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Gothmog Strikes Fingon Down by Tulikoura Gothmog Strikes Fingon Down by Tulikoura
The fifth battle in the wars of Beleriand, Nírnaeth Arnoediad, as told in J.R.R. Tolkiens Silmarillion. Third work and sequel to my previous works, "The battle of unnumbered tears" and "The Fall of Azaghál".

"For a while then the hosts of Angband were driven back, as Glaurung the Dragon escaped after being wounded by King Azaghál, and Fingon begin his retreat. But having routed Maedhros in the east Morgoth had now great force to spare, and before Fingon and Turgon could come to the shelter of the hills they were assailed by a tide of foe thrice greater than all the force that was left to them.

Gothmog, High-Captain of Angband, was come; and he drove a dark wedge between Fingon and Turgon, isolating Fingon and forcing Turgon and his army to retreat towards the Fen of Serech. Then he turned upon Fingon.

That was a grim meeting. At last Fingon stood alone with his guards dead about him, and he fought with Gothmog, until a second Balrog came behind him and caught Fingon to a fiery whip of flames. Then Gothmog hewed him with his black axe, and a white flame sprang up from the helm of Fingon as it was cloven.

Thus fell the King of the Noldor; and orcs beat him into the dust with their maces and his banner they trod into the mire of his blood."
Pen & graphite work, second version with more smoke as previous was almost white. Necessary or not, I prefer this one even it's messy, but maybe it's "realistic" too that way. However, this was the best solution I came up with.

Some minor changes too, and I managed to adjust colours a bit as it usually tends to be weird looking.
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Naze0 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I know it is an old drawing but I just needed to tell that the solution you came up with (add more smoke), did the job really well, even if it's messy. Yeah, it looks more realistic I guess =P

The only thing is that the smoke is a bit too "fluid", rather then having a blobbt behaviour... I don't know if I made myself clear hahaha

But your work is amazing (as always!) in anyway, you know how good you are =)
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You were one of the unfortunate who saw the original Hogan-balrog then? :D I guess it was a step towards right direction, but didnt quite cross the finish line. I agree, I don't quite master the graphite pencil when I have to draw coulds/smoke etc. And scanner kinda "burns" all lines and makes it even more weird looking...

Hehe, thank you! :)
gbindis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I love it! The smoke looks great. I love the skin-deep chaos, the dynamics, the persperctive!

And the smoke. It looks great!

Oh, did I mention the smoke? :D
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, did you mention the smoke, really? :D I'm glad you like this.

This is chaotic, at least technically speaking, ha. Sometimes I wonder if using only drawing ink would have been a better solution but well, done what's done. I rely too much on graphite pencil nowadays so I look my older works quite critically: when did it change so much?
SnowWhirls Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
I have seen many versions drawn of this duel, but this is the best of them all. It's like a memory from somebody's mind.
Somebody who was there and witnessed it all. :D Awesome...
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oho, that sounds great. Thank you for these words!
SnowWhirls Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
You are welcome! This really is like from my somebody's memory. Really...authentic and Tolkien-like. :D
Andreth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, amazing. I love the smoke and all the details in the armors, the weapons, even the tiny ones that can bee seen from afar. I thing it's a great depiction of a bsttle of this kind: chaos, ash, smoke, fear, death...
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the in-depth comment! It's very nice to hear these aspects succeeded here. After all, this is the second version, as people mentioned the first version was too "clean". I agree with their opinions, now this looks a bit more chaotic.

Smoke was without a doubt hardest to draw. Graphite pencil and drawing ink isn't the best possible combination, but sometimes it works.
Andreth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it worked, and you did it great. Good luck with the contest! :D
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