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The Drawing of the Sword by Gold-Seven The Drawing of the Sword by Gold-Seven
But even as Fingolfin spoke, Fanor strode into the chamber, and he was fully armed: his high helm upon his head, and at his side a mighty sword. 'So it is, even as I guessed,' he said. 'My half-brother would be before me with my father, in this as in all other matters.' Then turning upon Fingolfin he drew his sword, crying: 'Get thee gone, and take thy due place!'

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Finw, Fingolfin, Fingon, Turgon, Argon, Fanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Curufin

Finally done! Liquid watercolours and Schmincke watercolours on Canson Montval paper, 32x51 cm.

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lisplante Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your watercolours are absolutely amazing.
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DrKnowles Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice work!!! Powerful moment captured. I love how even the statues in the background appear to be startled by this event!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 If I might add a quibble, I suspect that you could have given an even better idea of Fingolfin's reaction by including his hands; since we should NOT be able to see his face from this viewpoint, it would make sense to clarify his reaction by showing his hands either clenched "give me strength" or making some other gesture of tension and quiet strength (I would argue that Fingolfin is the protagonist to Feanor's antagonist in this shot or that he should be, even if the limelight is firmly on Elder Brother). 

 I admit that this is an untutored and far from expert artistic opinion, which might well make it artistic nonsense (if it is, then I apologise for testing your patience).:) (Smile)  
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You do have a point. That would have meant showing more of him, rather than raising up his hands into view - that would have made him too agitated. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 Very true and I'm pretty sure that space was a concern, as it is when you actually have to put your ideas down on paper (rather than merely ruminate mentally or type them up); might I ask whether you regard Feanor's gesture here as pre-meditated or reflexive? (I tend to suspect that he'd been planning the confrontation in his head for a while, but that the sword-draw was where things went a bit off-script; unfortunately being Feanor he failed to acknowledge that he'd gone over the line and went on with declaiming his lines).
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 I admire the sheer elegance with which you have incorporated the sons of Feanor and Finolfin as a sort of 'Greek Chorus' to this turning point in the fate of Middle-Earth; I am also particularly impressed by the way in which you have managed to make Feanor look magnificent and rather terrifying under that feathered helm, rather than overly-theatrical. 
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I like your association of the Greek choir! I've always seen Tolkien's works, especially the Silmarillion, in very classical terms, so this is a perfect fit.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 It does give a very good idea of the sort of consternation that would have spread through Valinor after the event!

 (I should say here that I'm very fond of your design for Feanor's helmet; the feathers and gems give it just the right touch of classy opulence!).
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Nolenis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Probably the best illustration for this episode I ever seen. Everyone in the picture feels so alive. 
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Shinzhon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That level of  details is just..... There is more and more details, each time I look at it there is one more leave, one more look ! 
My mom just watched your gallery and was astonished "Look at the hair !" yup, I can't just look away from such an artpiece. 
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