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Eowyn and the Nazgul by JonHodgson Eowyn and the Nazgul by JonHodgson
2011 Jon Hodgson
My entry for the ArtOrder community contest "Eowyn and the Nazgul": [link]

My schedule was crammed with deadlines around the time of the contest, so I chose to do something that I knew I could get finished, and which would hopefully stand out against all the inevitably brilliant and epic oil paintings.

I really wanted to take part, so whilst I don't think this is a winner I at least got something done in time, and could join in with all the Middle Earth fun. I think working on an actual Tolkien product, but not able to share in the public challenge fun would have just been too painful to bear!


Artrage, Photoshop, Painter, Smoke
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:iconridley100:
ridley100 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like your Nazgul.
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:iconarinadadragonspeaker:
This is awesome! I shared it on a LOTR Facebook fan page I admin...don't worry, I gave credit, of course XD But anyway, I love it!
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:iconskydragonelements:
SkyDragonElements Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the concept
you're awesome ;)
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:iconearlofchutney:
EarlofChutney Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I've always thought that water colour was one of the hardest art forms. Well done!
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:icondjantoni:
DJAntoni Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
The composition makes this one truly stand out. Fantastic.
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:iconacrylicdragon:
acrylicdragon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I just heard about this on Ninja Mountain (I have been catching up...4 more episodes and Ill be up to date :P i have been truly enjoying listening)
This is really stunning!
The composition is gorgeous.
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:icondeathvocals:
deathvocals Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness.
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:iconelfofme:
Elfofme Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
This is the closest portrayal of King Theoden that I imagined when I read the book. I really don't like the look of him the film. I like the "food chain" you have going on in this picture.
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:iconkateribethrose:
Kateribethrose Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I like this, a lot! :D
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:icontomeksz:
tomeksz Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
which of these above (Artrage, Photoshop, Painter, Smoke) do you use mostly?
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
For the actual painting part these days I mostly use Artrage. I have replaced Smoke with FlamePainter, which does more in the vein of those special particle effects. An image like this one is usually assembled in Photoshop, so that plays a heavy role. I don't use very much Painter, but occasionally it has it's uses.
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:iconwsmoye:
WSMoye Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Realy great composition!
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:iconskekla:
SkekLa Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
WHOOOOOAAAA!!!:eyepopping:
GREAT JOB PRECIOUSSS!!!
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:iconivoignob:
ivoignob Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! Very different and unusual approach! Love it!
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:iconinfernallo:
Infernallo Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love the 70'ties feel of it. It feels clean of disturbance and "taint" from the movies (which I love) and like something you would find of a paper back cover for return of the king long before the movies came out. Great work.
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:iconjaz-lyn:
jaz-lyn Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OHMAIGAWD

Beautiful, totally captures one of the most dramatic scenes in the trilogy.
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:iconpatrickmcevoy:
PatrickMcEvoy Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I regret that I can only give this one Fave. Great work!
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet deal! Very epic pose and colors! :D
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:iconaerozopher:
Aerozopher Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
now this is cool
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:iconandyhep:
AndyHep Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Good contest to be involved in, Jon. And a really good entry; great approach.
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:iconguzboroda:
GuzBoroda Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best work in this contest! I love it. Great work!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Very kind. I'm really liking Jeffrey Alan Love's second entry. Really nice economy he has going on there.
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:iconguzboroda:
GuzBoroda Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, it's very graphic. I like it too.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Loving the design and overlapping layers of mistiness. Very sweet :)
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Ralph!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure :)
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
I liked this one. The only thing I didn't get was why the horse has two heads.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I know! It's like a horse with 2 heads, 2 necks, 2 bodies, 8 legs and two tails. Weird, eh?
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
It's a freak! Kill it! Ohhhhhhhhh. I see what you did there. Nice work anyway, as I say.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You could have asked "but where's Merry's horse?" as well. :D
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
On a merry-go-round, presumably :)
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:icon0wnenstein:
0wnenstein Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
neat composition, but the eye and the ring are too much. could've worked if you had included the entire tower, but the ring is kind of excessive.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think they work well to drive the composition and add to the overall lyrical thing I was aiming for. But hey. Opinions etc. :)
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:icontinzart:
tinzart Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Terrific Jon. :)
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ta! :)
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:iconmike-nash:
mike-nash Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Saw this earlier today on ArtOrder. Yours stood out, as it's very different to the other entries. Great composition and painterly execution as always Jon.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Mike. Against some of the esteemed advice I thought the only way forward on this one was to make something a little outside of a straight fight scene. For me I know I would just somewhat pitifully ape the McBride illustration, so I thought it best to find some other route to illustrate the scene.
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:iconseanwthornton:
seanwthornton Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Amazingly gorgeous.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconseanwthornton:
seanwthornton Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
My pleasure!
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:iconalextooth:
AlexTooth Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent, one of my fave entries definitely!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I really didn't expect it to be so well received.
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:iconphilluppus:
Philluppus Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   General Artist
wonderfull job,
love it,
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconphilluppus:
Philluppus Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   General Artist
:thumbsup:
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:icondennisdarmody:
DennisDarmody Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One of my favs from the entries. I was bummed that I couldn't fit this challenge into my schedule...

I think a few pixel wide frame about a half inch from all sides would look pretty slick. I would definitely hang this bad boy in my game room! Great work!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Dennis! :)
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:iconangilram:
Angilram Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the composition. And the rest too, of course. But it is so eye catching!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It works nicely at thumbnail size, which is a bonus!
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