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Barad-dur by woutart Barad-dur by woutart
Thither, eastwards, unwilling Frodo's eye was drawn.
It passed the ruined bridges of Osgiliath,
the grinning gates of Minas Morgul and the haunted Mountains,
and it looked upon Gorgoroth, the valley of terror
in the Land of Mordor.
Darkness lay there under the Sun.
Fire glowed amid the smoke.
Mount Doom was burning, and a great reek rising.

Then at last his gaze was held: wall upon wall,
battlement upon battlement, black, immeasurably strong,
mountain of iron, gate of steel,
tower of adamant, he saw it:
Barad-dūr, Fortress of Sauron.
All hope left him.

(from: The Fellowship of the Ring, page 521 by J.R.R. Tokien)

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Finally it hit me. One should not try to detail Barad-dūr, for it is mostly veiled in smoke and cloud. Cast in shadows. Sauron“s great fortress is a place of mystery and horror. Threatening, intimidating, or as my wife just said: "I wouldn't want to go there!". Us mere mortals should not try to unveil it, for shurely we would be damned to Udun!!

So I hope you enjoy this quick sketch, It is quite to my liking.

Here's to you :iconshikeyboy: for putting me up to this. I can now rest easy and put the great wheel of fire out of my mind :rofl:

PS CS4 / Wacom / 1,5h
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:icontotczechowicz:
TotCzechowicz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Love the darkess in this one. It's great!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thanks :)
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TotCzechowicz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
no problem!
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Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Barad-dur as it should be, and not the f***ing lighthouse of the films.
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
:rofl: :lmao:

Thanks mate :beer:
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:iconfergusthefiddler:
Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
You're very welcome!
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:iconibdriven:
ibdriven Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So much pollution! Rent must be cheap!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
:lol: Maybe it should be declared unhabitable... ?
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:iconibdriven:
ibdriven Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You'll always find some willing goblins and ratty people!
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EiriktronicArts Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Photographer
I must say this is probably the best depiction of Barad-Dur I“ve seen. Although in my mind it was always bigger, and stronger, and sort of, more evil-ish. Anyways this is really well done :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
:) Thanks a lot. I think the structure itself is not neccessarily designed by an evil architect, but it's more the atmosphere that makes it a bad place. I think it's a practical place, built for war. Shrouded in smoke and darkness.
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yorkey-sa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! Love the fortress and the desolation of the lands around it.
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:icontannenninja:
TannenNinja Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
So very epic :)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I thank thee :)
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, your work has been featured here --> [link]
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Awesome, thanks :)
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Wow, finally it's ready? Great job!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
YEAH! Thanks :) I am satisfied ;)
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
And going to move there? ;P
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Topmost room dude, you know it!
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
I know it, yes, have been there many times =)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
I know you did man. Are you the one that keeps leaving those power-bar wrappers? Or are those from the weight lifting Uruks?
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
I leave only scratches when I land on top of the tower :D
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
You're claws must be hard if you leave scratches in adamantine... I am impressed :)
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GamgeeFest Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Love the moat of lava around the tower! This is so dark and bleak - perfect for Barad-dur.
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Thanks, dark it is :)
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:iconflyingmantaray:
FlyingMantaRay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Ow yeah! Tijd om een Summoning CD-tje op te zetten. Ik moet zeggen, dit is gaaf. Gewoon gaaf :)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Hahahah vet! Bedankt man ;)
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:iconflyingmantaray:
FlyingMantaRay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Graag gedaan :) Ben je bekend met de muziek van Summoning?
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Niet goed genoeg. Dat is die studio band toch!? Toch weer 's opduiken :)
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:iconflyingmantaray:
FlyingMantaRay Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Hmm, studioband, zo zou je het kunnen noemen =P Ik noem het maar een tweemansproject ;) In ieder geval, ze hebben een heel aantal goede albums, eigenlijk alleen maar zou ik zeggen. Maar goed, het album 'Oath Bound' is nog het meest toegankelijk denk ik, dus probeer die zeker eens uit :)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Gheghe toegankelijk is geen criterium voor mij, ik speel zelf death metal, dus dat komt goed. :)
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FlyingMantaRay Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Ah kijk, ook in een band? Zo ja, welke? :) Ik ben zelf ook met meerdere tweemansprojecten bezig, maar er is nog niet veel concreets uitgekomen helaas. Maar in de nabije toekomst zal mijn jongste samenwerking ongetwijfeld vruchten gaan afwerpen. Je moet dan ook in de richting van Summoning/Falkenbach denken. Ik verzorg in principe alle instrumenten behalve drums en gitaar. Alhoewel, misschien de drums via een sampler of drumcomputer ;)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Deze:
[link]

Death/thrash. Nieuwe materiaal is meer richting death metal, heel fijn. :headbang:

Leuk man, als je 's wat hebt om te laten horen, stuur maar een linkje. Ik ben altijd geļnteresseerd.
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Krumhur Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
It came along perfectly! :D
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
:handshake: :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome, great design with the famous fortress Barad-Dur! Your architectural paintings are delight. One can only imagine the difficulties if you plan to lay siege to THAT fortress!

Colours give very nice feeling to this piece, landscape isn't red and "fiery" like in most of the illustrations I have seen. This feeling is more like cold, yet threatening, and darkness (heavy clouds, smoke) adds the final touch. I like how the Eye is like a glimpse of light there, burning in hatred while seeking its precious Ring... Imagine orc soldier wondering "what tower are they talking about?", and then he sees that Eye in the shadows high up there!

Once again, keep up painting! There seems to be an architectural boom going on (you and David) ;)
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
:lol: Yeah, true, and David does architecture well!

Glad you like it buddy. I indeed chose for a cold surrounding. It is my opinion that the eye is more a thing that excists within the mind and/or shadow realm. The glow is the embodiment of the immense power that excists there, in the top of the tower. At least, that's how I see it. And since the tower is so immense the westward facing window would be but a pinprik in the whole thing.

Cheers, many more planned :)
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Lindethiel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your take on this! Of course it should be veiled in shadow, the power of Sauron is the minds ability to conjure up all sorts of terrifying and unspeakable horrors, silly PJ. :P

Imma check your gallery out!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Ah! We share views then. Hope you like what you see. Enjoy :)
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Saeleth Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Wonderful!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
:bow: :)
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:iconmoumou38:
Moumou38 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is awesome and faaar better than everything I could imagine with your sketches. it is such a nice surprise ; your version is splendid and it does look like a fortress, not only a tower !

Well done !
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Thanks milady. It is different indeed. I found that letting go of the details and letting the imagination fill in the blanks was the way to go. :hug:
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:iconmoumou38:
Moumou38 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed it is ; again you found the right way to have an awesome result !
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
:bow: Thanks
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ShikeyBoy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
This made me smile, a real nice attempt, and very fitting to the original text, well done!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
:lol: Thanks mate!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it a lot :)
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