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Lords of the Rings by AbePapakhian Lords of the Rings by AbePapakhian
This is my most recent finished piece.

I'm not quite sure what to call it. I went with 'Lords' referring to Annatar and Celebrimbor, but that can change.

These 2 figures have been in the back of my mind for a long time and I needed to give them substance.
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A lot of great stuff going on here! The poses of the two lords to either side, and the battle in the middle are fluid and natural, and no detail has been spared where it comes to cloth and armor, even the texture in the distant landscapes below. The rings in the above panel aren't just carbon copies, they're each their own individual pieces, and they have a nice spilling feel. My favorite part though, is undoubtedly the architectural detail and lighting in the bottom center panel. It could probably hold on an illustration all its own, without the rest of the image. Unfortunately, the icons above the two lords are a little weak. They just don't have the finished feeling that the rest of the piece does. The faces too, feel somehow not quite all there, and if it weren't for the hair and armor detailing, I don't know that I would assume the blonde to the left is the same as the one locked in combat in the center panel; he looks much older and the features don't quite sync up. All in all though, an excellent piece as it is, or broken up into pieces.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 27, 2014
 Master Papakhian, may I please ask if you deliberately designed Sauron in his form as the 'Lord of Gifts' to partially resemble Elric of Melnibone or would it be more accurate to say that I can imagine no more appropriate point of reference for the Living Antithesis of all that is Good in Middle-Earth?:o (Eek) 

 Try though I might, I simply cannot help but see a resemblance!Oops!   
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RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Whoa amazing work on this. I like the character design of the characters and the landscapes.
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is one of your best works:) And I love the subject!
And the title you used.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The back story gets over looked quite often. It was the elves who created the rings with Annatar's guidance. So it makes sense that they jealously tried to defend them. Glad you like it!
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MeganElf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC!!!
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Everton-LittleTon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
COOL
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angelprincess101 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Simply amazing!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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angelprincess101 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Celebrimbors headpiece :)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Turned out pretty well!
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Elyrana Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you.
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Elyrana Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome! :D
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Are the two in the middle Annatar and Celebrimbor? Either way, it's absolutely gorgeous :D
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Ax-lyions Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done. Reading Children of Hurin right now. UNrelated.
This is awesome.
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kanartisho Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
annatar le dispensateur
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Anamia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful work!!!!! Is that watercolor?
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes. These days it's my medium of choice.
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MsCyberBird Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Triptych!!!! Awesome!
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Mollinda Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
Your art has been featured here [link] :peace:
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations! This piece as been featured in this week's :icontraditional-artists: BEST OF journal [link] and [link] news article!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for featuring my work! I just checked out the other featured artists and I must say that it's great to be included with such a talented group.
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you are very welcome :aww:
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LemonLyman Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Awesome!
That's all the criticism I have.
:)
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Lumbariel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   Traditional Artist
amaaaazing :heart:
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MiouQueuing Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, :wave:

Simply stunning: A wonderful composition and watercolours and one of my most favourite topics of Tolkien's News from Middle Earth. :w00t:
I wrote a fan fiction story about Celebrimbor and Annatar a few years ago. It was never finished, but I did research on Eregion and put quite some thought into the question how the political landscape would have played out between Galadriel/Celegorm, Celebrimbor and Annatar. - Your picture reminded me of that. Thanks a lot for making me re-read my story! :hug:

CU & greetings, Miou Q. B-)

Ps.: It's quite refreshing to see that not every Tolkien-artist has given in to the look of Peter Jackson's films. I especially like your picture of Eomer and Aragorn just because of that. Please, keep it up! :-)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words.
I've always had a vision of what these characters would look like, so I did not feel intimidated by Jackson's choices. I remember the first time I saw Tolkien's work was by the Hildebrandt bros. who have such a palpable expression of all those memorable scenes.(If you haven't seen their work, you owe to yourself to go and see them). Jackson can be commended for bringing a much needed realism to the characters, they have stopped being caricatures. So it's natural that people are responding to it. I'm still looking out for someone who has a unique vision and a personal interpretation.

