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Fingolfin vs. Morgoth II by EthalenSkye Fingolfin vs. Morgoth II by EthalenSkye
So here's a coloured experiment of the recent submission [link] .
Made it a bit darker and gave just enough colour I think. Didn't want it overwhelmed. . . . .
Should I stop with this as is, or any suggestions what I could do?
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:iconandiwillanswerno:
This is absolutely amazing work. Looks, in my opinion, a lot better than the first one you submitted. Not saying that one was bad, at all. In the book it talks about the hellish fires of Angband, calling Morgoth the Dark Lord clad in Iron and the evil feeling that the whole place resonates, and you've really captured that here. The dark cloud and the plumes of fiery smoke. The only sense of good and light would be Fingolfin, and that ends when he is killed. A very nicely interpreted deviation, I'll picture this in my head whenever I read over that chapter of my Silmarillion again.
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Black0wl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Looks fantastic, definetely the best version of Morgoth I have seen. And I have seen many.

Only criticism is that Morgoth looks a little bit too dark. Otherwise, A*.
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Taurauthiel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Epic drawing! :) Morgoth scares me a bit though :o
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Thank you! :D If morgoth scared you, then I drew him right! ;)
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noleme Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I like this. One of the few images that has the proportions of both duellers believable :) I like the eerie light surrounding Fingolfin. The only thing to pick at for me would be the light beyond the gate of Angband, I personally imagine dark clouds shrouding it ;)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Thank you for the wonderful comment! :D
It may be a bit to bright, but the sky is alight with the fires of the volcanoes above Angband. I wanted some partial silhouette for Morgoth, however I do agree there's a bit too much light...:)
Thank you again - and for the :+fav:
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light-serpent Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive work, I like the use of colours!
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:iconethalenskye:
EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Cheers! It was a fun bit o' colouring I must say! :)
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Every time I see the Similrils I think, "why does he have three eyes?" :XD:
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:iconethalenskye:
EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
:lol: Morgoth wanted to be spider-looking I suppose! :D
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
epic! one of the best stories in the Silmarillion it like your interpretation of it even though i saw it differently (but that doesn't make it bad at all)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Thank you kindly! Everyone's got their own interpretion - and that's always beautiful to me! :)
This has always been one of my favourite scenes as well. Turin's tale has a lot of great imagery too. ;)
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
yes yes yes it was so epic literally :nod:
and Blind Guardian's adaptation of it was stunning
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wildfox76 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Beautiful!
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:iconethalenskye:
EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Thank you! :)
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Mae-Katherine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this picture is absolutely stunning :D Excellent work. You portraited this scene from Silmarillion in the best way I could ever imagine ^^
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:iconethalenskye:
EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
:aww: Thank you kindly! That makes me happy!

Perhaps you might like this work I just completed: [link] , the quiet before the storm! :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Hey, stumbled upon this one again. One of your master pieces I must say old chap!!
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:iconethalenskye:
EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Ah! Cheers Boy-o!
I'm still quite proud of it, myself!
My next masterpiece is based on another masterpiece of mine! ;)
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woutart Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
:D hmm I wonder what that will be...
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! That Fingolfin was one brave Elf! :O
Looks like it was quite an epic battle there!
Pretty cool design on them both there - Morgoth's armour looks seriously corpselike, and that Grond was one hell of a big mace!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Hey! Cheers, bro! I'm happy you like it! :)
Poor Fingolfin sure was brave . . . and he got smashed for it! . . . .
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only FŽanor hadn't been so possessive of those darn Silmarils... :hmm:
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
:lol: Yeah, he was a stingy ol' bloke!
Thank you for the :+fav:!!! :)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And a right hothead, as his name suggested! :XD:
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WordSmith7 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
I really like the colors! I think it was a nice improvement. It gives so much more life to it.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Thank you kindly!
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NaurCalad Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice! :D The colors look great and I like the composition. What traditional media did you use? :P
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:iconethalenskye:
EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thank you very much!
It was a mix of pencil, drawing pen and grey-scale markers (both from Faber Castel), and some editing in Corel PSP. The Silmarils were brightened with the sunbirst tool.
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bearmage78 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this one is cool. keep up the good work
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Thanks, Dave!
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Syaiku Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   Interface Designer
ooooooh, I really like the punch the bit of colour adds! It looks really great against the dark tones and really puts you in the hellish environment of the picture!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Thank you, KC! It's alive!!! Aliiiive!!! :lol:
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Scilens Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
sooooo impressive! it's one of my favourite scenes in the book :) and it's a beautiful illustration. I like the glow around him ;)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Thank you kindly!
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Scilens Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
sooooo impressive! it's one of my favourite scenes in the book :) and it's a beautiful illustration. I like the glow around him ;)
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Qitian Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hadn't thought that it was possible to improve on the first version, but you actually did. This is just fantastic - wonderful balance of darkness and colour, and the blue in Fingolfin's sets him off against all the red very nicely.

Something that I find odd is that the light from behind the walls of Angband, the light of the Silmarils and the light around Fingolfin all seem to have (more or less) the same degree of brightness. Personally I'd expect the Silmarils to be rather brighter than either the "glow" around Fingolfin (though it makes for a nice contrast against Morgoth) or the fires of Angband. Of course this may just be a problem of my computer screen though.

Either way, fantastic work!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Thank you kindly, my friend!
Hmm . . . Let's see . . . . I got it! The Silmarils are enslaved in Morgoth's crown and therefore the light is subdued. How about that?;)
As for all lightings' equal degree, I didn't think about it really - other than I wanted Morgoth to be the great contrast in all this piece. Maybe I'll play with this some more. :)
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Qitian Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, that would work, I guess ;)
Well, it's only a small thing, and your painting is awesome either way.
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Kirsui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student General Artist
The coloured version looks very good too! :D Really like the new effects you have given to this. :clap:
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:iconethalenskye:
EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Thank you very much. I'm enjoying it myself! :D
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Mistgod Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I was hoping someone would say that! :lol:
Cheers!
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Mistgod Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. It needed to be said for sure!
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Bogbrush Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Now that is just stunning :)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Thank you very much, Phil!
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Laleanen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
This is gorgeous. I was impressed enough with the first version, but the firey backlighting and Fingolfin's radiance really added the finishing touch. I especially like the slight hint of blue in Fingolfin's attire. It's just enough to really set him apart, without being overwhelming. This could have been an actual book illustration. FANTASTIC work.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Excellent! Thank you for such a wonderful comment!
I was very happy with the way it turned out myself - and for just some of the reasons you mentioned. ;)
Thank you for the :+fav: too! :hug:
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
the slight use of color really makes this piece pop!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
It did, didn't it?!
Thanks, Geff. :)
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
your very welcome and yes it did :D
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