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Ar-Pharazon by steamey Ar-Pharazon by steamey
Then Ar-Pharazon hardened his heart, and he went aboard his mighty ship, Alcarondas, Castle of the Sea. Manyoared it was and many-masted, golden and sable; and upon it the throne of Ar-Pharazon was set. Then he did on his panoply and his crown, and let raise his standard, and he gave the signal for the raising of the anchors; and in that hour the trumpets of Numenor outrang the thunder.Thus the fleets of the Numenoreans moved against the menace of the West; and there was little wind, but they had many oars and many strong slaves to row beneath the lash. The sun went down, and there came a great silence.
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:iconadunaisunfury:
AdunaiSunfury Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
Glorious!
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:iconsteamey:
steamey Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Thank you)
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how Ar-Pharazon has that mad look about his eyes, same as your painting of the soon-to-be Nazgul. Very suitable! 
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steamey Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Count on it)
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Nastyfoxy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ваши работы невероятны! От них невозможно оторвать глазHeart Love 
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steamey Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Спасибо)
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kimberly80 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Лицо у Ар-Фаразона нравится, таким и представляю...
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:iconsteamey:
steamey Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Ура.Хоть кто-то).А то уже выражалось мнение,что он выглядит старовато.
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:iconkimberly80:
kimberly80 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Советую забить на всякие там мнения и делать как тебе нравится)
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013

This is amazing. Ar-Pharazon looks like a mad prophet, it's perfect. XD

 

I agree that the Tree symbols may not entirely fit, but eh, it's not a big enough deal for me to complain too much about.

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:iconsteamey:
steamey Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Thanks God!
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:iconwanderingseeker:
WanderingSeeker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
The water in this is beautiful and grabs my attention right away!  Would love to see a full out waterscape from you, because you've captured so much wonder in one crash of a wave.  Absolutely stunning!
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woah, intense!
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lots of nice details, especially the shore birds.
But it was the crazy eyes that drew me in! Those mad numenorians!

Lore debate...
I know they had a white tree of their own, but it's possible the Numenorians could have chosen a different emblem. With the political climate in Numenor at the time of this scene, sailing to the True West -- that tree was the symbol of the agreement with the Valar: the island's protection so long as they don't try to go west. I doubt they'd want that tree on their breast anymore... It's an Interesting choice, and an interesting debate: what would Ar-Pharazon have chosen for his standard?

Meanwhile, that's not something easily changed on your piece, so don't touch a thing! It's splendid!
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:iconsteamey:
steamey Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
No,no - you are absolutely right!But i really can't understand how change it...
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hrm... Here's an idea:
An abstracted tree? Like on those breastplates of yours, perhaps... That tree has been so much a part of the background of ideas on Numenor, that it has lost its power and original shape, literally as well as figuratively. It ceases to look like a tree, or represent what it used to mean.
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steamey Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Did Tolkien himself wrote anything about the changes in the colors and symbols on the flags of rebellious numenoreans?
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Re-reading Akallaneth, in the Silmarilion, I came across this bit: (ar-Pharazon sailing east to conquer Sauron) "And men saw his sails coming up out of the sunset, dyed as with scarlet and gleaming with red and gold, and fear fell upon the dwellers of the coasts..."

Colors... part of your question perhaps answered.
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steamey Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Oh!But...it`s about approaching the shore.I understand that sails was the sails and flags painted light of sunset...God!I hate this texting holes!:angered:
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is a tradition of dark red sails in the South China Sea, with the junk ships of China, and also Indonesian pinisi ships. These vessels would have carried pirates and rivals to the Europeans, and so they would have been feared... And that association passed on.

I hate this too (interpretation!). Just keep in mind that your painting has its own integrity, its own identity as a piece of art. The Silmarilion has equal integrity: don't let it bully you! :shakefish:
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Don't! It's too nice!
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NonieR Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Wonderful!

One suggestion, if you want it--if not, just delete this unread:

The bottom half of his black tabard/surcoat is a little confusing, because it aligns closely enough with his legs that it seems to be hanging *behind* them at the bottom, even if it's clearly belted in front above that. I'd suggest having it follow the same curve from stomach to thigh that his armor does, and also to overlap slightly on both lower legs so we can tell it's in front of them.

Please let me know if this doesn't make sense; I'm not sure how to describe things. And of course, ignore me if you disagree; you're the artist.

Thanks!

--Nonie
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I see what you mean! The blackness of Pharazon's robe casts a silhouette that could be either represent the robe in the front or in the back. It doesn't bother me though, strangely.
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NonieR Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Beatrice--

Well, I wouldn't have noticed the tabard alignment on its own, but it makes the legs look very odd--straight lines, no curves, especially the leg on our right. That's what caught my eye. If you see the black tabard as something like a cape lining in back, then you have an odd-shaped leg where the pants run into the boot without anything being wider or narrower - no rounding for the knee or calf, no blousing of the pant leg just above the boot, OR wider boot cuff over the pants. And since the artist is otherwise *great* at giving the clothes heft and bulk, that seemed unlikely.

One of the most impossible things for an artist (in any medium) to catch is the accidental alignment of elements that are fine in their own right, and can only be mistaken by an outside eye, whether it's lovely bubbles of energy that happen to resemble a teddy-bear face, or a horse's head aligned with the unicorn-horn shape of an unrelated bridge shadow--both of which I've seen on DevArt--or accidental overlaps of words, whether it's "Watch the blackboard while I run through it again" or "Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge."

I'm mostly a writer (though often blocked) rather than a visual artist, but the ability to spot accidental juxtapositions is handy anywhere.

And it's something we all have to do for each other. I've mercifully forgotten most of my own clangers that friendly beta-readers had to catch for me, but let's just say I've made my share of 'em.

My basic rule: Never crit an artist who isn't good enough that you're catching the one thing you can imagine they might have missed--nor, if possible, an artist who isn't good enough that they can confidently ignore you if you're missing the point. And *never* be mean about it; if they're good enough to be worth critting, they deserve one helluva lot of respect. ;)

--Nonie
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
When someone wears a hefty robe, or a heavy one made with metallic fabric, it hangs in plumb lines that resist the interference of the body beneath. I think this artist has portrayed the illusion of this quite well. I don't mind the confusion the black colour gives (where you can't decide if it's in the front or in the back). The right foot could use a bit more shading, if I were the artist of this piece, which I'm not.

I'm just surprised that you've singled out this one detail and have overlooked the strange juxtaposition of the tiny background figures at Ar-Pharazon's feet. It's a greater leap of belief to imagine these people as standing below the main scene and the invisible cliff which has to be there, than it is to imagine the placement of the man's knee. But I'm only one set of eyes.

I'm glad you have such high standards! Lord knows I'll plunge into any critique democratically and with zest. Whatever helps.
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Wow, you captured the moment perfectly.
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steamey Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Not good enough i think.All numenoreans warrior are remind me gondorians.How could they did this - so successfully embodied antiquity for warriors of the 2 Age in the trilogy?!
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KamillaMirzagit Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Великолепно, просто великолепно! Чувствуется напряжение, этакое затишье перед бурей. И Ар-Фаразон - решительный и безумный. Мне до сих пор не верится, что вы воплотили один из моих самых любимых сюжетов. Теперь я люблю вас еще больше=)
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