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Lúthien Tinuviel
Jessica Truscott, Valentine challenge
Graphite,15x21"
5 May 2013

Jessica over at `faestock puts out a new challenge piece every fortnight; the pose, the dress, the fabrics, the beauty, I couldn't resist. As you may or may not know, I think she's pretty much the most beautiful girl I've ever heard of, and when I started this, I was right around the Beren and Luthien portion of the Tolkien Professor's Silmarillion seminar. As she's the most beautiful of all the Children of Iluvatar, I've been wanting to do something with Jess as Luthien =)

Now as has been told the power of Elwë and Melian increased in Middle-Earth, and all the Elves of Beleriand, from the mariners of Cirdan to the wandering hunters of the Blue Mountains beyond the River Gelion, owned Elwë as their lord; Elu Thingol he was called, King Greymantle, in the tongue of his people. They are called the Sindar, the Grey-elves of starlit Beleriand; and although they were Moriquendi, under the lordship of Thingol and the teaching of Melian they became the fairest and the most wise and skilful of all Elves of Middle-earth. And at the end of the first age of the Chaining of Melkor, when all the Earth had peace and the glory of Valinor was at its noon, there came into the world Lúthien, the only child of Thingol and Melian. Though Middle-earth lay for the most part in the sleep of Yavanna, in Beleriand under the power of Melian there was life and joy, and the bright stars shone as silver fires; and there in the forest of Neldoreth Lúthien was born, and the white flowers of niphredil came forth to greet her as starsrom the earth.

...But wandering in the summer in the woods of Neldoreth he [Beren one-hand] came upon Lúthien, daughter of Thingol and Melian, at a time of evening under moonrise, as she danced upon the unfading grass in the glades beside Esgalduin. Then all memory of his pain departed from him, and he fell into an enchantment; for Lúthien was the most beautiful of all the Children of Ilúvatar. Blue was her raiment as the unclouded heaven, but her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight. As the light upon the leaves of trees, as the voice of clear waters, as the stars above the mists of the world, such was her glory and her loveliness; and in her face was a shining light.

[Chapter 10, Of the Sindar, pg91]
[Chapter 19, Of Beren and Lúthien, pg165]

For those of you wondering, this comes from Tolkein's "Silmarillion", the tales of the Ilúvatar, the One, and the Ainur (powers); the awakening of the Elves and the First Age of Middle-Earth. Elwë, also known as Elu Thingol, was one of the first elves to awaken next to the shores of Cuiviénen [link] and was summoned as one of three ambassadors into the west to Valinor by Oromë the Hunter. He later became enchanted by Melian the Maia, who was, ere the Music, and the making of the world, and who wandered long in the gardens of Lórien in Valinor before coming to Middle-earth.

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Hanasian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Nice depiction of Luthien!
This was posted on Lord of the Rings Plaza supposedly by you. I google searched the image and found your deviantart page.
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elvingirl234 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
its so beautiful. looks like you worked really hard. I LOVE it.:happybounce: 
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks =) I'm really pleased with the way this turned out! I've got it sitting in my living room now--sometimes I get distracted and just sorta stare lol
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elvingirl234 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
yeah happens to me a lot too!
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Luca-M Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.... so stunning!! :) 
I couln't stop staring at it! :) 
I'm such a huge LOTR fan and I think your work is absolutely perfect!!
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
=) Thank you; it's hard to capture on a camera, but there are some little reflective metallic bits throughout the corset and dress, too :D
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Luca-M Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes it evenmore wonderful!! :) :D
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :heart:
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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Eliz-baxter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
wow!
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, dear!  =)
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Katerina-Art Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful !
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
=)
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01vultur01 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very nice feel to it....Congrats
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pffft26 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
this is beyond amazing.
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AyunCelebelen Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
beauty!
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yanpan Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
masterpiece O_O
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czarek986 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
One of the most beautiful drawing I've ever senn, and the best drawing of Luthin. This is incedible what you can do with pencil. The way oyu draw backgorund in stunning, there are no unecessary details, just enought to make it look ralistic, but also magical. I really admire your talent.
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LadyAnnatar Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
ah, Luthien :love:
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work! :clap:
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ninquetari Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
WOW. I agree she is a wonderful Luthien.
The drawing is marvelous! The amount of details is stunning, and the shading is great.
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wish you luck in the voting poll, fantastic shading, form and details!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work
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DigitalDreams-Art Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow!Great!
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devilbloody Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING :) CONGRATS :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic drawing!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Alex, I stumbled upon this when I was looking at what other people had submitted for faestock's latest contest. I thought to myself "this is absolutely gorgeous pencil work" and "there goes my chance at winning" and then "whoa this guy's from Colorado" (I live in Evergreen). I just discovered Jessica's gallery and feel like I could spend the rest of my life drawing her :).

Anyway, just wanted to say "hi"...your gallery is amazing.
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know how you feel! Sometimes I feel like half of my gallery is drawings of her; I once did a project where one of my guiding principles was "I want to do X, but I want to use somebody OTHER than Jessica" lol
Evergreen, thats down SW-ish of Denver? Good luck in the contest!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Evergreen is pretty much directly west of Denver...just go out 70 for about 25 miles.

BTW, I just happened to see that Jessica announced the winners...we both made the top 10! Congratulations...
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SuleymanBulutistatis Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Beautiful...
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