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Mael-Gul Illustration: Wargfight

And now for some illustrations...

Back from vacation, and I cannot even offer you a new chapter! I apologize deeply; apparently, the muses went on vacation, too. But Lo and Behold! I tried my hand at making illustrations to my latest chapter of Mael-Gul, or rather, to the warg fight that is part of it. Since they are rather large, I decided not to include them into the chapter but let them stand alone. So, here they are!

I do not claim that they are good, or great art; but they are mine! So, I thought I share them with you here.

Title: Wargfight
Author: Aislynn Crowdaughter
Rated: PG 13 (I think) for violence.
Warnings: Er, abuse of wildlife? Clumsy drawings? Otherwise: none.
Spoiler Warning for Mael-Gul, Chapter 46: Of Wargs and Wizards II !! You probably should read that first! Also, don't klick if you do not want your mental images of the chapter spoiled.
Additional warning: These are big; therefore they may take a while to load. Sorry!



The first picture is done by pencil, the second one is done by black aquarell ink from a copy of the original scetch. The resolution is 800x600. Originally I drew them to get through my writer's block, and planned to insert them into the actual chapter; but I think they work better standing alone. Hope you enjoy!
Er, comments are, of course, very welcome!

The wargfight in pencil:

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The wargfight in aquarell ink:

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Comments

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 6th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Not bad, actually. (Probably better than I could do, anyway.) I'm not sure which works better, though - the pencil or the ink. For the sense of time/location (dawn/dusk/dimness) the pencil is better. If Gandalf's staff is illuminating the scene, then I think the stark contrasts in the ink are better. (They certainly show up those eyes, lol!)

Thanks for sharing.
crowdaughter
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Hi! Why, thank you for the lovely comment! May I know your name?
The light- oh, well, that is the problem here, is it not? The book says that the night grew old already when the wargs finally attacked for real, but it does not say how far dawn is away (or there) yet. Other sources of light would be the fire, the staff and finally the moon, if it has not settled already. However, I fear my mastery of the light leaves some room for improvement...maybe next time! :)

Thank you for your comment, again!

Greetings and Cheers! -- Aislynn
(Anonymous)
Oct. 6th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Not bad at all ^_^ Of course, Legolas would be the center of it as usual.
I do love that fic of yours, though I've only recenly found it so I haven't really had a chance to comment yet, keep it up, it's great!
on a side note, I know they're not the focus of the fic, but is there a chance we might see how things are going with Thranduil and Elrond together?
And I can't wait to know what that "special talan" might be...
crowdaughter
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Elrond and Thranduil?!
Hi! Thank you for your positive comment! May I know your name? :)

But - Elrond and Thranduil together? In this fic? I had hoped to leave that, at least, to the readers' imagination, at least as far as flashbacks are concerned. As for the future - well, as I said in another post, all bets are open. But I do not think that Thranduil has very tender feelings for Elrond, of all people, in this specific fic! Er.

In another universe, however- who knows? :)

As for the 'special talan' - We'll see.

Greetings to you and Cheers! -- Aislynn
(Anonymous)
Oct. 6th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Elrond and Thranduil?!
Yes of course, my internet nick is Sszvein, but I don't have a livejournal and I lurk much more often than not so it's unlikely you've seen me somewhere else.

Lol, I had worked that part myself that there would be no love lost between Thranduil and Elrond, obviously. But there has to be a reason why Elrond has such a sizable bone to pick with Mirkwood, something must have happened, and I don't buy that "Mirkwood failed to help us when we needed it" theory. Sure, Elrond is corrupt, but he isn't picking on humans, he's not plotting against Galadriel to take her ring for his own, Glorfindel and Gandalf have confounded his plans often enough, with little visible retribution, if any.
No my friend, there's is more than meets the eye here. There's a lot of intrigue/angst/drama potential in this part, it would really be a shame not to exploit it.
Also, does Thranduil know of the corruption of the ring and does he think Elrond is a thrall of Sauron? Surely he's doing something undercover to overthrow the Noldor tyranny, while Elrond just plays out his mean streak on the poor guy. Ah yes, I'd really like to see how they handle each other, hehehe.
Besides, if I wanted a nice, lighthearthed fluff, I wouldn't be reading Mael-Gul; don't worry for your readers, they can take the hard stuff (and quite a few love it I'm sure ^_^).

So I'm very much looking forward to your next chapter, and impatiently waiting to see how Galadriel turned out.
crowdaughter
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Elrond and Thranduil?!
Hi, Sszvein!

But there has to be a reason why Elrond has such a sizable bone to pick with Mirkwood, something must have happened, and I don't buy that "Mirkwood failed to help us when we needed it" theory.

