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Helcaraxe - Turgon's Anguish by Tenshi-Androgynous Helcaraxe - Turgon's Anguish by Tenshi-Androgynous
A preview of a forthcoming larger work, 'Helcaraxë'. See the scrapbook for the layout sketch. Like my other works, it began life as a watercolor painting and moved to Photoshop, which I am still *very* new at.

Depicting an episode from the Silmarillion when Turgon's wife Elenwë perished while crossing Helcaraxë, the Grinding Ice. Featuring Turgon and his best friend Finrod.

I like the raw emotion here, although there are some technical problems I hope to solve in the final work. For one thing, Finrod's hair is too bright. This pic is a real challenge because at this point in the story, the sun and moon do not yet exist, and the stars would be the only source of light. But I imagine the weather on Helcaraxë is probably pretty inhospitable, so I don't know if even the stars would be visible. If I can fix the hair and the lighting problems, the final piece should be one of my best works ever.
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envyne Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
it's so sad ... :(
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BlueSeptember Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous...and heart-breaking. ;_; Poor Turgon!
Definitely a fave!
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whatamidoinghere Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006
I think since Finrod's an elf, it's okay if his hair is unnaturally bright :-P

this is so pretty and sad :-(
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OMG, I think I'm gonna cry! *snif* great pic *cries soem more*
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Mute-Banshee Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
Nice...Finrod's hair is a bit bright yes, but I think painting a piece of a place where only the stars shine would become rather dark without a specific light source. Maybe it's an idea to let Turgon's hair be picked up by the wind just alittle bit more, and show that their clothes are worn and wet. (Though I understand if that's not something you can adjust, it being watercolour piece) Overall, nice painting. Keep at it. :)
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Tenshi-Androgynous Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
Thanks a lot! It's only I get way into it that such glaring errors become obvious. Finrod's hair should be an easy fix, but though I agree Turgon's hair is too limp, that I probably cannot change. I'm thinking of sprinkling snow in the folds of the clothing & hair, & hopefully showing their legs damp where they are kneeling in the snow when I rework it. To solve the lighting problem, I might have the people in the background holding torches, though that would spoil the frozen, silvery starlit atmosphere I was hoping for. Also I think torches might have been an impossibility for them in that weather. Thanks for the comments!
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Mute-Banshee Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
I don't think it would spoil the silvery touch, but rather that you *do* have a specific lightsource if you put in people with torches, and that might be even harder to fix. It can be done, but only with extensive photoshop editing..it would probably damage or even ruin the watercolour feel of your work.
You can change Finrod's hair easily in photohop though...experiment with dodge, burn, cuves and saturation. It shouldn't be hard, though it will still look a bit photoshoppy. If you have trouble, you can ask anytime. :)
Watercolour has a beautiful atmosphere, but it's so hard to change and adjust once it's on paper. I think it's very brave you do all those things in aquarel...I only sparcely do that myself heh.
Good luck with it!
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JosephNY Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
I like it. Good job.
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner May 9, 2004  Professional
very nice picture. youve shown their emotion so well. nice work on the blizard you can really see the wind blowing. neat job :)
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Tenshi-Androgynous Featured By Owner May 9, 2004
Thanks so very much! Glad you like it!
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