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Black despair by Gold-Seven Black despair by Gold-Seven
Maedhros, captured by Morgoth, wondering what further fate awaits him. Or possibly beyond caring at this point. :(

From J. R. R. Tolkien's Silmarillion.

Dr. Ph. Martin's liquid watercolours on Canson paper. Painted in a sort of delirium. I sat down at half past seven and when I got myself a new bottle of coke around midnight, this was lying on my desk. I seriously have no clear recollection of what happened in between.

Some early stages and thoughts on my blog: Sketch [link] Lineart [link] Finished [link]
Please, check my blog for any questions you may have on technique and such! Thank you! [link]


And, for the love of Pete...


Requests for inclusion into groups featuring hawtness,
sexiness, abs, or chromosomes will be denied.
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:icongalabrand:
galabrand Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
This is absolutely breathtaking. Maedhros is my favourite Silmarillion character and the way you've captured him throughout your artworks brings him to life for me. The attention to detail here is also great, from the cool colours minus hair and blood to the spiky chains and blood left on the torture instruments. I shudder looking at it but I can't take my eyes away either, and that combination somehow just does it for me. FANTASTIC and hoping you draw more of the Feanorians in the future! 

Also, I think it's ridiculous people want to put this under "sexiness" or "abs". Yes, Maedhros is gorgeous but this is NOT exactly a sexy moment or anything, poor baby is in such pain... :'(
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LochNessDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
This is literally perfect.  It's so beautiful and sad, and well-executed.  You're so good at depicting Maedhros.  He's always been my favorite. :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Mine too! :)
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Sasheth Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took me long time to decide on if I should fav this or not, because people might get the wrong idea. And the result is me feeling stupid. This artwork is beautiful and sad in uncountable ways and I should have faved it the moment i laid my eyes on it. Llama Emoji-36 (Bored) [V2] 
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queenvera Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Lovely despairing atmosphere. I love everything about this. <3
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GoddessRhiannon13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent depict of what I think came upon the poor elf when he was at Morgoth's mercy :cries: I really loike it! :thumbsup:
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legolaslover2003 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this in my favorite again today and just felt I needed to comment on it (if I hadn't already).
I just love your Maedhros art.  He's my favorite Silmarillion character and you are perhaps the one artist that I have ever seen that portrays him so beautifully and yet with such an anguished art.
Thank you.

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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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legolaslover2003 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very very welcome.  :)

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Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist

Words fail me......okay, not completely fail, but you get what I mean. ;)

 

That you can get so much emotion in this picture and from me is awesome. Thanks for sharing this with us on here.

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PirraAiren Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013   General Artist
<font><font>Шикарная акварель!!!!Сколько труда, сколько сил!!!</font></font>
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm really sorry, I don't speak and Russian :)
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:icondarkastherain:
DARKastheRAIN Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
"Gorgeous watercolor!!!! So much work, so much strength (or perhaps "effort" in this context)!!!" Roughly translated. ;)
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PirraAiren Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   General Artist
<font><font>а авто переводчик.... </font></font>
<font><font><font><font class=""><font><font>а я не </font></font></font></font></font></font><font><font>говорю по английски </font></font>
:| (Blank Stare) 
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
 Flag of Russia   Love is...  Flag of Germany 


 


;)
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:iconpirraairen:
PirraAiren Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   General Artist
So happy Hug Love 
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:icontwistedpumpkin:
TwistedPumpkin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Scrolling through your gorgeous gallery (and favoriting all the things!! XD) and I see the one of Maedhros hunting in Ossiriand and I'm like 'Yaaaay! Happy stuff!!' and I teared up a bit because you never get happy Maedhros stuff, even in the book. Then I continue onwards and there's this and now I'm fucking crying again >.<
It is beautiful though...
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
you know, you are the only one I have seen so far that actually gets Maedhros' hair right (Maureen O'Hara Red)
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:iconolessan:
Olessan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, beautiful. But: :(
The atmosphere is very well portrayed, one can practically feel the pain he's in. :noes:
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Hellbeholder Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Now you are my guest... Forever! Muhahahaha!"
Sagt dir das was? ^^
Vielleicht kennst du ja Blind Guardian, und ihr Album "Nightfall in Middle Earth".
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haius Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist
:(

Those claw marks, man. Those make me squirm with sympathetic pain. In fact I actually was kind of reluctant to look at it full view because it's so SAD. :( :( :( Poor Maedhros, man. That guy just can't catch a break. :(
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not many. :(
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Paul774 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
i have found this image a while ago and came back to look at it again - no idea why it wasn't in my faves - but now it is !!! best depiction of Maedhros i've ever seen
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:iconalidicerabianca:
AliDiCeraBianca Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's absolutely PERFECT! Your works make me feel in the Middle Earth!*-*
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:iconrosyan:
Rosyan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I feel so bad for him... Absolutely stunning work!
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:iconmaurizubo:
maurizubo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
fine!!
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:icongavet:
Gavet Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Do you sell your work ? I love it!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I do! Look here for my prints and original art: [link]
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PaniCrusnik09 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
This looks a bit (LOT) like Jareth from the Labyrinth... that scares me... this is unbelievably well done. Bravo!
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:iconspiderlady:
spiderlady Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Absolutely bad-ass! The technical skills are amazing.
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:iconartanis71:
Artanis71 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Just amazing....
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Lairaku Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Delirium...I often fall into that when I write or create something based on Tolkienverse. I like to believe it means I am not creating it but only writing down reality as much as I am able to percieve it XD Then I see bad moment like this and feel like terrible one for wishing for such stuff to be real ._.
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goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this a lot.
It somehow reminds me of Alan Lee's Work. :heart:
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, high praise! Thank you!
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spiritchaser2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Woah.
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Toaofnight Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dramatic.
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JagPaEkholmen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors!
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:iconlaycass:
laycass Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
it;s so dramatic, beautiful, expressive and really beautiful..i love it!
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:iconimfragrance:
imFragrance Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   General Artist
did you use water pen or brush?
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Regular brush. Too messy with water brushes. :)
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pipilo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this one, just taking another glance and realised I hadn't faved it yet? What was I thinking?! This is awesome. Thanks for putting all that work into it.
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Thesleepywolf Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Huh... I'm sure I've commented on this before, I know I've seen this. Those wounds are cringe worthy, they look so painful. What's Silmarillion about? I recognize the author's name but I'm not sure where. It's dark and creepy and I love it. :D
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
J. R. R. Tolkien is the one who wrote the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbits (before they became movies and people forgot that they used to be books)... :(
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DarklyWhite Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Stunning.
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fegie Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Those wounds are absolutely visceral & painful looking.

And it's a little scary that you painted it in a sort of weird out-of-it state. I mean, geez, you can make amazing stuff when you're not all there?
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Apparently? ;)
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Catsurin Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The details make this horrifying and beautiful...
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:icondaroneasa:
Daroneasa Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew who this had to be just from the thumbnail! Lovely, heart-wrenching, masterfully done. :O
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Mertus Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Death! death! Torment and death! that is what awaits ye!

(though you say he gets rescued, just repeating torture and torment doesn't have the same ring)
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CeruleanKicker Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats really good!
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