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MINAS TIRITH by AbePapakhian MINAS TIRITH by AbePapakhian
Finally done.
Watercolour on 300lb hot press paper.
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:iconalekgorn:
Very different form what I've imagined. A wonderful vision, indeed, the carved hill ,the city upon it, just as described, everything is lovelly.
Your landscape ability is even larger than the portait one.
Great perspective, nice insight on making the fields.
I envy your capacity to draw from your mind, that's rare, and very useful.
I only think you could have distinguished better the shades of grenn. It is hard to see where the grass ends and where the tree leaves star.But who am I to make such a coment ?
haha I've got much to learn with, you, fellow, I would also ask, if you din't mind, to take a look at my gallery for advice and critique.
Wonderful piece, Cheer,s
Alek
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:iconayshel:
Ayshel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really LOVE this work, it's exactly how I imagine Minas Tirith.
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pgarlunydd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How large is the canvas, if I may ask?
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I work on a standard paper size so approx. 20x30 inches
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
This really does deserve to be recognised as the definitive rendition of Minas Tirith and the Pellanor (prior to a whacking great orc-horde rather roughing the place up).
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Better than the "original" from the movie :)
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd say different than the movie. Better would require the help weta workshop!
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The main thing i like about your version are the fields and fruit trees around the Minas. And the whole look is spectacular, the city looks great and magnificent!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! I've been trying to convince myself to do another view of Pelennor just to show how cultivated and alive with life it was. Throwing in a couple of little towns at various crossroads. One day...
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm looking forwards :)
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johngrovesart Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the use of the curved perspective in this one, really imposes a sense of scale to the view. :-)
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godofruin2 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
wow, how long did it take to do this, seems like along long time, super good
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lovehatesmisery Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your version of Minas Tirith represents a time of peace. I instantly thought of the fourth age of Middle-earth where Aragorn is king, and Gondor prospers. :)
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Griffitts Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
To repeat what many others have said, I like the inclusions of farmlands on the Pelennor and the black stone of the outer wall.

I feel like there's got to be some way to make the black outer wall less visually jarring without hiding it behind trees... Maybe if the roofs in the city were also black? Regardless, I am quite impressed with this painting. While I think the movies did a good job overall, this artwork fits my own vision of Minas Tirith much better.
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not a bad idea about the roofs, it would add a nice defensive feature against fires and such. I've been kicking around some ideas about the Pelennor from different perspectives with the city as back drop. I'm sure there must be small villages throughout, waypoints on the way to Osgiliath, coming down from Rohan or up from Lebennin. Lots of ways to flesh out life on the Pelennor.
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noleme Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
This is awesome, so much detail. I also like how you made the Pelennor populated, I missed that in the movies.
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I wanted a more realistic feel to the city than the one shown. It always amazes me how castles and cities are placed in the middle of nowhere in fantasy paintings. I'm just going the other way.
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
It has the general feel of the place and similarities to Minas Tirith as depicted in the PJ movies, but more true to how it was described in the novels and looks a bit more realistic (empty fields aside, the movies implied that Minas Tirith got its supplies from a harbour complex).
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rstrider9 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
This is beautiful. The way Minis Tirith should look like in the Fourth Age. Great job.
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ladymoonscar9828 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
JRR would be proud
but the farms are on the far left side of the city. right now, they're about to be trampled by a million Orcs and the riders of rohan

sorry, i'm a nazi when it comes to LotR
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I set my piece in a more peaceful, prosperous setting. I agree they were trampled, would have been nice to see some of that instead of the barren wasteland.
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aniwablue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, fabulous!I love all details!
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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aniwablue Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome!
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millenia89 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Why does this look so green and lively but in the movies its a barren land?
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I chose a different time frame for mine. Don't know why they chose to make theirs so barren. Probably would have required a lot more cg scenes of burning plantations and farms and refugees pouring into to the city. Not to mention building parts of that as sets.
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Mithamlug Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Lots of artists opt out of making the first wall made of the black Numenor stone, even the famous Tolkien artists like Alan Lee and Ted Nasmith, so I applaud you for remaining accurate to the books despite the (depends on the viewer's taste) possibility that the single black wall may be perceived as aesthetically displeasing.

I also like how you put so much life into the Pelennor Fields like it was in the book! Also like how you put the Tower of Ecthelion along the centerline of the city, never really got why they wanted to put it off to one side in the movie.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe Nasmith did an update with the black wall put in. Can't be certain. It is jarring though. When I first started, I felt I needed to bring up the Pelennor in order to avoid the stark contrast.
I just wanted to see it from Tolkien's perspective a thriving city needs to look thriving. Without farms and plantations and orchards near by it simply would not work for me. Pelennor needed to be alive as well. I've never understood why artists paint these fantastic cities in the middle nowhere. No roads, no civilization. I looks cool, but it becomes completely unreal. Nasmith did a great job with Gondolin which is where I got my inspiration for Pelennor, but then he goes back to empty fields for Minas Tirith. His Tower is by far the best version so far.

Anyways, we all bring to it our own vision and that is what's it's all about.
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ReBri Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist
:love: Perfect!
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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FreneticAmnesic Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! I love original LOTR art, and this captures Minas Tirith so perfectly. Definitely a favourite :)
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Ficstina Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am completely awestruck by this! This is probably the most fantastic painting of Minas Tirith I have ever seen! Stupendous job!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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IronLion82 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, full-on nerdgasm here!
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Fantasia-Starr Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love. This suits my nerdage perfectly. Lovely painting, lovely detail.
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfreemeadows:
FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!! The detail is phenomenal. Just the way I would expect the white city should look.
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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HadrieliaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Wow, wow and wow!!! Love the detail and thought thats being put into this!!!!
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it's so detailed. And I like that you added fields and buildings. I always imagined that they would expand the city to Pelenor after the war :)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The Pelenor was always well populated, before and after the war. Farms, orchards, plantations, most likely a small village or two, as well. It's a pity that it's always shown as desolate.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it described like that in the book? I can't remember
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H-Lawliet Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
This is awesome! Brilliant work, a beautiful piece of art :D
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:iconabepapakhian:
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AngelTitan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Awesome work! =D I :love: the work you put down on the details. Great job. :thumbsup: =D
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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AngelTitan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. =D
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gilles-de-la-toerist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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