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This was my first attempt at painting in oils. Hope you enjoy. Check out my website at
Lord of the Rings
September 26, 2006, 4:19:40 PM
Roughly 400 hours!
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writingraven on January 17, 2009, 7:49:12 AM
January 17, 2009, 7:49:12 AM
that is utterly amazing!
4charliepace4 on February 24, 2008, 6:59:45 AM
February 24, 2008, 6:59:45 AM
Dude Boromir looked so real that when i first looked at him i was like "wait... did they just do some edits on photoshop or something ?THIS LOOKS GREAT
KamulTheNazgul on November 27, 2006, 3:26:12 AM
November 27, 2006, 3:26:12 AM
"Chough!"I'm speechless...It's simply breathtaking!Considering that with oil colors is a very slow work...
Ralinde on November 9, 2006, 7:00:22 AM
November 9, 2006, 7:00:22 AM
Dude! That is pretty cool for a first attempt at oils. ^_^
The characters may not be quite exact but you can definately tell who they are and the shades and tones are awesome.
Keep up the great work!
CaptiainIndianaSolo on September 30, 2006, 8:05:18 AM
September 30, 2006, 8:05:18 AM
WOW!! IS THERE ANYTHING THAT DON'T LIKE THAT YOU DRAW!?!?
Stratadrake on September 27, 2006, 1:12:32 PM
September 27, 2006, 1:12:32 PM
Random critique time.
For starters, the good points: Love that coloring and blending of the paints. It is smooth and shows that a lot of patience and work went into the piece. The details on Gimli's helmet and axe are solid enough you can almost literally "feel" the metal.
And then . . . the not-so-good. Minor flaws. The highlights on the hobbits' hair sorta distracts me, because edge-highlighs like that imply backlighting, which seems a little out of place considering that the hobbits are in the front row. And while your realistic shading is very commendable, realism is a notoriously unforgiving target; this one sits on the edge of the Uncanny Valley where it
right, but doesn't quite
right. Boromir and Merry look fine, for example, but I'm not so sure about the other Fellowship members. I notice Gandalf's nose seems to be a little on the large side (though not to the extent of a Cyrano de Bergerac ;)) , and Aragorn's eyes seem a little too twinkly for me (I never considered Aragorn to be the "bright eyes" type). The faces feel 'off' in the slightest way, and when a character's face doesn't look right, it bogs down the piece as a whole,
more so than it honestly should
Those are really minor flaws. You nailed the blending and shading overall, it's the subtleties that slightly demerit the overall experience. And subtleties aren't something that one can just look at and point out how to easily fix them (I find from they are often defined during the conceptual phase, before applying any shading or blending of actual colors onto the surface); they're like the Matrix in that you can't be told what they are, you have to see it for yourself. For lack of a better term, it's sort of a "zen" thing.
So, wrapping this up -- great blending, good perseverance to work through a large-sized painting, only a minor stumble here and there to watch out for. It's good work, so keep up the studies on how to master the subtle points.
SasuSaku01 on September 27, 2006, 9:43:12 AM
September 27, 2006, 9:43:12 AM
That looks so much like the real people!! You did a wonderful Job!! AWESOME!!
Lord of the Rings is the best TRILOGY EVERRRRR!!!!
Daennika on September 26, 2006, 11:08:48 PM
September 26, 2006, 11:08:48 PM
Epic! Very good for a first attempt with oils, I know I'd waste a several dozen of canvas before ever succeeding :P
Love the old elvish writings framing the picture *thumbsup*
saturn13 on September 26, 2006, 4:18:02 PM
September 26, 2006, 4:18:02 PM
wow this looks amazing! you did a really good job! favs*
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