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Glorfindel Turnaround by 89ravenclaw Glorfindel Turnaround by 89ravenclaw
Glorfindel of the Golden Flower Turnaround by 89ravenclaw

I'm going to hate this when I look at it tomorrow, but I finally 'finished' this. It took me way too long because me and clean lines do not go together; I'm a rough and paint kind of artist.

I originally wanted to try and play with his color scheme and base it more on a celandine (yellow and greens), but it didn't look right with the color schemes I have going on for Gondolin as a whole. Greens and yellows are a lot closer to what I have going on for Doriath elves in my mind (I'm also using greens for more dubious characters and locations within the Fall of Gondolin narrative). So instead I went with the color scheme I had in my original concept painting for him, which are more earthly browns, blues, and yellows.

Once I have the color schemes for the other twelve captains of Gondolin, I'll come back to this and try to find a way for a more celandine palette.

In any case, I got the shapes to all represent the flower, though it does make the armor look a bit too second age (change of color should fix that). Luckily, the other armor concepts I have for the twelve captains look radically different from this.

Original Concept Painting Here: [link]

Tumblr: [link]

PS I really want to get someone to model this in Maya so I can rig it.
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I think this is one of the best interpretations of him I've ever seen :)
aldomann Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I couldn't agree more. The characterisation is just stunning!
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
thanks =)
bluedancingkittykat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Because even in the midst of carnage of warfare, elve's gotta look good.
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
you know it =)
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
How do elves manage to stay so clean and kept even in the midst of full on warfare. Never have to shave even after a days battle. Where as the humans get gritty and look cool, elves are prissy clean freaks. I haven't read all the Tolkien books yet, but I've been curious what Tolkien meant by the "Gift of Men".
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There are some elves who have recorded beards in Tolkien's works, and I certainly will draw them more dirtied up if I paint actual scenes. They just described as being more beautiful and shinning with light of the west since they've seen that light, so Men tend to look more dull in contrast. In addition, Elves are clearly more scientifically advanced in the First Age than Men, so it makes sense that there armor is nicer, heck I draw most of the First Age men in cloth/leather armor.

As for the 'Gift of Men' it's basically that they get to die, though where they go has not yet be revealed (obviously similar to Christian theology, but in a period of time before a first coming)
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Two things that always struck me; One, was the timeframes. Tolkien wrote the beginning of the fourth age was around 6,000 years before 20th century Earth standards. Despite this, they had thousands of years to develop even prior to that. Despite thousands of years they never invented firearms or vehicles or electricity (on our part it took us 1800 years to rediscover the steam engine). Second Elves being immortal. Besides seeming unfair(though the Dunedain could live much longer than typical Men), how does an immortal race procreate but keep it's numbers in check without outstripping the natural resources of the world for thousands of years.
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