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A question for Sil fan artists


Oct 21 2013, 6:13am

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A question for Sil fan artists Can't Post

This question is aimed at visual artists. How do you go about conveying “degrees of beauty” when drawing characters who are elves? They’re all meant to be beautiful, but some more so than others (e.g. Luthien vs. almost every one else) Just personally, it’s something I find difficult to do in my own drawings but I’m curious about other’s thoughts on the matter.

Ziggy Stardust

Oct 22 2013, 1:12am

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My suggestion would be to draw what you envision. What do you see in your mind when you picture Luthien or Feanor? Draw that out, and if you're unsatified, draw it again, and re-draw, until you feel like you've gotten to where you want to be. I've been drawing Thranduil of late, and have had to draw and re-draw him, because he isn't exactly the way I want him to be. So this could take time and some work, but the important part is to have fun, and try not to be self-concious. (I know I can be.)
Just draw the elves from the Silmarillion, and don't worry about anything or anyone else. Everyone draws at their own pace, and in their own style.

(This post was edited by Ziggy Stardust on Oct 22 2013, 1:13am)


Oct 22 2013, 3:36am

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I guess I’ll just have to draw a whole bunch more elves. lol I think I can live with that.


Oct 22 2013, 12:41pm

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Expression of emotion is also important [In reply to] Can't Post


One other factor to consider, beyond simple physical beauty, is how your subjects and your drawings of them express inner feelings or emotions. To give an example: contrast Galadriel, the ethereal, ages-old elf queen with Tauriel, the young and relatively hot-headed Silvan elf:

Note that of the (human) models for these two portraits, Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) is a professional model for L'Oreal in addition to being an actress, but in this portrait she's all serious emotion (one TORN member described this look as her "I'm tired of your sh**" look).
Galadriel on the other hand always has that ages-old calm about her even when she's being dead serious about something.

I hope this helps...

Don't mess with my favorite female elf.

Ziggy Stardust

Oct 23 2013, 1:01am

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Your welcome [In reply to] Can't Post

Part of the art of drawing is doing it often. Keep drawing those elves, and you'll find what you're looking for.


Oct 24 2013, 1:44am

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Yes, I agree with you, emotion is really important in characterisation.
Great drawings btw.


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