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Melian by ekukanova Melian by ekukanova
A sketch for an illustration series for ''Children of Hurin''

I guess, I have to add, that drawing Melian, I've been trying to achieve a certain resemblance with images of Tara.
It might be a blasphemy for a Tolkien lover, but that's how I understand her character:)
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Sinattea Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oddly enough, I find a resemblance too, but with actress Madeleine Stowe, especially in the colored ones.

Anyways, just wanted to tell you that your art is utterly amazing. The details, the mood, the whole perfectness of it... I've been staring at your gallery in utter admiration all night. :-) Now I want to re-read all my Tolkien books.
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Thank you very much for your kind words!

Thats very curious that resemblence with actress, because I draw it from my head).  Anyway, if I will draw another pictures with Melian, I will know from where I can take a face, because its very complicate to draw from head)))
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Sinattea Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, no need to thank, you deserve all kinds of praising. :D

I know, right? That actress' face immediately popped in my head when seing your Melian. I guess you're just that awesome and everything from your head beats references. :nod:
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Elladania Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
She looks so wise, lovely, and serene - beautiful work. ^_^
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Thanks!)
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Pelegrin-tn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
surprisingly great!
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DamarmoVidtinra Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
The face, the hair... simply perfect.
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Thank you!
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Johnny12575 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No doubt they added your sketch in LOTR Wiki, it's so amazing
Did you base it on a real person, or simply drew this out of your mind?
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Johnny12575 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoops, I guess I just saw your description xD
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely wonderful! I ove her jewelry or whatever you call the things in her hair. Very Slavic, you don't see that very often in Tolkien art it seems.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Her face has a very exotic kind of beauty. I love it. Very delicate and ellegant. Your style is like a woman's version of Da Vinci.
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AnarielRowen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I adore your Melian!
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank you!
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hanonly1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
beautilful sketch  Heart 
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so lovely:clap:
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jullianamarques Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful!
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MarinaRed Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Its wonderful, how she looks so wise, so tranquil, and ever benevolent. And her hairstyle and jewels are all awesome!
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Thank you!
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WisdomIs Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Awesome work...amazing detail...love it!
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Thank you!
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ricewrites Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
I love how you've drawn her! She looks like a medieval Madonna... even more otherworldly (but less off-putting) than the elves in the LOTR movie.
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Thanks!
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ebe-kastein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
How beautiful! I love her expression, and all the wonderful details as well. Well done!
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ebe-kastein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Who is Tara you mentioned?
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thank you,  I used to have some inspiration from Tibetan Tara :)
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Kliban Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Exquisite. I am just discovering your art. Never seen such thing in all things Tolkien - and I have seen a lot. Your work depicts elves and maiars (esp. the women though tour Thingol is of a quite touching nobility) as I've always felt they should be. Unearthly beautiful, yet kind, silent and wise. I am really thankful for this.
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badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is truly gorgeous. Love

Love how delicately you've drawn all the beautiful details and textures in this piece.

:love:
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thank you!
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Just got back here to take a look at details of her headdress (or how to name it) and noticed the information about Tara. What do you mean?
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I used to have some inspiration from Tibetan Tara, but the visual resemblance is truly minimal. It's just the choice Melian had made to live in Middle Earth but not in Valinor. ...As a defender and a custodian of the folk. Nothing more =)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Very interesting inspiration :)
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Nilenna Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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Vall19 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautifull
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MariaB9 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is an amazing work
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yuggleganesh Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
You have managed to portray even more emotion than in your coloreds,excellent
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, Just wow! that is the face of a divine being. she seems so untouchable, so zen (not a surprise given the buddhist influence) even making your thingol and beleg appear mortal and temporal by comparison. this is aboslutely amazing! Your killin' me Smalls.
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I'm glad, you appreciate it! Your comments are great pleasure for me :aww:
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
so beautiful! :)
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could stare at this for days, literally. It's one of the most beautiful work of art I've ever seen here on DA. I'm lost in every detail, and in her serene, perfect beauty.
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KamillaMirzagit Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Что ж... Теперь я понимаю Тингола))
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
??? мне казалось, скорее выбор Мелиан кому-то мог бы показаться... нестандартным))
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KamillaMirzagit Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Это еще мягко сказано)) Неудивительно, почему Лютиэн потянуло на смертного - дурная наследственность))))
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videmo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I think she's perfect - classical face with some kind of divince light, eyes that see more than ordinary peoples', and that grace! <3
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Spod-bod Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is really, REALLY good - I love the Children of Hurin! The detail is, of course, intricate and beautiful, her hair is wonderful, and I admire the very classical, almost da Vinci style beauty she has.
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thank you!:hug:
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HeathenHeart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work, all of it! I love the jewelry in this one, it has wonderful details. :heart:
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LobaEsteparia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your work is absolutely perfect... seriously, I think I'm one of the biggest Tolkien fans in the world and I've never seen such a perfect expression of his work like your sketches and paintings.
I like to write tales by myself, and it would be an honour to publish them one day, and have them illustrated by someone as talented as you!
Thank you, I mean it. Watching a composition like yours makes me feel alive in an almost dead and ordinary world ^^
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Thank you for your warm words!:)
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juank15 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the hair is really beautiful
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