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They held Luthien fast by annamare They held Luthien fast :iconannamare:annamare 82 43 Amarie by annamare Amarie :iconannamare:annamare 21 9 By the Light of Laurelin by annamare By the Light of Laurelin :iconannamare:annamare 54 17 By the Light of Laurelin (Fragment - Tirion) by annamare By the Light of Laurelin (Fragment - Tirion) :iconannamare:annamare 42 13 Amarie of the Vanyar by annamare Amarie of the Vanyar :iconannamare:annamare 76 16 Elf Meets Men by annamare Elf Meets Men :iconannamare:annamare 147 44 St Glorfindel by annamare St Glorfindel :iconannamare:annamare 101 41 Lords of Gondolin WIP: Duilin, Galdor, Ecthelion by annamare Lords of Gondolin WIP: Duilin, Galdor, Ecthelion :iconannamare:annamare 119 42 Duilin, Lord of the Swallow by annamare Duilin, Lord of the Swallow :iconannamare:annamare 62 22 And the King Had No Wife by annamare And the King Had No Wife :iconannamare:annamare 175 59 The First Elves - Cuivienyarna by annamare The First Elves - Cuivienyarna :iconannamare:annamare 221 72 Glorfindel In Armour by annamare Glorfindel In Armour :iconannamare:annamare 99 38 The Time Of Treelight by annamare The Time Of Treelight :iconannamare:annamare 79 28 Innocence by annamare Innocence :iconannamare:annamare 26 9 Fallen Fire by annamare Fallen Fire :iconannamare:annamare 49 15 After Huan by annamare After Huan :iconannamare:annamare 149 35


Maedhros the Tall by LeoHatsuki Maedhros the Tall :iconleohatsuki:LeoHatsuki 259 24 Elwe by LeoHatsuki Elwe :iconleohatsuki:LeoHatsuki 114 17 Dorthonion by Filat Dorthonion :iconfilat:Filat 161 57 Frodo by Santoric Frodo :iconsantoric:Santoric 27 7 Laura Moon by WisesnailArt Laura Moon :iconwisesnailart:WisesnailArt 156 8 Joan of Arc by DonatoArts Joan of Arc :icondonatoarts:DonatoArts 6,738 286 Glorfindel by EKukanova Glorfindel :iconekukanova:EKukanova 357 62 Beren and Luthien in Tol Galen by Ladyoftheflower Beren and Luthien in Tol Galen :iconladyoftheflower:Ladyoftheflower 104 62 Change by CK0T Change :iconck0t:CK0T 406 30 Celebrimbor by anastasiyacemetery Celebrimbor :iconanastasiyacemetery:anastasiyacemetery 91 9 Ruins by IvanLaliashvili Ruins :iconivanlaliashvili:IvanLaliashvili 3,756 114 Yavanna by Mysilvergreen Yavanna :iconmysilvergreen:Mysilvergreen 27 21 Filigree Rivendell by BohemianWeasel Filigree Rivendell :iconbohemianweasel:BohemianWeasel 162 10 Beren and Luthien (WIP) by TurnerMohan Beren and Luthien (WIP) :iconturnermohan:TurnerMohan 94 19 Princess of Nargothrond by EKukanova Princess of Nargothrond :iconekukanova:EKukanova 397 60 Concepts by HideTheInsanity Concepts :iconhidetheinsanity:HideTheInsanity 128 4



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Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Teaching myself to draw since mid-2015, and slowly feeling less like a beginner. I started with traditional media (pencils, color pencils) but a free trial version of Photoshop CC got me hooked on digital!

Enormously inspired by lots of artists, both professional and self-taught on this website. Everything I'm learning about light/shadow, colour palettes and composition, I'm learning from looking at the work of other artists. Everything else I'm learning by peering at hundreds of pose refs and images taken from Google searches. I haven't found my style yet at all... so I really really appreciate feedback and any tips on techniques that could help me improve.

Now using MyPaint 1.0.0 (I know there are newer versions but my Windows 10 laptop loves only this old, stabler version) with a Wacom Intuos tablet. Then I move the finished MyPaint file to GIMP for cropping, re-sizing, and text (I'm still very confused by GIMP and don't know much about using its many other features).

I recommend MyPaint 1.0 highly - it has none of the bells and whistles of Photoshop CC, and it may lack the features of later MyPaint versions, but it works really well if all you want to do is draw and paint. And it is FREE!! My only complaint is the amount of lag if my file gets too large.


They held Luthien fast
"Luthien was betrayed; for they held her fast"... Huan "grieved at her captivity". 

Gah, it's 3am in my time zone and I'm exhausted I think I've fainted.  but I really wanted to finish this. 

[Morning edit: woke up and took another look at the painting and realized the door on the left was weird Facepalm , so I've fixed it best as I can.

Clothes are the hardest thing for me to paint, but I'm actually rather happy with how these turned out!

It also seems that it's easier for me to paint characters that I'm not so intensely invested in. My favourites Finrod and Glorfindel and Maglor never turn out the way I want, whereas I'm not crazy about the bad boys, and frankly I'm indifferent to Lúthien, but I think this piece went quite well. The character I like best here is Huan!

