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Eowyn vs The Nazgul by CarmenSinek Eowyn vs The Nazgul by CarmenSinek
This was done for ArtOrder's Eowyn and the Nazgul challenge. The prompt was pretty simple. Take the scene from the book, and make an image of it. There were more triumphant moments in the story, but I wanted to give Merry his due credit. Most of this part of the story is told from Merry's point of view, and there was one part of it that really stood out to me:

"Pity filled his heart and great wonder, and suddenly the slow-kindled courage of his race awoke. He clenched his hand. She should not die, so fair, so desperate! At least she should not die alone, unaided."

It was a challenge to try and convey that, and I didn't really succeed as much as I would have liked. But I learned a lot while working on this. I read the other day in Richard Schmid's "Alla Prima" (the most helpful book for painting, traditional AND digital, that you will ever find) that you should never leave anything on a painting unless you are completely happy with it. Which means if you hate a pose or a character, you have to just bite the bullet and redraw it.

I copied a former classmate and now have a little note on my computer now that says, "Just fucking redraw it." That is the best advice I can give with my limited experience. If the drawing isn't right, the painting can't be right. Draw, draw, draw. "A really shiny piece of shit is still a piece of shit." I went through five Merry's, four Eowyn's, and three backgrounds before I settled on these. I don't consider the time I spent on those wasted anymore, because the end product is something that I am proud of.

Even if I didn't really capture what I was going for.
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Given 2012-10-02
Eowyn vs The Nazgul by *Arteche ( Suggested by Verlisaerys and Featured by alexandrasalas )
AnotherStranger-Me Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist
Great work!
Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Reminds me of the 'painterly' style of old Tolkien illustrators - Nashmith, Howe, Lee - without that too smooth look that betrays most digital paintings. Also, the general atmosphere has some of Tolkien's epic lyricism in it - Thanks for not making a chainmail-bikini Eowyn, I got sick of that Marvel comics look -.
Overall, a very nice painting. I like it very much :)
Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
Somehow the invisible headed Nazgûl with a floating crown is actually more terrifying than the movie version. Well, this is actually how it should be.
MagnumTheD-W Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my favorite scene in The Return of the King!
Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Looks like good ol' Merry's about to bring some hurt down on the Witch King.
ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Finale - Tokien's Legacy".  You can find it here: realmsoffantasy-myth.deviantar…  ^_^
WolveHB Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
where is the favorite button?
steamey Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Please!Do more like this painting! :please:
pippinmerry Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Fantastic!! I really like it!! :D
poyeezed Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is even better than the scene from "The Return of The King"! Fantastic work!
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Awesome work! I loved this scene--go get the bastard, Merry! :stab:
cartoonlover44 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Amazing! :D
manofallart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
well done!
Colare Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Unusual vision in my opinion. Great!
Purestrongpoem Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great job.
midknight23 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   General Artist
He was the king of the Nazguls until he took a dagger to the knee.
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
TheConflictedMan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
''suddenly the slow-kindled courage of his race awoke''
You can see it in Merry's face. Like suddenly, a different character emerged. A courageous one.
That face really captures determination.
wolf166 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
the coloring is epic! and the composition also :)
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional
Congrats! :'D
girlnumber20 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Congratulations on your DD!
Oceansoul222 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
this is absolutely stunning. i love the story and i love this painting. you are very skilled indeed. it makes me feel so happy, just seeing the colors and how you performed it.
thank you
AnnaRikudo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
like this :)
maxvu88 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
really nice done,
but i think the warm color scheme have turn the intensity down a little
GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While this painting is really excellent, I have to say that I added as a fav more for the message in your comments than anything. I usually give up on the first doodle and feel that if I don't draw it perfectly the FIRST TIME then I failed, and that's just stupid. I like knowing how much effort went into something rather than just seeing the end result, it makes me feel inadequate. (which is also kind of stupid on my part). To know that an artist of this talent also struggled with making it right, makes me feel better as a whole. I understand that judging myself against others is a pointless endeavor, but that does not prevent me from doing so. It's instilled in us all to judge ourselves against another. The sooner people realize that, the better.

Just knowing that you didn't just make this magically appear, that you went through the efforts of drawing and redrawing, makes me want to do the same. To actually try to improve my work, instead of just giving up because it's not as good as this other person.

So thank you for that.

Again, the work is amazing, I just wanted to comment on the comment, so to speak.
CrimsonThrenody Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Amazing work! :heart:
Kostou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
not bad!
ForTheLoveOfPenguins Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this looks amazing! I love how you did it more in Merry's perspective.
Ellofayne Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this truly is amazing, I love how detailed it is. all of the facial expressions! and even the background looks great, I'm glad you got a DD!
FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I think you captured Merry's train of thought very well in his expression and posture, and I love how you depicted Eowyn. What a beautiful picture, congrats on the DD!
strawfarmhat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful. I like Merry's portrayal and the horse and Eowyn... Yess.
Imaage18 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't read The Return of The King, so maybe I missed something, but your Nazgul seems to be lacking any from of cranium.
Zeruzu Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
in the books the king of the nazguls is described as having no head, just a crown that floats in midair.
Imaage18 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
huh, well you learn something every day
Zeruzu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
splendid detailing and execution....impressive...
TTRoboto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Artist
wow, I really appreciate the hard work you put on this piece and thank you for the tip and the reference to a book to help us newbies out.
This looks freaking awesome, and I think you captured that scene very well!
SamRosen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your description and learning experience make the piece even better!
Krazy-Kira-Lynn Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Wow this is Fantastic! I can't decided what I like more the painting or the artist comment. There both wonderful!
DM-JigSaw Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! I love this! It's so beautiful. I love how you've captured the scene, especially the colors and how we can see Gondor in the background. The terror and darkness of the Nazgul. Keep up the good work. ^_^

Where is the wonder where's the awe
Where's dear Alice knocking on the door
Where's the trapdoor that takes me there
Where the real is shattered by a Mad Marsh Hare-NightWish
MatthewWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ermahgerd! Ernter mer ferverts!
grim-show Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I wondered a piece of art that wasn't completely influenced by the movie would look like. This is fantastic.
Sovarial Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuck Gorgeous!!! Fantastic portrayal!!
IthilwenTheNinjette Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Pretty sure if I saw anyone looking at me that way I'd run for the hills. :XD:

This is beautiful. I think you did a great job capturing the scene.

And I personally think that none of us can ever quite put to paper (drawing or writing) what we have in our heads. Something always gets filtered out, it seems.
Ryua Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, one of my favourite parts of this book. Awesome. This is a lovely piece, but I have to say, what really grabbed my attention is what you wrote about it.

I love reading Artists' comments. I'd rather see a mediocre piece of art where the artist detailed the work they've done, the lessons they've learned, the inspiration they had, than a technically perfect piece with nothing written about it.

To make it even less about your art, this is exactly what I needed to hear. I've been struggling with exactly what you're talking about for ages... covering up mistakes with fancy soft colour or something. So for that, thank you. I have to get over the "shiny piece of shit" stage.
The-Raven-Soul Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I must use that advice. It seems to be very useful! :meow:
Bojaking Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Holy crap! This is awsome!!
MateusRocha Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing painting AND advices. Truly. Thank you :D
KathlynNicole Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
This work is absolutely amazing! It's SO detailed!
novernil Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, poor Snowmane!

Uh- I mean, poor Merry and Eowyn. It looks like all of the replanning paid off, because the finished piece is AWESOME!

Nicely done!
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