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No Man am I Final by AbePapakhian No Man am I Final by AbePapakhian
Finally finished. Watercolour with some help from photoshop.

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2corbies Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! I actually like how busy this is.  It captures the chaos of battle very well, which can be lost if you drill down too much on one isolated scene.  And Eowyn is perfect, proud and strong, her supposed weakness finally a source of strength.  Great composition.
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Thank you for calling it "No man am I" instead of "I am no man." I find Eowyn's dialog in the book to be SO much stronger and more engaging than her lines in the movie.
2. As usual, I am totally freaking out about the level of detail in your work :)
3. Is that Merry in the corner there?
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maglor20 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
This is wonderful. :)
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
This is an interesting perspective for the scene. It's the only one I know of that rotates the focus to look behind the Lord of Morgul. It put Eowyn directly in the center, which made for a distant but strong focus.
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PetSto Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
This is amazing! I love the sight of the battle field below him. And I like your vision of Witch King. He looks dangerous and mysterious, shows brutality.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm never as happy as when I can capture the chaos of a battlefield. I think I diminished Eowyn a bit too much, though. I still like how insignificant she must appear to the Witch King, knowing what is to come.
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DANG. Absolutely phenomenal work, lookit the insane amount of detail, the metal, the cloth, the skin, everything! Just WOW. Mad skillz, man. Mad skillz.
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Drakonee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! :o
Maybe one not-really-criticism… as a picture, it's quite cluttered. Especially Eowyn is disapearing against the background. It's hard not to get lost in all the detail.
I know it would be a hell to combine the realism you obviously go for and more of a storyteller's aproach (concentrating on the story the pic is telling)…and if you were to take a photo on the spot, it would look similarly cluttered. :) But if you could do it, add more focus on the important parts of the scene while keeping the realism, that would be awesome squared. :nod:
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your point hits my dilemma on the head. Realism is important to me. Not hyper realism, but real enough, if that makes sense. I want my paintings to feel real. I want the viewer to be a participant, not an objective voyeur. That's the goal. With this in mind I try to balance how much focus to put on the main subjects, how much to adjust light sources, to saturate or desaturate the rest of the painting. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail.

In this piece, I feel that some of these goals were accomplished, not all. To me, war should be messy, chaotic, and if your in the thick of it, very unfocused. You would be swivelling your head left and right trying to grasp what is happening. You would not have time to stop and stare and contemplate.

My means of adding realism and storytelling, is making my subject matter stand out. They tend to dominate by scale. Here I wanted to make Eowyn almost insignificant and for the viewer to identify with the Witch King, almost like riding behind him and feeling omnipotent.

You are not alone in wishing to see more focus on the foreground so I did pull this piece out again to add to the saturation of colour and to distinguish the foreground more. I'll upload it soon.
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Drakonee Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student General Artist
If you try to go for realism, it's always hard to balance everything - make the picture "work" as a story but not lose the realism.

In this picture, I think you could have worked more with the perspective and light. Eowyn is quite far away from the Witch King and the pic is quite uniform in lighting. If you put them closer and looked on her more downward, you would get through the feeling of insignificance she has in the eyes of the Witch King and simplified the background. You could represent the chaos of a battle field with details instead of figures then - the grass would be beaten down and covered with blood, she is practically standing on the dead horse's body! If the focus still wasn't enough, you could use light - I can't recall the scene from the book completely, but wasn't it dark already? The light would be the Orod Ruin and probably fires. You would get color contrast too - her uniform is green, isn't it?

Well, just my thoughts. Maybe that would be too theatrical for you. But it's a way how to work with it - much like photographers use composition and light situation to accentuate the scene.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
great composition, I think the contrast could use more work though, the witch king is so close to us yet his value range isn't that much darker than the rest of the image. He stood out more in the drawing. Overall though it's pretty neat, the fell beast head is a great shape.
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Malach-ha-Mavet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great job
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Zhaana Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woww impressive work ! a lot of details.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It took a while to realise what this is, because it departs so much both from the movie depiction of the scene and my own. Lots of green, not much contrast, the situation doesn't seem too desperate :) However, I love the composition and your control of the medium. My favourite part is Theoden down there. And the background's fantastic, too.
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOLY CRAP D: amazing
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snurtz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Writer
This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the hood down on the Witch-King... it looks so great... is this watercolor?
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah. That's my medium of choice at the present.
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Curlyjorj Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like it more if it had higher contrast
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I get that a lot. High contrast pieces tend to be a crutch, for me anyway. We don't really live in a high contrast world, it is something we project to define things more easily.
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TonyThalassinos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
I dont tend to be rude, and with all the kindness, you are wrong. We live in a higly contrasted world, whether its contrast through tones or contrast through focusing. Our eyes focus to the subject of choise making it brighter and blackening the rest, OR they focus by blurring all else when trying to consentrate on something. Try taking a strole a very sunny mid-day in a very open location. Everything gets close to black and white due to high contrast. On the other hand when cloudy the contrast drops to almost nothing, turning everything close to grey tones. You know what? Take a camera and try observing the world. It will help you understand the light properties of the world we live in. I know watercolor cannot produce high contrast but I think you can find a right way! :D Despite that, I love the theme, and the scene! :D
Cheers!
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Anamia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Fabulous work!!!!
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Manweri Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Fantastic! This is one of my all time favourite scenes, and I love your take on it. You've managed to get the focus on the Witch-king and Eowyn, at the same time as the background tells about everything else: the great battle, Minas Tirith under heavy attack, a fallen Theoden and a frightened Merry. The fact that you painted it with watercolour makes it even more impressive. You've done a wonderful job! :clap:
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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iluvobiwan91 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have seen SO many versions of this scene, both from book and from movie, and I will compliment you and say this is absolutely the most beautiful version I've seen. I really love everything about it. Well done! ^_^
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Quenta-Silmarillion Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Awsome work!!!!
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Lady-Blackdove Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning. The attention to detail and the colours are fantastic.
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! The detail is wonderful, and I love the effect the watercolors give. Cool to see your interpretation of what this scene and the characters looked like.
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist
Is there a children's version of this story? because you should be the illustrator. This is mindblowing. Did you use any refs?
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid there is only one version of the Lord of the Rings, but it is pretty accessible to children of a certain age. I always use references to get all the elements right, although I have stayed away from actual models. Glad you like it.
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wickedlovelyfaery Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So insanely awesome!!! :D
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Mollinda Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
This has been featured here [link] :aww:
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for featuring my work. I'm happy to see that it's making an impression on people.
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Mollinda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
It is :)
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GarrettBrothers Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great perspective on this one. colors are very good too.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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angelsbride Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Great! Eowyn was always my favorite!
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Prime-Epitome Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
One of the most epic "I just kicked your arse!' one-liners in all of literature. Awesome detail...all that work definately paid off.
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SVSilent Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That's a masterpiece!
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yuorii Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It`s amazing, I love all the details :)
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gbindis Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Amazing!
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VanwaLullaby Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Outstanding, again.
I really love the perspective this is done from!
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Farothiel Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
An amazing rendition of the scene!!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you.
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Farothiel Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
My pleasure!
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Leevah Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
This is amazing! :o
I was looking forward to this since I saw the WIPs in your main page. Can't even express how I love the details and colour work in this one.
Once again. Amazing. :)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, incredible! really impressive!
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bartian88 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
WOW!
Details! I'm sure you must've work on it veeery long!
It's great!
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kimuyama Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is easily one of the awesomest pieces I've seen today. I mean, it's so incredibly full of details! :+fav:ed
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