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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.