Celebrimbor is one of those characters that gets lost in the storytelling, but he and the elven smiths were responsible for the creation of all the rings except for one and their story would really be an interesting one. There was always a great tension between Galadriel & Celeborn and the jewel smiths who came to dominate Ost-in-Edhil. I believe it was the reason that Galadriel and Celeborn departed for Lorien.

I started with another image showing the aftermath with Annatar/Sauron uses his body as a bloody banner to taunt Elronds forces. I think I started with this to build up to that. So someday I should get around to it.
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MiouQueuing Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey,

You're most welcome and thanks a lot for the long reply! :hug:

Uh, it's just like I said: It's been for some time now that I was totally into Tolkien - I really confounded Celeborn and Celegorm in my comment ... :blush: ... I'm getting old! ;-)

Well, about proper fanart:
Yeah, I now the Hildebrandt bros., but I always thought that their pictures are too static, just as Ted Nesmith who is really good at scenery, but terribly horrible with characters which is so sad because I like his art at large. I also like Jackson's films very much (except for his RotK which is the most weakest chapter of the triology), and like you said: especially for their realism. It was an eye opener when Aragorn drew his sword for the first time and it wasn't broken. :w00t: Like I always wondered why a ranger/warrior like him would run through this dangerous world with a broken sword! :confused:
It's just a shame that everyone seemed to pick up the design - which btw is wonderful. John Howe and Alan Lee did a great job and I liked their work beforehand! But at the same time, Tolkien-fandom was swamped with Orlando Bloom-Legolases, Viggo Mortensen-Aragorns, Boromir-Sean Beans, and these elven sabre-thingies ...
So, it got rather hard to find unique LotR-fanart. It's much better with fanart for the Silmarillion or the Lost Tales or the News from Middle Earth. There are no blockbuster-images which could colonize our imagination ... yet, that is. I am curious how the film adaption of the Hobbit will change the vision of Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves.
So, if you're looking for unique takes on Tolkien's world, you should visit the website of Giancola Donato (there's Tolkien art in almost every section of his Homepage). I always liked his Gandalf very much! Also, there's Mikel Janin (Homepage)who drew portraits of the Fellowship. They are also very good ... although Galadriel looks a lot like Mona Lisa! ;-)

About the Second Age and the political factions in Eregion/Ost-in-Edhil:
My fan fiction was set against a brackground of three independent political forces in Eregion. I always reckoned that there were Galadriel/Celeborn as "kings"/rulers, Celebrimbor and "his" Mirdain, and Annatar as a force in his own right. Because of his ancestry, Celebrimbor was the leader of the Mirdain which I thought of as a typical craft guild, Middle Ages-style. Consequently, I imagined that there were other guilds which consisted of elves and humans alike. With the Mirdain as leaders, they tried to gain political influence and to overthrow the rule of Galadriel & Celeborn. It must have been, in part, an emancipation movement of the humans because I always thought about Galadriel as distant to the human race (having lived in Doriath with no real connection to the Edain). Eventually, the guilds won and Galadriel and her husband departed for Lorien - just like you said.
Now, Annatar would have been the driving force behind this struggle/rebellion, pursuing his own interestes and trying to gain influence on Celebrimbor who would at first be open to his consult and knowledge. At the end, however, Celebrimbor brakes away from Annatar and forges his rings all by himself, upsetting his former mentor to the extent that he wages war against Eregion.

Phew ... Well, that's my vision about this lost story in Tolkien's world. It is a bit sad, but on the other hand it gives us free space to imagine all this and make up our own mind about the dynamics of his world. I think that this has always been the advantage of Tolkien's fiction. :-)

Now, it would be great to see the second part of this drama. It's a strong scene and I wonder how you would present it. Did you plan on another triptych? I'm rather curious!

