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Upper armories of the Deep by Tulikoura Upper armories of the Deep by Tulikoura
Days, weeks and months passed. Balin has set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul, and ruled Moria as his kingdom.

After clearing the halls and setting a watch to the Great Gate, dwarves started to explore this old kingdom. Moria has been looted many times by orcs after dwarves fled, but Balin's colony managed to gather treasures and many precious heirlooms. Among them were Durin's Axe and Helm, which were lost when Kingdom of Khazad-Dűm was deserted a thousand years ago. These Balin, now entitled as Lord of Moria, took for his own.

Óin, son of Gróin, went to seek for the upper armories of the Third Deep. It was a dark place, and air there wasn't good; old shafts were blocked by filth and dirt. But the deeper they went, the more they found; from the armories treasures, like well-forged truesilver helm and coat made all of purest mithril, were recovered.

Óin's travels also brought him to the Western gate of Hollin.
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Drawing ink + graphite pencil work. Boy, it took time to ink all those walls. Chronologically this is a bit off, as my meaning is to illustrate Balin's coronation next.

Fourth illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm amazed...your work is sooo good.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you. Not a flawless technique, definitely not (many errors here). It's very fun to draw, though, as Tolkien's stories are so inspirational!
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That they are.
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Violet-tear-streaks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow, it looks so beautiful. It looks like scratchboard. :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hoo, you're refering to quite interesting technique. Luckily I just use a simple drawing ink, hehe.

Thank you for the comment!
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Violet-tear-streaks Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist
That is all the more beautiful. Such beautiful details and such lovely ink work! You're welcome.
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coranglais Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Great work with this serie, as with the last one.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you very much. I hope the quality will remain and that you'll enjoy the serie to the end.
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coranglais Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I'm sure I will!
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annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Great drawing :clap:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :bow:
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annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
You're welcome :)
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Starlace Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow! This is fantastic.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad that you like this :)
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JustinRaven Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional
Very nice. I am always impressed by your work, my friend. I learn so much about black and white line work from you. Not to mention your armour and aesthetic.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heheh, this also works the other way around when it comes to inspiration, good pal. Your latest high quality maps and older RPG character illustrations have really stirred some of my good&old memories, when I used to play MERP with my friends. That amount of maps and character illustrations (which were not even close at your quality ;)) I drew for each meeting..!

And when it comes to b&w, like I have mentioned, your style reminds me of Hannu Lukkarinen and Petri Hiltunen with this technique of clear lines and high contrast between shadows and light. I hope I could draw in that way with my PC+tablet, it would be great.

Thank you for the comment altogether!
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JustinRaven Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional
Thank you, so much, my friend :) That means a lot. Really. I'm working on a project, now, that revisits, completely, the old D&D/gaming aesthetic. I'll let you know where you can buy it, when it's out.

You CAN draw that way, if you wish. But, your work is amazing. I have a hard time believing your stuff wasn't as good, if not better.

And you're welcome :)
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OuroborosI Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great scene, your Moria scenes never stop to amaze me
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for commenting! Moria, its history and citizens inspires me, so it's been fun to draw. Good to know these illustrations have managed to fit the theme :)
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work again. I love the use of the black here, and also how the walls still have some spots that aren't all inked it; like the texture's still showing.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, you're right - those white dots can actually do some good here. Spots, "by-products" of inking of large areas, can't be avoided - even if I try to be very careful. Sometimes it can be really annoying, especially if I find some clusters of white spots after scanning!

Thank you for the comment :)
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, heh, I've had that happen. Left over spots; but in this case, I think they served a beneficial purpose.

Out of curiosity, what do you normally use to ink your pieces? I thought I remember you mentioning microns or technical-like pens. Or maybe dip pen?
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Grishend Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely. I love the black here. Great toning job and again, detailing. The lighting also is really great. Well done!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. This was a challenging piece to draw and a bit tedious, not without errors (as usual), but I have always liked strong shadows and this kind of sceneries in general so it compensates all the troubles.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. Drawing in pencil using dark background is very challenging. I tried once and vowed to never try it again unless I feel like doing so. Great job anyways!
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gbindis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Amazing. As always my favourite part is how you manage to create lightning!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for commenting. Lighting wasn't easy and I made many errors which were impossible to fix afterwards, but I think this looks good enough. It's the mood what I'm looking for.
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gbindis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I don't see those errors :) I like the claustrophobic feel, Moria was dark and claustrophobic for me.
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TheMoonsSea Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done, especially with the lighting. This whole series almost feels like watching a movie lol.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thanks :D! This kind of illustrations are technically very challenging, so its good to hear it works.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive work as always! :-)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I hope I can keep the quality up, then ;)

Thank you for the comment!
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Malahhai Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Afalstein Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Hm. Seems like the torch should be casting more light, but good nonetheless, showing the dwarvish halls and so forth.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see, although this might have something in common with this problem in perspective (conflict between distance and view angle bothers me). And I don't know what would be the right amount of light anyways, as in my opinion torch isn't too effective when it comes to giving light. I have made a torch while I served in the army, but it was so poor that it would have been better not to use one from beginning... :D
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tolhaller Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Great work.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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NikkiCadd Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Hehe! "Gróin"! I'm lovin' your picture, but I think it's meant to be "Óin, son of Glóin"! Although I'm sure he was a son of a groin, like us all! lol! As I've said, LOVIN' it!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, but he really is a son of Gróin ([link]). Glóin (father of Gimli) was his brother. I understand the reason for this confusion because there are many similarities in naming. For example, one Óin son of Glóin was a King of Durin's folk in the Grey Mountains.

In general, English translation can be ignored because most of the dwarven names have connection to Scandinavian mythology. To quote encyclopedia of Arda, "it's conceivable that the name Óin is connected to the Old Norse word gróa, meaning 'grow'".

Thank you for the comment ;)
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NikkiCadd Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Ah! I stand corrected! :stupidme: I Bow to your knowledge of Middle Earth! :worship: I knew there was an Óin son of Glóin but was unaware of an Óin son of Gróin (lol! it still tickles me, I know, I know, I'm childish! lol)

Once again, major Cudo's on your work!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I had to check that info from various locations, as I usually use the book and many English websites (wiki, Tolkien gateway etc) as references in the narration part. And you might have noticed that typo I made in earlier post - Damn, I can't even quote right!

"it's conceivable that the name _Gróin_ is connected to the Old Norse word gróa, meaning 'grow'".
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Amazing scene!! :love::rose:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like this!
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Welcome!!:iconflowerheartplz:
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