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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."
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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 =)
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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! :)
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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
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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?
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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...
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oho, that sounds great. Thank you for these words!
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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
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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...
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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.
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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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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Although, I hope they prefer new illustrations more than old ones like mine in this competition :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Hell yeah! My entry into this contest is now rendered moot! I know this piece and it must surely be a winner. Hmmm, must finish mine :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you know that's not true, pal. And they should definitely give higher priority to new illustrations, in order to encourage people draw/paint more - which is the point of contests in my opinion. I have to admit that I was too lazy to start drawing a new work when I'm in the middle of the current serie. Thinking afterwards, this is really a shame , as there are so many themes unillustrated (someday I'll illustrate the whole saga of Silmarillion to compensate this, heheh... eh, I hope this doesn't sound too pompous).

But I'll wait eagerly for your First Age painting, I don't have any idea what the theme will be, so it'll be very interesting :D!
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! :wow:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you very much! This might look a bit messy (smoke & fire are really hard to draw) so good to know here are good aspects as well ;)
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psychodelicgod Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Now, that's the real Balrog, not some cooky-wacky monster from movie!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you!

The Balrog in the movie wasnt bad, but a bit too much like a "monster" for my taste.
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psychodelicgod Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
But I always thought about Balrogs as kind of giants in flames, wearing black armors, looking more like humans, as same as Your Gothmog
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DeepWoodian Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another great piece and one of my favorites of yours. Your illustration of Balrogs surely are not the most common ones but still gives an impression of someone with great terror and power. Just like a fallen maia could be descriped. I have to admit that perhaps your vision is not exactly same as mine but that is not the point.
Like you I also enjoy these descriptions and book quotes which you add to your pictures as they give more "depth" and drama to the drawings. Especially when we talk about Tolkien and his choise of words. :)
You mentioned in some other comment that the LOTR movies have affected your visions in many ways. I have to admit the same. For example I don't recall anymore how I imagined Balrog for the first time when I read Lords of the Rings. Same thing have happened to many other characters and creatures during the years. Other illustrators and movies have affected my way to see them and my original image has faded away. It's kinda sad in a way. Not that I have nothing bad to say about the movie Balrog. I must say that it was very much to my liking.
Long comment this was but my bottom line is that you have managed to capture the feeling of the book.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!

Yeah, like mentioned, some things and characters from the trilogy have made tricks to my memory. But I have to say that despite the movie trilogy, this is how I have seen Balrog to look like; more like a man than a demon, wearing an self-made or created armour like Sauron did. The Balrog in the movie was impressive, nonetheless. No need to say but I freaked out of happiness when I saw the fotr's Moria-scene at first time :D

It has been interesting to see how other people have pictured Balrog, like many other creatures, in their minds. There exists as many depictions as artists.

Hehe, its nice to read long comments ;) eli tattista vaan, kyllä tästä pureskeltavaa riittikin.
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keyworkkid Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
I like the way you drew gothmog. The demonic looking version of balrogs from the movies are cool, but i think they would look more like sauron or the way you drew him, because they're still maiar after all.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agree, movie Balrog was really impressive - I didn't have any objections at all when I saw the movie first time ;). Still I see that kind of form not very lore-accurate, mostly because of big size. Artigas above discribed it well; "looks like a morgoth general, not like the strongest beast in the army".

But well, we all have our own views. Glad that you like my view here, and thank you for the comment altogether!
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keyworkkid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Its just that the description is vague in the book. In the two towers, when gandalf fell through moria with the balrog, he said "its fire was quenched, but it became a creature of slime". So there may be some sort of beastlike or elemental quality to it.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Powerful!
I like that balrog concept you made.
Very sad scene though.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is surely one of my favourite scenes, and drawing it was a nice combination of things (and mood) I like. It truly was a sad scene.

Balrogs are surely one thing people imagine in very different ways, like Sauron. Too bad balrog in the movie trilogy affects very strongly how people see these characters - surely in some form it might be seen in my versions too.

