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Destiny by EKukanova Destiny by EKukanova
Aredhel & Eol
Illustration for Silmarillion by Tolkien
gouache and watercolours on paper, 48x27cm

Thanks for :iconsyccas-stock: for her wonderful "White Lady of Gondolin" stock  :rose:
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Koehari Featured By Owner Edited Sep 24, 2015
This is very close to how I have come to think of these two in my mind.Aredhel is proud, beautiful,strong and a "free thinker"" out of the box for someone in her world both in the stories and in your version. And indeed he is too.But he could have gotten his girl to like him with less peculiar methods to put it mildly 😁!!
Though I guess then it wouldnt have been such an intriguing story. Nothing short of fantastic depiction of this odd pair!
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KipRasmussen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Intense stuff going on in this image. Eol is among the least likable characters in The Silmarillion and you totally caught his grim nature here. Has a wealth of portent to it. Strong image.
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
Thank you very much!  But I think of the two characters as a victimes and have a sort of compassion on Eol).
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KipRasmussen Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Always good to hear a different perspective on a story I've read dozens of times. I can totally see that. 
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Felicity-redarrow Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
simply beautiful.
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning, dramatic composition - and beautifully painted! I love your work!
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Thank you very much, dear Abigail!  coming from you it means a lot ^^
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
<3 <3 <3
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LosVelka Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely agree on this piece (and many other of yours) gorgeousness. Only one lesser detail, in my most humble opinion: that galvorn is way too blueish. Otherwise perfect! Faved by the way
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Thank you very much!   agree with your comment of galvorn, maybe next time).
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LosVelka Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait next one! Watching you :)
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BlueOakRogue Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love how you've painted Eol's features: very dark, expressive and virile- perfect for his character. And Aredhel is beautiful- those flowing white robes are so realistic and a lovely contrast to the darker side of the painting.
The diagonals of the branches really add nicely to the tension of the piece, building on the already tense aura coming from Eol. And the way you've painted his armour is really magnificent. I love the design, and the shine on the metal of his armour and sword really fits well in his environment- not an easy thing to do. Also, the flowing, lightness of the hair of the elves and of the horse is perfect!
A beautiful piece! Well done! :)
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EKukanova Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Thank you very much! ^^
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The-Misfit Featured By Owner May 7, 2015   Digital Artist
The mysterious eol.... Not enough drawings of him out there. I like this one, thank u!
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shatris-lerran Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Прошла по всем рисункам, к каждому хочется оставить восторженный комментарий! Огромное спасибо !!!
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EKukanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
:thanks:
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Aura-Dawn Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, it is my honor to tell you that this picture is being featured in our group :iconsharpenededge: galleries

sharpenededge.deviantart.com/g… is a link to our featured section.
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EKukanova Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Thank you for the feature! :sun:
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Aura-Dawn Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
you are most welcome
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Kossara Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Hello and thank you for the greatest Tolkien art ever! I wanted to ask if I can use a fragment of "Destiny" for a fanfic of mine and credit you, of course, as your work was one of my major sources of inspiration!
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andrewthedark Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your art so amazing keep it up!
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Thanks!)
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adibara Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student General Artist
both eol and aredhel have so much character in this painting, awesome work!
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loonyleo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an enchanting piece! Never seen anyone paing this in such amazing detail! Mind blown!
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Thank you very much!
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Lovely
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Thanks!
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :-)
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rbow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Very beautiful work!!!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Awesome! This horse looks like it is alive! I love this mossy forest, looks ancient and magical. Eol's armour is so well designed! You created an elven design that looks like a historical piece! It is very beliveable and solid. Armor is one of the most difficult things to draw and paint and you do it perfectly. Also this black maille! I cannot imagine how you managed to create the effect! this is so amazing!
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Thank you so very much!)) 
Its a specially pleasant for me that you like my armour design and find it useful and beliveable. Means a lot from someone so versed in armours!   
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
:D
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BleachmyNARUTO Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG YOU ARE A WIZARD!!
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
:blush: Thank you! :aww:
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JASON9000 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Most impressive. Well done.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Oops! Oops! Clap Clap 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I must admit that this work is so excellent that it can only make me wonder what your rendition of Maeglin would look like.:) (Smile)  

 I would like to add that I admire the way in which you have made Eol a 'dark elf' indeed, making the difference between one of the Noldor and one of those that never saw the light of the Trees beautifully clear. 
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Wow amazing drawing, I love the composition, the way we see both character and we know Eol is watching Aredhel even if he sin't looking directly at her on the painting. :) I also like that, even if she looks a little like your Uinen, she does have something different.
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is fantastic!
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your version of Eol!
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Filat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Елена, вы что-то невероятное творите! Просто слов нет.
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Нашла свою тему :D
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Filat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Не то слово!)
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
кризис мне в помощь)))   третий год никто ничего не заказывает- делаю что хочу...
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Filat Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
И в кризисе есть плюсы))
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting style! Really great work!
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

What I like about Eol is that like all elves he is handsome and yet still dark and grim.

And he seems dark even though he's not standing in shadows.


GOD bless

John 3:16

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kimberly80 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Точно я так и подумала Эол, еще до того, как прочитала..
Аредель прекрасное видение... все внимание на нее,наклон ветвей хорош, создает направление движения, нравится композиционно..
Эолу выражение лица охота чуть больше алчное, а то он в каких-то холодных раздумьях..(вообще это можно пропустить)) и не читать)
здорово одним словом, абсолютно рассказывает эту историю
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Ну, Эолом я вообще довольна, получился точно как я его себе представляла... даже лучше, или вернее- чётче;
по моему, магия творчества так же заключается и в том, что я не могу изначально представить себе картинку до конца, во всех деталях, и каждый день сама с любопытством смотрю, как крайне смутный образ принимает чёткие очертания.
иногда не попадаю...  иногда попадаю- тогда вот оно, счастье)
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kimberly80 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Меджик, да, соглашаюсь, часто и сам до последнего не знаешь, что выйдет)))
эт я придираюсь местами) на это вообще не надо реагировать))) Эол вышел достаточно мрачным и решительным синдой..
а есть в плане кто-нибудь в доспехах? со всеми вкусными их подробностями...( елки прочитала, то что написала и вспомнила одного заказчика, которой хотел чтоб его на коне нарисовали)))) а мы над этим его желанием долго хихикали, во, незаметным образом я сама до этого дошла)
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