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There will be blood. by Gold-Seven There will be blood. by Gold-Seven
For the first time in over a hundred years, Morgoth sends his forces to breach the leaguer the Noldor have drawn around Angband.

For the first time since his torture upon Thangorodrim and the subsequent loss of his hand, Maedhros is going into battle.

Not a single Orc will leave that battlefield alive.


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

Dr Martin's liquid watercolours on Canson Montval paper. :deviation: I will never paint with anything else again.


Painting steps/tutorial and details shots! [link]
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:iconlilithlo:
lilithlo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Wow! The expression of his face is amazing!!
congrats !
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:iconarasteia:
Arasteia Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful and captures the feel of Maedhros amazingly! Well done! :)
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SiraeArtisan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! :D Also, I know exactly which products you used - I work at a local (for my area) art store, and we carry both the watercolours and the paper! :3 Can I ask which brushes you used as well? Just curious. I love all the details and the textures :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
All sorts of brushes, really. I have no idea which ones I may have used here. :)
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:iconkikiismydog:
kikiismydog Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I think I finally found a drawing of Maedhros that I actually like a lot so kudos to you.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great; thank you! :)
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:icongattinomatto:
GattinoMatto Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, that's great! I don'd want to be the one he's angry with...
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:iconicequeenofmitera:
IceQueenofMitera Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The look on his face is EPIC
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:iconeilathen:
Eilathen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Wow, i love this. Very tolkien-like, the atmosphere and all. Well done!
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Augh I love this so much.

Also.... your textures are just delicious.  I love that I can see the very stitches of the embroidered star.  :heart:
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod: Thank you!
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:iconro-heryn:
Ro-heryn Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Was mir jetzt erst auffällt.... bei dem "aufgestiktn Stern" has tu dja wirklich darauf geachtet, dass das so klappen kann. Und Hut ab, an was du denkst, wenn du zeichnest (und ich hab noch überlegt, wie man einen Stern sticken könnte... wegen dem Chaos in der Mitte.... danke für die Lösung!)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha ja, das mache ich schon seit 20 Jahren so! :D
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:iconro-heryn:
Ro-heryn Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Ist mir erst aufgefallen, als ich mich mit dem Sticken befasst habe.... aber war sehr erstaunt
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:iconsirgodspeed:
SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
"Kill them. Kill them all."

That's the vibes I'm getting from this image, anyways!
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:iconmcmena:
McMena Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Yeah-please don't, if this is the result you get with Dr Martin's. Amazing!! His expression is fantastic!
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:iconautumnhearth:
autumnhearth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Holy armor and embroidery and leather work and the hair and the colors!!! There's the eldest son of Feanor! (he often feels younger like Amrod and Amras, not just in your work and perhaps rightly so since the middle three are just so dark and brash and moody). Very well done!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amrod and Amras I always imagine far too young...
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:iconelenwe12:
Elenwe12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Fly you fools Orcs!!!^^ Maedhros is coming! It's a very beautiful drawing, I really love the movement and all.
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I just realized Maedhros in my head Looks like Gerard Butler; even your Maedhros looks a bit like him: similar nose same eyes, jaw and chin. It is a good match if they ever make a film about the Silmarillion (never :cry: )
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Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I haven't gotten the chance to read the Silmarillion yet, and your art work has made me want to read it even more!!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is goooood. :)
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:icondylanradcliff:
dylanradcliff Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
very good
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Never wrong a son of Feanor.
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You'd think that, with their vastly superior magical abilities, the elves would have been able to regrow or at least reattach the guys hand.

Elven superiority my ass.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you read the book?
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:iconthelastironman:
TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, unfortunately, but I'm just poking fun.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
All right; I just needed to know which answering strategy to employ. ;)
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omgamande Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I love every aspect of it!
You made Maedhros come alive for me. He is one of my favourite characters.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful art with us!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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:iconscilens:
Scilens Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I'M SOOO HAPPY YOU'RE DOING SO MUCH TOLKIEN ARTWORK RIGHT NOW = D
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:w00t:
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:iconanantax3:
Anantax3 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
reminds me of jaime from asoiaf
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:iconnerwen20:
Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Viewing this again. I adore your clothes design – it seems almost canonical, very in keeping with the elvish style. The detail is truly wonderful. :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! :)
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:iconvespertillion:
Vespertillion Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning detail!
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I allways wondered, if the "The Book of Lost Tales" ssys that Manwe inspired/is Odin, and Tulkas Thor, then maybe Maedhros inspired/is Tyr/Tiw, just as Ingwë seems to be Freyr.
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aerogotico Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   General Artist
What a grear work, keep working harder! =)
Do You recommend use colored pencils over the watercolours to lightings and shadows?
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't say if I recommend them - I don't use them; but that doesn't mean they may not work wonderfully for you :) I find them too rough to really harmonise with watercolours. I do shadows in watercolour; highlights I leave :) You can see the process in my tutorials. [link]
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Firima Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist
It's been a while since I've last seen some of your pictures and it's incredible how much better you've become! And they already were great quite some time ago^^ Your progress is really inspiring me to try and draw a bit more again.
You're such an incredible artist and I'm so glad you're obsessed with the Silmarillion ...and especially Maedhros (I LOVE the Feanorians!)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^^ Thank you!
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Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice... I love how he's holding his stump and you can just see the will in his eyes. And yet there is something of the torment there too...
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amlugwen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
hmmmm scream and run or stand and gawk?? :wow: very difficult. :D

and all those details... just noted the cloak clasp *-* ("only" after the third visit ^^') and there are beads in his hair :happybounce:



but I definitely pity the orcs
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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:iconestelindis:
Estelindis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Steely-eyed determination. Amazing.
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NocturnalNightingale Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I think my inner fangirl just died of happiness. His hair... you made his hair long again... oh, I love it. Thank you. And the way you paint grey eyes is exactly the way I always picture them. :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^^ Thanks!
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:iconangoukohaku:
angoukohaku Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy shit. I can't stop staring at the details.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^^ Thank you!
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:iconmilena-zaremba:
Milena-Zaremba Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great pose, the emotions are fully depicted in the piece. Not to mention awesome colouring D:
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