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'The ridge upon which the companions stood went down steeply before their feet. Below it twenty fathoms or more, there was a wide and rugged shelf which ended suddenly in the brink of a sheer cliff: the East Wall of Rohan. So ended the Emyn muil, and the green plains of the Rohirrim stretched away before them to the edge of sight.'

JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Book III,  Chapter 2: The Riders of Rohan

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heidi-rodis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Awesome art! The sky is so simple yet so visually appealing! Wonderful! If I may ask, what medium do you use? 
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peet Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the warm comment! I use watercolours.
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heidi-rodis Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
OH WOW. That's very surprising. I don't usually see watercolors used with this much details!
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peet Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, thanks again for the compliment :) It's certainly possible to achieve details with watercolours, normally by using less water as the layers build up :)
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heidi-rodis Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Oh, so did you have to wait for it to dry first before adding more paint?
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes precisely :). Actually, I'd say this is one of the slightly lesser detailed pieces in my gallery, since it's on a smaller canvas. Others - such as MormegilMidsummer's Eve or Gwindor's Charge amongst others - have more going on in them :thumbsup: 
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:iconheidi-rodis:
heidi-rodis Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, I saw those too. What size of canvas/paper do you usually use? Err...do you use canvas or paper?
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peet Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, sorry. I didn't realise you'd looked around :D. I use heavy duty cartridge paper for my more 'major', larger pieces, and approx. 25% of the time various watercolour papers (I still haven't found the perfect strictly watercolour paper yet, whereas the cartridge works well for me, I find). I'd say about 60% of my works are A3, 25% A4, and 15% A5. Roughly speaking :) This Rohan piece is in the last category (and was actually done on pre-bought watercolour board)!
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Cuthillius Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sky really sets the tone here. Nice.
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like, I'm still fond of the clouds in this one!
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Ryuze-nanzuke Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student Interface Designer
cool
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AnnabethLovegd Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, wow, totally love this :o
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks :D
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is excellent!  My daughter and I just recently read this and it fits my mind's picture wonderfully.
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's all I can ask for as an illustrator. Thanks so much, and I hope you're enjoying the read :-)
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome!  We are enjoying the read immensely...it is her first time through the book :-) 
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Lucky thing!
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes indeed!
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Evolvana Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Awesome!! when I think I'll go there very soon... :D (Mount Sunday, south island, New Zealand)
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eldrianne Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
And the clouds like horses themselves. :)
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's an interesting perspective, and one that I haven't recognised myself. I like it though :D
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venerablewise Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Im re-readng the Two Towers! I love these 3 characters
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heatherkparks Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
So beautiful...
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marmota-b Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
I already commented this one on Elfwood, more than two years ago, but I need to do it now again. I'm just reading the chapter again, for I don't know how many times, and I had this image in mind again. Because you depicted it really just like I imagined it: the blue sky with the white clouds running above, the sudden breeze on the top of the hills... even the angle from which you portrayed the characters! Of course, there are some details that I imagined a different way, but those don't matter. You captured the feeling.

(And, BTW, if you were interested, here's my old, ooold sketch of Aragorn, the very first picture of him I ever made, probably eight or nine years ago. [link] So you can hopefully see what I meant in the above paragraph. I could do him better now, but I don't have to: you did it before me, and better than I ever could.)
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Adalrik Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Beautiful painting. Love the storybookish look.
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HinoNeko Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEY-O! Just stopping by to let you know that this picture has been included in the [LORD OF THE RINGS] issue of Hidden Gems of Fan Art!
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Katzilla13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Very nice work!
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Zolfyer Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
Really fantastic picture! I love those clouds and.. I mean, amazing work! :love:
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boz4pm Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Beautiful. Simply beautiful - the composition, that open sky and the sense of all the grasslands of the horselords rolling away ahead of them. Fantastic job.
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cochas Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
it looks like u work hard on the clouds!! they awesome!! ^-^
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Galhad Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005
The sky is wonderful and the perspective is really well realized... I feel like I'm on that hill loking the vastity of the land...
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nienor Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
lovely clouds, wonderful feeling of space and airiness
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Auraine2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good....i love how you did the clouds...im a cloud freak myself..but actually i just realized alot of your tech. reminds me of Alan Lee...overall it is just wonderfully done :D
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Idarshu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005
Nicely done. :)
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Saint-Augustine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005
Aaaahhhh.... When the world was young. This is quite refreshing. Nice work on the sky.
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner May 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice landscape and use of colors, I like the clouds and the way you made this fog still lingering at the foot of the Emyn Muil. Great job!
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aud Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
This is somewhat different from your other paintings it more loose... if that's the word? I like how how the focus is on the landscape.
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Catnip070 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Wow. Just "wow"

