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Earendil the Mariner by Gold-Seven Earendil the Mariner by Gold-Seven
"Hail Eärendil brightest of angels,
over Middle-earth sent unto Men!"

Eärendil the Mariner from Tolkien's Legendarium.

Media used: Schmincke tube watercolours for the first transparent layers; liquid watercolours from Rohrer&Klingner for the dark ones, and some white Ecoline Talens ink for some of the highlights and the clouds, all on Canson Montval paper.

Aaaah, the hair colour debate.
Eärendil's hair colour is not mentioned anywhere; he's the father of two dark-haired sons (Elros and Elrond) and the child of two golden-haired parents (Idril and Tuor) - I always imagined him blonde. Especially given that Tolkien was inspired to create him by a piece of Anglo-Saxon literature.

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alekgorn Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His bow was made of dragon horn
his arrows shorn of ebony

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:iconmimoypogi:
Almost reminiscent of the 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner', with the Mariner and the Albatross hanging on this neck.
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:iconguilleelbardo:
He kinda looks like Benedict Cumberbacht
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:iconnerdanel14:
Actually, it is nowhere said what colour Elros' hair is. We know they were twins, but not necessarily identical twins. I always thought that, if they weren't identical, Elros would have golden hair. I definitely agree with you about Earendil's hair! This is a beautiful painting! 
I love your portrayal of both Earendil and Elwing!
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YokoSC Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what culture are his clothes derived from?? 
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Gold-Seven Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Probably less a culture than illustratory convention - they're inspired by the Edda illustrations of Franz Stassen, around 1900. 
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konstantinpalailogos Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful use of watercolour, and I especially like the design you gave his clothes, the almost Graeco-Roman feel is more fitting for the Silmarillion.
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meimei808 Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this goes to the favorites
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BenjaminOssoff May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very dramatic composition. Though it's a portrait, there's a great feeling of movement.
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booh123ilovemanga May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you do the shadows with the watercolors. no wait how do you color the whole stuff?
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