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Lady Galadriel by shyangell Lady Galadriel by shyangell
My finished version of Lady Galadriel, the White Lady of Lothlórien. Also knwon as Altariel, Nerwen or Alatáriel to those who are tolkien geeks and engoy enormously to submerge ourselves in the occult.

My colouring is pretty simple, should anyone make a better attempt at it, they only have to ask, and they'll have my go-ahead.

Race: Noldorin
Father: Finarfin
Mother: Earwen
Husband: Celeborn
Children: Celebrian, Amroth (in some early versions of the mythos)

Artanis was born in Ancient Tirion, beyind the seas of Middle Earth, youngest child of Prince Finarfin and Ëarwen of Alqualondë, and the youngest grandchild of King Finwë of the Noldor. Both noldorin and sindarin royalty, young Artanis was proud and bold and wanted to see new horizons. When the rebellion against the Valar took place young galadriel followed his uncle Fingolfin across the ice to the freedom promised in Middle Earth and new new kingdoms that would arise. Nonetheless after the tragedy of their journey. Artanis and her brothers swiftly established relations with King Thingol of Doriath, the sindar's sovereign and her mother's kin. She was invited to remain in the forests of Doriath and soon came to love dearly another of Thingol's kinsmen, Celeborn. She married tall fair Celeborn and were blessed with hapiness. Nonetheless doom was close, and Doriath was sacked, and they had to abandon it en route to the mouths of Sirion. Galadriel and Celeborn became during these later days and most of the second age, itinerant sovereigns of various regions. They resided for not a long time at a place: first some time in newfounded Lindon, in Eregion, in Edhellond in Lothlórien... Sea longing affected her strongly, but she postponed her departure time and again. The troubles and avatars of the War of Eregion led her for the first time to Imladris, Elrond Peredhel's refuge with her daughter Celebrían. After King Amroth's death (who may or may not have been her son, depending on the source) they were called to rule over Lothlórien where she stayed, wielding Nenya, one of the three bestowed on her by Celebrimbor, for the remainder of the third age. She sailed West, parting with Celeborn, in the aftermath of the sucess of the Quest of the Ring.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
From the way Tolkien's books describe her, Galadriel was supposed to be the best, most capable and most beautiful woman in all of Middle-Earth. And I don't doubt it.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I know it's an odd thing to say, but for some reason, knowing that she's thousands of years old makes her MORE beautiful to me.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
More like surreal to me. :)
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gudruna Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
amazing
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hello,
I would like to feature your beautiful image on my next blog post on Amazing Stories: [link]
Please let me know if this is not ok with you! :) The blog is scheduled to go online early February - I'll notify you when it is up.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course you can. I am perfectly OK with it!
I'm looking forward to seeing it.
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
My apologies for being slack with notifying you. Your image is now featured here: [link]

Thanks, and keep up the good work!
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shyangell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the heads up.
I found it an interesting article. :)
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooops DA inserts funky stuff in my links! Try this: --[link] - it's the "Images of Galadriel" article
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CDS-03 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love it!
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shyangell Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. It is lovely that people still find old art beautiful.
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CDS-03 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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annewipf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Very beautiful :D
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you muchly! :)
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annewipf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
You're welcome :)
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Aralys Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Esta linda y bien hecha, pero encontre dos detalles, uno es que el color del cabello lo encontre muy fuerte (mi opinion). y lo otro es que el cuello se ve muy grande para el tamaño de la cabeza, en Earwen tambien lo note. puede ser que el sombreado no le de la dimencionalidad necesaria.
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shyangell Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Muy probablemente... :) Pero ya sabes como es el entintado... lo haces y ya esta, no hay marcha atrás.
Reconozco que tengo un problema con los cuellos, suelo pasarme de delgados, y entonces sobre-compenso.
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Aralys Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Odio el entintado, por lo general destruyo todo lo que he hecho.

Yo tengo el problema de ser solo capaz de hacer la mitad de un rostro (cuando son originales mio).
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shyangell Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
La mitad :? AH, vale, te quedan asimétricos. No hagas caso.
puestos a confesiones, los tobillos son mortales.

Lo peorcito siempre es entintar los ojos.
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Aralys Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yo los hago en versiones gigantes xD, para no tener lios con eso, si no parecen extraterrestes con los ojos negros.

Aunque yo encuentro que lo que siempre es dificil de dibujar, son las manos.
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shyangell Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Eso, siempre, pero con suficientes referencias haces (las manos).
Yo los hago todos chiquitos porque sino no me caben en el escaner (para eso todo el dibujo debe caber en un DINA-4) y ya me dirás tu como me lo monto yo. A veces me han acusado de ser un pelín miniaturista.
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Aralys Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, como a mi no me caen en el scanner, les saco foto. Pero eso es porque no pinto digitalmente.

