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Dead Marshes
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Published: November 6, 2015
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A little Lord of the Rings fanart, namely Frodo in the dead marshes.

This image just popped up in my head out of nowhere when I was re-reading the respective chapter in The Two Towers, ready with colour scheme and all. I’m pretty happy with the sickly green and sickly everything. The red glow is coming from the ring. I know it shouldn’t glow brightly red. I just wanted to paint it like that. Maybe it’s something of Star Wars influence, if the good guys’ weapons glow blue, the bad guys’ weapons are supposed to glow red? I seriously don’t know and I don’t care, I just thought I’d make the ring glow because that makes for a cool colour scheme, just so you know before you jump at me for plain ignoring what’s in the book.

Or: “What’s that?” – “Red light.” – “What does it do?” – “It glows red.”

Drawing ink and some liquid watercolour on Canson hot pressed satinated paper.
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great illustration. Of the kind that illustrates not so much a particular scene of the story, but rather the general concepts or moods of the story.
The colour scheme looks quite dull at the first sight, but that exactly captures the sickly atmosphere of the Dead Marshes. And the red glow, sickly in a different way, is great to show the presence of the Ring and its power over Frodo. Very well done! :thumbsup:
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ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you, that was exactly what I was aiming for! I am indeed aware that the one ring doesn't glow :,D. But it does help the mood along, just like dulled, dark brownish greens do to make the marshes look like an icky swamp. It's not the sea where you spend your holidays :P. I'm glad it worked out!
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DullirosHobbyist Traditional Artist
Passt!
Die schlammige Sumpfatmosphäre hast Du gut hingekriegt. Vor allem der Teil ganz im Vordergrund und der Himmel gefallen mir sehr gut. Das Ringglühen könnte für meinen Geschmack ein wenig dezenter sein, aber dann wirkt es wahrscheinlich nicht mehr ordentlich.
:+fav:
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Dezent kommt in meinem Vokabular nicht vor :D
Dulliros's avatar
DullirosHobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
Mohnlied's avatar
MohnliedHobbyist Traditional Artist
Die Sümpfe scheinen gar kein Ende zu haben...
Frodo wird durch den roten Schein sehr gut hervorgehoben - tja, Sauron is watching you.
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Ich wollte auch nicht, dass man ein Ende sieht. Wer sieht schon 'nen Horizont bei dichtem Nebel? :)
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LadyAnaireHobbyist General Artist
Wow, du hast die Atmosphäre echt schön umgesetzt; das rote Licht macht's echt! :)
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ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Danke!
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Very convincing fog.Clap How did you do it?
To me the depth of the landcape looks like miles in the place where the fog is less dense. And Marianus is perfectly right saying that the red light makes the scene very spooky especially because the source of the light cannot be seen. It loks a bit as if it were high above to the right of the beholder, perhaps behind them. Really creepy! :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
White drawing ink on top of dirty greyish-green watercolour/ink. The brands I used/mixed were Rohrer&Klinger moss green liquid watercolour+black R&K drawink ink and white R&K drawing ink.

Frodo holds tight the source of light. I was thinking about insertig the ring somewhere, but it's too small to be seen within the hands even of a hobbit here, and that's the end of it.
noleme's avatar
Great atmosphere and rendition!
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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vulpescoraxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Das rote Licht macht es gerade unheimlich. Man denke nur an das schöne rote Auge von Sauron. oder an ein Irrlicht im Sumpf, dass den falschen Weg deutet. Hach, die Interpretationsmöglichkeiten!
Und total genial finde ich die fehlende Horizontlinie und den nahtlosen Übergang von Boden zu Himmel. :clap:
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Ich fand, Nebel sollte keine Horizontlinie zulassen :P. Danke!
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vulpescoraxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Rööööööööchtög! :D
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Riana-artProfessional Artist
Ein super stimmiges Bild, auch ohne den Bildtitel denkt man gleich an die Totensümpfe!
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Danke! Ich gestehe ein, dass mir auch einfach kein origineller Titel einfallen wollte :P
yukim4ru's avatar
yukim4ruHobbyist Traditional Artist
God, it's very pretty. I knew it would turn out spectacular! It's very emotional and beautiful. Good job!
Can I use it as my phone's homescreen wallpaper?
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Go ahead, I wouldn’t know why not :).
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yukim4ruHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
Finarfel's avatar
Das finde ich bombastosch gut. Besonders der "red glow". ;-)
Toradh's avatar
ToradhProfessional Traditional Artist
Um den ging es mir hauptsächlich :D
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