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Nirnaeth: Fingon the Valiant by aautio Nirnaeth: Fingon the Valiant by aautio
Nirnaeth Arnoediad: ‘Utúlie’n aurë!’

“Then when Fingon heard afar the great trumpet of Turgon his brother, the shadow passed and his heart was uplifted, and he shouted aloud: ‘Utúlie’n aurë! Aiya Eldalië ar Atanatari, utúlie’n aurë! The day has come! Behold, people of the Eldar and Fathers of Men, the day has come!’ And all those who heard his great voice echo in the hills answered crying: ‘Auta i lómë! The night is passing!’ ”

- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, Chapter 20, Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

Fingon the Valiant, son of Fingolfin; High King of the Ñoldor in Exile, ready to ride into the battle of Unnumbered Tears.. and to his death.

This drawing had several starting points: 1) I wanted to have another go at drawing a horse.. this time I did my homework and looked at many horse pictures for reference; 2) I wanted to further develop my design for elven armour.. now I can scrap that helmet study; 3) This scene was on my to-do list.. I'm planning several Nirnaeth illustrations; 4) After those more sketchy pencil-style illustrations I wanted to try a more clean inked lineart style; 5) I wanted to draw Fingon; :) 6) I did not want to write like I was supposed to.. :paranoid:

Throw all those together and this came out.. I quite like it myself. :) Drawn in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet, about 5 hours total. I started this yesterday and was going to leave it as WIP to wait for a later time.. but I just couldn't resist finishing it up this morning.. :ohmygod: I'll have to do something to keep myself concentrated with actual work! I think I'll need to lock up my tablet (I knew I should've waited until I'm all done with work before buying one! :shakefist:), so this will definitely be my last submission for some time.. Enjoy. :)

EDIT: I edited the horse's hooves, they're bigger now. Some minor tweaks and slight changes to the size to make it work as a print
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Damirius Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great!
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Mimisilvertongue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning!!
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I think he might have looked better with a trumpet at his lips but this is still stunning :)
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:iconbreadfreak:
breadfreak Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh this is gorgeous! *envy your skills* You're inspiring me to draw more. :)
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Marco112112 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
CraaaaaiiiiZY
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:iconveronus:
veronus Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
a bit over the top, but still nice!
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Andunie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Wow, details! I love the angle, the armor, the horse, and the entire thing in general. Very beautiful.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
:) Thanks a lot!
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envinyatare Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
How many details... Beautiful
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:iconaautio:
aautio Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Thank you! :thanks:
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NaomiVanDoren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2006   Digital Artist
wow. an exciting drawing to look at! :+fav:
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Senekha Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
I love your pencil Silmarillion pieces! You should do more Sil drawings...*greedy*

I'm working on one of Fingolfin standing before a host of Noldor, holding his sword and helm and...yeah, well...it'll be a while before it's finished!
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aautio Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Thank you! :D Heh, fooled you.. :giggle: this is drawn with my new tablet, not pencil. It's still just the same style as my pencil pieces, though.. :XD: I will definitely draw more Sil stuff.. when i'll have time.
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mindofka Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
The dynamics are great, very difficult pose, you made an excellent job :clap:
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aautio Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Thanks, Ana! :) I'm happy with this.. i managed to complete the armour design, Fingon turned out well, and i'm particularily happy about the horse, since i'm just learning to draw those.. I'm still going to edit his hooves, though, since i got some feedback about those.
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mindofka Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006
Tell me when you corrected ;)
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Cunninghan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
Awersome picture :) One of my favorite :+fav:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
Thanks a lot! :) I'm quite pleased with this myself.. i'm only going to do some very little corrections when i have the time, though.. :D
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Elenmire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
is very detailed and worked, I like the composition
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
Thank you! i worked quite a lot on the composition, moving, turning and rescaling elements on separate layers before i started drawing the final lineart.. i really like the possibilities of this digital medium! :)
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lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2006   Traditional Artist
wahhhh...wonderfull!!!**
the armour is marvelous! you created a very beauty lineart on it** ...and the horse!!! ok, I'm dying on the horse...it's drawing tooo well ç____ç
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
Thank you! I'm very happy with the horse, it's much better than the first attempt.. but this time i searched with google for lots of horse pictures and studied them as reference, so it should be too! :)