But painting Celegorm was interesting. I found myself feeling more sympathetic towards him as I progressed. I disapprove of his actions, but what emerged here in the end wasn't his nastiness so much as his emotional confusion and bafflement. I see him as an arrogant, confident free spirit who has always rather fancied himself. He's a prince. He's buff ("Strong Finwë"). He's beautiful (my interpretation of "Fair" - I'll always see him as silver-haired). And (aside from all the political scheming/ambitions in his head) he's having a massive infatuation for the first time in his life and clueless how to manage the rejection. It's most likely (and of course this is canon) to turn ugly into jealous rage and violence and resentment, but I am thinking it might be sweet if he was just utterly besotted,  if "Strong Finwë" becomes weak in the knees, his famed eloquence flees in the presence of beauty, and he's reduced by Luthien to a gibbering idiot Eyepopping  DroolBlush . I would like that a lot more than if he tried to be suave and make moves on her.

Silver-haired Celegorm... one of the things I feel Tolkien might (should) have re-thought had he completed Beren and Lúthien is Celegorm having golden hair. Genetically it just doesn't make sense, so regardless of what it says in those fragments of the Lay of Leithian, I'm holding fast to my headcanon of him with his grandmother's silver hair.]

It's bothering me that my images look so blurry when uploaded, especially after slaving over tiny details that get lost, like that brooch on her dress. Trying to see if I can get a clearer upload.
Pose refs: Amarie's face, the design for the dress and the folds in her skirt
By the Light of Laurelin
This took me over a month, a few hours every day, and I'm so happy to have finally finished the whole painting! :D (Big Grin) 
Characters (L-R): Turgon, Elenwë, Amarië, and Finrod on horseback.
Scenery (L-R):
(1) Laurelin on Ezellohar
(2) Tirion and the Mindon Eldaliéva on Túna in the Calacirya
(3) Valmar
(4) The Máhanaxar or Ring of Doom hiding in the far right corner
(5) The Pélori mountains are in the background.
By the Light of Laurelin (Fragment - Tirion)
The left side of a larger piece I'm still working on. That's Turgon and Elenwë at the bottom. 
Tirion was inspired by this beautiful classic painting of Tirion from the David Day Tolkien Bestiary which I have loved since young. I still have not gotten over my copy being thrown away. Because I'm not good at architecture, some of the details were inspired by the art of :icondracarysdrekkar7: whose insanely detailed Tolkien cities are amazing!
Amarie of the Vanyar
This month marks the second anniversary of my painting as a hobby, and I've redone a crappy portrait of Amarie I did when I first started out(I did it using Artrage, one of the freeware that came bundled with my new tablet, and painting with it was a HORRIBLE ordeal. I never used Artrage again).
This one was done with MyPaint 1.0. Still the best software and the best version, ever, for me. I tried experimenting with Krita, but I missed the MyPaint brushes too much. 
I've been producing digital art (any kind of art, actually!) for almost 13 months now. Woohoo! I'm so grateful for the encouragement and feedback of everyone who bothered to leave me comments here on dA. That has helped me immensely and enabled me to progress. I actually feel the most recent piece on Maglor didn't turn out too bad! It was an anniversary piece, because I still have memories of sitting at the dining table last year with my laptop, painting Maglor with a regular mouse and cursing and swearing at Photoshop CC which I was trying (rather unsuccessfully) to figure out on my lonesome. One of my regrets is that I deleted my two earliest pieces on my gallery. Well, they were frankly very bad, but I should have left them there as a kind of record, my starting point. I was rather ashamed of them at the point that I removed them, but now I realize that was silly. We should not ever regret where we came from.

Last week, I actually decided, since I'm on vacay till July, to get myself some art lessons here in Singapore. But one art school told me they only have lessons using Photoshop, and another art school only had figure drawing classes (a real nude model! yeah! and anatomy is one of my weak points!) this October & November, when my work schedule would be busiest. And it would be using traditional media - which I know would be very good for me (since my sketching is still horrendously messy), but the thought of investing in pencils, and paper... sorry, guys, I live in the most expensive city in the world, and on top of that, here living and storage space is jolly tight. If I was still a student or a swinging single it would be different, but now there's the mortgage, and the budget... I mean, we're comfortable, but my hobbies are low on the list of priorities. 

Well, I gave up the search for art lessons at that point. I decided it was not meant to be. Oh come on, you say - you call up two schools and give up? But I realize I DO have teachers now. My best teachers so far have been the amazing works of so many marvellous artists here on dA... the kind of work that inspires me and ties me in knots of envy (could I ever draw that good??) and drives me on to improve myself. And there is YouTube - if I could just get myself organized and find some art tutorials to watch. I've watched about 5 so far, and they really did help - I learned how to draw straight lines in MyPaint from one! And I was mesmerized and vastly educated by a speedpaint on another.

So here's to the next year, and hopefully improvements in painting folds in cloth and fabric, in shading and lighting, in anatomy, and in drawing... men. Real men. Not only long-haired elves, much though I love them. So many, many paintings I'd love to do, so little time...


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AsliBayrak Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Elf Meets Men by annamare

:) Featured in tolkien
annamare Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature!! w00t! 
looneyartbook Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your work in MyPaint.  Your illustrationsare warm and calm. For good books. Hug 
annamare Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the kind comment! Much appreciated. :-)
looneyartbook Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Nice gallery:) (Smile)
annamare Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
No problem, I like good art:) (Smile) I invite you to my gallery:) (Smile)If you like my work, watch me :) (Smile)
HamsterGod Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Elves! Pretty elves! Love them!
Maglor! (≧∇≦)
annamare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes!! Love pretty elves! Love 
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