I admit he is rather obsessed with that particular adversary. Hmmm. But I do not plan to go deeper intothe possible background at this time.I have enough issues on my agenda already, and I fear finding out what problem Elrond had with thranduil in the past, before everything went haywire, in this universe would be a bit much. Then again, one should never say never! But I fear that would be probably a too dark tale even for me.

So I'm very much looking forward to your next chapter, and impatiently waiting to see how Galadriel turned out.

Oh, dear, the dreaded Lothlorien chapters... Well, I shall try to get the Fellowship through Moria soon, then. After all there is just a little Cave Troll, a few Orcs and a Balrog to get around, on top of the darkness and the need to feed the spell, how hard can that be? :D

Greeting to you and Cheers!

Aislynn
randy_o
Oct. 10th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Elrond and Thranduil?!
But there has to be a reason why Elrond has such a sizable bone to pick with Mirkwood, something must have happened, and I don't buy that "Mirkwood failed to help us when we needed it"

With Ms. Crowdaughter's gracious leave . . . this question has been asked before, and Aislynn's answers were the reason I became fascinated with this tale. It is rarely acknowleged that Thranduil was a force to be reckoned with in the fight against Sauron. In this story, Mirkwood is very effectively held in check by the Mael Gul spell and the taking of hostages. Whatever rationale The Enemy is placing in Elrond's mind for his hatred of Thranduil, it is quite beside the point.

An anonymous wag once suggested that it was either a brushed off pass at the Dagorlad, or else Celebrian murmurring Thranduil's name in her sleep. We shall see if the good Authoress takes it to heart. LOL

Be also aware that in the original story, 'Bound,' it was Oropher's disastrous charge at the Dagorlad that was used as the excuse for Mirkwood's punishment and enslavement.
crowdaughter
Oct. 10th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Elrond and Thranduil?!
An anonymous wag once suggested that it was either a brushed off pass at the Dagorlad, or else Celebrian murmurring Thranduil's name in her sleep. We shall see if the good Authoress takes it to heart. LOL

Snort! I can see it now: a young Elrond, having fallen hard for that intriguing distant cousin of his and doing his best to court him, nearly making a fool out of himself, only to be brushed off with a friendly 'Sorry, I'm married!'-- That would explain a lot, don't you think? What does they say, 'hell hath no fury like a women spurned'? Might go for some males, too.

On the other hand, I rather envision Elrond worshipping Gil-Galad, rather than Thranduil. And I still have no plans to get deeper into that specific background. There have to be some things left to the imagination. Unless my characters should decide otherwise at some point (but I rather hope not; this is a particular tale I'd rather skip.)

Aislynn
randy_o
Oct. 11th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Elrond and Thranduil?!
On the other hand, I rather envision Elrond worshipping Gil-Galad, rather than Thranduil.

I think you've put your finger on it right there! Elrond worshipped Gil-galad, maybe even was his lover. And now he is blaming Thranduil for the death of his boyfriend. Nevermind how illogical this is, as the two incidents were seven years apart. This was the excuse in 'Bound' and this might be the excuse of Elrond's clouded mind in Mael Gul.

There have to be some things left to the imagination.

Absolutely! Have you ever read Stephen King's Danse Macabre on the subject of leaving things undescribed? He says that if you show the reader 'the monster' they'll just shrug and say, 'no big deal -- I can take that.' If you leave it to the imagination, the reader fills in the horror.

I think much of what you do in this story is very effective precisely because you do NOT describe it, but leave us to guess. I don't want to think about Elrond and Thranduil together in this one. It must be godawful.
randy_o
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Elrond and Thranduil?!
As for the future - well, as I said in another post, all bets are open. But I do not think that Thranduil has very tender feelings for Elrond, of all people, in this specific fic! Er.

Um, I'd be open for a scene in which Thranduil has the chance to express his 'feelings' toward Elrond -- in an appropriate manner. LOL

As for the rest -- it's best left to the imagination. And that is bad enough.
crowdaughter
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Elrond and Thranduil?!
Um, I'd be open for a scene in which Thranduil has the chance to express his 'feelings' toward Elrond -- in an appropriate manner. LOL

Funny you should say that... :)

But I would definitely not exclude such a scene from the possible future (and I would *very* definitely not wish to be in Elrond's skin if that happens!)

Aislynn
raphaha
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hello!
I really love your story, I'm reading it for the second time right now (and I'm pretty sure that will not be the last time)! And ... yeah... what can I say,I just love Legolas slave and angst stories. Specially when they are so wonderful written like yours is!! And it is great to see that you continue writing.
Is it okay if I friend you?
*hugs* raphaha
crowdaughter
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hi, raphala!

You are welcome, and of course you may friend me, I will probably friend back.Next chapter may be a while, though (sorry!)But I hope you enjoy anyway!

