JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book I, Chapter 9: At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
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Fantastic colours and above all - the smoke.
I adore the smoke.
Smoke is usually fiendishly difficult to get right and this smoke is superb.
err - have I already mentioned how I like that smoke?
I would love te hear what you think I trust your opinion in the area of watercolor. but this is awesome really iconic of strider a great image. hope you had a good experience in Australia cant wait to see new paintings!
Suitably craggy and dark for Aragorn - and well done for not becoming influenced by the films!
Why does he look likes he's been dug up from his grave?
I think the most impressive thing about this picture is the sense of texture. The cloth of his cape seems soft and velvety, and the smoke looks natural and convincing. I'm especially impressed with the way it melds into the texture of the background. Great work with him appearing to emerge from the darkness, just as one imagines from the book. I think personally he needs a little more dynamic shading on his face, but otherwise it's an awesome picture and a very fitting introduction to Strider.
I am really loving the texture in this- it looks all very natural and organic. I just LOVE the deep greens of his cloak. Easily camouflaged in the forest. The trailing smoke is VERY effective, the way it mingles with the background.
Love his weather-beaten face and narrow features. I feel you've done him justice. He looks quite intimidating and quite the unknown quantity.
A very atmospheric piece.
... i did always imagine him with facial hair tho. each to his own.
Twas worth the wait, old friend! I LOVE the color of his cloak...just stunning. A lovely peice.
Awesome artwork as usual, keep up the good work!