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Commission: Isildur and Sauron by Tulikoura Commission: Isildur and Sauron by Tulikoura
This is a commission work for :iconethalenskye:, who won 3rd prize from :iconthelotrclub:'s Aragorn contest. Pen & Ink work.

"The War of the Last Alliance began in Second Age 3434. Sauron's forces were defeated in the Battle of Dagorlad on the plain outside Mordor, and the army of the Last Alliance, led by Gil-galad and Elendil, entered Sauron's realm and laid siege to Barad-dur. The siege lasted seven years. The Alliance suffered heavy losses from missiles and fire cast from the tower, including Isildur's brother Anarion who died in SA 3440, and Sauron also sent many sorties against the attackers.

In SA 3441 Sauron himself came down from his tower, and he forced Gil-galad and Elendil to fight. That was a grim battle between kings of free people and Dark Lord. At last Sauron's body was cast down, but Gil-galad and Elendil died in the struggle; Elendil's sword Narsil broke beneath him as he fell.

Isildur, one of the few who had the courage to face Sauron, took up the hilt of Narsil and used the broken blade to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand; and Sauron's spirit fled from his body."
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Libra1010 Apr 9, 2014  New member
 Proof positive that even daring to finish off a wounded Sauron requires more than common courage (which implies that taking him on at full health must require self-sacrificing tendencies or a SERIOUS Grudge!).

 Master Tulikoura, might I please ask if you have any intentions of producing further art featuring The Last Alliance? (I must admit that this is one of my favourite events in the entire Appendices - basically The Free Peoples take on The Enemy swords-and-sandals style AGAIN … and this time they WIN! - it's a bit like The Silmarillion without the hopelessly tragic ending). 
I love the use of the hammer and the strong stances, as well as how Sauron's shield looks like it was ripped right off a giant tree. Your style lends amazingly to this scene. Great job!
Tulikoura Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Bark-shield, heh well that sounds interesting.

And sorry for the late reply.
TurnerMohan Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
brilliant work i love how your depiction of evil, while unmistakably evil is not dependent upon these all too obvious rising spikes points like john howe's work (and subsequently the movies) this depiction of sauron is so menacing, and i like how you've given him a face, but not a descript, emotive human face, it looks like one of those silver eqyptian facemasks or tikkis or giant olmec heads come to life, aloof and godly (that's a thing i've played around with myself) and i like how you dont rely on extensive plate armor for either of them (an all too common pitfall for tolkien art)

superb work
Tulikoura Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No reason to mention how Sauron from the movie trilogy constantly appeared into my mind when I drew this but well, it is a very good depiction of him. After all, there aren't too many references how he looked like other than "he always took the shape of a terrible dark lord --- extremely hideous, an image of malice and hatred made visible". I recall reading (don't remember what book it was) something like how his "skin was burned after his temple sank with Numenor and armour on him looked charred".

Hehe, I like drawing ringmail armours as it took some years to realize how it could be drawn. I agree, something like full plate armours doesn't really belong to Middle-Earth as industrial development seems to be non-existent anyways. Norman type of armours (especially elves) and stuff are what I like to draw.
julius1880 Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done.
Tulikoura Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
julius1880 Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome.
GrimDreamArt Sep 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like you works a lot! You've captured the motion very well.
Tulikoura Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :bow:

It's always a bit tricky to get some movement to these still pictures. Wind effects like flapping cloaks or tunics. A good character position and gestures are another parts that helps. Glad to hear it works here.
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