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I Beheld... by AbePapakhian I Beheld... by AbePapakhian
Trying for a renaissance feel. Photoshop and pencils
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
 Apropos of nothing this may be, but it occurs to me that reports that Gil-Galad and Elendil "wrestled with Sauron" make a lot more sense if one imagines that The Dark Lord took them on armoured from head-to-foot but unarmed, save for the colossal power in his evil spirit and towering physical form, an invitation to hand-to-hand combat … which The High Kings would have been wise enough to decline!

 (I admit that I'm a little disappointed that Elendil does not appear to be on the brink of taking Sauron about the waist and THROWING him to the ground before being hurled aside himself, dying at the very moment Gil-Galad pins Sauron to the ground even as he is consumed by the fire of his wrath and Sauron's hatred … I may have a melodramatic imagination).
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hipolub Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Grey vapors curtained off the horrors lagging behind and i wasn't sure exactly what i saw until my eyes pierced through the shield of smoke and backs of my starttled allies. Before i raised my head to this horrible dread a sickening shriek sounded in my ears. It was my own. Blazing eyes delurked from the shadows and metal glove grasped our captain's sword to cast the finishing blow on his defensless body. Like a child seeking refuge under the quilt I closed my eyes. But he was still there, waiting, eating away my soul and brain with heartless, blood-red gaze. The horrying shape made from shadow and dust, a creature conceived by death. I beheld...

Awsome art. I'm in awe :D
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
 I must admit that The Last Alliance is one of my favourite incidents from the entire Mythic Cycle composed by Professor Tolkien; Elves and Men take on The Dark Lord in Sword-and-Sandals style AND WIN (also The High Kings WRESTLE with Sauron - as far as I'm concerned this places them with Fingolfin and Huan, Hound of Valinor in the Gold Standard of Middle-Earth Heroics). 

 To be honest I actually see it as proof of Professor Tolkien's maxim that those who fail of their promise do not always fail of their seed; I see The Last Alliance as being the fulfilment of the mighty promise Hurin Thalion threw into the teeth of Morgoth and his thralls at the Battle of Tears Unnumbered "Day shall come again!" (not to mention that promise of victory glimpsed in the Union of Maedhros before the treachery of Ulfang upset the balance of the battle in the Enemy's favour); some part of my imagination would like to believe that 'Aure Entuluva' was the war-cry of the Alliance at Dagorland, where many ancient scores were settled.   
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Nategold0410 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Beautiful.  Love the renaissance feel!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks.
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kar7 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Valiant Gil-Galad and nice colord!
With a sence of reality,awesome!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you.
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kar7 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
You are most welcome! 
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Cuileth Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist
The armor is awesome!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you.
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Cuileth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just wanted to point out that the two Scale armors are fucking great :D
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for noticing. I wanted something unique for Gil-Galad and for Isildur to distinguish them.
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they turned out great :)
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HilbertGR Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Wish I could do fanart of Lotr at least 1/1000000 of this
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ESWard Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Lord of the Rings, I'm guessing? I thought I'd figured out Gil-galad, Elendil, and Isulder (ugh... spelling not working yet this morning), and then I noticed that someone had commented on Gil-galad's spear.... so you're definitely doing a good job. Furthermore, the colors, shapes, and general feel of the piece do seem very much Renaissance. Its funny because the gray patches in the background (like the flag) almost look like places where the fresco flaked off. The only thing that doesn't quite seem to fit with that style is Sauron himself. Maybe its because his armor is so bulky and his stance is rather square, but it seems like I recall even the villains in that art being portrayed as beautiful things with rounder shapes. At any rate, you did an excellent job. Wish I could do LOTR fanart with half the skill.
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DanteVanHell Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If you want a "renaissance feel" you should try to work with some kind of oil-brush (?) ... because this looks like pencil ... a little like the early Warhammer Fantasy-Illustrations ... still very nice work!
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avi17 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Oh wow, I thought this was all traditional. Good job!
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extremendousness Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I cannot believe you took the time to synchronize the design of Gil-galad's spear from your previous drawing 'The Last Alliance' to this one. That's what I call dedication :D

I love all the designs of the armor and clothing. I also like how it doesn't look too digital. It still has all the great texture that comes with traditional art.
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mavruda Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Trying for a renaissance feel - actually you did very well ! :)
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ridley100 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good image overall, but Sauron seems to be blending into the background there and it's hard to discern him.

Given how the last battle was everyone gang-piling Sauron (and two of them being killed), it would be better to put Sauron in the center and have the others surrounding him.

