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Saruman of many colours by TolmanCotton Saruman of many colours by TolmanCotton
As he appears in the book, not in the movie. Christopher Lee was great, but I missed the robe of many colours.

I edited a bit the image. Now the robe is more colourful.
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This is an interesting piece to gaze upon as the textures lead the eye on a trail across the page. The dark of the opening helps to embolden the image of Saruman in the centre and the alternating light / dark of the tower drags our gaze around the image to absorb every detail.
Each shape is smooth and clear which combines the the constant alternation of colours to make the image flow much better. The fact that you can still see some of the brush marks in the tower only heightens the feel of magic running through the tower.
To improve perhaps making the colours on the robe slightly more visible.
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C-blaze21 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Good job on this. 
EEHills Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't like his philosophy, do like his robes.
JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yup that's Saruman alright! :) Great Job with the colors!
ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Finale - Tokien's Legacy".  You can find it here: realmsoffantasy-myth.deviantar…  ^_^
Huinare Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the best renditions of Saruman I've seen.
PestilentAngel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
As good as the art direction of the movies were (And Christopher Lee as Saruman) I always look for original art of the characters modeled off the books. Love how you handled the robe of many colors!
Mike-Chan92 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Fantastic Artwork :D
At this point, I'm only able to quote Saruman of the manycolours: "Radagast, the Brown. Radagast, Friend of Birds. Radagast, the Fool! He was wise enough to do so as I wanted him to do. The white light can be splittet up, the white Paper can be written on, the white Robes can be coloured. I am not Sarumen, the White any longer. I am SARUMAN OF THE MANY COLOURS!"
The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you seen Saruman in LOTRO? The developers made his robe (and a special horse you can earn) actually shift colors like iridescence! I get that same impression (in a static sense of course) from your coloration... as if it modulated as he turned in the light. Wonderful work!
CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
:iconmusicnotesplz: He looks handsome, he looks smart. He is a walking work of art. In his coat of many different colors. How he loves his coat of many colors. It was red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and grey and purple and white and pink and orange and blue :iconmusicnotesplz:
TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
uhm... you forgot ultramarine and sable.
ChristianTsvetanov Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent interpretation!
LordJhredmo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Absolutely beautiful! I was compelled to post to this. Exactly how I envisioned Saruman the Wise. Thank you!
ArgentoMorte Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Saruman of many colours in my opinion should own this quite complete eye.
I like it!
moonlitwhispers Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I love it..people too often forget the Saruman of MMany Colours!
aragornsgirl333 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant picture. I missed his robe of many colours too
Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's interesting, I always had hard time to imagine the "many colors" thing. (I think that it would have looked a little ridiculous in a movie :-/)

But your representation is great
TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Probably it wouldn't fit the mood of the movie, but it could be achieved using optical fibers in the fabric, or just with the lights.
Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed ^^
hollylalaith Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. This cast some light upon my gloomy day. Thank you.
TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. I hope your gloomy day will get lighter later on.
Maeglin-Amandil Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student Writer
This is great!
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