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By Ways of Apology... some pictures.

Since I am apparently completely incapable of getting around my Writer's Block again, and can't say when there will be a new chapter, for now I am offering up two pictures I made in hopes of getting around the WB (unfortunately, this time it didn't work). These images are about Thranduil in my Mael-Gul universe; I offer them up for your enjoyment (albeit I have to warn you: these are just my own, clumsy drawings... Apologies in advance!) Still, with this warning firmly in place: Enjoy!



These two images were inspired by a comment of my dear reviewer and part-time beta Randy on Thranduil in my Mael-Gul universe:

"I can see him sitting alone on dark nights, fingering his sword and fantasizing about what he will someday do to Elrond Peredhel when he gets hold of him..."

I could not help to try and visualize that image. Thank you, randy_o, for the inspiration!

First picture, quill and ink from a pencil drawing:

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Second picture, frontal, pencil and some added contrast after scanning:


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As I said, apologies for the clumsy drawings. Sadly, another greywing12 (who has marvellous talent and makes drawings to die for) I am not!

Aislynn

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autumnverse
Apr. 7th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
These are not clumsy AT ALL, sweetheart. They are well done and bring forth lots of emotion, which, to me, is always a sign of great art :)

Thank you very much for sharing these *hugs you tight*
crowdaughter
Apr. 7th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! Your comment made my day!
(*hugs you tightly back*)

Now, if I could only get some writing done... *sigh* :(
autumnverse
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, I know all about that feeling ;)

I am not sure this will help hon, but if I get stuck I usually try and just leave it alone and go and do something new and fresh (I think we have just found out why I have so many WIPs lol)

So mayyyybe, you could just try and write something completely different, something that doesn't necessarily have to be a master piece. I tend to turn to just straight (well not straight straight, slashy straight ;p) smutty porn, it doesn't have to be brilliant, but it can have *coughs* other great qualities *wink wink*
raphaha
Apr. 7th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
They are really good! I wish I could draw like that.
crowdaughter
Apr. 7th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
Hi, raphapha!

Thank you! They are not completely what I had envisioned, though.I saw before me a picture much like those drawn by Hal Forster in his "Prince Valliant" series, or something like that - clearlines, and clear light and shadows. Unfortunaty, that is something still above my capacities, I fear...

Anyway! I am glad you like them!

Aislynn
oceansecrets2
Apr. 7th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
I think clear lines and light wouldn't have been as effective at capturing the emotions of Thranduil in your story - these make me feel his weariness and sorrow and the strength that keeps him from giving in to despair despite the horrors he must watch his people and his son endure.
crowdaughter
Apr. 8th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind comment! It really made my day! These were the things I wanted to bring across - that, and a good portion of anger and wishing for revenge...

Aislynn
greywing12
Apr. 7th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
First of all, let me say that these are wonderfully emotive and fluid! You have actually quite a good grasp of perspective (coming from someone who had to be drilled on it [think hours and hours of drawing bottles and cubes] to understand what the fuss was all about. LOL)and you have definitely got the hang of what a left hand looks like and where all the proper left-handish anatomical bits go. For the first picture, your technique seems very much correct for this type of illustration and medium(humble suggestion: let your strokes follow the form, and don't be afraid to make the dark bits very dark and the light bits very light). May I suggest this site :http://www.portrait-artist.org/basics/index.html for helping you learn how to draw the face (I use that site a lot myself).

P.S.: Thranduil's wine decanter looks familiar. *looks in kitchen cabinet*
crowdaughter
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
Hi, Greywing! I am in awe that you comment on these! I love your images, and I am glad youthought these not too bad. Thank you for the nadvice and for the nice link; it has been bookmarked at once, and I will make sure to use it!

Aislynn
greywing12
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
You are so very welcome! May I friend you? You seem like the nice sort :D
crowdaughter
Apr. 8th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
But of course! Please go ahead; I will happily friend you back (in fact, I did already). :)
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crowdaughter
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
I hate to say it, but Thranduil looks positively... ancient. I guess the spell is evil and wearying in more ways than one, lol.
Yes, well, misquoting Yoda in StarWars II: 'If five thousand years you are old, not as good you will look' -- but really, it would have felt somewhat odd had I made him look like Legolas' twin. And I wanted to bring across the anger and the weariness and sadness, as well.

That is an interesting thought, by the way: how *would* normal grown-up Elves look, after they are beyond their first-or-so thousand years? Like a perpetual twenty-something, or like a perpetual forty-something? I thought, what PJ did with 'Erestor' and 'Haldir's brothers' in the movie was a crime!