Bye for now & all the best, Miou B-)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have a soft spot for the Hildebrandt bros. Their work played an important role in inspiring me. I met Donato several years ago. He was giving a seminar on painting. Just the basics, colour choices and application. He works very fast as I recall, even though he was working in oil. His work is very impressive in that he is one of a very few artists who work in a traditional style. I wasn't familiar with Mikel's work. He has a unique style, someone I have to keep an eye on.

That's an interesting take on the politics of eregion. I wasn't aware of the presence of any humans in the Elven city. Maybe some Numenorean reps, but I doubt there would be any natives as they would be awed by the Noldo. I believe I read somewhere that there was a potential amorous link between Celebrimbor and Galadriel and would explain why he would give her one of the rings. I have to go and dig up the anthologies to bring me up to par.

Probably only a diptych. I haven't visualized anything that leads to this piece. Time will tell.
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MiouQueuing Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, :wave:

I found out that Janin is also here on dA (~mikeljanin), but he seems to have quit with Tolkien art. :sniff:
So you met Donato? - Wow, it must have been really inspiring. I am not such a great fan of oil paintings, but every now and then I realize that I obviously do them wrong. His art is really amazing.

Hm, there are always humans somewhere ... I reckon that not all of them left for Numenor but rather stayed with the Noldo. You're right about the awe, though, and I featured that trait in my fiction. I was a bit under the influence of some of P. Jackson's movie images. There are one or two very strong ones in his Fellowship (the changing of Galadriel or Elrond at the Crack of Doom in the overture for example).
I would be very interested if you found that hint about the relationship between GAladriel and Celebrimbor! It's new to me and ... quite honestly: it would contribute to that fan fiction of mine, where a certain (now too obvious) Mary Sue-character is involved ... :blushes:

CU & stay safe, Miou B-)
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bakbakgirl Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
amazing
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formenost Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice, i like the stairs scene and the original stripped cape of the noldor.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. It was the stairs scene that I imagined first, other than Celebrimbor and Annatar. Coming up with original costumes was not very easy. Being an admirer of the costumes of the high middle ages, I chose to adapt something from that period along with a more romantic armour pattern.
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Elenai Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
I am very impressed. Tolkien-related art is usually more or less all the same - strongly inspired by the movies or manga-like. Your work really stands out. I love the colours, composition and technique (is it all watercolour? or do you colour it in photoshop after scanning?). What I like the most is faces and costumes and the way you captured movement and poses - it looks so natural... It must be hard to paint live-like faces in watercolour but somehow you managed it ;) The smaller pictures around the main scene are nicely detailed (again, espetialy for watercolour). I love Celebrimbor's crown-hairdo ;) (dunno how to call it properly ;) ) and white eagles on his armour.

All in all, great job. I hope I will see more Silmarillion illustrations from you :) Keep up the good work :)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. It is all watercolour with some slight colour adjustments in ps after scanning. I use a lot of reference material for everything to give me guidance. I don't want a photorealistic piece, but I do want it to look natural.
I've said before that I grew up with the HIldebrandt bros. depiction of LOTR and I've been careful to show my own interpretation of the characters. I wish more people would do the same. You see it more with pieces from the Silmarillion than LOTR. Now with the Hobbit coming soon, it would be great if Bilbo and the gang could be seen here first.
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is an amazing work. The details on the rings alone... Wow.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanx, glad you like it.
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7hot-feanorians Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! that's amazing! very well done :D
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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7hot-feanorians Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're most welcome! :D
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PoPanda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
beautiful!!!
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Windestaenzerin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in awe. It's such a beautiful work, the very well deliberated composition and the details in it. I especially like the architecture in the middle bottom panel.
This really deserves more attention.
:+fav:

*going to check out the rest of your gallery*
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. I really appreciate the kind words.
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! So many details.. I admire your patience! :love:
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. It's funny, but my driving force is impatience.
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A typical case of irony :giggle:
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Armel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is so strong, so narrative. The only thing I don't like is that I can't see a watermarkless version (but I can understand it :P) One of the best Tolkien pieces I've seen in a very long while.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Working in panels is something I wish to visit now and then. This is only the second time I've used this approach and I'm trying to see when would be the next appropriate time.
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