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Beren and Luthien by LaughingAstarael Beren and Luthien by LaughingAstarael
Not a bad first submission for 2010, eh?

A Principles of Illustration assignment, which was to do anything we wanted in the proportion of 4.5"x11". I actually wound up coming up with three usable sketches out of the four assigned, so at some point I'll be doing those, too, but this was the one Yuko picked as being the most different for me. So!

I spent the entire sketch alternating between staring at my Mucha poster (Repose da la Nuit) and cursing trees.

I've been trying to draw Beren and Luthein for a long time. Their story is my favorite, and it's been disappointing to fail at rendering anything of the tale. I guess it was time? It's not a particular scene I'm quoting, but in my head (ignoring details of setting) it's when they first meet.

Be proud of me: there is no blue anywhere. (Payne's grey does not count.) Palette inspired by ~SineSquared.

Watercolors, Arches 140lb block, lots of teensy brushes. Watermark because I love this.
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:iconwortmore:
wortmore Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, I certainly like it.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D I'm glad you do!
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student General Artist
:hug:
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:iconjaxita:
Jaxita Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
LOVE this.
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :'D
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Tamasha Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS GOING TO BE FRAMED AND PUT ON MY WALL. <333333
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
<333333333333
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HessianPeel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Thanks for inspiring me for this work: The Song of Beren and Luthien
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm honored. Thank you!
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:iconnordiclynx:
NordicLynx Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I like the depth in the picture
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it comes across.
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:iconfaeriecarousel:
FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
The trees are /beautiful/.
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I worked hard to get them to match what I had in my head (:
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:iconannewipf:
annewipf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Beautiful :D
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! (:
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annewipf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
You're welcome :)
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ClearNightSkies Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Oh, I love the colours! Beautifully done.
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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sweet-osmanthus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
nice air
nice feelings
very sweet to behold
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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SoulOfNevermore Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
I see someone making this into a beutiful banner. Wonderfull work! simple, striking and breathtaking!
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Anamia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This has everything the story is about!!! Magnificent, powerful trees of Doriath, couple in love, and a beautiful color that speaks of eternity. I love it. Sorry for the rambeling.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you think so - it's everything I wanted to convey! Thank you so much!
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
A very nice rendition of one of my favorite tales.
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think so. I've been trying to draw this for a long time...
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:iconzersen:
zersen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Artist
so simple so elegant ... yet it shows everything

I love it :heart:
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you think so (:
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rissdemeanour Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Very beautiful! I love how the trees fade into the background.. so elegant. :)
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad it came across.
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MasterKagura Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I can't even begin to say how awesome this is. The trees and knotted corners and details and it's all so fairy tale and lovely.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much - it really means a lot to hear that! <3333
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SineSquared Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
PURPLE AND ORANGE!

I don't know if I commented on this already or not.

It's so beautiful.. It looks like the book cover of something I'd read until it fell to pieces.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
YES!

Thank you... I really do love this, and I'm glad you do, too ^^
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work, I love the design, very neat and elegant
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's what I was going for, I'm glad it came across (:
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meaches Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Oooh, LotR fan! :D

Nice artwork! I love the colors and the design.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
YES C:

Thank you so much!
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melime6 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this would be an excellent bookmark :aww:
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hm! You're right!

I'll have to keep that in mind, if I ever decide to try and sell prints...
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jovanagorkij Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this style. It is sooo pure, so simple and still speaks :aww: Congrats :aww:
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It really makes me happy that I seem to have fulfilled my goal (:. Thank you!
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jovanagorkij Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome :aww:
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Itīs nice, clear and seems light transparent:)
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad that sense came across.
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not at all:) I really like it.
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CalenthrellII Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
I love the simplicity and the colors chosen. Well played :)
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm still a little stunned that it all worked xD
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DappleHack Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this piece very much! It is tender, and it leaves to the watchers space for their own imagination! :thumbsup:
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