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Beren at Felagund's Throne 2 by aautio Beren at Felagund's Throne 2 by aautio
Beren at Felagund's Throne


”Thus Beren came before King Finrod Felagund; and Felagund knew him, needing no ring to remind him of the kin of Bëor and of Barahir.”

- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 19: Of Beren and Lúthien


This is the second incarnation of this Silmarillion illustration.. sepia tone with a brown paper background done in Photoshop (Thank you for the idea and help, Ana! :heart:). For the description I'll quote myself below:

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This is a scene from the Silmarillion, from the tale of Beren and Lúthien, where Beren arrives in Nargothrond to ask for the aid of king Finrod Felagund in his quest for the Silmaril. He presents the Ring of Barahir, given to his father by Felagund as a token of the debt he owed Barahir for saving his life. The other elves in the picture are supposed to be Finduilas, Gwindor and the treacherous sons of Fëanor, Curufin and Celegorm.

Well, what can i say.. it's just a pencil drawing. As a drawing i think it's ok except i'm not happy with how Finrod looks.. His pose looks like he is slumped in his chair and despite my efforts to fix his expression he still looks more like a drooling vedgetable than a great elven king. And when i was halfway done with the piece and getting pretty frustrated with the evil knotwork patterns that always get me confused, the nitpicky Tolkien fan in me stirred and started pointing out that elven kings used to stand up to greet their guests, and that Finrod didn't need to see the ring to recognize Beren as the son of Barahir despite his ragged looks, and that he should probably be wearing the Nauglamír too, AND that they talked first of the quest behind closed doors.. and so on.. ;) Anyway, i wasn't so motivated to finish the pic any more so the rest of the decoration and shading in particular is quite sloppy.. but i just wanted to finish it quickly a be done with it!

B/W version here: [link]

EDIT: Better scan, new paper background
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:iconjoryrferrell:
JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Artist
Hey...how much would an image like this cost? How long would it take to complete?
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Love it! Finrod looks excellent with the clothes.
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Luthce Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Finrod's boots are great ;] He was Galadriel's brother, right?
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Thank you! :) Yes, that's correct; he was Finarfin's eldest son and Galadriel's big brother.
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amegusa Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, but Felagund looks here like a woman
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
Yeah.. I wasn't very happy with how he looks here either.. probably the mouth is what's most off in it. In addition to feminine I think he looks brain-damaged. Anyway, this was my first Silmarillion drawing in 15 years or so and I hope I'm getting better..
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amegusa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm... but I still like this picture, I've never been good in group drawings ;) What do you think about my works?
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KurakDarcia Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
(you draw) wonderful! + fav
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aautio Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
:) Thank you!
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Elenmire Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
I like the difference between the light and beauty of the elfs and the darkness and dramatic quality of beren. a good contrast.
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aautio Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Heh, yeah.. he was supposed to look quite ragged at that point, wasn't he? :) Thanks!
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Lorna36 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
*Speechless again* :jawdrop: Your gallery is going to leave me dumb if i'm not careful! I love the style. :boogie:
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aautio Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
:) Oh, thank you very much! :thanks:
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DracoHun Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
good work
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aautio Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Thanks.
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Abigel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
I know what you mean, when I start drawing and see that it begin to look quite good, I want to finish it as fast as possible :D
details, decoration and the rest of background is drawn, to my mind, very good. picture really looks professional, and I think its mainly because of shades, I like this technique. I must also say that faces - all of them - are great. appropriate, and elvish.
just good work :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Thank you! Yes, i'm horribly impatient while working on something.. i always want to see it finished right away! The most fun part of drawing is the sketching, when you see the composition evolve and the the facial details and expression that give personality to the characters.. after those are done the rest is just boring technical work. I don't mind shading and decoration in small amounts but i always end up putting too much and get frustrated before i'm finished. :XD:
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voici Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
Despite the nit-pick-y-ness about it all, I think you did a marvelous job. It's too easy to get caught up in being accurate and forget that you drew a damn good picture :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Thanks. :) I know i could still go back to the piece and fix that shading and make it look better.. but once the motivation is taken away by those little annoyances it doesn't seem too inspiring any more.. ;)
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Succubus1982 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail! :wow: I pity your fingers and envy your talents! Incredible inking. I must fave this. Felagund is one of my favourites of the Silmarillion :+favlove:
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
Thank you, thank you! :D He's always been my favourite of the kings of Noldor too.

Actually it's all pencils, but i've played with the levels, colour and that paper effect in PS.

ps. hilarious sig w/ the Fëanoreans, btw :lol:
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Succubus1982 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe yes most people like that. I've thought of changing it but people seem to like it and its attracted me a fair few pageviews before so I guess I should leave it as is.
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Valadix Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes you should! I love it too:clap:...I'm going to check out your page as well! I presume you're another Tolkien fan? I haven't done any Tolkien works yet, but I have several in my favourites...one day I'll try it out:work:
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Succubus1982 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used to be about 4-5 years ago but I don't draw much lately and definately not Tolkien stuff. Alas the inspiration for them has left me.
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Valadix Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Pity:tears:
Hope you get inspired soon!
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vixentheangryfox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice :D I love the detail work and the brown cast to it....very spiffy
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005
Thanks! :D
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005
So much detail... and you worry about all the story detail stuff way too much!!! It's fine that he's sitting! and his pose is fine! The only thing I'd mess with would be... Beren's left arm, looks kinda off.. but other than that, awesome!!
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005
:thanks: yeah, well.. i meant Finrod's pose to be like he's leaning forward, interested --but it didn't turn like that exactly. Also, the way his face first turned out was bad and i never really managed to fix it well enough. And i did this piece (like the others..) without looking at the text first and in the middle of drawing i started remembering all these details..

You're right about the arm, i think i have exaggerated the perspective there too much.. it's not the only thing that's off with Beren.. This was my first "stick pose" drawing and all the things are not exactly where they should be.. A problem that i noticed when i had already drawn his head down to smallest detail was that it was too much to the left and off the center line of his shoulders. This made his right arm seem way too long, and it still does even if i shortened it. Well, i found more mistakes... but then the knotwork pattern frustration already kicked in and i wanted to be done with this and start another! :D
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005
My goodness... you're as picky about your work as I am about mine!!! Don't worry, I didn't notice any of that stuff!
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