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The Fair Ones by Lady-Susan The Fair Ones by Lady-Susan
~"Amongst the princes of the Noldor, only the house of Finarfin were golden haired, for Finarfin was a son of Indis of the Vanyar." ~J.R.R. Tolkien


This is how I have pictured Galadriel (Artanis) and Finrod since I first read the Silmarillion and Lord of The Rings, slightly more than ten years ago. I never tried to draw them before, as I felt I needed to improve my drawing techniques before attempting to do so. I'm still not totally convinced about how the two trees come out, they seem to dadiate too much, although I suppose that would be quite accurate in a way as those trees were supposed to render as much light as the sun and the moon upon the lands of Aman.

I imagined the palace of Finarfin in Tirion to have at least one of its windows facing the hill with the two trees of light, with a renaissance styled balcony.

I chose to have Galadriel wearing golds and whites as to make a connection to what she would wear in years to come, when she would be the Lady of Lothlorien. Finrod, I chose th clad in golds, brown and green as I wanted him to be more connected to nature, earth, mortality as he would be one of the elven princes the closest to the mortal kind.
I shaped the harp as a swan as a reminder of his Telerin heritage from his mother Earwen.

Done with pitt artist pens for the lineart and colored with photoshop.
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:icondeviantwin15:
deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Wonderfully done! as a harper myself and Tolkien fan, I must say that the harp is wonderful, would looove to get my mitts on that one ;)
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice
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Lauriani Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For some weird reason, I can't see your work.
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist
:( That is weird indeed! Were you finally able to see it? If not,I'll send you a link so you might be able to view it :)
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Lauriani Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got to see it..... after about fifty reloads. Your stuff is absolutely amazing. I'm serious, I wish I could do stuff like that :)
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JuliaElven Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Beautiful...
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you :)
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Arah019 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
great work!
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you! :hug:
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
It's very nice ! Glad to see picture about Finarfin's House, it's too rare. We usually see Feanor's House
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist
Yes, that's totally true. Finarfin's house has my preference along with lesser known elves like Ecthelion and Glorfindel. Don't get me wrong, I love Feanor's house but there's just too much on them around here. ;) Next, I'll try portraying Fingolfin's house. :)
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I'm totaly agree ! Can't wait for your portrait of Fingolfin's house ^^
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks! :D I'll send you a link to it once it's done :D
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
It would be great thank you ;)
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Wow, it's great.
I imagined the trees much bigger, as their light should be seen from most of the land of Aman, but it could be the point of view of the scene that causes it to look small.
The attention to the small details is awesome.
:)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist
Sooo sorry for the late answer :( Your comment really makes my day! :D Yes, I supposed the tress were rather far from Tirion, since it is said the Vanyar left Tirion to live at the feet of the Taniquetil, close to the light. I supposed the trees would be closer to Taniqeutil then than to Tirion.

Those details were a real pain, really but I still wish I could detail it even more now :) Details are what make a picture special ^^
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ninquetari Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
An acceptable explanation, indeed. :)

You're so right about that, but don't worry - it's great as it is!
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kittykatkanie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
instant Fav!! :love:

I just love how you drew the clothes!! Elves' clothings are the hardest thing... I totally adore how you did them! And omg that harp is gorgeous!! I thought the same thing too about swan shaped harp for the Teleri elves, but you did such an awsome job making into visual! I could never do that lol

PS - Trees are always hard to draw...
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you very much! :D It took me a really long time to figure out how to design their clothes without getting too much over influenced by the movies ^^; It really touches me that youbelieve I have managed to draw them well :hug:

