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First Age of the Sun, The Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

"But now in the western battle Fingon and Turgon were assailed by a tide of foes thrice greater then all the force that was left to them."

From: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I was sketching some scenes from this battle, action scenes, which I don't usually do. I have some great images in mind and I am warming up for the one :iconnetprincess: suggested to me. I want that one to be amazing ;)

This sketch took me about 4 hours, pen & ink on a double page spread. It shows an elven host assailed by a huge army of orcs issuing forth from Angband, Morgoth's hold. In the background loom the ominous slopes of Thangorodrim's massive flanks.
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lestriel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I wish I could draw as you can sketch :D Great stuff!!
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
:) thank you, glad you enjoyed it.
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, your work has been featured here --> [link]
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very wonderful work with detail!
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woutart Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Thanks a lot :)
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. =)
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
some color would make it pop.
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formenost Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice sketch
battle scenes are so har to render!
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woutart Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thanks! True, too much detail to get lost in.
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Derfblue Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! How you get so massive scenes straight and clean on the paper, thatīs a thing I would like to learn so much:D
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woutart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Scary huh! I use no pencils as a base. I just sort of dive right into it I guess. I learned to do that by logging many hours and failures :)
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The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist
you create a great sense of epicness
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Thank you, the scope of the entire battle blows my mind, this is just a small part.
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eddyissa Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
i love the detail put into the pic.. shows a lot of work and dedication.. and war pics of this magnitude are difficult too.. good stuff..

side note - as a pic for the particular scene where they were opposed 3 to 1... i don't quite see that overwhelming tide of unstoppable enemies in the picture..

good technique.. very much visible talent.. give it a bit more zing next time when connecting a picture to a particular scene :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Ah, so true. The two warring sides are equally divided on the paper which makes it look like an equal fight. The underlying narrative was but vaguely in my mind. You are right good sir. Thanks for the constructive criticism :bow:

Cheers! :)
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eddyissa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
:) anytime bro..

btw... i would just like to point out one more thing if i may :).. the whole concept of drawing two armies clashing in this way has been done many times over... as a request for this picture i was thinking it would be nice to maybe see a war from a different angle.. possibly overhead with an army three times the size of elven host hemming the elves in...

something like a semicircle forming around the elves in an attempt to flank them from all sides.. now picture it from an overhead angle.. give it a bit of a dynamic angle and you've got yourself one awesome challenge :)


cheers :D
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
gheghe, I made this relaxing in the train...

But yeah, sounds very epic. There is one coming, in colour, which will incorporate the overwhelming number of enemies and a different angle. Though from above would surely prove a challenge!

It's so hard to resist challenges... ;)
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eddyissa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
eeeee... in colour!! cant wait!! :D
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BowofAnariel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
ah! beautiful :meow: such detail! each person is different :D :+fav:
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
:bow:
Glad you enjoyed it!
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BowofAnariel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
:iconlovepinkplz: :meow:
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Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Very impressive though it's just a sketch =)
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Thanks dude!
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Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
My pleasure, my friend (if I may call you so :blushes:)
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
By all means, please do.
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Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Thanks=)
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liga-marta Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional
This is gorgeous! I love all the details. :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Glad you likes it :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, design, armours and characters are looking really great!

This style is what I like. It's "simple" and yet really detailed - meaning it isn't too "full" of action, which might make it too tiresome to watch. White parts really helps to compose this picture.

Well it's more than clear that you can create impressive battle illustration beside other themes.
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Coming from you that's a big compliment, I admire your battlescenes. I'll keep at it for a while, until I can finish off with a big colour rendition.

Thanks mate!
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Netprincess Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got only one thing to say: Small hours submissions rule ! :rofl:

Excellente! :dance: Fingon (? or a random herald?) holding the banner to the right is a very nice addition to a great battle scene. Jeez, just having to paint all those soldiers one by one... :omg: and in four hours...

Its a good thing that you're doing side-projects along while preparing for the final image :) Battle scenes are quite the challenge, but you're doing great so far.
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Thanks Eri,

Yes, they do rule, as we both know :) He could be Fingon but he would lack his white helmet. I'll go for a great herald or captain of old, as I am sure there were many in that battle. These are all unnamed faces, living the tragedy of their last hours.

:bow: :rose:
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AndIWillAnswerNo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Very nicely done.
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Thanks :bow:
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AndIWillAnswerNo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Of course! :P
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LadyLuciolaLupus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work, very emotive and the detail is brilliant.....:clap:
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
:dance: Thanks
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