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The Lord of the Rings Project by Gold-Seven The Lord of the Rings Project by Gold-Seven
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This was the picture that has kept me busy since last summer - a commission for the wonderful (and very patient) :iconwizardelfgirl: . The original was painted on five separate A3 sheets and put together in Photoshop (to even my new computer's great distress). It's supposed to take place after the War of the Ring.

From left to right: Elladan ("Yes, we're got these really beautiful trees in Rivendell"), Sam ("Think you might let me have one?"), Elrohir ("I look pretty"), Frodo ("I'll just keep chatting animetedly though Aragorn is staring into space somewhere"), Arwen ("Good luck there was still so much cloth left from Elladan and Elrohir's clothes, these Gondorian seamstresses are really not up to scratch"), Aragorn ("I'm staring into space looking noble"), Gandalf ("Let him brag, he's earned it"), Pippin ("Admit it, I saved you just in the nick of time!"), Faramir ("Well done, little guy"), Merry ("No, YOU did most of the work, I only helped"), ╔owyn ("Still, I couldn't have done it without you"), ╔omer ("Those two are a lot funnier to watch than a pair of clowns"), Gimli ("The orc's arms were this broad! I'm telling you!"), Legolas ("I know it was just a regular orc, but I'll let him stick to his story if he likes it so much...")

Watercolour. Background (made by me) added in Photoshop.

For full view, please click "download"!

The dressing gown question: Aragorn's and Faramir's clothes were both designed after depictions of Byzantine fashion. I'm sorry, Faramir, that Aragorn's design looks so much more fully dressed...

BTW: It bemuses me that so many people are so amazed that these are my own interpretations of the characters. Have we really become that dependent on Orly and Viggo? That's pretty sad, really - those books were hugely popular for decades before the movies came out. Have the movies wiped them from our collective consciousness? :(

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PearlPrincess11 Mar 25, 2014  New member Hobbyist
I am delighted that you have your own interpretations on the characters (not based on the actors). I like looking at your artwork because sometimes I can't get away from seeing Viggo in my head when I try to think of Aragorn, or David Wenham when I think of Faramir (who's supposed to be dark-haired and clean shaven). You're awesome! :D
Garlandgal1 Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh goodness...I love this!
Kriegerprinz Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is lovely! And you're right, anyone should still keep his or her picture of their favourite heroes, although the movie's says otherwise..
This surely looks like a lot of work and it turned out beautifully. Gotta check out your gallery!
Yes, well illustrates the participants of the novel.
Starflower95 Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
It's so beautiful! I love the clothes and the hair and the everything!
Tout simplement magnifique!
Eryshta Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's just... beautiful. I love your interpretation of the characters, and , for some, it is nearly exactly the same than me. Love how the Hobbits look like. And the human and elven clothes are very nice, and the colors, too.
DAngeles Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love your interpretation of Legolas - less pretty-boy prince, and more like the back-woods hick Legolas is.  I also like your interpretation of Faramir, even if he does look like he's just rolled out of bed and stumbled into the picture by accident, mostly because you manage to capture the N˙menorian in him without resorting to a large chisel.
Overall, nicely done!
KichouTenshi Sep 7, 2013  Student Artist
Your comments with what the characters are saying are highly amusing :)
VampireHostClub Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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