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Rangers of the North III by woutart Rangers of the North III by woutart
Standing in the ruins of the lost Northern Kingdom, the Dunadan contemplates what once was and what seems impossible to regain.

The tragedy of the waning might of the Numenorean exiles always grabs me.

Third installment of my Rangers of the North series.
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Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Inspired by a picture ([link]) of my friend David :iconethalenskye: taken by his wife Cheryl :icondanidaeskye: posted on :iconskyestock:.

Maybe I'll touch up some parts, but for now I'm done. :D Must sleep!

Let me know what you guys think.

Photoshop + Wacom + Headache = 10 hrs +
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Sharquelle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning painting... I love it! Lovedrunk  Especially the character, really amazing work! Excited nod 
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Thanks! :hug:
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Sharquelle Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure! :aww:
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hamundr24 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Writer
Wow, your work is absolutely amazing. You have a real grasp both of fantasy and of Tolkien in particular. :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Thanks mate!
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hamundr24 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Writer
Welcome :)
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Wow, you could have pulled this scene directly out of my MERP campaigns!  Always did like old Dunedain ruins, and my players learned to both love and hate them. The dark-clad ranger (based on your well-garbed friend) looks properly pensive and roguish. I like his southpaw-worn longsword and his sizable pouch!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Ah, sweet MERP. That's a few years ago. Love that game. Now we play Song of Ice and Fire, which is a very good system (in my opinion).
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I will have to try that game out at a gaming con sometimes, if you think it is good.
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Celevon99 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Wonderful image really, could I use it as my avatar in a forum of roleplay?
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Thanks. yeah sure. If there's a a chance of crediting me, please do so.
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Celevon99 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I will do it ;)
Thanx
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Haunting image, the ruins of a lost civilization. Great detail. I assume this is Fornost, capital of Arthedain, destroyed by the forces of Angmar before the army of Gondor arrived to help.
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Thanks. Glad you like it.

It could very well be. I always assumed it would be Annuminas, but Fornost might be more 'realistic' since its location would be nearer the lands he'd be patrolling.
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Odwynne Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Another fine piece. I particularly like how you juxtapose the statue on one side of the wall with the living ranger on the other side.  Sort of showing what was and what is.
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Thanks! Glad you like it and can 'read the deeper meaning'. :thumbsup: :)
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dulva92 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Photographer
WOW
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woutart Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
:D
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JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
That's some serious art there!
To think numenor used to be so great!
Even the fall of greater Gondor is a tragedy
Keep up the good work!
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woutart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thanks mate, will do :)
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work !!!!!!:clap:
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woutart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
:bow: glad you enjoyed it!
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bow:you're very welcome!
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ForlornExistence Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
You're a genius! :D Bravo!!!
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woutart Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
No no no, I must bow to you ;) Thanks! :handshake:
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noleme Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Oh, another gorgeous Tolkien piece by you! :w00t: I'm into Ranger stuff right now, so I was quite pleased to discover this newer piece in your gallery. What to say, it's exquisite as usual, especially the detail which seriously had me check if the description doesn't say 'photomanipulation' by chance. :) And yay for the character being a leftie, there are not many of them in Tolkien illustrations. ^ ^
I hope to see more of this series!
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Merci Noleme, the lefty is my buddy :iconethalenskye: I was inspired by a photo of him. No photomanip, just painting :) Glad you like it. There are bound to follow more. Dunedain rank high on my favorites list ;)
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noleme Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
:clap: As they do on mine. Out of curiosity, will any named characters follow in the future? I've noticed some Silm. characters in your gallery, so it had me wonder if you'll portray Strider or the others at some point.
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Maybe, but putting a face on big characters like Aragorn can be tricky. I've been influenced by so many media over the years it's hard to find my own vision. I'd like to do the Grey Company though, Halbarad being their captain until they reach Aragorn. I always found them to be imposing. Maybe a scene of their journey to the south will make a fine piece :)
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noleme Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I'm sure it would. I'll be looking forward to that rendition. Such a pity this plot wasn't in the movies, though I can quite see why.
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NeverAndEver Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
wow, good job!
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woutart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Tasty-Crayon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
This is extraordinary work, I added it to favorites right away!
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woutart Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Thanks mate, glad you enjoyed it :)
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GamgeeFest Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
The details in this are amazing!
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woutart Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Thanks mate, glad you enjoyed it.
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chrome-mate Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Amazing piece, you can definitely feel a sense of "greatness lost" here. This just screams Numenor! I knew it was a ranger from the north even before I saw the title and full-size! Fantastic job!
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woutart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
:D Thanks (chrome-)mate! Glad it communicates what I want it too. :handshake:
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chrome-mate Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
No problem! (LOL I see what you did there c;) It definitely does! As a kid (aka girly girl) I always loved the elves in LotR but as I got older the Numernoreans really stuck!
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woutart Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Exactly. The elves are sort of emotionally unreachable, where the Dunedain have this very human down-to-earth like struggle to survive. I like that.
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chrome-mate Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Couldn't have said it any better! That's exactly right.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the somber atmosphere of this piece! The muted tones and colors, set off by the flesh tones of the ranger, really pull one into the focal point of the composition. And, very cool clouds! :nod:
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woutart Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thanks Bob, good to hear that from one with skills such as yours :) :handshake:
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Lydhia Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student General Artist
It's amazing I love it :happybounce:
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woutart Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
:bounce: :dance: Glad you like it :)
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Wild-Huntress Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A classy tribute !!
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woutart Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Merci Nathalie!
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tralf Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it... :D

but --haha, always a but-- ;)

You may achieve better balance if you flip the ranger so he's looking at the same thing the viewer is.

But maybe you have a reason for his back to the scene?
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woutart Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
:) thanks mate.

A reason... Several actually. ;)

If I were to make him look at the ruins you would predominantly see his bick, like the statue. Not so interesting.

I first intended him to be a sort of sentry for a group of rangers encamped within the ruins. Decided against it because I wanted the piece to have a more rustic look.

Thus I came to the point where he looks away from his past. He dwells on it, but he needs to 'step out of the image' to move on and regain his peoples honour.

So there's my idea :D
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tralf Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, when you say "he looks away from his past" that frames it up (pardon the pun) much more clearly for me.
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