*hugs back* -- Aislynn
raphaha
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! That was quick, thank you!
No new chapters in the near future? *pouts* Okay, than I have to read the old ones again. Will do too! *deep sigh*
Have a good weekend, raphaha *off to friend you*
alliwantisanelf
Oct. 7th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
I love this! It is exactly how I pictured it!

As for your earlier response regarding the light...

The tree trunks would be lighter on the side nearer to Gandalf and the fire, and darker on the side away. Fortunately Gandalf is standing on the left side and the fire is there also, so that would be easy to fix.

The ground would also be lighter nearer to the fire, in a circular pattern, and gradually darkening as you move away toward the top and right hand sides of the picture. Legolas is sort of floating out there in space--he needs his shadow to ground him.

Gosh, there are arrows all over the place! *cheers for Legolas* There's even a dead wolf lying behind the Wizard's feet! I love that you have Gimli's braid depicted and even captured the glint of the sharp blade of his axe. The look in Boromir's eyes is priceless. (Darken his hair just a little bit, so he's not quite as blond as the elf)

Fantastic!
crowdaughter
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Great concrit!
Hi, Alli,

Thank you for the appreciation and as well for the serious concrit! I am not sure if I will go back to the draft a third time, although I had a copy of the original sketch that I started to draw with quill and ink, and I may also work on the original again. In any case, thank you for the hints about the light! If I go back to the original, I will definitely take them into account. Light and shadow is one of my weak points, and it shows; but it was a delight to work on this picture, which I started when I had the *image* of what the scene should look like before my very eyes, but was completely unable to *write* it. The scene was written afterwards... :)

Greetings to you and cheers!

Aislynn
alliwantisanelf
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Great concrit!
It is delightful to actually be able to express something I hope will be helpful and to know you are open and willing to take it into consideration! I think many people are afraid to ever say anything that might be taken the wrong way, even when it's meant in a positive manner. Many friendships have been lost on LiveJournal because of misunderstandings when the original thought was to help. I'm glad you're one of those strong individuals who is ready to accept suggestions that might make already wonderful work into even more fantastic stuff!

Getting to know you through this story has been a very positive thing for me. I'm so happy that pecos recommended you, and that I have had this remarkable chance to read and discuss with you! I learn new things with every chapter you have shared, and I only wish that more authors out there were as understanding and as friendly, not to mention self-confident while remaining approachable and humble, as YOU!

Thank you for just being YOU!

(((HUGS)))
crowdaughter
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Great concrit!
Thank you for just being YOU!

(((HUGS)))


*Blushes deeply and hugs back*

Thank you! You just made my day! (Really!)

Aislynn
randy_o
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Very Nice!
Ah -- back already!

I think I like the ink version better, but I'm a sucker for dramatic cntrast. You'd best tell Legolas to have a care where that warg is jumping at. He seems to be in a rather vulnerable position. LOL
crowdaughter
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Very Nice!
Hi! Thank you for the appreciation!

You'd best tell Legolas to have a care where that warg is jumping at. He seems to be in a rather vulnerable position. LOL

Well, since you have read the chapter already, we both know by now that the warg is history - the Elf was faster. :)

Greetings and Cheers! -- Aislynn
(Anonymous)
Oct. 9th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
You should definitely give yourself more cedit, Honey!!

I really like them a lot. They do convey that sense of urgency, tension, struggle, and life-threatening danger you can feel in the chapter.

Well done, Girl!! I'd say keep at it! You have a really good hand!
xxxS.
crowdaughter
Oct. 14th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thank you! Well, as alli has pinpointed, there ae some issues with light and shadow, but then, I might get the hang of it with time. And I am glad you think the drama and danger of the fighting scene gets over the screen in this. That was one of the things I wanted to accomplish!

Thank you for the encouragement!

Aislynn
autumnverse
Oct. 14th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Wow hon, very nice!

I doodle a little myself, but I don't think I would be brave enough to take on a full fight scene, so my respect to you :D
crowdaughter
Oct. 14th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thank you for commenting, and I am glad you like it! On the other hand, I cannot do such great manipulations as you do. But I love drawing.:)

BTW: Icon Love!

Aislynn
greywing12
Mar. 17th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Hi, I wandered here from dear old Randy's LJ :) I must say you have a great eye for composition,which is more than I can say for myself! Great sense of fluidity and motion.
crowdaughter
Mar. 17th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hi, Greywing! Welcome to my live journal!

And thank you for the praise! As one who has greatly admired your illustratins both for Jael_beruthiel's story "To Wrap an Elven Princeling" (which I saw both at HASA and at her LJ, and had the chance ro admire in more depth, recently), as well as those you show in your icons, I am awed that an artist like you would have a nice word for my all-too-clumsy drawings. But of course, your praise is greatly appreciated!

Thank you for wandering by and for commenting! :)

Aislynn
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