Basically, in my view, balrog is more like human, not like your typical "demon" with wings and horns.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
I like the movies version of balrog much, it is not only the best balrog rendition I see, but also the best demon design so much. They made it too huge, I think.
But reading the books one can think of a balrog more like that of your, a fallen maya, as the are, with a cunning and terrifying face, not like a mindless beast overpowered.
That's why I like your desing here, looks like a morgoth general, not like the strongest beast in the army.
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Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
by far your best drawning !

the dynamics are so awesome i can feel the power of his strike !
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very difficult to draw, and even after I added some smoke I feel it lacks something. Still, it's great to hear that at least some parts succeeded here :). Thank you, and glad that you like this.
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A3ulez Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
The amount of detail in this astounds me! I could stare at it for days

I thought of doing a picture of this scene for some time before feeling overwhelmed, especially with the color aspects, but somehow you seemed to capture so much more in the black and white!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I say it's easier to draw using only black and white, than to use colours - which us a one step forward. Naturally there are some aspects which differs and which you should take into account, but like in general view. For example, I plan my work using colours, but draw it b&w because it's simpler.

I havent seen too many illustrations from this sad scene. When you say "feeling overwhelmed", in my opinion drawing/painting should't take too much time or effort and it should be fun to do. For example, if I think that picture is going to be too complex and requires too much attention, I make some "blanks" (smoke/light/etc) to ease my job.

Thank you for the comment!
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darthcloudycoo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I really need to read the Silmarillion. I read the Children of Hurin though.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how the 'Children of Hurin' tells the same story, which is in Silmarillion, many times better and with more depth. Silmarillion holds so many interesting stories and fates, each of them deserving a book rather than few pages.

But still, Silmarillion is more like a (fictional) history book or "national epic" than novel to me.
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darthcloudycoo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I've heard that it is more like a Middle-Earth history book. It's been on my reading lists for ages...
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Chaotic and beautiful! Excellent vision!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Well it's surely chaotic, especially in technical mind (I relied too much on graphite pencil this time) ;), but surely it illustrates the moment (as how I see it, at least) - no glory, just chaos and despair.
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choclatecruncher16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student General Artist
awesome. your style really suits the dark times the sillmarillion is set in
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment.
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igorvet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
You getting better and better bro!
Keep it coming!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that's nice to hear, thanks!
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fegie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Oh, wow. I actually have no words to describe this; i can't stop staring at it. Knowing what exactly is going on, the sadness just seems to eminate from it.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment.

It's a tragic event, glad to hear this manages to illustrate those feelings. Reading comments like yours makes me feel I have fulfilled the purpose why I started to do this work.
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, breathtaking work ^^ Tolkien himself would have loved it.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the flattering comment :)

Everyone have their own vision how Middle-Earths creatures look like, and Tolkien had one too. This is what I imagine when I read J.R.R.Tolkiens books, and I don't do these works because I want to impress people (is it surprising or not), but to honor Tolkiens works in my own way.

Naturally, you don't need to be an ingenious artist to do that ;)
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^

That's what is so wonderful about the story. There are so many beautiful ways to interpret it ^^

You have done well honoring Tolkien and his works, that is for certain ^^
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Cancelius Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Well that's absolutely wonderful! The only problem is the fire; looks like some kinda steam, or water? And Gothmog, with his moustache, is hilarious. Great picture, it's my wallpaper now. Favouring.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you, but like I said I had difficulties to illustrate fire and smoke. And when Gothmog looks like Hulk Hogan there's definitely something wrong. It's not moustache - or that's what I would like to say... My brother said exactly the same as you; it looks like a moustache, and it's hilarious.

This piece is still on my desk, as things can't get any worse I'm going to rework this a bit and make some smoke effects besides steam; and yes, there is steam and fumes floating around because there are dragons like Glaurung and other beasts on the battlefield. But black & heavy smoke should be "highlighted" more. Flames shouldn't look like water either.

Combining ink and graphite together wasn't as great idea as I thought, but well, you learn from your mistakes.
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Cancelius Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Now it's pretty much perfect. The thing with fire is you have to draw it with heavy contrast: the brighter areas pure white, and the shadows black as coal. This is what you've managed to achieve here, and it looks great =)
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kiwidoc Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Wow! The sense of movement in this is glorious - and it has such a feeling of doom.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment! More than anything I wanted to picture "despair"; tide of the battle was already against good folk, so it was only a question about "how they lose", not "if they lose" against such a overwhelming enemy.
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tirldar Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Oh, wow! I've been looking for a depiction of this scene, and never found it until now. It's so lovely. *_*

Also, poor Fingon.
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