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The Light of Valinor by ekukanova The Light of Valinor by ekukanova
Melian the Maia
Illustration for the Children of Hurin by Tolkien

gouache, vatercolour and colored pensils on paper
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MoonFey Featured By Owner 1 day ago

I just finished reading the Children of Hurin, so it was wonderful to get to look through your beautiful illustrations of the book, is this the scene then Melian is giving out the Llembas? I love her hairstyle and her face; her beauty looks so otherworldly! And the dress is spectacular, may I ask how you managed to give it such a magical shine? :aww:

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Raelyn3 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015   General Artist
Love this depiction of Melian! It is exactly as I pictured her to be! Great work!
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ekukanova Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Thank you!
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Raelyn3 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015   General Artist
You're very, very welcome! You're a real inspiration to me. :)
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Pelegrin-tn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
 wonderfulHeart 
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isfoss86 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your style is just wonderful, I see a lot of the great masters here! :)
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lunatteo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Artist
Gorgeous textures!
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Lamorien Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
so, so gorgeous.
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copper9lives Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most beautiful representation I have ever seen of her.
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Same here.
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:iconekukanova:
ekukanova Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Thank you very much Catherine, these words means a lot for me! :aww:
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copper9lives Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship: Your artwork utterly astounds me. Brilliant! :rose:
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Gorgeous lighting on the dress! The hands and faces are just perfect! What is that in her hand? Lembas?
Where was all of those published? I want to buy the book!
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thank you for your words , dear friend!
I'd be totally glad if my works could be included in Tolkien's books. I've been offering my illustrations to a couple of British publishers and I think of offering them to Russian and American publishers this year.
Yes, thats lembas in her hands;  as for her dress,- I love very much oriental  textiles and often taking an inspiration there :)
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
They will be idiots if they do not publish it on major books. I love it all. You deserve that, I will be wishing you the best here!
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Matowicin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a great drawing!
She's gorgeous!
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OLIVER-YOUNG Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You feel in your drawings  the medieval occidental style of life , legends and perhaps psychology .
Wonderful approach .
OLIVER
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ekukanova Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Thank you!   Medieval European art, history, music, costumes, etc., is my passion))) 
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MarinaRed Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Beautiful!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I admire the touch of mischief you have added to the otherworldly air of your Melian, Ms Kukanova; if it were not for the fact that this is an image from 'The Children of Hurin' I would almost think she were about to have that little chat with The Lady Galadriel about the forthcoming visit from a certain Son of Beor (due to arrive sometime in the next … oh, Century or so).
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SabakuNoShi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work :rose:
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you!^^
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SabakuNoShi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing job, keep up the wonderful art! 
Featured in my journal: helevornart.deviantart.com/jou…
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Thank you very much! :hug:
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Can't get enough of your Tolkien illustrations ^^
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radicalkiba Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
she is exactly what I picture Melian to look like!
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JabberBabyWocky645 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!
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Paula2099 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart Wonderful!!
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Thank you!^^
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Paula2099 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:o
Wonderful!!
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onegiantdinosaur Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful.
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Umanatar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I love the levity and grace of the forms that you use. It really conveys the other-worldliness of the characters you are illustrating. Particularly this one, Melian, who was divine. Thank you for posting your wonderfully talented works on Deviantart. It is a rare treat to see such talent.
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Fytxrf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
This is just so awesome. It's not even about the painting itself but the spirit you've put into it. Thank you!
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nalabulle Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work. Compostion and colors ! :D
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never seen Melian so beautiful like on your paintings! Oh, how great you managed to capture the light of this Maia. :)
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HazelFibonacci Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Digital Artist
One of my favorite characters. I think you captured her perfectly!
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PrayerWings Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome - just pure Awesome!! :)
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Bo-Po-Mo-Fo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is absolutely stunning. The colors are amazing!! Wonderful, wonderful job.
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ekukanova Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thank you!^^
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MariaB9 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this work has left me speechless, you are totally gifted
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Requiem777 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
amazing :) I wish I could see this in a bigger size.
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IdaLarsenArt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely adore your work :clap:
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gudruna Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
beautiful
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you!
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wonderful work! :)
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:iconekukanova:
ekukanova Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you!:hug:
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are very welcome! :)
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eSophS Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Her face and hair are so beautiful! A very nice depiction! No wonder Thingol fell in love with her. ;)
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ekukanova Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you!))) And now I have in progress encounter of them.;)
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