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Battle for Moria by Tulikoura Battle for Moria by Tulikoura
The expedition arrived to Kheled-zāram, which was also called Mirrormere. It didn't take too long for dwarves to notice that orcs were dwelling in Moria - it was expected, and dwarves were prepared to fight.

Soldiers launched an attack to the East-gate, and there was a fight in the dale of Nanduhirion; many orcs were slain in the bright sun. Dwarves drove out the surprised orcs from the Great Gate, and soon first guardrooms and halls were secured.

Among the casualties was Flói, a chieftain slayer who was killed by an arrow. Before entering deeper to the halls, Flói was buried under grass near Mirrormere.

With all orcs either dead or escaped, the expedition settled in the Twenty-first Hall of North End, which was above the East-gate; air was good there because shafts were clear, and any entrance could easily be watched.
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Drawing ink + graphite pencil work, about 15 hours used.

Third illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.
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AndreLeVattep Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely fantastic!
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norriscarrejr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
wow
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist
I like how it reminds me of those medieval era art. Awesome work sir, I can't wait to see what other battles you'll draw. Perhaps one with the easterlings?
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Yep, you seemed to find that illustration with Easterlings :D
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome. Yeah I did, I figured you'd have them since your pics portray the war in the north. :)
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Listens2Tunes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow excellent! :iconwoahplz:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thank you, I'm glad you like this.
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NorthlandPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Silkkaa taidetta, sanoisin!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitoksia vaan!
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Git23 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
I love all the attention to detail. I am going to have to dedicate a whole day to looking at your work. It is awesome! Thank you for posting it.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Hehe, I'm glad you like this one, personally I think this turned out pretty well. This was one of the key images I wanted to draw when I thought about this serie.

Feels odd when someone thanks me for posting an illustration, really ;)
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, your work has been featured here --> [link]
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Scharlaken-Rackham Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really, really like your Dwarven drawings, simply brilliant.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, glad that you like these drawings :)

I'm doing my best to illustrate these rare stories related to Dwarves in Middle-Earth.
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Yannico97 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Only .... GREAT !
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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JustinRaven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional
Man, this is awesome :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like this!
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JustinRaven Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional
I do! :)
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DampireLee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
incredible!
amazing!
excellent!
wow!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, what to say :)? Thank you, and glad that you liked this!
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Afalstein Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Yay! The dwarves charge Moria! Interesting conception of the Goblins, they look something like chariacatured Chinamen.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chinamen caricatures? This might be the oddest thing I have heard, hehee :P but yeah, I have found out that there are as many opinions how those creatures look like as there are artists. Is it the armour, or faces that gave you this impression, I wonder?
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Afalstein Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Both, I guess. The armor was definitely a big part of it.

Goblins are WIDELY interpreted, and orcs also. Tolkien doesn't really describe them an awful lot, they're just there.
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What kind of scanner do you use for your drawings? I'd like to have one of that quality!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The cheapest device I found - HP PCS 1510 (about 60-80 €). 300 dpi setting. After the scanning I usually use Microsoft Office Picture Manager to balance the contrast (colours, in this case black, tend to change a bit) and "crop" the picture if needed.
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AngelTitan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the work on the details. =D
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This kind of scenery usually screams for details, so it's only understandable ;)

Thank you for the comment!
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AngelTitan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome =D
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Krumhur Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Great ambience to the piece and kudos for keeping on the exploration of a realm (very) rarely approached in fan art!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!

I agree, there seems to be certain popular themes which artists choose. It's kinda obvious that famous events or climax points in the book are these one of the most popular ones. Characters or stories which are not so visible... well, those belong to the "other" category.

Luckily we have so many artists with so many different preferences that someday, someday we might see it all illustrated. Seeing how people imagine things from the lotr is fascinating indeed. But to some extent, themes that are not illustrated offer better chances for an artist, as his work wont be affected by others view or imagination... I'm thinking about this Hobbit -movie; at the moment, I have a clear vision how balin, for example, looks like. After the movie (if it will ever be ready) I'm sure that it wont be as clear vision anymore.
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Krumhur Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
I agree with you, I just hope it gets illustrated during our lifetime! ;)

The new Hobbit movie sends shudders down my spine, as I am -really- afraid of what they are going to do with the story. Two movies spawned of a rather direct and short book... Alarm bells are ringing!

I know what you mean on the movie portrayals affecting how we imagine the characters, but hey, we will have to wait and see. After all, I never imagined (and still don't) Legolas as Orlando Bloom or Frodo as Elijah Wood!
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gbindis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Amazing. I love the contrast between crowded floor and the space above. And the light - I still can't figure out how you can deal with so well :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear about lighting - drawing ink isn't the easiest tool when it comes to lighting. Basically, it relates to a skill to leave a blank white space where it needs one (I also seem to have some luck :D). Here this vision of "channels of light in darkness" was really tricky one to draw - or well, in this case, not to draw since its all white... or how was it... bah, whatever.

Contrast between crowded floor and space above... I felt like giving a hint about these enormous halls and architecture. Drawing of backgrounds isn't my stongest skill, but it seems to be good enough at this point.

Thank you for the comment!
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gbindis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Yeah, I've never tried drawing ink, but that's what I find hard - leaving blank space where it's needed to make the light look good. You won't have the chance to erase it and, so you need to plan it properly. I guess it is what makes the drawings look natural. But you have to plan it properly. You don't have a problem with it, that's why I like your drawings so much (oh, and of course - it's the subject!).

You're welcome by the way.
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Langkjaer Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Another awesome dwarven drawing. Keep them coming.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, and surely, more will come. Serie after serie, illustration after illustration :). For my fun, and for those who like to watch this kind of works.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, this is a pretty cool scenery. Great job in portraying the battle, really neat lighting, and again, brilliant amount of details, especially in the chain armour. Well done!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you very much again.

Every illustration offers new challenges, that's one reason why it's so fun to draw. Old tricks (in my case, chainmail I guess ;)) and techniques only help to finish the illustration. If it would be the same all the time, without inspiration or innovation, would it be fun anymore I wonder.

Everyone has their field of experience and developing; you, for example, have done great character portraits in a digital way of drawing, and see, they're coming better and better all the time. Am I wrong if I guess it's not only about progress in "technical" mind?
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Grishend Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Well I personally don't think progress is always 'technical'. It can be in various different ways since I think there are lot of other point of views in just viewing a picture ;)
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coranglais Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Nice work, as usual, with lots of great detail.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Using drawing ink isn't the fastest way to draw (especially when there're much shadows to make), but illustration definitely looks better after that effort.

Thank you for the comment!
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bluemoon214 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
This one came out really nicely!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I'm glad you think this one succeeded - drawing ink isn't a tool that forgives errors. Still, I'm still pretty sure that a drawer of comics, like you, must be even more careful when drawing (and colouring, to boot)!

I have learnt that contrast between characters is definitely needed in this kind of only-black-and-white -scenes. Not only it makes drawing easier (boy, it took too much time to realize this), but also makes it more "pleasant" to look at, I think.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Sweet! Excellent detail, and tone!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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VARAKIENEN Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
check mark.
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