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Elenna by Qitian Elenna by Qitian
Why do I always choose complex lighting situations when I cannot even handle "normal" lighting conditions?

Anyway. My first contribution to the Silmarillion Writers' Guild's Akallabêth in August project [link] . My other contributions will be fan fiction, but this topic offered itself up for a picture - this picture has actually been in my head for years.

One or two among you may notice a certain similarity of Mt. Meneltarma to a certain real-world holy mountain [link] . That is, of course, no coincidence. I have always imagined Mt. Meneltarma rather like Mt. Fuji (including the volcano bit, which at any rate accounts for the flattened/ depressed summit on which people could gather by the thousands, and also for the smoke and fire issuing from it towards the end). So the coastline is roughly that of Honshû, and in modern terms the Dúnedain are kind of headed towards Yokohama. ;)

Bonus: Cheesiest sunset ever!

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Then the Edain set sail upon the deep waters, following the star; and the Valar laid a peace upon the sea for many days, and sent sunlight and a sailing wind, so that the waters glittered before the eyes of the Edain like rippling glass, and the foam flew like snow before the stems of their ships. But so bright was Rothinzil that even at morning Men could see it glimmering in the West, and in the cloudless night it shone alone, for no other star could stand beside it. And setting their course towards it the Edain came at last over leagues of sea and saw afar the land that was prepared for them, Andor, the land of gift, shimmering in a golden haze. Then they went up out of the sea and found a country fair and fruitful, and they were glad. And they called that land Elenna, which is Starwards; but also Anadûnê, which is Westernesse, Númenórë in the High Eldarin tongue.
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But in the midst of the land was a mountain tall and steep, and it was named the Meneltarma, the Pillar of Heaven, and upon it was a high place that was hallowed to Eru Ilúvatar, and it was open and unroofed, and no other temple or fane was there in the land of the Númenoreans.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
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peet Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeh, seriously, you handled the lighting absolutely beautifully here - in my view, it's textbook use of wet in wet with the watercolour, which always gives me a thrill when it's done right (I'm such a geek, right?). Anyway, lovely depiction of a great scene - one that chimes well with my imagine - excepting the fact, and this is only a minor, minor quibble, that Numenor looks a little on the small side. Lovely suggestions of its real-life analogue(s) though! Other than that, this is very beautiful indeed :) :+fav:
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coranglais Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I love the people (children?) peering eagerly at their new home. It reminds me of pictured of immigrants coming to America for the first time and seeing the Statue of Liberty.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh! I didn't have that in mind at the time, but it's a similar situation after all :)
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coranglais Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Yup! :)
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norisis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Wow, this is absolutly gorgeous! Lovely topic to tackle, as well. Thank you for sharing. :)
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Qitian Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for liking and commenting! :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay for cheesey sunsets! :XD: :w00t!: Nah, it's not that cheesey. I could give you suggestions on how to make it more cheesy if you want. :XD:

So. 1.) Watercolor is SOOO perfect for this piece. I love watercolor just in general, because it looks so natural, light and pretty. Also you can mke it look story-bookish, realistic or both. Watercolor is good particularly for nature, water, sky, foliage, etc. The water and sky look fabulous in this painting. :highfive:

2.) The border is exquisite, and make sme really want to know how you did it. I suppose I'd have to know the proportions for the original though. Do you have tiny brushes? Or did you do it with ink? Do you use tape to keep the watercolors from flooding your border?

3.) Despite all those other really lovely qualities of this picture, I think my favorite is the people. The thick (there is no adjective that I know of for story-bookish, but that's one of the beauties of English, you can make things up. :XD:), I shall say, story-bookish lines go really well with this. I love their expectation and excitement. They all look like little happy children. :excited: :giggle: And it just makes me smile.

In conclusion, the colors in this are so very vivid and lovely and I really like it overall. Very nice job! :highfive:
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Qitian Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I probably should've used tape, but I didn't. I simply made the border last, when all the rest of the picture was finished and the water had mostly dried. I used watercolours for the border as well (and, yes, really small brushes, which are my default tool anyway), but I used more colour and less water.

I'm quite happy with the people, too! I was going for a "little children on Christmas eve" kind of look, and I think that turned out quite well. I hate the way the "first" boat looks (which is totally my fault, because I didn't take enough time with the perspective and everything), though I like the two small ones.

Thank you very much!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you usually use tape on your borders then? I don't think I ever have used tape, and thus, ink smears and watercolor floods. :XD: I'm just rather scared the tape might tear the paper, or the top layer at any rate.