Debes tener muy buen pulso para realizar tantos detalles en version miniatura,e imagino que tu lapiz es delgado.
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shyangell Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Portaminas simepre, grosor pequeño. Lapices poco blandos o el detalle se pierde y se emborrona. Las lineas primero son tan flojas que ni se ven casi luego vas marcando con pies de plomo a medida que ves que ya te va gustando... Y paciencia; y tirar las porquerias que noo valen.
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the delicate lines and the background design. The whole set is wonderful.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you just made my bleak day look brighter :hug:
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
very nice shadowing.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank youuuu! :love:
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silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
you're welcome.
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Lathron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
I like the art noveau-style on this piece, but I honestly can't concider her to be beautiful at her her face. All else is good in her, but face. Why her face is not good? too wide, too asymmetric, huge chin. In a word: too masculine. The hair is lovely. I also think the shot birds are not good for the picture. They could work if you'd illustrate some archer, as Mirkwood's marksmen could "hit the bird's eye in the dark". But even then it would raise some eyebrows.

But even with these two flaws, it's very good picture! Be proud of it!
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whitetree-nimloth Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Yes, I also think her face's a bit strange. But well, Galadriel is a difficult character!
I admire her dress, and the folds in her skirts. That's really hard work.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha! I found it:

Her mother-name was Nerwen 'man-maiden', and she grew to be tall beyond the measure even of the women of the Noldor;… she was accounted beautiful, and her hair was held a marvel unmatched. It was golden like the hair of her father and her foremother Indis, but richer and more radiant, for its gold was touched by some memory of the star- like silver of her mother; and the Eldar said that the light of the Two Trees, Laurelin and Telperion, had been snared in her tresses – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

It says she was acaunted beautiful but her great unparallelled beauty was in the hair (otherwise I have the impression she would have been only pretty).

If you look into the Silmarillion I think Tolkien is more effusive, but this text is written later than the Silmarillion when he had worked on the characters more (the Silmarillion wasn't a completely finished version, you see, when it was first published).

And oh, right, my Galadriel isn't that pretty either but what's a woman to do... sometimes capturing "elven" features is a challenge too big for me.
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Lathron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Wow, lots of arguments! I remember from somewhere, that the height of average elven male was about 190cm (6'4") and it was said about Galadriel that she was as tall as men. Her height is the part that I've understood masculine of her (in addition to her ruling status).

Questions about relation of overall strength and physical features are definately of personal liking. For example when I think of a powerful woman, I instantly think of finnish boxer Eve Wahlström, who is just gorgeous. (picture of her: [link]) I think she is an excellent example of both strongminded and -bodied girl. She isn't massive by any means, but so strong that 90% of men would dirty their pants if forced to face her in the ring. But again, this is what powerful woman brings to MY mind. Streght is attitude.

Try sometime to make someone physically weak/normal to look very powerful because of her/his pose, attitude, eyes, gestures etc. Even someone very nibmle can be a great authority.

Making someone look really elven, is very challenging - especially if one knows Tolkien's definition of elves as well as you clearly do. The radiant, demi-god-like (from human perspective) beauty is very hard, or even impossible to capture.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I completely agree, it's her height that makes her mannish (only appropiate that she married Celeborn, who was reputed to be also very tall :D)... I only meant that the only feature that is ALWAYS described as gorgeous consistently is her hair... and well, I tried and I believe I fared better in that.

The strength/pose issue was a challegne because I was trying to blend the Galadriel theme and character with Art Nouveau (Especially Mucha) and it is a very decadent style were women have always this laid-back attitude, curvaceous and seductive... but they're never very threatening or have much strenght in their moves... I belive it has something to do with the plesasntness the movement was trying to achieve. If you look for many of Alphonse's Muchas pictures you'll understand. (I think) :) Thing is, when I tried different poses, some with more attitude... it didn't look much like Art Nouveau.
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Lathron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Yea! I love Mucha. And I think you have come to the very core of Art Nouveau. What is it all about? It has maybe 0% rudeness, but all the elegance and something like subtle glamour, that I can't quite define. Therefore it is very hard to mix it with "brute force"-style defiance (like Conan the Barbarian as a silly example). I believe the secret to success is in the eyes and "microgestures".

And I think Galadriel's hair in your painting is just lovely. You have done magnificent job on that one.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And then again I think you are right... My problem with the eyes is that in my picture they aren't more than 2 mm wide... when I draw I tend towards micropainting. I know it is a defect but I can't seem to help it and god knows I wouldn't have where I'd put my stuff if I had to buy larger paper... my mother would throw me out.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I'll just smile and shrug about the birds.

About the face... you know when you sketch a face and say 'this isn't right' erase it and try again, and like this, many times until you realise you aren't rally improving it and it just is the same every damn time? And you're making a mess? And then you just give up and say, maybe it was meant to be thus? Then I'll say no more. :(

I think the wide jaw, in my subconsicuous appeared beacuse she's meant to be strong, and she came out looking too weak otherwise. :D
My impression of her being beautiful but a bit masculine isn't unnacounted for, in the Peoples of Middle Earth, the Sibboleth of Feanor it is said her mother-name was Nerwen (which means man-maiden) because she had too strong a body and features (although very pretty anyways)... but what made her a beauty was the hair. And I'm pretty sure I haven't made that up...

