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Crossing the Fords by woutart Crossing the Fords by woutart
Eorlingas crossing a ford. Could be the Isen or some other stream. I'm not sure about that. ;)

I think the Tolkien Bestiary by David Day mentions the Rohirrim riding white and grey horses. That's the image I've always had in mind and try to use. Is it realistic? No. But neither are dragons, so get over it :lol:

Photoshop CS5.1 / Wacom / approx. 6 hrs. Started as a landscape speedy.

Enjoy!

Rohorrim/Eorlingas by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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A Daily Deviation!!! Seriously people, are you nuts, with all the talent out there!? Thanks!! I am a little bit overwhelmed... :)
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Given 2012-05-10
Crossing the Fords by *WF74 takes us to the ancient world of Tolkien's books with its beautiful brushstrokes and atmosphere. ( Suggested by gummyrabbit and Featured by alexandrasalas )
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Fox-Hop Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree! Your atmosphere is fantastic, it pulls you into the story. 
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Thanks, glad you like it.
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Islander-60 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A fantastic painting, full of atmosphere!
You're right the Rohirrim do ride mainly grey/white horses!
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woutart Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Thanks for the kind words! :)
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work. very well done.
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woutart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thanks, Dave!
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure.
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goldensleeve Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous. I love it. Setting, movement, scale, underlying story ... it's beautiful.
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you very much, glad you enjoy it!
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Congrats on this one getting a Daily Deviation citation. I am very familiar with David Day, but he compiled his great encyclopedia before Christopher Tolkien added more information the general Tolkien audience out there. So he's a bit limited for detail in places. That being said, the direct citation for grey and white horses come from the Mearas. The Rohirrim seem to have prized all colors of horses; Eomer (to the Three Hunters) mourned the loss of black horses stolen by the orcs of Mordor.
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woutart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Thanks (again). Ah well, I love the romantic image of whites and greys :D
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thus endeth my pedantic episode for the day. =P (Razz)
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woutart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:lol:
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EduardoLeon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a beautiful art! I liked very much.
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woutart Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Thanks mate!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad I clicked your profile in the interview comments! This is a lovely piece, and I agree with the previous poster, it has a really traditional feel to it. The landscape is great, rich and sweeping and bleak at the same time.

Greetings from another geezer! :D
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woutart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Danke Jenny,

Thanks for the kind words. Glad you like it. I've admired your art for years, really appreciate the comment. :)

Yes, geezer. It's good to be one ;)
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Golgonooza Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
love this! How do you get a digital painting to have such a traditional feel? Do you use texture brushes?
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woutart Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thanks! I use textured brushed in my base colours and detail on top of those with hard edge brushes, but not to emulate traditional paints. It just works out that way somehow. :)
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Beautiful work :D
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woutart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
:bow: Glad you enjoyed it :)
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heartofoshun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
This is brilliant, both as a landscape and evocative of the spirit and mood of the story of Rohan. Thank you so much for sharing it here. It is such a pleasure.
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woutart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Very kind words, thank you. The pleasure is all mine.
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Maweno Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student
Absolutely the most amazing work I have ever seen.
This must be my most favorite picture on DeviantArt!
Expression is absolutely amazing! And the details are to take on!

Incredibly good job!
Greetings from a Norwegian Viking!
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woutart Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Ah! Hail Viking, well met!

Thanks for your very kind words! :bow: That's quite the compliment, given the insane amount of beautiful work here.

:beer: Cheers Mads!
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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Rohirrim and horses - my favourite combination :D

I like the landscape very much, and the foggy sky. I'm a bit surprised that the last horse would stand still like that, but perhaps it only looks that way? It's difficult to see the legs at that size.

It is not all that un-realistic to have a population of dominantly grey horses, at least in look. They would originally have all colours, but the gene for greying is dominant. The Lippizan horses are the best RL example: while there will be some individuals that do not grey early, those are very, very few.

What most people think of as 'white' horses, are greys: horses with dark skin who originally had other colours as foals, but began greying very young (the same process that give us grey hair with age), until they become very white. They can be distinguished from the rarer true whites by looking at the colour of the skin around the eyes and muzzle: greys will have dark skin, whites pink.

The Rohirrim have black horses too, though, so Day is not quite right (on many occasions, I fear). Éomer tells the Three Hunters that the orcs from Mordor who raids their flocks, always take the black horses (and therefore they have few left). But predominantly greys, are both realistic, and fits Tolkien's descriptions well.

Yes, I'm both a Tolkien-nerd _and_ a horse-nerd...

I loved this picture (despite the tangent).
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woutart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks! I got gene-explanation before, and am happy it's possible. I like my fantasy based in reality ;)

Glad you lie it. Indeed, the hornblowers horse is a bit static to my eyes as wel.
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AAAMods Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Amazing
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woutart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Thank you :)
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LaCamilla Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. :)
Just saw The Hobbit, so wonderful to see more things Tolkien here, too! :D
I love this landscape. Very mystical. :3
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woutart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thank you! :) Oh boy, I need to see it too...
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LaCamilla Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D

Yes, go see it! :D Not the same kind of epicness as the LotR movies, in my opinion, but very beautiful. 48 fps looked very good with 3D, so that's recommended! :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
HFR 3D for sure, will do!
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LaCamilla Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good man! :D
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Tyr-Ulfvarr Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Just wow.....
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Just thanks then :D
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rugansteelblade Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!:wow!:
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
:bow: Thanks mate
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kaproduct Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
nice
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
:) Thanks, also for all the faves :thumbsup: Welcome to DA!
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sackvillebaggins Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes.
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woutart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
well, ok then :)
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SSirppi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Fantastic! This is the kind of painting I would like to have in my livingroom. :D
But I need to ask (and I apologise for being horse and biology geek) why isn't the idea of white and grey (gray) horses realistic? The gene is dominant and there are many horse breeds whose population consists of mainly gray individuals. So why couldn't Mearas posses this charasteristic? (sorry, *crawls to hide under her bed*)
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woutart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
No no, come out from under that bed already!! :lol:

I thought it was difficult to breed purely white/grey horses. But damn my ignorance!! ;) Thanks for enlightening me :hug:

And I am glad you like it. :thumbsup:
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SSirppi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
*crawls out* You are welcome xD
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely landscape. It feels like I'm there :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Glad you like it :)
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work man. Keep them coming.
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woutart Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thanks mate!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome
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