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The Drawing of the Sword - Lineart by Gold-Seven The Drawing of the Sword - Lineart by Gold-Seven
Lineart for a watercolour painting commission I've been working on for some time now. Fanor draws the sword on his half-brother Fingolfin and breaks the Peace of Valinor. From J. R. R. Tolkien's Silmarillion.

Pencil, texture added digitally (done by me).

Left to right: Finw, Fingolfin, Fingon, Turgon, Argon, Fanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Curufin.

For old versions (we're talking nearly 19 years again), and some thougths on development and composition, see my blog! [link]

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And because loads of people are going to ask: No, I'm not too excited for the Hobbit... I haven't even got tickets yet and don't know when I'll be going. Already, the Facebook (and everwhere else) Hobbit-Jackson-mania is starting to irritate me. And I don't want to go into that here, please understand that. Thank you! :bow:
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Faraleigh Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
This looks intense. I think it’s largely the texture that’s making it look so complex. It certainly makes the presentation shine, though!

I still haven’t seen The Hobbit. I suspect it’s not even in theaters anymore… Oh well. I may see it eventually…
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:iconvelimirius:
really great!
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:iconbymoonlight96:
I can only say: the details...
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:iconangaloth215:
It's taken me forever to think of something to comment on that is both appropriately complimentary as well as constructive, and that isn't just "OMG I LUV IT/ITS SOoo PuRFECT", because I hate doing that. But I think the most impressive thing about this is just the amount of detail-- everyone in this picture looks distinctive; I could go on and on gushing about the clothing (Fingolfin's tunic and the feathers on Feanor's helmet.... :wow!:) I've followed your art for a long time, and I also have to say that your Silmarillion artwork has just... improved to the point where it almost blows my mind. (It was wonderful before, but now it's just....wow.) SO yeah... I LUV IT. IT'S SO PURFECT.
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Gold-Seven Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^ I'm glad you like it.
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Kingsdaughter613 Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome picture. I love how his family is reacting in the background. Their expressions are so well done. I love how Findecano seems like he's trying to figure out if this is real or a bad joke; how Maitimo is watching stoically; Macalaure is dismayed but determined to stand by his father... It's really incredible. Your line work is amazing as always. You can really see the fabrics' motion. And the detail! The leaves on the cloth and the embroidery on the belts... Not a lot of shading, but that will probably come in the colored one. Great job! You've out done yourself once again.

Notes on the Hobbit: My family likes it better than the trilogy. We were laughing so hard and so many lines came straight from the books. (Remember Bilbo's ancestor who invented golf?) I could not care less about what everyone else says, but we had a great time. Now I just have to convince my sister to read the books... At least I've gotten her to read the tale of Beren and Luthien....
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Gold-Seven Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ;)
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Celebel-Quettandil Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing how you can put so many people on one drawing.
I was trying to do something like Feanor's pose a while ago without results, but since you've chewed the pose for me, I'm going to use it as reference, if you don't mind :)
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Gold-Seven Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Let me know how you fare. This pose and foreshortening was really a beast - I had ref photos but in the end deviated quite far from them because they looked so wrong! ;)
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