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Battle of Nanduhirion, part 2 by Tulikoura Battle of Nanduhirion, part 2 by Tulikoura
"The battle of Nanduhirion started on a dark day of cold winter with no sun to bother the orcs. Enemy had the high ground at the head of the valley, and greater numbers, reinforced by Azog's troops from Moria; battle initially went against dwarves.

The first vanguard led by King Thraín assaulted the slopes but were driven back with loss, into a forest near the Mirrormere. In the forest dwarves fought desperately against orcs, and many dwarven lords were slain and Thraín himself was wounded. Elsewhere, the battle swayed to and fro, and both sides suffered heavy casualties.

The tide was only turned when a last contingent of fresh warriors from the Iron Hills, led by Náin son of Grór, arrived to reinforce the wavering Dwarves."
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Drawing ink & graphite pencil work. "Prelude" to the arrival of Náin and his troops from Iron Hills. Fourth illustration to my "war of the dwarves and orcs" - serie.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Wow! 
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JamesCloudy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
You have a really unique illustrative style that really really works
nice one on the picture
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you very much for this comment.

This style of mine might be all about detailing things so overall picture might look too "heavy", as I think it can be seen here. One can't say where one line ends and another starts; too low contrast between objects. It's damn fun to draw this way but it requires more planning to succeed...
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JamesCloudy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Yeah I imagine the planning stage could take forever on a piece like this, all paid off in the end though.
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ivoignob Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What can I say? Amazing job!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, that's what I say! Glad that you like this!
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Killy-ad Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's really a nice work man!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like this :)
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Jack-O-Lantern Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't help but to compare Your art to Burzum's music.

I wouldn't believe if You told me that no one used that comparison before me.

Exactly the same feel behind the work. Sort of.

As far as I can tell, there is little difference between Burzum's albums artwork and Your drawings. Well, apart from technical and style details - still, that makes 'little difference'.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hard to say, as this is unknown subject to me - but I can say that this is the first time I hear about this kind of reference ;)

But it's true that familiar aspects can be found from strange places.
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Jack-O-Lantern Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really 'strange' it has to be noticed that the word 'Burzum' comes from the black speech (means 'darkness') and Varg Vickernes' (the artist behind Burzum) pseudonym is Count Grischnakh (I am to lazy to check how is it spelled, but it is the name of one of the orks).
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Gregoria Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Incredible amount of detail in this piece!! Beautifully put together, and I love the soft clouds and mountains above the carnage.
A sad sight, for sure. But magnificent, wonderful work! Tolkien's History has come alive. :heart:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like this, thank you very much for the comment.

Background in this work was a tricky task to draw and I made a few errors in early stages, so I'm a bit wondering your kind words when it comes to this white scenery :). You see, I was about to cut the upper half when I scanned this picture because I couldn't solve the problem I had with clouds and mountains.

Oh well, better to accept that "nothing is perfect" and just have fun while drawing ;).
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Gregoria Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Oh, I thought it was all deliberately done the way it was, and looked great to me, as the perspective was just right, the background faded just like in real life. I can see how it would have been tricky to do though. Don't yell too loudly, no one will know the difference, I didn't. ;)

And yes, the fun makes it worthwhile, but turns into a nightmare if you can't get it right!
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DappleHack Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very sad and magnificient...
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's so much detail in here that it's almost hard for me to believe you've only used black and white for this! So amazing.. You're very talented! :heart:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, very nice to hear (well, read... frankly speaking) someone appreciates my skill with this harsh technique. I surely enjoy drawing every single detail, but I think it's "quite" tedious to watch these drawings.

Naturally you can imagine how much more colours would bring to this picture, for example!
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tedious? Perhaps. Fascinating? Most definitely! I adore artworks in which I can find a single new thing, every time I look at it. Even if it’s just a very little detail. That’s true art, in my opinion! :)
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Grishend Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trees and mountains are beautifully done, and the corpse and the remaining soldiers are stunning. I love how you put the details on broken shield, armours, etc... making the battle look fierce. Great job, impressive as usual!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I definitely liked drawing that forest, so I'm glad it succeeded in your opinion. Somehow I feel sky and mountains arent matching too well, though. Either sky or mountains should be darker.

And I guess you have seen "couple" very similar drawings before this. Lot of bodies in front, mountain slope on background and dark, indistinguishable mass in between... ;) Hehe I think someone might get bored before I finish this serie. I personally could draw this kind of drawings every day, though! Haha.

Thank you for the in-depth comment!
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Grishend Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)

Hmm, now that you mention it, I think if you put a darker sky or mountains it probably adds an "intense battle" feel in it. I don't really sure about it though, but it might be a good idea too in my opinion.
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
No jo on taas komeeta jälkee!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitoksia vaan.

