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Noldorin Character Sketches by aautio Noldorin Character Sketches by aautio
Ok.. The usual suspects: mug shots from the archives of the Police of Valinor !

I'll post this as a "thank-you-for-500-hits pic" even if this sketch is still an ongoing process that isn't quite finished yet. But since I scanned it yesterday I might as well show it.. and it's become such an important piece for me during all this time I've been working on it -- even if it is just a sketch.

The picture is quite self-explanatory; anyone can see it's Finwë and his three sons in the top row, the seven sons of Fëanor on the left and the children of Fingolfin and Finarfin on the right. I made this sketch already a while ago to act as a reference sheet for myself when drawing these characters in my illustrations, but I've been revising and tweaking and polishing it all the time, because I'm still not happy with the looks of all of them.. especially not with Maglor and Angrod, I'll have to work on them still.. and Maedhros and Aegnor seem to be begging for some minor tweaking as well. The only ones I'm sufficiently pleased with as to not touch them any more are Turgon, Finrod and Orodreth. I think Fingon and Fëanor are almost there as well and the rest look basically like I envision them but each of those has some things (that I can't quite place) just slightly off about them, which makes me not completely satisfied with their looks.

I have no idea how much time I've put into this during the past month or so.. An hour every now and then which sums up into.. quite a lot. I've completely erased and redrawn all of these characters several times.. some of them as many as 5 times. The poor piece of paper has seen so much eraser that soon it'll be worn through! Some more is still needed, though.. and I will update this when I'm finally happy with all of them.


EDIT: I'm working on a new version here. When that's finished, I'll move this one to scraps.
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Elfofme Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I like Aredhel and Galadriel the best.
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Veshtriktor Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Hi, your sketches are just great! :)

Fingon looks really cool here.

But there is one little thing on my mind. On your sketches is Fingolfin always dark haired. Correct me if Im wrong, but Im sure he is golden haired.

About the other guys - they are how I imagined them, really great work.
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felegund Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
I like your depiction of Finrod! He looks a lot like I imagined. :)

I also like Finarfin's expression. He looks so heartfelt. :D
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felegund Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
I like your depiction of Finrod! He looks a lot like I imagined. :)

I also like Finarfin's expression. He looks so heartfelt. :D
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AugustRain Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
WOW! You bring realism up to the forfront... FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD.... hence i am not that good yet... i can do portraits (saidly none of them are in my gallary because they get wisked away to their owners as soon as they are completed)... but i always have to have some kind of picture refrence... These are so good! Im in aw! i esspecially like the two women on the bottom right... and the guy in the top middle!

Once again great peice!
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Laureline Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
I think Curufin and Celegorm should be less like they are on your drawing and a lot bloodier with crows picking at their eye sockets. But that's just an opinion.
The first time I loked i this drawing I knew who's who but the more I look at it the more confused I am. They all have so much hardship graved on their faces. And one of them reminds me of a hobbit for some reason. Not that I have anything against hobbitses, on the contrary. =)
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aautio Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
Some of them don't look like anything i'd like them to look like.. only about half of them are anywhere near ok. This is kind of a WIP reference sheet, but i haven't had the time/interest to touch it up lately. Angrod, Maglor, Madhros, Aegnor and Curufin at least need work.. Only ones that i'm more or less happy with are Finrod and Turgon.. and maybe Orodreth and Fingon.
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Laureline Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
They're al amazing. The sons of Feanor look stern and full of inne rrager, they're perfect! :thumbsup:
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Senekha Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
Interesting! I love seeing how different people view the House of Finwe.
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aautio Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
This is still WIP in a way.. a study for a big three-part painting that i'm planning. Let's see if i'll ever have the time for that one..
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