The image looks a bit better in miniature, than full view (some details), but this is manly portrait with character, and I love the wavy golden mane I picture most of the Eldar with wavy or curly hair and rather rich in amount since they valued hair so much, so it's nice to see something different in a see of straight thin haired post-movie elves.
Thank you very much for the kind words! I took a look into your gallery and it looks like we think alike concerning the elves. There's a trend in making them excessively feminine and top model like, I can't remember any part in the books that states they are any less masculine than men. They could be more handsome or even delicate in a sense, just like you expect medieval nobility to be when compared to the hardened peasants, but nothing like all those little girlish elves you see all around I agree with you about the hair, there's nothing wrong about varied hair styles including even short haired versions. Glorfindel specifically is very praised about his great wild golden mane in the books, so I tried my best to describe him as I see him. Tell me, what details did not pleased you as you said? I am curious.
Nobility vs peasants who had much harsher lives, good comparison. There might be many reasons for girlish elves - from thinking they're androgynous, through manga portrayals where it's just a style, to a problem with drawing men. I've stumbled upon advice that to draw a male elf one should draw a face of girl and then make her masculine (or just give male clothes); not so good idea. Anyway we've got different vision of their beauty, being more or less human like and also our skills to render what we imagine are different,m thus some male elves are too girly for one person, too ugly for another. I haven't been able to capture what I'm looking for, yet, but I'll keep on trying.
The details are in his eyes - it's not visible on a thumbnail, but in full view there's something off. Part of it is correct though, it's his eyes expression, but flip the image horizontally - if haven't - and you should see it. Our brain get's used to image while painting, so it doesn't see things unless we flip or rotate image, zoom out etc. Check his eye corners (external and internal), perhaps it's this what bothers me.
I was thinking of what Tolkien wrote while trying to explain Finwe's name: "All the Eldar had beautiful hair (and were especially attracted by hair of exceptional loveliness)" Shibboleth of Fëanor: The names of Finwe's descendants, HoME XII. Now I see it says nothing on teh amount of hair on heads Just beauty, which could mean something different to everyone. Regarding Galadriel you are right - her colour was exeptional: "she was accounted beautiful, and her hair was held a marvel unmatched. It was golden like the hair of her father and her foremother Indis, but richer and more radiant, for its gold was touched by some memory of the star- like silver of her mother; and the Eldar said that the light of the Two Trees, Laurelin and Telperion, had been snared in her tresses" – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor” (Handy source: silmarillion-club.deviantart.c… )
hahahh your comments are the BEST! Hey, nice to recive such feedback because my very intention in this one was to make him like a real able and heroic man, I'm greatly distressed by how people tend to missinterpret or just miss the unique feeling of Tolkien universe, the feeling of epic and glorious deeds and doers. There are public and space for the model like fags/mangaloid elves we see all around, but not here, no sir, no need to spoil the professor's work. Besides there's so much of that crap all around and so few of more epic/ballad/romantic/classic works like Tolkien's so why there'se so much people trying to blend everything into the same grey? We should create more and replicate less. So, now here's me ranting and babbling too, and in bad english...sorry I think maybe I overdid the hair, but man, hes so fucking the Mighty hero, let him be epic hhahahahh Also, besides him and Galadriel I can't remember any specifically blonde elf, and those two are pretty well remarked and praized because of their hairs....but again, maybe I overdid it heheheh
I tend to think there's this really pronounced dichotomy in tolkienian fantasy art, where you've got a lot of female artists doing elves as effeminate fairy boys, and conversely there's alot of male artists who seem just as intent on cranking out these hypermasculine, impossibly stout dwarves. I'm definitely more of a dwarf man myself, although alot of really beautiful work is done by (good) elf-centric artists, but it's so refreshing to see a depiction like this one, he looks refined and beautiful, but also masculine, like a classical statue come to life (actually I've always thought that a perfect model for tolkienian elves, especially the high elves in the 1st age, who were all supposed to be about seven feet tall, would be the civic statuary of arno breker, whose figures all have the tall, nordic proportions, but rendered in the classical ancient greek/roman style [link][link]
as for the hair I think it's great, it adds this wildness and virility to the character, as compared to the ancient, backward-looking and sort of saintly noldor of the third age, weighed down by time and by sorrow. In the Silm they are written as being young and strong, full of vitality but also fierce and rash; they make mistakes, they act on impulses, and ofcourse they have moments of terrific valour, and none more so than Glorfindel. you really capture that here. Great piece.
Thank you very much for your feedback. You really have a way with words sir. My motivation to do this one was simply that Glorfindel is the most heroic elf in LOTR and also, I simply can't stay silent when you got this from the movie: [link] When I see this one I almost become glad they used Arwen in his stead. Almost. And thinking about what you said, it is really interesting to see the thigs as you depict here. It's true how many girls effeminate the elves and man hyper-masculinize the dwarves. It's kind a intriguing point. Maybe it's because people do not look for real life references bot visual, historical or conceptual to their designs, and this results in cartoonish versions of stereotipical and shallow visions of the subjects. It's hard to see any artist that really go deep in a concept. And talking about references, this Arno Breker stuff is just so great. I knew the art but not the artist. Thank you so much for this great reference! And I really agree with you, the statues would be a perfect reference for Tolkien elves. DO you know Keith Thompson art? I really love his stuff. He is a great concep atist and his works are solid based. I think you will like it.[link] Thank you very much for your comment on my Glorfindel, It make my day man. I really like how this one come to be, and it is a great pleasure to know you like it too. I like the way you point out exactly what and why you like the piece, I made this one with the wild and powerful elf idea in mind. It's just great to know you recieved the message.