I do like all of the individual characters though, especially your Gil-Galad.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't remember reading anything that said everyone was attacking Sauron, only Elendil and Gil-Galad, and I believe Tolkien had them wrestling Sauron down. I could be wrong. My take has Elendil sacrificing himself to allow a killing blow by Gil-Galad.

I prefer less symmetrical compositions, off center makes things more interesting.
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silicio1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
one of the best!!
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sequency Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Very nice details and style!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Details I love doing. Style is a lot harder to develop. This piece came out well on both fronts. Glad you liked it.
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AndIWillAnswerNo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is probably one of the most amazing images I have seen... very nice recreation from The Silmarillion.
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kull91 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
... EPIC!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. For my second piece using photoshop under my pencils, it turned out pretty good.
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kull91 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
no problem! it turned out great :)
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VanwaLullaby Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
amazing.
ive read the hobbit, and the lost road, and the triology but i have never read the Sim. because my dad sys its like reading a history book, and no where seems to have it. :(
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Fredendil Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I can't believe it's been 9 years since last i saw this in its sketch form, wow. I can even see that the old man on the left changed a little in its original features (in the sketch).

When i saw this and your other drawings in your gallery, i instantly remembered seeing them almost a decade ago. I even went back to my old LOTR files and went, "yup! it's him!" lol. Great to find your artwork here on dA as well, kudos.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reminding me that it's been so long! Honestly didn't think anyone noticed back then.

I kept procrastinating about taking this seriously, but I felt that I owed it to myself to see if I have what it takes.

Hope you enjoy the rest of my work.
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Fredendil Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
well, now you know at least these old guy here remembers the good ol' days, lol.

Kudos to ya then. In my opinion, i think you have what it takes man. Sometimes life gets in the way, so i understand the procrastinating stuff (i do that all the time and i shouldn't, but oh well). Keep at it, so far, so good =).

Sure thing, will do =)
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Morionquetil Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
A FANTASTIC piece. I have never seen such concepts used in such professional efficiency. Kudos the world over for finishing this painting - it seems like it could very well be a vivid fresco that would not be out of place in the Hall of Fire in Rivendell, or even in a memorial chamber in the House of Kings in Minas Tirith.

Simply beautiful, stunning, and well-researched. I love the subtle - and not-so-subtle - nuances and bits of gear echoing the Renaissance and other periods of our timeline, from Elendil's sabatons to the hilts of Cirdan's sword as well as his studded jerkin. The detail is exquisite.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad someone picked up on all the armour research. I tried to find something unique for each individual. Elrond's armour was based on high renaissance Polish armour, while Isildur's tried to reflect the fact that Numenorean's were mariners. I remember reading somewhere that Tolkien saw them in the same vein as egyptians, so that's where Gil-Galad's pharaonic looking helmet comes from.
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GojiraGirl75 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Superb, to say the least:clap:.
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Leevah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Absolutely stunning and a really original approach to design of armour. I am blown away!
And this is now my favourite depiction of Aeglos ^^
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Their expressions are absolutely great. What is the scene? (Hasn't read the Sil in ages)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! This isn't from the Silmarillion. This is Elrond's description of the final battle on the slopes of Orodruin, from the council of Elrond chapter. He talks of Gil-galad's death and Elendil's fall.

So the characters are Cirdan, Elrond, Gil-galad, Elendil and Isildur.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Ah, my bad- the armor is unlike any depiction I have seen before, so I assumed the Sil xD It's still absolutely wonderful.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Amazing. Stylish.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. This is my second amalgamation piece. I started with a pencil illustration and then did everything in photoshop. It worked out pretty well.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
I like the way you explore beyond your personal "standard" style for something new and different.
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TheLotRClub Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
featured! [link]
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choclatecruncher16 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Student General Artist
my goodness....... thats epic. so charecterfull and detailed.
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TheLotRClub Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
My- :omg:
Ok. You got me VERY impressed here. . Everyone is painted with such care and detail- Ilove how you've followed the boook's descriptions on each one's armor and weapons. Well done!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much! The Silmarillion is so rich with great imagery. The last stand of the brothers Hurin and Huor is one of my favorites.
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TheLotRClub Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
It is a great scene, and very well- written. Their sacrifice is very noble, but it is also nice to see how that affected the lives of their sons : How Turgon got indebted to Huor for aiding him to retreat, and later he would accept Tuor as a son... It proves that Men could be as brave and valorous as the Elven lords , and how different they were from Uldor's kin who betrayed Caranthir and swore alliance to Morgoth.

On another note, I love how you've designed the Dragon Helm. It looks very realistic. :D
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formenost Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very original, nice work on the armors
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