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The Temple of Melkor by EKukanova The Temple of Melkor by EKukanova
Numenor,  Sauron in the Temple of Melkor
Illustration for the Silmarillion by Tolkien
mixed media, 44x31 cm

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:iconkhrestos:
Khrestos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous!
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Dagoelius Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would love to see this with a gold-leaf overlay.
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the way your image works here, glittering in all the opulence of gold and gems, bright in their splendor and reflected light... but all shot through with darkness, evil and death.

Interesting reminder that Sauron was once flesh and blood, since in the LotR, you always think of him as this terrible and dark force.  But even here, without his true eyes showing, you can see the transformation which he has chosen.

It's interesting how the mask has the empty eyes, but the gem stones which ring the face almost look like reptile or dragon eyes, searching with their angry intent.

Beautifully done, Elena, as always!
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MagnusKervalen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Как же я люблю вашего Саурона! А еще я люблю Саурона в Нуменоре, так что эта работа для меня - комбо.
Полуулыбка восхитительна, вспомнились жутковатые архаические улыбки.
А маска! Просто нет слов. Вы великолепны.
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017
Мне всегда нравились архаические коры и куросы, очень загадочно улыбаются) 
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Samy-Consu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
woow the mask is very amazing
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:iconencando:
encando Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017   General Artist
I love the subtle yet intense emotion in his mouth and the position of his hands 
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:iconkrukof2:
krukof2 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Professional
Great artwork :#1:
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017
Thank you very much, dear friend! :sun:
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:iconromenriel:
romenriel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
I love the shading of his jewelry!
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:iconartigas:
Artigas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
Bravo! Krasivaya!
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:iconatlantis0815:
Atlantis0815 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
Impressive work. Very well done.:) (Smile)  
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Magnificent.  :)

Now I've got to read the Silmarillion so I know what's happening.  ;p
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:iconmenkhar:
Menkhar Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! You are so amazing artist!
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:iconwhocares20:
Whocares20 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
it is amazing :O!!! 
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:iconerlhor:
erlhor Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
Прекрасная работа!
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:icondead01:
dead01 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING!
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annamare Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So stunningly beautiful... the details on the mask, the jewellery... it is amazing! I'm mesmerized by the snake on his wrist.
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:iconndrn:
NdrN Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
Great!
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:iconkanago:
KanaGo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Потрясающе!
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:iconfilat:
Filat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Все не могу выбрать, какая из работ мне больше нравится. Пробирают обе до дрожи.
Отдельно, конечно, я в восторге от того, как это сделано - сижу и залипаю на штрихи, переходы цвета и золотые эти цепочки, кольца, маску...ну фантастика же, Лена.
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Маша, спасибо!  Работа над тёмными стала для меня хорошим таким пинком испробовать новые техники, теперь я знаю как буду делать того самого Турина, с которого вообще началась работа над Толкиеном, пришлось ему конечно подождать, но думаю не зря)
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Filat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Оооо! Ну тогда я замерла в ожидании, потому что Турина люблю больше всех из людей)
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sgtbuckwheat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017
The mask is otherworldy. Nice work.
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Thank you!
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wolverene1970 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017
Интересно, это до или после? Снимает он маску или надевает? Полуулыбка кажется мне сытой, но, может, это предвкушение жертвоприношения?

Рисунок, прекрасный своей недоговоренностью )
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
До,  руки чистые ещё, а улыбка -в предвкушении)   Спасибо!
Зависло у меня некоторое количество замыслов, из за того чтотехника в которой раньше работала  как-то не подходила, но теперь то доберусь)
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starlady21 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017
This is breathtakingly beautiful...absolutely memerising - Congratulations!
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:iconekukanova:
EKukanova Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Thank you!
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juanramram Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017
Incredible :O
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NothingSoul Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
This and your other piece from 'The Downfall of Numenor' are just fantastic; there's endless room for imaginative scope with these scenes, and you certainly do this more than justice! It is very fitting, and sits well with my imagination of this dark moment in the history of the Second-born.

Actually, I was about to embark on a series from that point in the Legendarium a few years ago, but it never took off for whatever reason. But I did toy with the idea, in particular, of basing the following quote -- 'Yet they achieved only the art of preserving incorrupt the dead flesh of Men, and they filled all the land with silent tombs in which the thought of death was enshrined in the darkness' -- on the heavily bejewelled Roman Catholic catacomb saints littered throughout Europe. Your works have heavily inspired me to return to the concept, but alas! I have no time at the moment.

In any event, I am as ever truly mesmerised.

 

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robi83 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A great  work compliments :)
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AngelinaRodrigues Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful, great job !
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:iconlelyawen:
Lelyawen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are an amazing artist anyways, but this is outstanding even in your work. The gold! And the design! And the concept of the whole picture! I can't stop looking.
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JelenaEllethil Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't stop looking at his mask. It's gorgeous! :love:
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heavenly777protector Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
REMINDS ME OF THE GOLD SORCERER FROM WARHAMMER FANTASY!
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful work!
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:iconblackby:
BlackBy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017   Digital Artist
I am speechless, this is incredible! The work on the golden mask and bracelet!
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
very good
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Gold to mock the iron crown.
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:iconaegeri:
aegeri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect! I love it!! Clap 
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:iconuntangomas:
untangomas Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! <3
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:iconthequeensthrall:
thequeensthrall Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
More paintings of Numenor, please! :-)
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ThaliaTook Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I like how the jewels on the mask look like (spiders') eyes; very appropriate for Sauron.

This is fantastic.
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:iconsirielle:
Sirielle Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017   Digital Artist
Both takes are amazing! Fantastic details :love:
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yanadhyana Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
Хочется плакать, настолько это красиво и мрачно и нуминозно, душа трепещет
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NicholasExxonite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really well done! Gorgeous
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NicholasExxonite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah my app bugged ou and posted 3 comments, sorry
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:iconnicholasexxonite:
NicholasExxonite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just gorgeous!
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