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Illustration for hhimring's Song made by Rian to welcome Fingon on his visit to Hurin at Nen Lalaith.
I loved the idea of the setting: a domestic frame for Fingon, High King of the Noldor, given an edge by being placed at the very end of the years of hope before the Battle of Unnumbered Tears.

Rian is singing her song to welcome Fingon to Nen Lalaith.  Morwen is stepping forward, ready to greet the visiting Elves. Until a minute ago, Hurin was down by the stream, showing his little son Turin how to hunt for freshwater crayfish, but when they saw Fingon approaching in the distance, Morwen sent him inside to put a clean shirt on.   Huor is sitting on the steps out of shot, looking admiringly at Rian: they are not married yet.  Morwen is pregnant with her daughter Lalaith, but the bump isn't showing much yet.  

Developed from my previous pastel sketch: I decided that the amount of detail needed ruled out pastels, so this is a painting in acrylics.  The bridge is based on Chiselcombe bridge near Watersmeet in the Lyn Valley: a bridge built strangely high and airy among steep woods, because it was constructed soon after the Lynmouth floods of 1952.  I thought the Lalaith might have similar flooding issues. 


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20th Sep, 2016 20:24 (UTC)
Well done! It turned out great. I love the bridge. It is perfect for the canon and also for Himring's song. Very much like that Turin is really young, that was how I always read the text on that incident.
21st Sep, 2016 08:02 (UTC)
ISTR that he remembers the sight of Fingon as years ago when Lalaith is still alive, so he must have been pretty tiny.
20th Sep, 2016 20:58 (UTC)
I really like the colours in this version - vivid reds and browns against misty blues. And you do Very Good Hills, not that the rest isn't :)
21st Sep, 2016 08:04 (UTC)
Thank you! I feel confident about landscapes. Putting figures in the landscapes is the hard bit. Particularly figures with faces.
21st Sep, 2016 00:40 (UTC)
Love your drawing!
21st Sep, 2016 08:04 (UTC)
Thank you!
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21st Sep, 2016 08:05 (UTC)
Thanks! I'm pleased with it (at least for now: strange how you look back on things and they are not so good, but I guess that indicates progress!)
21st Sep, 2016 08:00 (UTC)
I love it!!
The riders are much clearer and riderly now and the background works as you wanted it to!
Also, bonus Morwen!
And even a bonus cat!
I'm almost ridiculously happy about this. It made my day (which was otherwise not all that good).
21st Sep, 2016 08:16 (UTC)
Hurray! Sometimes pastels do what I want, and they do make for excellent happy accidents, but acrylics are more obedient...

I think the cat might be Rian's cat. That post seemed to need something on top of it. I thought about a sculpture, but that seemed a little too... solid for the Edain in Dor-lómin somehow, given that they were a migratory people not very much earlier. They seem more wood than stone, I thought. Possibly that roof should be thatch not tile, but that seemed a bit *too* rustic.

(Sorry about the bad day, but glad this makes up to some extent.)
21st Sep, 2016 19:42 (UTC)
Even better!
24th Sep, 2016 13:46 (UTC)

practice practice practice...
24th Sep, 2016 10:58 (UTC)
What a lovely picture - the perfect illustration.
24th Sep, 2016 13:46 (UTC)
Thank you!
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