|Maglor is one of the most tragic characters in The Silmarillion, and one of those I love best... this painting is an attempt to tell part of his story.|
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.
[Morning edit: woke up and took another look at the painting and realized the door on the left was weird , 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 . 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.]