Your control of watercolour is nothing short of amazing. Your palette is very strong, and evokes the 'high-epic' feeling (which Tolkien's work is). You captured the moment perfectly, in my opinion.

Beautiful!
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005
Ahh, truly lovely to see your rendition of the plains of Rohan!
I really really like the traditional-watercolour feel to it. It's a bit more "loose" than some of your other work. There is a really nice flow to it, colour wise. The texture and colours of the land in the foreground is delicious! All your works have such an organic feel. You have a good colour sense, it really does suit Tolkien's work.
There's a great feeling of "grandness." The clouds are massive and looming, and I think it really lends to the sparse, sweeping vistas of Rohan. :) It almost feels like it's about to rain, or a storm's about to hit...
I love this. :)
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peet Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Apologies for the late reply on this one.

Thank you very much indeed. I wanted to make this a slightly epic piece, sort of symbolic that we're now at a different point in the book. The Fellowship's broken, the focus of the story now switches, and I wanted to depict that in a refreshing way. The huge brooding clouds are meant to show the storm that is coming ever closer, and I think that the Three Hunter's arrival in Rohan marks that turning point. Also, Tolkien describes the plains of rohan as a green-grey sea crashing in waves to the foot of the Emyn Muil, so I wanted to kind of make it mirror cliffs by the sea, with the grass literally swirling up in waves towards the rock (whilst still retaining a sense of realism of course). I don't know whether that's discernable or not, but I wanted to try that anyway. Again, thanks so much. Your comments are always brilliant!
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
You certainly achieved that. Definitely. Love those brooding clouds!!

P.S- And I will comment on your latest arts....I've been all over the place lately. :(
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peet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, that's okay Nell. I fear I may be doing the same to others. Don't worry yourself :D.
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Grisznak Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
I love the way you paint sky here, hope one day I'll can do it too.
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NightmareStallion Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005
Loving it.
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raphi-kun Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005
great pic of Rohan!
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Noe-Izumi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Here you are, mater of watercolors! :) The sky is absolutely lovely...
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judetrinity Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005   Traditional Artist
holy watercolour goodness, batman!




One of your best yet, I think. The sky is esquisite (sp?) and I love the movement of the cloaks and the windswept hair. Its just a really well done peice!

And the colours make me just yearn for spring to come faster! (its still dreary and cold here...today was the first nice day in a while)
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Again, thank you. It's nice to be hearing from you, my friend :). I'm glad you like the piece. Anyway, yeah, tell me about it (the weather I mean). I'm still not used to the cold having come back from Australia, even though we're starting to get some nice days now. But it's started to rain again more recently. :(
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Ludi-Price Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I really do love this picture. I very epic addition to your repetoire. The picture is divided very neatly between the background and the characters - in other words, excellent composition. Gorgeous landscape, especially the clouds, and wonderful positioning of the characters. Just awesome work, I hope to see more soon. :)
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LinkD3 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005
ah yes so great to see some stuff like this from you :) the sweeping landscape is stunning and the way its all set up really has the slight Howe feel to it. everything flows very nicely. this seems like you've done it a bit smaller than you paint some of your other stuff, I do enjoy to paint in a small area sometimes you get more of a perspective on things it really helps. awesome as always. total fave ;)
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