Okay I'll stop crowding you with my unwarranted babling. :bye:
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Puddum Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I love the style you used here.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: Oh Thanks! :)
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Mellindor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Why are the birds (are they doves?) shot by arrows? o.O
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Because... well I though the motive fit her, she's like the dove she's light and ethereal... al the readers of LOTR know that and her past is like the arrow because she was one of the Kinslayers, well her brothers were, she was moral support. Thus she's one of the exilees to Middle Earth. Anyways... I might be a bit off.

I quess a thorny whit rose would've been more fitting but it didn't suit the frame as well.

Forgive me if it does not make any sense.
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Curisosia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
I'm sorry, I just stumbled over this and...what.
House Finarfin was not involved in the Kinslaying.
Some versions do have Galadriel there--but then she's fighting in defense of the Teleri.
The Kinslaying was done by the Fëanorians and some of Fingolfin's following (including, possibly, Fingon, depending on the version). House Finarfin was never, however, part of that, except in the general sense of being part of the Flight.
One of the latest versions of the mythos has her actually coming only incidentally under the Ban of the Valar, when she goes off with Celeborn in his ship after the Kinslaying.
(If you want more proof of this, look at Unfinished Tales "Of Galadriel and Celeborn" and at the Silmarillion "Of the Noldor in Belariand" when the rumours of the Kinslaying come to Thingol, in addition to the passage about the Kinslaying in the Silmarillion. I'd give you HoME references, too, but I don't feel like digging through those right now.)
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shyangell Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"House Finarfin was not involved in the Kinslaying." Yes, I know that, I must've been distracted when I wrote this, but I know not how I can edit an entry. I also know everything else you said... to be hones I was just trying to justyfy the damn dove, which is just a fancy of mine.

Now... if I say the dove is just a way to show how much blodshed artanis has had to witness, does it get better.

Truly I know Finarfin's House stood aside, but going by the Silmarillion version, they're not blameless either because they do not prevent it and follow the Fëanorions until the burning of Losgar, and cross anyways to Middle-Earth later out of pride. They should've stayed with Finarfin.
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Curisosia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Oh. Ummm... Sorry. Rereading what I said, I was a bit ranty there.

She has been through a lot, hasn't she? *thoughtful* First the Darkening and Kinslaying and possibly the Ice (depending on the version), then losing almost all of her family (pretty much everyone but those who stayed in Aman) in the war against Morgoth, then the Second and Third Kinslayings (if they didn't go across the Mountains before that--it's not entirely clear), then...
I like the doves. I'm not sure about the arrows. (If they were nightingales, now...)

Actually, they weren't even there until it was over. It was only the 'foremost' of Fingolfin's host (who they were traveling with) that arrived in the middle of it.
"...the vanguard of the Noldor were succoured by Fingon with the foremost of the host of Fingolfin, who coming up found a battle joined and their own kin falling, and rushed in before they knew rightly the cause of the quarrel..."
-JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion, "Of the Flight of the Noldor"

Now, yes, they are certainly responsible for going on afterward. Even Finarfin, who went back later, is responsible for that.
"They should've stayed with Finarfin." Quite possibility. Though--consider for a moment how things would have turned out if they had stayed? (Think how much worse things could have gone without anyone negotiating with Thingol, without Nargothrond--who would have met the Edain when they came over the Mountains, and what would have nthen? Even if that went mostly as it did, the Silmaril likely would never have been recovered, and--I'm going off on a tangent, aren't I? Sorry.)

...relating to your deviation, I otherwise like it. Her face is a tad odd, but I can see what you mean about Galadriel being hard to--draw isn't quite the right word. Eh.
Are those trees behind her? And what is the pattern sweeping out from behind her?
For some reason, having her barefoot seems 'right'. (As well as reminding me of Idril)
Her hair is well done--having the silver as the highlights is brilliant. (pun not intended)
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shyangell Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I may have been a bit nasty too.

I am particularly disinclined to "what if's", but that said. things are as they are, but if they weren't, it doesn't mean things that happen one way wouldn't find another way for them to happen... after all if they hadn't met men, someone else would have... maybe the sindar. Maybe someone else who passed unnotice would have stood forth, would have sourprised us... but that is not what Tolkien intended, and is not "how things happened".

Thanks for the compliments on the art.

(I don't know how to draw nightingales). :)
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Mellindor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I can't agree that a killed dove suits Galadriel's story :(

But, well, it's your picture (and, by the way, it IS beautiful) :)
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I told you I couldn't fit anythin else there - and simply a dove was lame- and I was dying to use the motif... it's a sucker excuse I know. :shrug:
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Mellindor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :)
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mchsflutegirl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
this is really pretty! I really like you style especially the bg.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It was inspired in antoehr fellow artist's work... :iconilxwing:'s LOTR pics are fantastic an I love the soft light backgrounds the pics have. :D
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