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All I've Lost
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Published: October 2, 2018
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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 TheLongDefeat


12 x 8" watercolor, goldleaf, metallic paint, glitter, salt, gouache, pen
Image size
2351x2946px 1.48 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Motorola
Model
XT1080
Shutter Speed
1/3400 second
Aperture
F/2.4
Focal Length
4 mm
ISO Speed
160
Date Taken
Oct 9, 2018, 1:53:49 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Express 9.0 (Android)
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Comments (68)
Tindome-Art's avatar
Tindome-Art|Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, fantastic! The use of colours, the composition, the details (bloody stars! trees!), it is wonderful to enjoy with the eyes.
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TheLongDefeat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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Shakessart|Professional Digital Artist
love your imagination :)
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TheLongDefeat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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MagnumRokusho|Student General Artist
This is goddamn amazing AF.
I really like the kingdom hearts art style vibe of it

Really underrated. Directly to fav for sure
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TheLongDefeat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :love: I've actually never played Kingdom Hearts. ^^;
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Vanum-Chan|Professional Digital Artist
nice i realy like the fire you draw
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TheLongDefeat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :flame:
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Vanum-Chan|Professional Digital Artist
you are welcome
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RPwombat|Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME....love the colors
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TheLongDefeat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Menkhar|Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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TheLongDefeat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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ExpoLight-UK's avatar
ExpoLight-UK|Professional Photographer
Very nice work, the trees add a nice finishing touch
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TheLongDefeat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) The trees were fun to paint.
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GryffindorKaitlynBel|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|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|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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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jadedamrail|Professional General Artist
Stunning. 
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mooing-duckerberry|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|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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm further impressed! What's your technique for those trees?
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TheLongDefeat|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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