Sitä on jäänyt ns. "kaasu päälle" tähän aiheeseen, ja vaikka muutamiin virheisiin törmää niin sitä vaan jatkaa piirtämistä... Joskus tuntuu että löytää uuden kikan, jonka kuitenkin unohtaa heti kättelyssä seuraavaan piirustukseen siirtyessä.
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LayeroftheBrick Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
I am continually impressed by your ability to add so much detail without the picture becoming a dark indistinguishable mass. Wonderful work!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, glad you like this!

Funny though, "a dark indistinguishable mass" is a phrase what others usually say when they see my picture(s). I should highlight individual characters somehow, but oh well. It requires learning some new tricks.
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Hmm, no, I take that back. When I look at it in the small view the 'grey tones' are actually pretty good and the fallen soldiers in the foreground catch the eye while the rest of the army fades away behind them.

So just hurray. ;)

And I meant to say 'white parts' in my previous comment, emoticons can be such a nucance...
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, sometimes I have to search for a synonym if letter combinations creates emoticons - I'm just too lazy to figure out what actually triggered it...

';paikalla!' ... yes, problem confirmed --> " instead of '
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
I once again salute you my friend. The grimness of the narrative is perfectly translated to paper. The detailing is amazing. Dwarves rule.

The broken shield on the lower right bottom is almost a high contrast b&w photograph.

Maybe there could be more 'white';parts in the mass of the army itself, for the detail is somewhat mindboggling, but other than that, you are an inspiration!

Hurray! :clap:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, thank you! "A dark indistinguishable mass" is a phrase which tells what's going on. I wonder if old dog learns some new tricks, because I should have paid more attention to "white parts" as you said. For example, your version of Battle of Unnumbered Tears was just perfect in technical aspect - clear, impressive, detailed.

This illustrations actually was just a "filling" I made because it would have left a gap if I would have directly drawn 'arrival of Iron Hills' instead of this. This might sound odd, but this was one 'key element' to the battle.
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A-c-e-t-o-n-e Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Wow. As with all of your pieces I really like the detail. Nothing lacks it; I especially like the forest up ahead. The trees are very well done.

One thing that I should criticize, which applies to most of your huge battle pieces, is that there is little contrast between, well, everything. I know it's probably more realistic, but when you first look at the picture it's a bit straining on your eyes to make out individual figures.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you. Battle illustrations I draw are very "heavy". It's a real pain in the ass to tell where lines of one character starts and where another ends. This is because of technical matter, but also because I draw this in "pieces" - I took some pictures while drawing so it was easy to notice what happened.

In brief, at first I drew those fallen soldier in front, and then those orcs who are running towards forest. Sounds logical, but that "orc layer" made the character in front harder to distinguish; so one layer blurred the previous one. Same thing happened after I drew that forest - most of the orcs lost their shapes.

Somehow, it seems, I can't plan drawing "enough" in advance, so I make same mistakes over and over again. When you see your drawing in pieces, it might be a surprise after you combine those...
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A-c-e-t-o-n-e Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Whoa, those are orcs over there? Couldn't really tell. Although I guess the shields look orcish...

I can see that you tried to highlight individual characters here and there. For example the arm leaning against the shield is very distinct from the shield itself.

I just realized I've been spelling the word shield wrong all my life... (sheild; "i" before "e" dammit!)

Anyway, I layer some of my pictures and yeah, I notice the effect of the blur. (too bad I dont have a scanner to upload them!) But yeah, planning is key to that. It's pretty hard to make layers before deciding what they're going to be.

Another I noticed is that the sky could have been made to look more gray than white. I mean you have the sun there, but you also obviously have clouds, and I think with that many clouds it shouldn't be shinning that brightly.

You dont seem like much of a sky person though, what with all those detailed things such as armor to worry about.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for pointing out that sky aspect. I tried to draw "pale and grey winter sky" but it seems it's really too bright for that purpose. That white blank creates such a impression of sun which wasnt my intention.

In some of my drawings I drew too dark sky, and in another work it might be just couple strokes with graphite pencil. It's not easy to find fitting combination (with that mountain in this pic, for example), although I see sky as an very important element.
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Elephantking89 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's only a flesh wound sir
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Shane-01 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
This is so absolutely amazing. The amount of detail that is in this is incredible. I don't think that you are capable of making bad illustrations. Everything that you draw is stunning. I just can't get over the amount detail you draw.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!

I can ruin illlustration quite easily, thanks to "one run" style of drawing, but usually I have some luck and result is better than what I expected, but naturally I cant say what viewer thinks about this.

When it comes to details, it's quite easy to explain. I draw one character with all his gear, injuries and scratches, then I draw the next one. Shadows are easy to draw afterwards. The weakness in this strategy can be seen here - when you draw individuals, the overall look may be harder to distinguish.
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Shane-01 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
That is not easy, that has to take amazingly amount of time. You're illustrations take about sixty hours right? Accomplishing what you do so expertly is not easy.
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