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January 7, 2011
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Faralya of the Rohirrim by Lady-Susan Faralya of the Rohirrim by Lady-Susan
Faralya in a Medieval garb for :iconheiligershadowfax: 's historical costume contest.
I know I cheated on this one since Faralya is already a character from the Middle Ages but I just kept on trying to do something else and this drawing just kept popping up back in mind. I just had to do it!

I inspired myself from Eowyn in "The Lord of the rings"; I have always loved that beautiful green dress she wore at the beginning of "Two Towers". This dress was actually inspired from the drss worn by a lady in he tapistry Lady of the Unicorn" which is at the Cluny Museum in Paris. They only changed the colors but the dress is exactly the same cut. you can google it if you like. It's the lady embodyin "Sight", with a unicorn on her lap. ;) The tapistry dates back to the XIVth century so you could supposed this was the fashion of that time ;)

I'm actually really happy of how the dress came out! :D The velvet looks so real and heavy! Even the green under dress of brocade seems really real and heavy. Oh dear, how much I wish I could have this dress *_*

I guess you could imagine she was the daughter of Eomer or Eowyn perhaps :D ? Wish I could have drawn Duncan in a Gondorian princely attire :D

I know I made her red hair a lot darker than it actually is but it fitted more with her garb. I have always had a soft spot for red heads in green :D (my Irish side I supose ;) )

I used a reference picture for the background but it is hand painted and was a hell to do. Those stone floors were even worse than the montain side and river T_T
But in the end, I'm really happy with this. The only thing I would consider changing and working on still would probably be her face.... and adding details to the brocade! But with my bad back condition, this is the best I can do right now I'm afraid.

PS: she DOES have her freckles! I didn't forget that detail, though I know it's difficult to tell from far :p (well eowyn actually had freckles too, but that was only visible really from up close :XD: )

:iconheiligershadowfax: I hope you like it my friend! :hug: this was a hell lot of fun to do :D And Faralya is such a wonderful character :)

Done with photoshop CS
Faralya © Heliger Shadowfax
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LordoftheWolfDale Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
awesome, im a fan of blondes but this redhead looks great
Aodhagain Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, the detail on that dress is fantastic.
OkuniSensei Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
C'est un excellent travail, le rendu de la robe est absolument sublime, et ses cheveux sont superbes ^^
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist
Merci beaucoup! :hug: Je suis vraiment contente pour la robe et ça me touche vraiment que tu trouves les cheveux superbes! J'ai galéré un max avec ses boucles, j'ai cru que je n'y arriverai pas ^^;
OkuniSensei Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Et ben tu t'y es tuée à la tâche mais le résultat est là!
Personnellement je le considère comme l'un de tes plus beaux travaux :>
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist
Merci! :hug: Etonnamment, ce dessin m'a pris moins de temps qu'Ecthelion (l'elfe qui joue de la flute)^^; Je suis contente de voir que je m'améliore! :D
En ce moment je m'entraîne aussi à mettre des persos de mangas connu (comme Bleahc ou Saint Seiya) dans mon style, ça fait un bon exercice mais c'est clair que je chiade pas le travail autant que là :p (même si j'aime bien la tête que j'ai faite à Gin Ichimaru XD )
Maintenant, en tout cas, il me reste plus qu'à ne pas régresser :D ;)
LadyAnnatar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
this is so damn great
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks! :D I'm glad practising has enabled me to do something great at last ^^;
Plantress Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Writer
This is so beautiful! She just looks amazing and that is a wonderful dress.
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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