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'Suddenly Frodo noticed that a strange-looking weather-beaten man sitting in the shadows near the wall, was also listening intently to the hobbit-talk. He had a tall tankard in front of him, and was smoking a long-stemmed pipe curiously carved. His legs were stretched out before him, showing high boots of supple leather that fitted him well, but had seen much wear and were now caked with mud. A travel-stained cloak of heavy dark-green cloth was drawn close about him, and in spite of the heat of the room he wore a hood that overshadowed his face; but the gleam of his eyes could be seen as he watched the hobbits.'


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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fish-in-fridge Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A grim face (to keep the hobbits guarded) with kindness in his bright eyes (to gain the hobbits' trust); you have done an amazing job in visualizing Strider's character!
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peet Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a really nice description of how I envisage Strider, and a really great understanding of the character in general. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it :)
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:iconpipunderground:
Awesome work...I love itHeart
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peet Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent, and thank you for leaving a comment ;)
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Jose-Fien Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
Simply love it , especially the colors !
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005
Oh, oh, oh! Wow! Very, very nice! I really like this one a lot! Great Strider. Brilliant.
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like again, even if it's not your personal interpretation. I'm always grateful for that.
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Idarshu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
Strider! Very well done. He looks intense and weatherbeaten- but tough.
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm happy you approve -- you don't know how much heat I get from people for making him look either unlike Viggo Mortenson, or for making him look too old.
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Idarshu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
Whatever- if they don't like it they can go draw thier own. Silly people.
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
True, true :giggle:.
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Lumysaara Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005
by jove,does aragorn look old or what?
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, so what? This is how I picture him -- as old. He is nearly 90 in 'LotR', and although I don't envisage him to look that old, I really think he would show some signs because of the harsh, out-doors nature of his life. He is weatherbeaten and haggard, and the hardiest of all Men of that Age.
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Aarnio Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Nice work Only, the belt, in some bizarre way, resembles male genitalia and the way it's hanging... also he looks like he hunched forward, in which case it would be painful to keep your legs lika that.
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peet Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
The belt thing is purely your imagination, and you're the first to remark upon this ;)! It merely hangs because I think the longer belts of the anglo-saxon, viking and medieval are suitable to 'LotR'. They are left to hang as well, once folded and tucked back on itself. As for the anatomy, you may be right there. Thanks for the comment.
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LuthienEternal Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005   Writer
Wow! It is not only wonderful to see someone do work dedicated to the Lord of the Rings,but as it was originally..from the book.Not just a pic of Viggo! =p I am a devoted Tolkien lover,and was thrilled with this.You truly did the character justice.Wonderful!!!! DEFINITELY adding to my fav list as we speak. Great job!!! :hug: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
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shellyt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2005
beautiful! You captured his character well! :D :+fav:
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lonelypasta Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005   Interface Designer
He looks a bit too pale for being outside all the time... He should at least be dirty if not tan :D
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't know why, but I like to draw Tolkien's characters with pale skin -- seems to make the work look 'older' somehow.
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Sonaorein Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Student
Omg, it's Strider!!! *:glomp:s* You've got the boots and the cloak and the feeling down to a science. :D I don't know if it's just me, but the eyes seem a bit uneven, but that's just me nitpicking. ^^; I really like this; you've got excellent work! Keep it up!
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katya-h Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Professional General Artist
There's so much beautiful texture in this painting.. texture I don't normally seen in watercolors :) His clock is beautifully handled, the richness of the colors and how there's just a little hint of green here or there eslewhere in the painting.. I think it works beautifully. I'm not quite sure he sits in space perfectly well, but no matter. I love his face, he looks much older and has a sense of wisdom about him. I personally prefer Aragorn with a beard (bad experience with Bakshi's LOTR) but yours is just as wonderful! Can't wait to see more of your paintings in the future!
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry about the late reply, and thanks a lot for the wonderful comment. There's something about the beardlessness of those with elvish ancestry in 'Unfinished Tales', but nonetheless, for some reason I didn't really picture him with one in the first place.
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katya-h Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Professional General Artist
*cloak *elsewhere :o
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Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a grand comeback, Pete!
Fantastic colours and above all - the smoke.
I adore the smoke.
Smoke is usually fiendishly difficult to get right and this smoke is superb.
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err - have I already mentioned how I like that smoke?
;-)
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I think so ;). Smoke and mist are actually quite fun to do in watercolour, though sometimes a bit of a pain!
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XSomethingWickedX Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutley amazing, great work I love it :D
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VanyaOroElda Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005
wow such amazing work! your are an amazing artist! Keep it up! :D
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CalequendiElf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005  Student
:w00t: this is awesome! :clap: the detail is incredible :D :+fav:
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LinkD3 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005
Yes!! peet your back man!! :D ah ive missed your work ! its a huge inspiration to me! this is so great. i have been working with watercolors a ton recently mostly tolkien inspired stuff as well. > [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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! :)
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RazzleDazzleDesign Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Nicely done, this really fits the first character description of Tolkiens really well. Good Job.
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Degare Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant!

Suitably craggy and dark for Aragorn - and well done for not becoming influenced by the films!
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Bun-Bun Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005
Glad to see you're back....
Why does he look likes he's been dug up from his grave?
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Not sure that he does, though he's very haggard, weather-beaten and old, I'll give you that. Alot of people would be in the grave (and remain there ;)) by the time they're Aragorn's age in the book.
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Music4asoul Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005
The texture and the detail in this are brilliant!
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Fireflowerlass Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005
oooh, I like it a lot! You capture Strider pretty much the way I imagined him in my mind the first time I read the books!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice job! So good to see new pics from you. I think I imagined Aragorn more forty-ish, but he IS weather-beaten. so he looks very true to the books. No beard. Thanks for that. :D I always love to see your portrayals of Tolkien's characters. They look so earthy, for lack of a better term. I'm sure he'd have approved! :)
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Jartsi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005   Photographer
This is so awesome work! :D
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Ludi-Price Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! You finished it! It's comforting to know that your ability hasn't faded while you've been away. ;)

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. :) :thumbsup:
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Crooty Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh! Very Alan Lee-esque. Great job!
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005
Well I feel very privileged to have seen this in the making. ;)
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.
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pippinsgirl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
PEET'S BACK!! :D Or at least posting... :) And what a fitting image to the text. His face reveals neither haggardness (is that a word?) of old age, nor is he overly youthful. Quite fitting to Strider's mysterious nature. And a classic Tolkien-ish array of colors.
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Wavecutter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005
very well done.

... i did always imagine him with facial hair tho. each to his own.
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judetrinity Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005   Traditional Artist
YAY!


Twas worth the wait, old friend! I LOVE the color of his cloak...just stunning. A lovely peice.
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NorwayFox Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005
That's amazing! His face surely does look weather-beaten. I love the folds in his cloak and the smoke looks great. All around awesome!
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lost-in-a-fishbowl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005   General Artist
I love the shading and the use of traditional media. It looks like it could've been used as a illustration in a book. I'm not sure about the perspective of his legs, it just seem bit funny to me. I was pretty sure that in book, Strider was suppose to look younger than his age. Did you intend his face to look old? Maybe thats just me. :P

Awesome artwork as usual, keep up the good work!

Merry
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, in the book Strider's 87-88, so I think he looks pretty young for that! Seriously though, I did picture Aragorn to look pretty old, but obviously younger than his true age. I imagined him to look a weather-beaten 50 year old, or so.
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wuvvliaZ Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005
wow, thats like almost just as i imagined him too :D well, now my thoughts are populated by images of that dude who played it in the movie *cant remember his name...* but this is a really rgeat drawing!! good job:!:
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