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Beren at Felagund's throne by aautio Beren at Felagund's throne by aautio
The great thing about DA is that seeing the work of others is a great source of inspiration. I saw the beautiful portrait of Finduilas by ~lilie-morhiril just the other day and that inspired me to draw my first Tolkien illustration in 10 years or so! (..wait, i just remembered painting a watercolour piece for my brother two years ago for christmas - but that was inspired by the movie so it doesn't count! :D )

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!

Sepia version here: [link]

EDIT: Better scan
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tracyjb Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
So intricate. Not only that, but you have a way of filling your artwork with story. I'm quite impressed. =)
aautio Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
Thank you! :) I wish i could draw those decorations the way you do - repeating knotwork patterns are absolutely great for all kinds of borders but i just so can't draw them.. no matter how carefully i plan or draw they look wobbly and eventually the lines spin out of control, my eyes can't look straight and my head hurts! That's pretty much the point where the whole drawing starts to bug me, just like with this one.. and all because of some stupid small ornament somewhere. :lol:

By the way, i must thank you also for your help: i visited your site last week and had a look at the tutorial you have there. I've always sketched the guidelines when i've thought of poses, but i've never actually drawn that kind of stick skeleton first. Such a simple little thing, but i can't belive how much easier it makes sketching the poses and propotions! I didn't even realize i have a problem with posing, but looking at some older stuff now i see they look so stiff. So your advice has done wonders to my sketching - now i actually plan my drawings a bit more before just starting to draw. So :thanks:

Even that knotwork tutorial doesn't seem to help my first problem, though.. i'm hopeless with those bloody knots.
lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005   Traditional Artist
wahhh, stupid DA!>__< I'm not able to see the bigger view of your draw...even if, I see (as I promised^^) it in the previus, and it is very very beauty!**...and I'm so glad to inspirate a so beauty draw! have a good style...and I love the decoration in this illustration! I hope to see very soon another your Tolkien's illustration...and continue to talk with you about his wonderfull work^^
Verwildert Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are amazing! I can't believe the awesome amount of detail in this! ~lilie-morhiril is an great artist... that's really cool that you drew inspiration from her. I absolutely love this piece... excellent job.
aautio Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
Thank you! :) I hope i'll have time to draw more Tolkien stuff soon.. I think that Findrod at least deserves a better portrayal of himself!
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