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Thrain the Second, son of Thror by Leone-art Thrain the Second, son of Thror by Leone-art
Dwarf of the House of Durin, King in exile, father of Thorin Oakenshield; died in the dungeons of Dol Guldur.
This illustration is a personal work based on the Tolkien's Mythology. All the work was done on Photoshop CS3 and it's a part of a series of portraits. I began the “Tolkien series”, with the aim of developing my skill on portaits. For this piece I wanted to try a figure dressed with a plate armour and began developing the idea keeping as reference Rembrandt's portraits and technical references about armour-making. Dwarves are master blacksmiths and excellent warrior on foot: they know how to protect themself during battle and often the armours seen elsewhere (in movies or fantasy illustrations) miss important pieces aimed to protect vital parts like the big veins on the neck, in the armpit or in the inner part of the elbow articulation. I wanted to depict Thrain's background both as blacksmith and warrior. To do that I wanted to use a more realistic approach to the subject.
Dwarves are not a "Happy Folk". I simply can't relate to the dwarves when designed with bright colors and big smiles. Their story is a story of loss and despair. They can't enjoy the sun as other races can, their sight is turned to the ground: Tolkien, very clearly, describes the fate of Smeagol almost as he was predestined to became gollum because in his youth his eyes were most focuse on mud and vermins instead of plants and the sun... why should the dwarves be different? The House of Durin was the greatest, but they Lost Erebor, their king (Thror) was slained by Azog at the gates of Moria and won a battle (The countless tears battle), their new King (Thrain the Second) lived in exile under the influence of Durin's ring of power which eroded his mind with greed and fury and because of it met his demise by the hands of the necromancer... Paint an happy Dwarf? Not for me. My Thrain is a sad and angry king, full of scars and greed, destined to be consumed by the ring of Power.
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I featured this one, too: helevornart.deviantart.com/jou…
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
The desaturated pallette works great. You have a very defined style. If there was photography in Middle Earth, a print would look like this. The armour looks amazing, even though for my eyes it would be a bit more shapely/elegant (Dwarves crave beauty in all things crafted). No, Dwarves are not happy people. All the beauty in the world has only brought them sadness. That hardness is transferred here. Character wise, I love the baldness. Many people say Dwarves don't go bald, but I think it grounds them  in 'reality' to say they do. I miss the double braided (plaited?) beard of the House of Durin though ;) but never mind my puritan ramblings. Dwarven portraits don't come much better than this.

Nice touch on the ring.

:beer: once more!
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p0tluck Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
This reminds me a lot of Rembrandt; although the colours are a bit cooler. This is very nice
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MrSvein872 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So excellent ! It's in my fav now :)
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konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing art, and the characterization you gave was excellent
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Art-by-Naschkatze Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic, the texture on the beard and armour are amazing!
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Leone-art Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Axcido Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING!!!!!!!! ♥_♥
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MinorKrax Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely insane.... this is SO good!!! :D :heart: I am stunned beyond belief, what else can I say???
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