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Eowyn and the Nazgul by thegryph Eowyn and the Nazgul by thegryph
Done for the ArtOrder challenge - crits welcome!

(Edit: tweaked the composition a bit in accordance with the crits and posted a larger image. Thanks guys!)
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:iconasantem:
asanteM Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Awesome. I'll share it here:

facebook.com/lotrfineart
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:iconmiafka:
Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Великолепная работа 
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:iconpippinmerry:
pippinmerry Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
My favorite scene of all trilogy….amazing!!
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:iconglimmercat:
Glimmercat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
One of my all time favorite moments in literature. Beautiful work.
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:iconamkumar:
amkumar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Amazing!!!
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:iconladyenchantress:
ladyenchantress Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this painting !!!! You have so much detail through out the whole piece great job!!!!!
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:iconlaffinia:
laffinia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
this is probably the best capture of this moment that I've seen yet!
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:iconwinds-blade:
Winds-Blade Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! This is one of my favorite moments in both the book and the film!
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:iconsketchy208:
sketchy208 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
amazing piece!
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:iconmuck1:
muck1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Absolutely awesome.
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:iconmasonday:
masonday Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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:icontijonwolfsmajesty:
TijonWolfsMajesty Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Awesome work ^^* i luv the story and you caught this well :)
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:iconyairm210:
yairm210 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Wow, amazing composition! Good job!
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:iconsantanna01:
Santanna01 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
awesome!!
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:iconvaledhelven:
Valedhelven Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
:wave: Hi! Just letting you know that I have Featured this awesomness in my journal this week! :typerhappy: [link] If you'd rather not be included for some reason, I'd love to hear why - lol! :confused: But I'll also respect your wishes and remove it, if you'd like. :shrug: Otherwise, thanks for creating one of my favorite pieces of art here on dA! :deviation:

~Ellen :iconcookieteaseplz:
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:iconlinkredxiii:
LinkRedXIII Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
"I will kill you if you touch him!"
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:iconjokerz-1824:
Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
:iconwitchkingplz: "Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey."
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:iconanarloth:
Anarloth Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great work!
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:iconjessica-lorraine-z:
Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wicked work!
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:iconlyntonlevengood:
LyntonLevengood Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, Great work!
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:iconelizabethchevaliere:
ElizabethChevaliere Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is incredible. I will, however, say that I would kill to see an angle on her face.
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SaffronsCurse0 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Gryphie, this is the best one I have seen.
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:iconexocolumn:
exocolumn Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Awesome work!
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:iconmelina-van-der-werf:
Melina-van-der-Werf Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely great! and i like the background beeing kind of light in colour so that the nazguls darkness sticks out....great!
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LupusAcerbus Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Congrats: this picture just made my jaw drop. The sense of ferocious power emanating from the Witch King's mount as it dives towards Eowyn is palpable. It really adds to the heroism of what she is about to do. I loved this scene in the book and I am pleased to find somebody who does it justice.

By the way, I like the firelight and the smoke - it gives an almost post-apocalyptic feel to the scene which highlights that Pelenor Field is truly a battle for the fate of the world.
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:iconcktalons:
CKTalons Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
COOL!
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:iconciardubh:
Ciardubh Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
stunning...especially the values and composition
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:iconpinguinkaiserin:
pinguinkaiserin Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only critique I can give is that you simply stun and make me envious of your amazing skills. This is so amazing!
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:iconbellairs:
Bellairs Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
There just aren't enough people like you.
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:iconwerewolfsfan:
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
What a stirring fight!
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:icontheshamelesshussy:
TheShamelessHussy Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Fantastic!
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:iconalecal:
Alecal Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Oh the way you draw dragons
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Nice work. I wouldn't want to be judging this...
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elanor-pam Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The helmet shape confuses me... it kinda looks like the profile of a bearded man with a square nose - it must be the face protector, but that's not how I read it.

Other than that, though, wonderful work.
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Sairobi Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Crits: I wish it was bigger! Would love to see the scales. :D
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:iconthegryph:
thegryph Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Embiggened!
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:iconsairobi:
Sairobi Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Very cool, I like the jewel tones on the scales, especially the emerald green on the tail bits.
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:iconlumographia:
lumographia Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
How on earth did you get one of those winged beasts to model for you? ;-) Awesome painting.
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:iconzhaana:
Zhaana Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww beautiful composition !
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:iconijur:
ijur Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hey me too! but I'm not upload it yet :D
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:iconjazzsiyart:
JazzSiyArt Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very cool!
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:iconlelia:
Lelia Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional
Wow! Great work she looks so epic!
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AxelVIIIThePyroPunK Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is gorgeous !
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cmalidore Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
3 Things come to mind:

1 - On instant readability/silhouette: I'm losing the Nazgul mount head in the body shapes right behind it on first pass. I'd consider knocking some of the contrast behind the head down a smidgen. It's like they share too much of the same values.

2 - Eowyn feels off balance to me - drawing a line from head to foot puts her very forward leaning - which is okay for momentum, I don't know why she would have momentum.... there's a lot of impending doom coming toward her already.

3 - I love those colors! You never disappoint with your palette choices :D

4 - (I said 3, I know - I had an afterthought), a lot of your shapes seem to point off the left hand side of the page.... my eye isn't coming back into the image to that focal area as fast as you may be hoping for.

I hope these help, I wish I'd had a chance to enter this one. Too busy :(
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:iconthegryph:
thegryph Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the crit, Chris! Hopefully some of the compositional stuff was fixed in this round o' tweaks and the head should be standing out more now. Man, I wish I got to post my NDA stuff for crits...

And hey, too busy for unpaid work (no matter how fun) is a good thing. :)
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:iconcmalidore:
cmalidore Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey no prob! I totally can relate to the NDA thing.... I did a set for FFG some time back and was going nuts. Feedback is precious :D.

Keep up the good work - I can't wait to see all of the pictures that come out for that project, looks quite exciting :).
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Taxbane Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Fantastic job.

Crit Stuff: The dude on the ground is toast from the dragon's spiked tail. Not sure why the dragon's rider is raising his club/mace like he is about to strike though, it dosn't appear as if he will be close enough to take a swing.

I'd change the title too, to "I should'a rust-proofed my armor."
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jademacalla Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Love your interpretation. Great work.
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ShikaruOC Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
looks nice :) values are clear so we know where to look, though the composition between the nazgul dragon thingy and eowyn is too close around her head. creates an almost tangent which flattens it out a little bit.
I think also, instead of splitting the image in two with the two ( because of the tail and the space each take ) i would have the nazgul more inferior and "pushing" her down as she tries to withstand. or opposite, depending on what you want.
technique wise i think you did a really good job, and these are offcourse just ideas. over all i really like this! :D
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:iconthegryph:
thegryph Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I shrank Eowyn a bit to hopefully fix that tangent issue - you're right, it was icky. Thanks for the crit!
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