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Nirnaeth Arnoediad by Toradh Nirnaeth Arnoediad by Toradh
Actually, Fingon before/Maedhros during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Bleh, details. I wanted to do this years ago when Summoning’s Oath Bound was out and I fell in love with Might and Glory. Yes, I know that the song/Tolkien’s poem from which the lyrics are taken is about Fingolfin’s fall (no, I’m not gonna do Fingolfin’s fall all too soon, but never say never). And yet it always made me want to depict the Nirnaeth.

Guess the music suggestion! Other Summoning songs are fine with me, too (seriously, I have trouble following the lyrics anyway. Pffft death growls, can’t they ever do it in a way I can still make out individual words?).

I didn’t expect soft blue and red to work together so well, but I think I like it. And yet I think Maedhros’ panel could have been muddier, dirtier, bloodier, you know… But elves obviously don’t get dirty in battle. Uhm.

Lose references used for practically everything. You have no idea how many fucking takes it took me to get Fingon halfway right. Halfway. And let’s ignore the sloppy backgrounds. At least I had fun with Maedhros’ hair. Just in case you didn’t realize because I mention it all the time: I love hair.

Watercolours with tiny bits of acrylics. The usual bit. And my scanner ate the sunrise. Also the usual bit.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! The soft blue and red combination works really well indeed and it is a great way to depict the two main commanders of that doomed battle.
By the way, this diptych scheme and the colour combination reminds me strongly of my own picture of their fathers: Brothers - Fire and Ice by MatejCadil
There of course they are put more in contrast with each other.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
You also made both colours, imagery, and composition mirror each other, which is really, really cool! Love it, thanks for showing me!
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Aesara-Dayne Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful rendition! That chapter was always so painful to read.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
True…
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HobbitFan14 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the details you put into it! Creepy stare 
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Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love detailing.
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HobbitFan14 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! Haruhi Suzumiya Emote - Thumbs Up 
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EduardoLeon Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Perfect
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I love this! It's such a touching picture of a heartbreaking event.

I just stumbled upon your gallery, great work! Will there be more Tolkien fanart from you in the future?
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Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's heartbreaking indeed, which is probably why I wanted to depict Fingon before his death so badly.

I'll definitely come back to Tolkien-themed paintings sooner or later, but I can't say when.
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah that sounds great!
I hope I don't come off as pushy or anything. I just recently started to venture into drawing Tolkien stuff myself (though merely sketches so far), so I'm going a bit hyper over every bit of art I find here :giggle:
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no, that’s fine! I'm glad when people enjoy the fanart I'm doing, that gives me an excuse to do more :D.

My folder with Tolkien-themed pictures by other artists is getting closely to 1000 pictures. Deviantart is a great place :D. Poke around at your leisure!
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Dulliros Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich mag die Gegenüberstellung von kalten und warmen Farben.
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Kann ja nicht immer nur alles monochrom bei mir sein, also ist mal was dichrom :P
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oOSulimeOo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Wow. Grandiose Farben.
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Danke :).
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful job on both. (sometimes I hate my scanner) :)
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean…
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) but how else would we share, right? 
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sadly, yes…
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D recently my operating system and scanner wouldn't work together and I was ever so upset. I got an hp envy and I'm just grateful to even have one now, even if it does act stupid at times.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's certainly better than nothing.
My problem has never been the operating system, but swallowed colours, which is bad enough already.
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
when I set mine for a higher dpi it seems to pick up enough so when I add contrast it looks better. just a thought for you!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Even higher than 300dpi? ^^ I don’t even know if the scanner can take higher resolution pictures. I might try, though :).
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Curundil Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sehr, sehr schön. Das Elbenheer im Hintergrund des Fingon-Bildteils gefällt mir auch sehr gut! Man erkennt perfekt, was es ist, und die Farben und das Licht auf Rüstungen, Wimpeln und Mänteln sind absolut glaubhaft - trotzdem ist alles so angedeutet, dass nichts vom Vordergrund ablenkt. Toll!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Super, dann habe ich ja endlich mal die richtig Balance zwischen zu viel und zu wenig Detail im Hintergrund hinbekommen :). Ich hatte mir erst Sorgen gemacht, dass die Figuren zu schludrig wären, um noch zu erkennen was sie darstellen, aber gut, dass sie funktionieren.
Vielen Dank!
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Curundil Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Die funktionieren nicht nur, die sind prima! Party 
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Danke!
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So good to finally see it done!:heart: I think Maedhros's pose is a bit strange, but other than that, it's beautiful! I love Fingon's pose and all the armor details.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe I was inspired by my cats for Maedhros’ pose, and cats can bend themselves like liquids :D. And I was lazy and cut off his arms…
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HomunColoss Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sehr sc hön wieder mal, mir gefällt vor allem die Stimmung und das blaue Farbschema beim linken :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Puh, dann hab' ich die Farben ja richtig ausgesucht ;).
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JulSteele Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Haar ist ja auch was schönes. :D
Ich mag Deine Posen sehr, insbesondere im linken Bildteil ist Dir die wieder echt gut gelungen. 
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Da habe ich auch so lange dran gewerkelt und die Skizze zweimal wieder verworfen O_o. Optimal ist es jetzt auch nicht, aber ich kann damit gut leben :D.
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sunnyfiny Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So schöööön! Wie du das Licht hinkriegst, am Himmel und den Feuerschein auf dem Haar... wunderbar. :-D Die Scannerstreifen sind dieses Mal gar nicht so auffällig finde ich. Aber ich kenne das Original ja nicht.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ja, dieses Mal ging es irgendwie. Vielleicht aber auch, weil das Bild relativ groß ist und das hier nur 35% der Scangröße oder so sind ;).
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Finarfel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Liebe! ;-P
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
…Und Freude und Sonnenschein?
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WilliWeissfuss Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bämm! Meine Güte, das ist der Hammer! So schöne Details, der Himmel ist mal wieder große Klasse, und ich finde ja, Du kannst echt gut Falten malen. Und die Haare...seufz.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Falten mag ich auch gerne malen :D.
Danke!
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Indiliel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Wow! Great work! I love how you colored both and the contrast with blue and red is very nice =).
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Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad that has worked out :).
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