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Huan of Valinor by TheLongDefeat Huan of Valinor by TheLongDefeat
A wolf-hound, tireless, grey and fierce
he grew; his gleaming eyes would pierce
all shadows and all mist, the scent
moons old he found through fen and bent,
through rustling leaves and dusty sand;
all paths of wide Beleriand
he knew. But wolves, he loved them best;
he loved to find their throats and wrest
their snarling lives and evil breath.
The packs of Thû him feared as death.
    No wizardry, nor spell, nor dart,
no fang, nor venom devil's art
could brew had harmed him; for his weird
was woven. Yet he little feared
that fate decreed and known to all;
that before the mightiest he should fall,
before the mightiest wolf of alone
that ever was whelped in cave of stone.


J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lay of Leithian

Huan is one of my favorite of all Tolkien's wondrous characters. I'd love to some day paint him with Luthien, but since my skill at painting Elves and Men isn't so great, I painted him here attended by nightingales. :)

12 x8" watercolor, gouache, gel pen, salt
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:icondemihime:
demihime Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
That blue-grey makes such a lovely contrast against the warmer orange and brown foliage~! Love the pale tree trunks~!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: Painting this helped me with learning to use complimentary colors
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Le-Lonely-Hippie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
a shattering rush of shade and color..  'breathtaking :o (Eek) '
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jasloaa Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
X3 SOOO PRETTY!
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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jadedamrail Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
So pretty! :)
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank  you! :D
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:iconchelano:
chelano Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing color and detail
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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AStoKo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work 
    Icon - Palette 
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GentianaVerna Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing - Huan looks as if he was made of bluish flames. SOrt of underlines the dynamics of the whole painting.
Also love the plants in the bottom left corner :-)
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Being from Valinor I'd think he'd have an ethereal look. The plants and rocks were fun to paint. :)
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GentianaVerna Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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BlackInfinity666 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018   Traditional Artist
Nice! I like the colors!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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BlackInfinity666 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018   Traditional Artist
NP~
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LunaWolf43 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
wow  : D very good work! I really like the contrast between the blue and the orange colors.
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :) It's fun working with complementary colors.
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RustyCroutons Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018   General Artist
I love how everything has motion; I can really feel the speed of the hound. The colours are great too they contrast very nicely.
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad the motion came across well. ^.^
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Blondbraid Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Fantastic work, I love the blue contrasted with the lovely autumn colors!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was going for more of a slate grey, but it turned out a bit more blue. I'm glad you like the effect! :)
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Occatuul Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
Wait, what do you use salt for? Also, I like this. <3
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) If salt is sprinkled on wet watercolor, it will dry with a pretty, frosted effect. Like in the red and orange bushes here.
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is gorgeous! Love the sense of movement and balance of colours :sun:
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart: I had forgotten how well gold and purple go together.
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome :)
Eli Shane. Salute 
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MorellAgrysis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Bit ultra-thin dog, but otherise I really love the piece.
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's normal for sight hounds to have severe tuck-ups. :)
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Harleydane Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is so beautiful Wow! The detail is stunning, and I didn't even notice the birds at first. 
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: I'm debating about going back and lining the nightingales and the hound with a very fine pen. On one hand it would bring more attention to the birds, but on the other I feel that outlines diminish minute details in watercolor.
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Harleydane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I would leave it as it is.  I think an outline would take away some of the effect of the watercolour :)
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate your opinion. :) I think an outline would take more than it would add.
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Harleydane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries :) If you have a good digital painting program you could always mess around with it on there rather than do anything permanent to the artwork!
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't do anything digital, but that is a nice option!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018   Digital Artist
Love it! The colours are fabulous! :love:
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fluffy-fox23 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Student General Artist
your style is so clear in every piece
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope it is a good style
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:iconfluffy-fox23:
fluffy-fox23 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Student General Artist
it's an outstanding style
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ShadowGoethe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional General Artist
Now this is quite amazing. Give off a mosaic vibe to it.
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:iconthelongdefeat:
TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I could see that! :D
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CougarHearted Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018
This hound looks ruggedly beautiful! And the little bird flying beside him is a very neat addition, too! ^_^
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TheLongDefeat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! The little nightingales represent an Elvish friend of his. ^.^
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CougarHearted Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018
You're welcome! 8D
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September 14, 2018
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Sep 14, 2018, 7:30:48 PM
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