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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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:iconcoranglais:
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 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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:iconnorisis:
Wow, this is absolutly gorgeous! Lovely topic to tackle, as well. Thank you for sharing. :)
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Qitian Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for liking and commenting! :)
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Theophilia 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 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 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 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 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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