You are very welcome! :hug:
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Qitian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never, to be honest. I never even got the idea until I saw a friend use tape for a clean partition in her painting! Besides, watercolour paper is very absorbent, so it'd probably pull water (or ink) underneath the tape anyway. Besides, as you say, what if the tape tears the paper? O.o

So I work free-hand, and try to cover up occasional floods and smudges with opaque white (or photoshop ;)).
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have photoshop?! (It seems like everyone who is anyone on dA has photoshop :XD:) I think I'm rther sloppy and careless when it comes to watercolors because I'm so impatient and liek a picture to be done in one sitting, if need be, two, but I'm too ADD to go much longer than that. :XD: My teacher suggested that I work on several watercolors at a time so I can wait for the other to draw before I dive right back into it. Seemed like a good solution to my problem. :XD:
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Qitian Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah - ancient version, but perfectly sufficient for my purposes. ;)
And don't I understand about the impatience! I'm ok with several sittings if I don't have enough time for a proper one, but I don't want to wait for ages until the paint is dry (for this reason I absolutely can't work with oil colours - the waiting drives me batty!).
I'm also too impatient to prepare the lineart for several watercolours at a time, otherwise I'd try your teacher's advice, too XD
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I regularly have lots of differet drawings going on at the same time. (Same thing with boks I'm reading, now that I think about it :D)
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Qitian Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here about the books :D
I suspect if I had more time, I might manage several drawings at once... as it is I'm glad if I find the time for one in the course of a few months. >.<
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I do believe this is the first picture I've ever seen
of the Edain arriving at their new home! Its gorgous!
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Gwailome Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Subscribe here too) the only picture I've seen on the subject and it's very nice. Light and hope in it are so clear
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
About time someone made one, then ;)

Thank you very much!
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Aranov Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oooh. I agree. Though my mental image looked more like the Lonely Mountain from the map of The Hobbit, this one makes more sense... Anyway. It's gorgeous, and I love your little boats. Oh, and the water! Is a happy color. And the corners of your frame. They're pretty.

Also, that sunset is not cheesy. The supersaturated one I painted in eighth grade was cheesy.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the Erebor isn't that different in shape ;)

Thank you for all the praise! The corners of the frame, I must admit, are a variant on Tolkien's Númenorean tile design, and the rest of the frame is based on a Númenorean carpet design, so basically that was just copying.
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Aranov Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
True... but I'm sure that portrayal was slightly stylized, after all.

Well then, congratulations on copying him so effectively. ;) Númenorean things are pretty... On the cover of my library's copy of Unfinished Tales, there was a color sketch of a Númenorean helm- possibly one of the Uinendili- and I loved that book almost as much for that as for the actual content... :P
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tolkien's designs (whether the Elvish heraldry or the Númenorean patterns or the LotR dustjackets) are pretty anyway, especially for a guy who claimed that he couldn't draw ;)

Books are so much nicer when they have pretty covers, I think. I know we're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I can't help it!
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Aranov Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a bane of the artistic temperament, I think. You know the kind of highly colored and stylized fantasy paperbook cover art that looks like it was done in the 80s or early 90s somehow? I have a hard time not dismissing those right off the bat (occasionally because I don't want to be seen with them XP). Tolkien's drawings all have such wonderful shapes, with those clear black outlines and relatively bold colors.... I love them.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, don't I know what you mean! :D (Occasionally I've bought the German version of books just because the cover of the English paperbacks was so awful. Or the other way round. And I still shudder at the British cover art for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - I always wanted to make a new cover for my copy because the original is so awful, but never got a big enough printer :()
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Aranov Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, goodness, yes. I'm happy with the American cover art for the Harry Potter books, though my favorite is probably the version of Half-Blood Prince that has just the locket on the cover. And you're definitely not the only one who's considered making a new bookcover... My version of The Lays of Beleriand has that John Howe painting of Fingolfin and Morgoth fighting on the cover, and it always drove me mad because either A) Fingolfin is left-handed and just wears his sheath on the wrong side, B) Fingolfin is lefthanded and Elves draw their swords very differently from most people, or C) he somehow, in the heat of battle or something like that, decided to switch sword and shield arms. It makes no sense to me. Unless, of course, he was halfway through the painting and realized that oops, yes, he did just do that, and it's too late to fix now... Maybe no one will notice? :P
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*nods* Unfortunately with the "new" Harry Potter books, here in Germany we only got the books on the very first day when we ordered the UK ones. And I am so impatient! Usually I am in the fortunate situation that I can chose between UK and US versions of books, and if both of those have awful covers, I can go for the German edition. Globalisation and internet book orders have their perks! ;)

Oh, didn't that book cover have a blond Fingolfin, too? I never even noticed the sword...
(Although if we believe the theory that most Tolkien Elves are, in fact, ambidextrous, I guess they can wear their sheath whereever they choose to and just switch hands... or maybe Fingolfin's right hand was injured at some point so he had to switch? I suppose you could find some justification!
Although the "Maybe no one will notice" theory sounds most likely.)
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ChaoticSkye Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
not cheesey!



this is a gorgeous pic!
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you ^___^
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