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Fingon Prepares for His Quest by aautio Fingon Prepares for His Quest by aautio
Fingon Prepares for His Quest to Save Maedhros


“Then Fingon the valiant, son of Fingolfin, resolved to heal the feud that divided the Noldor, before their Enemy should be ready for war; fot the earth trembled in the Northlands with the thunder of the forges of Morgoth underground. Long before, in the bliss of Valinor, before Melkor was unchained, or lies came between them, Fingon had been close in friendship with Maedhros; and though he knew not yet that Maedhros had not forgotten him at the burning of the ships, the thought of their ancient friendship stung his heart. Therefore he dared a deed which is justly renowned among the feats of the princes of the Noldor: alone, and without the counsel of any, he set forth in search of Maedhros.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 13: Of the Return of the Noldor



Another older piece, drawn back in February 2006, I think, as a concept sketch for a Tolkien project. I was mainly interested in Fingon's equipment in this one.. and so, as usual, I didn't pay enough attention to his anatomy - it's a bit off even after I did some corrections to it in Photoshop. But the stuff he's carrying was the main focus anyway.. I felt he needed to have adequate travel gear, but light enough to be able to go by foot. He definitely took a lot of stuff with him, though.. I mean who would ever set out to the wilderness alone without a harp, right? ;)

Pencil drawing + Photoshop, as usual. I went for a bit more finished look and did more shading than I usually do.. But looking at it now, I'm not too thrilled about the funky anatomy and over-the-top gear. I should probably give the subject another try.. sometime.

(Ughh.. it seems they've messed up deviation categories big time...)
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avi17 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Love your version of him (he's my favorite Tolkien character :D), and the detail in the armor/clothing and weapons is impressive.
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noleme Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Lovely, I love the minute detail on everything :)
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shylittleunicorn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Wow! This is very cool. I love pencil work with a lot of details and shading. Thanks for sharing!
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sargentsnarky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
This is absolutely wonderful! I love it!

The idea of him using a two-handed sword makes me grin (is it a claymore? Or are the swords you draw not meant to be quite equivalent to the sorts in our world?), and the inclusion of the harp is equally delightful.

I mean... they're elves. They seem to live on poetry as much as they do on actual food and drink.
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Aranov Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've never thought about Elves wielding two-handed swords, but it would make sense. I love the overall design, especially the boots and the helm. The plume is so beautifully extravagant...
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kathrynlillie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Hahaha. . . the part about him finding Maedhros by playing his harp always made me go "wtf was he doing with a harp!?"

Fingon: What are the basic essentials for a long, dangerous trek? Food, sword, harp. . .

Gotta love those elves.

The detail in this is crazy amazing! The scale maile, the helm, the sword. . . in other words everything!
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Yeah.. he had his priorities in order! :D The harp always amused me as well, although it also reminded me of Kalevala.

Thanks a lot! :)
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Dinin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Fantastic! Fave, of course!
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thank you very much! :D
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RhapsodyBrd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
First thought: that is one heckuva great sword! So my train of thoughts immediately was like: he's a two handed fighter, will he strap the sword on his back and before I knew it it felt as I slipped in Fingon's head. This is a great accomplishment to engage your viewer in your artwork. Excellent work with a lot of intriguing details.
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thank you! :) It's great to hear a comment like that, makes one feel the work put to it is really appreciated! :thanks:
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primulatook Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorgeous detail...
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thank you!
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Winterthorn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
the detail is amazing! the shine on the ends of his braids makes his hair look clean and the graceful helm really does look like metal! WooOt go Fingon! Go save Maedhros!
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
I'm sure he can do it! :D Thanks! :)
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KlaraDrielle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! you have a great gallery!
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Thank you very much! :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh dear, detail overload!
Wooonderful work, gotta love that design!
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
:D

Thanks! :)
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Nifrodel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Lovely details :love:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007   Digital Artist
I love his helmet and outfit details. Will another of TLA concepts show up here? At least one more Fingon I saw there :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Thanks! :) I didn't originally post any of the TLA stuff here.. but since I know they won't be using these anyway I felt I can do that now. I'm not sure about the concept portrait of Fingon.. it's not that great. I might upload it in scraps later.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007   Digital Artist
Oh no, it is great, I remeber him! :) Never imagined him with forelock, though :XD:
Breogan posts her concepts here, so I don't see why you should not.
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Well, all right.. I'll submit it to scraps.

Actually I gave him that fringe to prevent him from looking too much like an Indian with his braided hair.. ;)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007   Digital Artist
He'll look like an Indian one day when I finally manage to finish him ;) That's what he looks like ;)
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Haha.. Ok, if you say so! :D
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DeeTay Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Student Writer
Really brilliant! :D
I adore your details as usual! :aww: So amazing. :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Thank you! :D I got a bit carried away with the details in this one.. it would have been better if I had had as much patience while I was sketching the initial pose too.. :roll:
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DeeTay Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Student Writer
Hehe I know what you mean, sometimes you'll just find yourself wishing you'd spent more time with the piece to begin with :) But I think it's _brilliant_ any way, and that's pretty impressive if you didn't have much patience on the anatomy xDD I don't worry about the anatomy in this piece, it's fantastic. :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Ok, ok, thanks! :lol:

It's just when you know something is a bit off, it keeps bothering you every time you look at the picture.. I can't help thinking that his torso is too long, his legs too sort, his shoulders in funny positions and his neck too long -- and I already shortened that as much as i could.. (this was drawn around the same time as the sons of Fëanor drawing -- it seems I had a habit of drawing "giraffe people" back then..) :roll:
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DeeTay Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Student Writer
:lol:

Heh well... :) You'll just make that different next time, eh? ;P Besides, what's fun about drawing if you can't improve.. :) Okay okay, so it may still be fun even for the perfect, but you catch my drift o.O Just know that I, like many others, am very impressed anyway, giraffes or not. xD
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yoodi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee seems to be pondering what to take "Hmmmm, sword or sheath?" ;P
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Lol.. yeah, he does, doesn't he? It was supposed to be more along the lines that he's worried and lost in his thoughts while he was about to put the sword into the sheath... but it could be that he's thinking: "Hmm.. since I'm taking the harp, I can't carry that much more.. I think the sword has to go!" :XD:
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yoodi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. :XD:
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