Thank you for viewing and commenting! -- Aislynn
greywing12
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more! The movie Erestor and the brothers were horrid. Looked like sex-change operations gone horribly, horribly wrong. Whups. I think they would all look around thirty-ish (barring no delibitating evil spells or thralldom) )? With the Elves that had a finer, more delicate bone structure looking about twenty-ish. One must, after all, account for variation :)
wiseheart
Apr. 7th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
I wish I could do such "clumsy" drawings. You don't do right your own talent, Aislynn!
crowdaughter
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
Hi! Thank you for your nice words, and for viewing and commenting!
wiseheart
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
Well, it's the least that I can do. I can relate to your drawings, so it's only just to thank for the enjoyment.
randy_o
Apr. 7th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
Lovely! It's always nice to see someone took my inspiration. Thank you for not putting a thought bubble above the Elvenking's head. No one would want to see what he is imagining.

You caught the sadness very well. Nice touch with the signet ring!

The second one reminds me of that classic illustration of Conan sitting on the throne of Aquilonia 'with a troubled brow.'

Now, sending an Ancient Elvish Spell to banish writer's block. LOL
crowdaughter
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
Re: Very nice!
Lovely! It's always nice to see someone took my inspiration. Thank you for not putting a thought bubble above the Elvenking's head. No one would want to see what he is imagining.

Thank you! I am very glad you liked these; I was kind of on tenterhooks how you would see them... (for obvious reasons). As for the 'thought bubble', I was contemplating to work with the shadows in such a way, let them show something of those ideas... but in the end, I rather decided against it. Um.

The second one reminds me of that classic illustration of Conan sitting on the throne of Aquilonia 'with a troubled brow.'

Darn! Caught out! I admit, that one was one of the images I had in mind, together with a similar image of one king made by Hal Foster in his "Prince Valiant" series. Still, I hope my version has some originality... :)

Now, sending an Ancient Elvish Spell to banish writer's block.

Thank you! Let's hope it works...
miladyhawke
Apr. 8th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Ooo... very nicely done! I'm a huge sucker for Thranduil, and these are so wonderfully detailed and atmospheric. You've conveyed so much character with these! You know, they remind me a bit of the late 70s/early 80s animated versions of The Hobbit and LotRs *g* That's kind of cool I think!
crowdaughter
Apr. 8th, 2007 09:37 am (UTC)
Hi! Thank you for viewing and commenting! I am glad you liked these!

You know, they remind me a bit of the late 70s/early 80s animated versions of The Hobbit and LotRs *g* That's kind of cool I think!

Um, I am not completely sure the reminder of the "Hobbit" animated movie version of Thranduil is a compliment... Er.

But I did like Bakshi's LOTR version. Until PJ's movies came out, that is. By now, I'm hard pressed to visualize Tolkien's world in another way than it was donne in PJ's movies...
miladyhawke
Apr. 8th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Um, I am not completely sure the reminder of the "Hobbit" animated movie version of Thranduil is a compliment... Er.

LOL... I should have specified that he looks more like Elrond in that, who was lucky enough not to look like a frog :-P
ladysanjou
Apr. 10th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
Wow
Hi Aislynn !

Hope you had a happy easter ! :)


Ok, now to the pictures : Liked these two here - I think they are not clumsy at all !

Please don't mind that the drawings aren't perfect in your eyes ! As you see in the comments here the pictures show really what you intended to, the dark and sad thoughts of an ancient elf and everyone who looks at him can see the wonderful atmosphere you've created here. :)

Great work, hope to see more soon ! Or read more....;)

Greetings Eva
crowdaughter
Apr. 11th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Dear Eva!

thank you for your nice comment! I would have answered sooner, but at the moment, my Computer has some kind of an ulcer and is fond to restart at inappropriate moments- meaning he ate one of my comments before it could be posted. Anyway, Thank you, your praise is much appreciated! -- Aislynn
wetheril
May. 6th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
You have a good attention to detail, and much potential in your drawings. I have never tried to draw the LOTR characters, because I've only pretty much drawn anime/manga and original characters, but I must commend you upon trying to take up such a difficult task. May I ask...which scene in your story are you trying to portray?
crowdaughter
May. 7th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Hi, again!

Thank you greatly for the wondrful praise, that gave a real boost to my self-regard; especially aftzer seeing what others can do (especially Greywing), that is really appreciated.

have never tried to draw the LOTR characters, because I've only pretty much drawn anime/manga and original characters

Do you make doushini? I shall have to check out! I admire everyone who draws Manga in a way that they lok great, because I love comics very much; although I rarely read Manga. I've read Akira (of course) and "Record of Lodoss war" and I have seen a few episodes of Wolf's Rain, but mostly I prefer western style comics.

May I ask...which scene in your story are you trying to portray?

