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I warned you that I would be late with my contribution for the January art challenge.  But I finally had some time to get this done.  



The sentence I chose to illustrate was:  
  "Then Feanor laughed..., and he cried: '...Let the ships burn!'  Then Maedhros alone stood aside, but Feanor caused fire to be set to the white ships of the Telari."  - The Silmarillion

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- Erulisse (one L)

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dreamflower02
Feb. 2nd, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's amazing! I love the contrast between the figures and the burning boats, and Maedhros' "apartness"!
engarian
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
You're very kind. I wasn't all that happy with it all together and may revisit this sometime in the future. I am pleased that it worked for you though, and apologize again for the delay in my posting it.

- Erulisse (one L)
rhapsody11
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
What material did you use for this? It has the feel of chalk on a blackboard, but I don't think that's it. The poses of the 8 are very intriguing :) It makes you wonder who might be standing next to who. And so many other details, the oars in the water, the reflection of the water upon the water oppossed to the play the wind has with the flames and... *rattles on*
engarian
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
It's actually using my black drawing tablet (6 inch x 9 inch) with my silver pen for the outlines and acrylic paints for the flames accented with some gold penwork. I was tempted to put some of the stars in the sky and on the water, but not this time. The only absolute is Maedhros on the far right. Feanor is standing alone in the center. The others are up to personal interpretation. I'm delighted that you like this.

- Erulisse (one L)
curiouswombat
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful - I could sit and stare at it for hours, I think.
engarian
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, you are SO sweet! Thank you.

- Erulisse (one L)
shirebound
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very nice. You beautifully capture that chilling scene.
engarian
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you Shirebound, I am very pleased that you enjoyed my interpretaion.

- Erulisse (one L)
hugs to Pip and to you!
lindahoyland
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Very powerful and dramatic!
engarian
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Linda. There certainly wasn't anything shy about the burning. I appreciate your words :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
huinare
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Brilliant execution! This looks like it could be a big imposing wall mural with life-sized outlines.
engarian
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. It's really only 6 inches x 9 inches, so not very large at all :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
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shadowbrides
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! Such an original idea, too. I love it!
engarian
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. When the challenge was issued, I knew immediately what I wanted to do, but I had to finish some other projects and commitments first before I could work on it. I appreciate your kind words.

- Erulisse (one L)
lady_branwyn
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
That's gorgeous! Especially like the flames and how they are reflected on the water.
engarian
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Oh thank you so much, Lady Branwyn. You are very kind.

- Erulisse (one L)
ellynn_ithilwen
Feb. 3rd, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh, I really love this orange/black combination! :) I think it's great that you left everything in black, except for the ships.
engarian
Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ellynn. It was a wonderful excuse to use my black sketch pad - I don't get a lot of call to use that color :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
mrowe
Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Very strong imagery. Well done:-)
engarian
Feb. 3rd, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I appreciate your shouting out here :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
hhimring
Feb. 4th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh wow! You hardly ever see a depiction of this scene that takes account of the darkness and you've made it really work for you, here!
engarian
Feb. 4th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you, Himring. Although it was tempting to put highlights, etc into clothing, as you said, it was dark. I'm so pleased that you liked this small effort of mine :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
foxrafer
Feb. 7th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
I really like this. The fire and the reflection of the flames in the water. It's great.
engarian
Feb. 7th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. It was a fun piece to work on.

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Feb. 18th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Well, you now know how the picture struck me! I'd started a picture of Denethor's hands holding the Palantir, but never completed it. Now I just might finish it for next year's potluck!
engarian
Feb. 18th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I am truly thrilled and honored by having you choose this for your Eye of the Beholder fic. *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
luminare_ardua
Aug. 24th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
This is lovely, and reminds me of the figures on ancient Greek amphorae in composition and style.
engarian
Aug. 24th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so very much. I really enjoyed bringing this piece from conception into reality and appreciate your kind words about it.

- Erulisse (one L)
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