the trees add a nice finishing touch
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) The trees were fun to paint.
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GryffindorKaitlynBel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
I love the color choices and the silhouetted shapes and outlines for the trees. Looking at the character's face and the fire, this comes across as a solemn, kind of somber work.
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart: I rarely do art with any kind of strong emotion, and I'm glad to hear it shows through here. :)
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demihime Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I LOVE the art nouveau feel of this! The colors are so wonderfully vibrant, and that touch of gold is great!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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jadedamrail Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Stunning. 
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:iconmooing-duckerberry:
mooing-duckerberry Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's one of my favorites too. :) Good choice.
I love those trees. Were they blocked out with masking fluid?
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) I'd love to paint all the sons of Fëanor eventually.

Nope! I've heard a number of horror stories with masking fluid so I've never used it. ^^;
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mooing-duckerberry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm further impressed! What's your technique for those trees?
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't say there was really any special technique- just paint either the tree or the background, let it try, then paint the other one. ha ha
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mooing-duckerberry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes... the old "no trick, just patience" trick... I could use a bit more practice with that trick.
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly,  find either chatting in the thumbshare chat on here, or browsing the subreddits for r/tolkienfans or r/dogs to be a good way to occupy time between drying layers. ha ha Just enough time to be honestly distracted, but not enough to abandon the project at hand :D
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Theluki986 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018
I love the colour palette you used here :) Makes this painting to look warmth and solid :nod: Also i love the combination between the purple and the yellow-red fire on the background! You did a wonderful job here! :clap:
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful comment! :hug: I'm glad the purple and fire complimented one another.
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Theluki986 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018
You are very welcome! :hug: :love:
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AquaticJM Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018   General Artist
Lovely illustration! :)
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Baileyboybee Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
Very nice.
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freeDomslair Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
Maedhros. id love to see a gilgalad, or a FINGOLFIN done by you
<3 tolkien
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! I'd love to paint both of them, especially Fingon, so I could use goldleaf in his hair. :love: Do you have any ideas or suggestions, if I were to paint them?
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freeDomslair Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2018
no, just wander through their story and
pick or choose what you think would make
a nice drawing :)

there is no need to pick great moments
like fingolfin dueling morgoth

maybe, fingolfin and fingon
discussing about following feanor to middleearth
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the suggestions! :highfive: When I get around to painting one or both, I'll let you know.

For now I'm working on Celegorm and Huan. :heart:
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freeDomslair Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
thank you
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Kireya Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so well done, I love it, keep improving!
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fullcolour-canvas Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconwowplz:
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BlackInfinity666 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018   Traditional Artist
really pretty~
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is gorgeous :) 
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squirrelygirl890 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist
this is beautiful!  I love the colors!
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transformer333 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Gorgeous. I have yet to actually read The Silmarillion, but I greatly look forward to it, and this story even more so now.
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's an incredible book! Dreamlike mythology, heart-rending battles and loss, and a huge sense of doom and despair for so many people striving against their fate.
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transformer333 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
That's what I've heard!  And that's why I was so happy when my aunt got it for me a while back, but I've been so busy with other things and finishing other reads that I haven't had the chance to pick it up and start it.  I just might have to today, though.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
The writing style is not for everyone, and it's missing much detail that you have to go back and disinter from the vast study Tolkien's son Christopher made of his life's work, but the vision behind it is unparalleled.
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transformer333 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018
Ah! A challenge!
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katnor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Heartbreaking and so, so beautiful!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :Heart:
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SelflessDevotions Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018   Digital Artist
Beautiful composition! :love:
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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SelflessDevotions Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018   Digital Artist
You're welcome! <3
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Cassandra1313 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
The resignation and sadness in his eyes are very touching. The colors describe the emotional mood.
Great artwork!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :Heart: I don't paint people much, so I was worried about conveying the emotions here. I'm glad you can see them so clearly! 
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PinkRangerPower Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous colors! I've only recently ventured into using watercolors myself, and am impressed you're able to achieve such detail. Wonderful work :heart:
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Watercolor is so versatile, it's lovely for both fine detail and vague washes. Details are best achieved with the wet-on-dry technique. Good luck with your watercolors! :)
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PinkRangerPower Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! I'm certainly learning the techniques and such slowly. I certainly appreciate the tip, and you're welcome as well :iconsupertighthugplz:
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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating 
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ShadowGoethe Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
This has a melancholic vibe to it.  Like the character is at peace while her surroundings/reality around her is being destroyed.   Kinda how I feel right now living in the U.S.A.  Very well done piece again!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's like he's finally coming to terms with the fact that he's fought for so long and lost so much over so little. All of Tolkien's major works (LotR, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion) are all ultimately about people striving over material possessions and coming to ruin because of it. I can definitely see that being relatable for living in the US (and the world in general).
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rainbow000pegasus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Student General Artist
Awesome work, the colours are nicely done!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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rainbow000pegasus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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