I like this digital medium.. now that the lineart is on different layer from the shading, i can try all kinds of things with colour later with a clean lineart! :D
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lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006   Traditional Artist
ohh I understand!!>__<

ohh, it's a digital drawing?°° I didn't understood ^^'' I've ever thinked that you made them with pen°°'''
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
:giggle: hehehe, yeah, it's completely digital! (Except the paper texture is originally scanned.. but anyway). I still think pencil is my favourite medium, but i'm learning to use the tablet as well and i quite like all the possibilities it offers!
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lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006   Traditional Artist
ohhh I understand°° *learns some new mysterious tecnological thing*
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Elenai Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006
I think that's one of the most emotonal scenes from Silmarillion.. I think I like the sword the most
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:iconaautio:
aautio Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
I think it's a powerful scene.. very much a signature Tolkien moment, too! :D The shading on the sword was really quick but i really like how it turned out! :)
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ivoignob Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will not repeat, how well you did on the armour and all that... absolutely great. your drawings are always motivating me to do more myself!
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006
Thanks a lot! I'm really glad if my work inspires you! :)
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006
Great work! :clap:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006
Thank you! :)
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Ahrihliir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Duuuude.....O.o Awesome job on the horse!! I do agree that the hooves look funny. They're too small... Well, the right front (from the horse's perspective) looks just right. And the armor is awesome (horse AND human...er...elf)!! I wish I had some armor like that for MY horse...
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
Thank you! :D And thanks again for the comment.. i might still edit those hooves, then.
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Verwildert Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This horse looks fantastic, his head is well done and body looks fine... such a difference from the last one! O_o What happened? The hooves seem a little bit small, but not enough to distract me from the rest of the picture. I only noticed after staring at it for a few minutes. :) The right front hoof looks good. The rest, meh. Moving up the picture....
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That guy is freaking awesome! Armour is epic enough to satisfy even my deepest cravings for krig.. slaget och blod.. :drool: *cough* I was... just... daydreaming a minute ago. Whoops... aaaanyway, his sword is lovely, and the details in this are very nicely done indeed. Overall it's a well balanced picture, me thinks.
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
Thanks, Lissu! What happened? Well, references happened! I googled for horse pics and studied them.. also there's some pretty extensive sketching on invisible layers there! :D Hmm, i guess i could still touch up the hooves, then.. later. One can edit digital images endlessly, that's the beauty of it. :D

So.. you speak Swedish too, now? :XD: You're just amazing, but you do know that, of course! :hug:
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Nifrodel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Great Fingon :love: FAV :+fav:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
:D Thank you very much!
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Awesomeness!!! The sword is so shiny!!! And and everything just looks awesome! The horse's hooves look a little weird to me, but they ~always~ look weird to me, so it's probably just me. I love the armour, both on the horse and on the guy... Wonderful work!
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Thanks, Pikko! :D Weird, how, exactly? I'd like to know so icould draw them better next time.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
They look smallish... but then, I say that ~all the time~ about horses' hooves... Heh ^^;
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
You're not the only one to say so.. i guess i'll need to work on them still.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
^^; I was right about something horse-related for once! Hahaha
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
:) Yeah, and you were the first one to point it out too.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
:paranoid: Yeah, what about it? You wanna fight?
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2006
:ohmygod: No, i meant you were the first one to notice the hooves were too small, that's all.. though i see now the comment could be read rather differently. I guess i should learn to proof-read what i write.. or just not write anything when i'm practically falling asleep. :roll:
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Succubus1982 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jeeeeeeeesus. Your horses are not only getting better they're getting amazing. The pose is fantastic!!!! I stand astounded :clap:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Thank you, my friend! :D I had a separate sketching layer for each part (and about 7 for the lineart, 2 for shading, 1 for details..) and i worked hard on the pose before doing any detailwork. This is where the digital medium is really wonderful.. you can rescale, rotate and move parts of the posing sketch until it looks right and only then start drawing! I must say i'm really happy and proud of how this turned out! :dance:
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celebrindal15 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:faint: your work amazes me each time i see it
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
:D Thank you!
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006   Digital Artist
:love: What a faaaaantastic armor! :love: How do you make it? It must be kind of magic :paranoid:
Hoprse is adorable , too. The only thing looking a bit off to me is the sword's direction - maybe it's just my tired eyes (I painted the whole night again, those wacom tablets are indeed evil thigs!) but for me his hand is in another angle than the sword. Like the sword should be turned 3-5 degrees higer.
I want to use your armor concepts as reference, may I? And clothes, your designs are fantastic :thumbsup: Can't wait for more Nirnaeth images, wish to make some myself one day.
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