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The Silmarillion by EuchridEucrow The Silmarillion by EuchridEucrow
Here's a book cover I had to do for my class. I chose The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. The scene depicted on the cover is the battle between The Balrog and Glorfindel.

This assignment easily qualifies as the hardest one I have ever done. I had to deal with Balrog anatomy, fire everywhere, snow, snow that reflects fire etc. And on top of that I struggled to find a design I liked.

Edit: Repainted Glorfindel. He was way off from my drawing. I don't know what happened. Oh, wait, I do. Sleep deprivation.
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Frxdo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
this is magnificent!!
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Awesome
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:iconeuchrideucrow:
EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
No problem
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really wonderful work!
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:iconeuchrideucrow:
EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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starrskreem24 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
freaking epic work here!!!!! :D
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:iconeuchrideucrow:
EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SpencerBingham Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I gotta reread the bits about Gondolin sometime.

Nice work!
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:iconeuchrideucrow:
EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I haven't read the book in a long time.
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solomon-russell Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice lighting ^___^
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:iconeuchrideucrow:
EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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KingOfExplodia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glorious! Glorfindel is such a badass.

Only thing I'd change is the whip handle; it looks like the balrog has a giant lightsaber!
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
True, but I didn't know how to not make it look like that and time was running out. Maybe I'll change it later. Thanks, though.
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Vermouth1991 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Perhaps the handle can be drawn as fire as well instead of sth relatively solid? I'm just referring to the FotR movie, though.
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not a bad idea, but I don't think I want to do anything more to this, though.
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ivoignob Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Apart from all your struggles I have to say, you you managed extremely well! The composition is awesome. You solved the problem by putting Balrog on lower ground, thus you didn't need to put him farer away and we still can see his torso from near. Gratulations!
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I really wanted to be up close and personal with the Balrog and still have Glorfindel in it. This was the best way I could manage.
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colgatetotal97 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is an epic cover!
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:iconeuchrideucrow:
EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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LimstellaLebrun Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
couldn't agree more with FlyingCarpets n.n but if I had one with your cover, it'd be my first copy in english :3 now I won't want another cover for this book if I decide to buy it.
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks! I still to have to get it in english, as well.
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LimstellaLebrun Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol yeah, anyone who enjoyed it in their own language should get it on Tolkien's language XD
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's better in english for sure.
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LimstellaLebrun Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
definitely XD I've read excerpts and yes, it is a beautiful, awesome thing.
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't read any of it in english, but I have for Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and those were indeed better.
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LimstellaLebrun Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol awz- I have nothing related to the Middle-Earth in english- but I just asked a friend to buy me the Unfinished Tales now that he's on the us XD whatever I read I've read online-
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You could always order from amazon.co.uk or thebookdepository.co.uk. Provided you're in Europe. Otherwise just amazon.com should suffice.
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FlyingCarpets Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Wow. I would buy a second copy of Silmarillion just to have it with your cover <3 Epic work!
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, that's very kind of you! Thanks!
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WanderingArcher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
You may have struggled, but this is spectacular. Just... wow. It's gorgeous. Even if I hadn't heard of the Silmarillion before (terrible thought, I know), I might buy this just for the cover art. I've done that only a few times before. =)
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am honoured that you enjoy it. Thanks!
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truly impressive depiction! I love the intensity of it:)
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I tried to get the feeling of heat across.
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IthilFaer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing...
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:iconeuchrideucrow:
EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done!
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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flameace6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
So this is your own original design? Not copied?
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I of course looked at other interpretations of Balrogs as well as other horrible creatures, but it is my design and not a specific pre-existing one, yes. Here's my blog where I have posted the progress of this picture (It does not, however, include the refence photos I shot for this as I have not asked for permission of the models): [link]
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flameace6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Well then may i ask if i could use the picture for a t-shirt design for my friend's band ?
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It does still involve characters and a franchise that does not belong to me and because of that I can't let you use it. Sorry.
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flameace6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
What if i wereto use the same like figures but change the intial color and alter some feature of the human and monster ?
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't want altered versions of my work that I don't have control over, not to mention you would have to repaint it and remove the borders and such. And still, the work would still be related to this. Sorry, but my answer is still no.
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flameace6 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I understand thank you anyways
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EuchridEucrow Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. Thanks for asking.
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