Not exactly a scene of the already posted story, but a scene that may have taken place in the background on more than one occasions. I was inspired by a remark of Randy about the Thranduil in my story:
"I can see him sitting alone on dark nights, fingering his sword and fantasizing about what he will someday do to Elrond Peredhel when he gets hold of him..."

The remark is relatd to my very dark spin-off "Murder The dawn", in which Thranduil finally really gains the means to pay back Elrond (and then, Ennor, beware!) -- but I have also given some flashbacks and glimpses at Tranduil in some scenes of the earlier chapters. We may imagine the sad and angry king pof the darkened Greenwood sitting at hom,e in his cave and brooding - well, about revenge. And there may be such a day when it comes, one day... eventually. Or not. We shall see (hopefully) once my story continues. (I hope...)

wetheril
May. 13th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
Do you make doushini? I shall have to check out! I admire everyone who draws Manga in a way that they lok great, because I love comics very much; although I rarely read Manga. I've read Akira (of course) and "Record of Lodoss war" and I have seen a few episodes of Wolf's Rain, but mostly I prefer western style comics.

I was part of a doujinshi circle about 4 years ago. I admit I wasn't a western style comic enthusiast, and only lately have I decided to expand my horizons. My artstyle is more "shoujo" (girls'), but it's not exactly "girly"--it's more darkish, like Clamp, but not quite as stylized. Here is an example of some doujinshi artwork I've done. The "final" folder contains some inked pages (not all of them), and the "rs" folder contains rough pencil sketches. Some of them do not look like the final pages.
http://wetheril.extraverse.net/cheese/ef/

The remark is relatd to my very dark spin-off "Murder The dawn", in which Thranduil finally really gains the means to pay back Elrond (and then, Ennor, beware!) -- but I have also given some flashbacks and glimpses at Tranduil in some scenes of the earlier chapters. We may imagine the sad and angry king pof the darkened Greenwood sitting at hom,e in his cave and brooding - well, about revenge. And there may be such a day when it comes, one day... eventually. Or not. We shall see (hopefully) once my story continues. (I hope...)

I shall have to read "Murder The Dawn"! It sounds very interesting already, and I had been hoping to hear more about Thranduil and Elrond's relationship (and finding out why Elrond hates Thranduil and Legolas as much as he does). One of the reasons why I haven't read it yet, is because I understand it is an alternate path from Mael-Gul. Even though there is a long way until the end of Mael-Gul, I usually prefer to read all the way to the ending first, before reading an "alternate" path. It's kind of silly, but it keeps me from getting confused. XD
crowdaughter
May. 16th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Doushini
I was part of a doujinshi circle about 4 years ago. I admit I wasn't a western style comic enthusiast, and only lately have I decided to expand my horizons. My artstyle is more "shoujo" (girls'), but it's not exactly "girly"--it's more darkish, like Clamp, but not quite as stylized. Here is an example of some doujinshi artwork I've done.

They look very interesting. Unfortunately, I did not getr much of the story; but I liked the drawings. And the text is in English, not japanese! great! The biggest problem I have with doushini is tghat I rarely understand what is going on due to the language barrier!

I shall have to read "Murder The Dawn"! It sounds very interesting already, and I had been hoping to hear more about Thranduil and Elrond's relationship (and finding out why Elrond hates Thranduil and Legolas as much as he does).

I am not sure if we will learn a lot about that in MTD. It was more of a project of a much darker story line in which Legolas would finally take action and would not be the good little slave he is in Mael-Gul, any more; and like a lot of the things I write lately, it was inspired by a remark of Randy, as well. In a way, it was inspired by Randy's alternate universe story to Mael-Gul, "The Night That Covers Me", although actually, I started drafting MTD as soon as Randy told me he had thought of writing a story set in the Mael-Gul universe but much, much darker than my vision. That was all it took to inspire me to the obvuiozus thought:"What if Legolas would indeed take the Ring?"

As it turned out, Randy's story was quite different than my own darker vision, and did not even touch on *that* subject, but that was how MTD was conceived. And the rest is history... :)

One of the reasons why I haven't read it yet, is because I understand it is an alternate path from Mael-Gul. Even though there is a long way until the end of Mael-Gul, I usually prefer to read all the way to the ending first, before reading an "alternate" path.

I do understand this quite well. One of the reasons why I stopped writing MTD for a time is that I wish to get on with my main story first, because the next chapter of MTD will necessary touch on a lot of things that are yet to be introduced in the main story, although there things will take an alternate path. So, I ended up getting tangled between my alternate reality and my main story, as well! But I do hope to get untangled, soon (sigh...).

Thank you for your great comments!

Aislynn
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