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Ecthelion and Gothmog by Cloister Ecthelion and Gothmog by Cloister
Commission ordered by private person.

The scene portrayes the elf Ecthelion as he meets the Lord of Balrogs, Gothmog, in city of Gondolin... which is under attack by the dark forces of Morgoth, and about to fall.
Ecthelion is wounded and his shield arm hangs limb at side as he stands to face the Balrog.

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:iconladyofazzaroth:
LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :hug:
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:iconthearbl:
TheARBL Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
This is fantastic!
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:iconpoover:
POOVER Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Hi!

I found this beautiful work on Lotr Wikia, so I added links to here. lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Gothmog#Ga…  lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Ecthelion_…
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:iconlordmort:
LordMort Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
It's wonderful that there are artists who remember that the Balrogs were always describes as "shapes of shadow and fire" rather than biblical demons.
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:iconlskyrocker:
lskyrocker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I just can't envision how anyone could destroy a balrog, other than gandalf haha
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:iconjfmam:
Jfmam Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This is really nice!
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:iconlaharl234:
Laharl234 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Didn't Gothmog use a mace?
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not according to the expert who commissioned me to do this... some years ago.
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:iconlaharl234:
Laharl234 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yup I was wrong, my bad.
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:iconstorytellertobe:
Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Fantastic picture, it really captures the scene with the battle for the city going on around. Excellent work, very well done!
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:iconexabrupto:
ExAbrupto Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009   Photographer
Gothmog: " Fear, fool, for I will now murder you. "

Echtelion: " Yeah yeah just let me get a drink right over there and I'll be back to you in a minute. "

Gothmog: " ...What? "
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is completely amazing. Ecthelion's always been one of my favourites, thank you for such a beautiful rendering.
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:iconkallingbron:
Kallingbron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
:O Oh my gosh. You're brilliant. A pic I've always wanted to see though is a balrog vs. Ent.
(Lol he'd be on fire :P)
But awesome pic though. :)
v<*_*>v
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:iconconnor179bc:
connor179bc Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
awsome but seems like a rip off of lord of the rings still kool man
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! A guy commissioned me to do this Silmarillion scene. It is surely painted to illustrated the work of Tolkien. But it is not an official LOTR-product.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008   Digital Artist
Interesting vision of balrog and beautiful city and mountains in the back. I agree with previous commenter that fighters on the left would need some more defined background, shadows unless they all blended more into background if the scene is not meant to be realistic. Regarding Ecthelion his chain mail is much sharper than the rest of the image. But nitpicking aside - well done :thumbsup: I wish I could see the city before Gothmog came :love:
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great feedback. Thanks for the time and your words!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely like how you kept a more original look to the balrog rather than using inspiration from the movie. The only thing I would really love to see more of is the elfs face. He feels distant to me just due to the inability to read his face, and you could definitely show more of a sadness / loss / weakness in that moment of the battle. Rendering is wonderful though!
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbadonel:
Badonel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
nice work, i made this fight too, cam to see it to my place,

C-ya
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen yours before. Great action there! Huge balrog!
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:iconbadonel:
Badonel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
that´s great, thanks for the watch!
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:iconlomehir:
lomehir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Your Balrog is the most original I've seen...
most people just follow the ilustration of john howe's idea of a balrog(I did it)...
..nice work
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The client was a real Tolkien-fan, and wanted an interpretation that stayed closer to the book-balrogs. (which meant less demonic features, like horns, fangs, hooves etc)
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darkNarel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
This is such a beautiful piece, with amazing detail, please keep up the great work! :)
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, darkNarel!
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:icongotenkun:
gotenkun Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
thats breathtaking! WOW I love how that sword shines!!! wonderful monster too!!! makes me feel almost frightened! WOW wonderful shadings!
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! Thanks!
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice :)
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:iconreink:
Reink Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007   Interface Designer
awesome, love the detail and that shadow demon
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconreink:
Reink Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007   Interface Designer
your welcome
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:iconcentauran:
Centauran Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
From the look of this, I'd say the elf is history. I have to say I'm a little worried about the group to the left - to my eyes, they do look a bit like they're floating in mid-air.
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you know...elves are lightfooted... ;)
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:iconcentauran:
Centauran Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ... yes ... that explains it ... probably ...
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TindersFluke Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007   Photographer
augh. Why does the bad guys always have advantages over the good guys?
And yet, the good always wins.
;D

This is really cool. I love how you create the hazy dark- foggy look on him.
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
They don't win this, I fear... some manage to sneak out the back-door. But otherwise it is a total loss.
Thanks!
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:iconvalerhon:
Valerhon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
Marvelous - a scene from the Silmarillion - you go!
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:iconqueeniebr:
queeniebr Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Wow :wow:
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcorrdawg:
corrdawg Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
ulo coolo!
first commentttttt
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
The first comment is always nice! Thanks!
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:iconcorrdawg:
corrdawg Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Makes me feel speshul!

I love the water, it looks so radiant *o*

Were you using some textured brushes? Did you use a tablet at all??
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
For the water and the wings I used a pair of dry scattering media-like, uneven brushes, but no textured ones. There is a very transparant stone-texture covering most of the image, and a noise-generated color-layer above it all. Most of it was painted with a single hard edged brush: opacity 100%, flow 15-25% with opacity, size (50-100%), and flow set to ';pressure'. Yes, I use a Wacom Intuous 3.
Thanks!
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