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?
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.
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
Thank you for the wonderful comment! 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
Wow! That Fingolfin was one brave Elf! 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!
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.
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.
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.