And yeha, I agree for the trees :XD: (making them glow is even harder :lol: )
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coranglais Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Richly worked!
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you very much :)
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coranglais Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
You're welcome!
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mrcbax Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!
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Atarnir11 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Wonderful job that does justice to Tolkien's work. Galadriel looks really nice. Findrod's nose looks a little odd, otherwise that is a great job.
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Lindenare Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice. The colors you chose for the characters fit well with their personalities and the landscape. I love the details in Artanis' dress. This is somewhat like my image of Valinor, as well.
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nendawen Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beauriful Valinor!
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks :) It's not always easy to repreent Valinor correctly. :)
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
very good.
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heartleaves Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
That's an awesome work! :love: And I loved reading your artist's comment. :3
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:iconlady-susan:
Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you very much :hug: :)
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heartleaves Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
You're very welcome! :hug:
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Love those greens. they just look so beautiful on an Elf. nice detail work on the clothes. but I think that they would have painted the harp white to make it more beautiful.
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist
Hmm yes, the harp vcould have been made of white wood to make a reminder with the white swan ships of Alqualondë. I hadn't thought about that when I did this! :)
Thanks for the compliment on the colors! :D It was really trying to find the perfect color scheme for this piece. Glad it came out well! :)
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
well I am glad I was of some help.
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous picture! :love: One of the best portrayals of Galadriel I've seen! :nod: Not to mention Finrod. :-) And the details such as the harp are great too! :aww:
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you! :hug: Galadriel is rather tough to portray as we have been spoilt by the movie pictures :p And she's also supposed to be one of the most fairest of elves, it is rather trying to do her justice :)
I am very touched by the fact that you like the harp too :hug:
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that's one of the reasons I prefer to draw the less known places/characters from the Tolkien's world. ;-)
Anyway, you managed it well! :aww:
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you :hug:
Yes, it's actually more fun to draw less known characters and the Silmarillion is (still) full of them! :) Hopefully they will not try to make a movie out of it :p (there would be too many risks of leaving out what they would see as 'minor' characters ^^ )
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely! =D
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tirldar Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Galadriel and Finrod! They make such awesome siblings. The poses are great, and I love the Renaissance details on the railing and Galadriel's bodice.

One thing I'd want to point out is that they look slightly yellow. I think golden Tree-light would give cool-colored shadows. so maybe there could be some purple tones in the darker regions, to add some more depth? (it might just be my monitor's gamma settings, in which case orz. ;))

Also, I don't claim to be a master of anatomy, but Finrod's left fingers seem a little long, perspective considered. :>

Lovely work in all.
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks for the comment! :) I always thought the elves, and especially the Noldor, would have rather complex and still rather simple clothes, much like what could be found in the early renaissance period. :)

Concerning the light, it is highly possible that there is too much yellow. My monitor tends to change colors a bit so I might not have noticed that while painting. As for the hand, I don't if it's just the fingers, I feel his hand is slightly too big :p I also w<ish to fix the look of the trees and I'll try doing that during the week :)

Thank you for your constructive critique :hug:
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tirldar Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
It's obvious that you have a lot of commitment to your art. I'd love to see your updated version. :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the swan harp. :D :hug: There's tons of other beautiful thigns in this piece (the coloring, the expressions, clothing design, etc) as well. Great job! :D
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you very much! :hug: I've had that harp in mind since sooo long :D I was also tired of always seeing elves dressed in clothes similar to those seen in the movies. I thought they needed to have something even more refined, mostly in Aman :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!! :aww: :glomp: I like the clothing designs in the movies, but I agree with you. I think their clothing in Aman would be much more beautiful than in the Mortal Lands.
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Mistic-Ladies Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous :wow:
I like most of all their dresses and poses, you did a really good job! ;)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks! :D I think I redid the shade of her dress over three times before I was happy with it. Glad you like it as it is now :D
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Mistic-Ladies Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can say the result is great! Usually I love making the shading on dresses and similar stuff but it's also very hard to get it right to the first try ^^
You're very welcome! :D
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stayka Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
That is really nicely done! I like the details and the way you drew the colours. Here you seem to have taken more care with the colouring and made it smoother. Very good! I just think that the coloured are a bit dull in the sense that I always imagine them a bit more radiant than himans, so IMO the colours might have worked better if a slight bit more bright.

Maybe you can try to do an aditional enhanced version where you put a layer over the draging in a graphics programm and try to enhance the colours a bit?

About the trees - I think the main problem is that these appear to lack detail a bit. As they are golden and silver and shimmering in their own magical light, I think they should cast even a bit more light at the surroundings, and you might add some reflexes in the trees themselves.

But other than those fine details, I think the picture came out really well!
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you very much! :hug: This is perhaps the first time I am almost satisfied with a drawing :)

You're right about the trees, I'm going ot see how I can manage that without ruining the foliage :P
For the elves, I don't know yet.. I'll try seeing what I can do about that with photoshop though. They were brighter at the beginning but then it looked funny with the light comming from the back.. :/
I think the colors come out nicer beacause all was done with photoshop except the line art :/ Not that I want to drop my markers or anything but still, I think that I might rely more on digital coloring or traditional water colors rather than artist markers. (or I should be careful with the contrast :XD: )
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