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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.
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"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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:iconbadbloodpredator131:
wait where is Gil-Galad he was to be burnt to death y sauron so shouldent his body be near 
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's lying there, left from sauron's leg.
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badbloodpredator131 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
oh i see him he is the only one that looks like a burnt peace of stake 
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Adorianu666 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
He looks like ordinary orc here -_- not like Dark Lord...
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 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). 
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D true that. No wonder it was only few souls who dared to oppose him. I have to admit that I had serious troubles trying to depict that terror look on him ^^; (for example my bro wasn't convinced at all, haha... he's the voice of truth usually)

Heh, master... hmmm, why not? I have planned to draw something based on northern campaign (Witch-king of Angmar) first, though. But this is grand war surely follows then... True, but the war didnt end without great losses, it felt lika a pyrrhic victory to me :(
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:iconlibra1010:
Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
 I'm not so sure about that; it was a tragic victory and as it turned out a relatively short-term one, but the Power of Sauron was broken to such a degree that it took him an entire Age to even approach his former potency (and eat away, as well as grind down his foes - or just take advantage of natural disasters - to the point where they were too militarily weak to defeat him in the field, but even so were able to out-fight his minions and out-think The Enemy!).

 I'd honestly argue that the Disaster of the Gladden Fields was more of of a Phyrric victory FOR SAURON; it would have been a lot easier to find The Ring if it were an heirloom of Arnor and that horrid thing would have likely reduced the High Kingdom to a state even worse than the Witch-King was able to leave them in.

 Consider that the Dunedain of Arnor were scattered and neither broken nor corrupted; in fact life in the shadows seems to have made them more dangerous, if anything!
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JeanaNormandie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
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!
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Bark-shield, heh well that sounds interesting.

And sorry for the late reply.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner 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
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner 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.
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome.
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like you works a lot! You've captured the motion very well.
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner 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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NeilMcClements Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011   General Artist
Great illustration, nicely composed and excellent detail. I'd really like to see a much closer look at this and see all that minute detailing. That chain mail must have taken hours.

Great stuff.
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! This was a "reward" commission, so I wanted to finish this well and keep my image of Sauron. The problem is that I want to use black, but it's risky (only one try) and tedious with this "technique" - so usually "white" represents smoke, dust and stuff.

Heh, chainmail is a nice looking armour. It takes some time to draw it, but it's easy and fun to draw. So not the most realistic way to draw, but simple and looks good for me.
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NeilMcClements Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011   General Artist
Just noticed your reference to Ian Miller, absolutely one of my Favorites. My picture 'Sauron' was an attempt, a bit of a homage to his style.
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I noticed this in your illustration of Sauron - one of the reasons why I favoured it! Ian Miller's trademark is complex and horrifying (in a good way) looking armours and weapons, epic level of detailing, high contrast and this (in my opinion) "distinctive" way to draw reflections. I saw this impression in your work.
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:iconwesternman:
westernman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Beautiful work!
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Glad that you like this illustration.
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JeffLafferty Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
nice!
Jeff
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Aamataya Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Wonderful technique!!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, good to hear it looks good after all the effort ;)
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Samuraibot Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this drawing, although I must say that Sauron's face is actually very handsome concidering that he's a half god that was twisted by darkness (he still kept his looks.)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm, I have heard that point of view before. It's all about personal views of course. I remember reading this kind of versions; "After the destruction of his fair form in the fall of Númenor, Sauron was unable to take a pleasing appearance or veil his power again. Thereafter, at the end of the Second Age and again in the Third, he always took the shape of a terrible dark lord".

Thank you for the comment!
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Samuraibot Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes sense since Sauron's Eye is so hideous, as well as the man who carries his mouth, you know that guy who was the helmet over all the rest of his face except for his mouth.
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gummyrabbit Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Writer
wow this is really really good, it looks like an illustration straight from a book!!! or better, even =D
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment! I draw inspiration from Tolkien artists who make beautiful book illustrations (Ian Miller for example), so this sounds nice indeed.
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gummyrabbit Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Student Writer
:aww: well you're welcome!
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kawaiku Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Your artwork is very good! I'm enjoying these pieces of Middle Earth. Never read the Silmerwhatever but I did enjoy the little excerpts and the like. Great stuff!
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Heheh, Silmarillion isnt a easy book to read. Its a mix of "history book", complex family trees and short stories. But a great source of inspiration, offering thousands of themes to illustrate.

I'm trying to draw chronologically when drawing a serie (currently two: war of the dwarves and orcs, battle of unnumbered tears), and include a small "narration"; it helps to build a mood, and gives a explanation whats going on.
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:iconkawaiku:
kawaiku Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Hey no problem!

And so I hear. But I actually really like history so it shouldn't be a bother (though maybe the names might be ;p). And I bet it is.

Oh really?? Well I do look forward to what comes from you in the future.

Keep it up! :)
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
I really like the pose and composition, the unearthy expression of sauron is also very executed.
Your traces carry personality.
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. Composition was Ethalenskye's suggestion, and I think I managed to picture it.

Sauron is interesting character to illustrate, because he's very significant to the story, a powerful character with rich lore. And there are as many views of Sauron as there are readers. Apart from movie Sauron it's nice to see how people imagine him to look like.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Indeed!
I like your version of him!
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Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressiv work, i like the shading, and the dynamic feeling :)
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I tried to add some feel of movement to it, because "still-pictures" (odd to say, because what other than "still" pictures are after all) are a real pain in the ass. Even if it's only wind or some other effect which brings some dynamics, it's fine.

Thank you for the comment!
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Grishend Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive pencilworks as usual. I love the details, especially on the armour. It looks really great. Nice job on portraying the scene as well. Great one!
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment. I was really nervous when I made this, this was a work dedicated to another person after all. That kind of "special works" you want to succeed...

It didnt help that theme is very popular (I have seen 3-5 works concerning the same event in past two weeks!). Seeing better works following each other can be very demoralizing. All the better if you can ignore them, but still... well I guess it's the "competition spirit"...
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Grishend Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :) I have the same feeling when doing a work dedicated to another person :)

Hehe yeah I guess... well these 'competition spirit' always exist I think. It's really good if you can ignore them, but well, I agree with your point.
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work! Your drawing style is very interesting :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!

I can say that it took about ten years to reach this "technique"/ level of drawing, so it's naturally nice to hear what people think of it. After all, it's only black lines.
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It may only be black lines, but if one doesn’t know how to work with them, it’s impossible to create art. If I use black lines, they’ll just be black lines.. But yours are really an art piece!
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DappleHack Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!...

I like the difference between their height!! I think this is exactly what it was like. Tolkien wrote the embodied Sauron was big, but not gigantic - I always thought he was like this!!
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:icontulikoura:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have always seen Sauron about like this, having "burned and terrifying face". It's hard to transfer the image from your head to paper, though...

"The form that he took was that of a man of more than human stature, but not gigantic" like Tolkien describes.
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The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist
you drew each individual chain mail link? omg.
Great drawing! :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I have seen (and tried) several styles when it comes to drawing chainmail. This style is the easiest one, and with some shading it looks good enough.

Thank you.
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