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Dark Vala and his Dragon by Brunild Dark Vala and his Dragon by Brunild
This painting is inspired to the Black Silmarillion -This is Melkor with Ancalagon The Black ( Ḷmion in the BBoA).
This picture does not illustrate a particular scene from the book, but it is my personal interpretation of the character :)

(Oil on canvas)
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SkekKel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This painting is something I  always was looking for about Tolkien drawing. It's so beautiful!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
This painting was born from the desire to create something totally different from what you usually see about Melkor,  and I am glad that is appreciate!  :hug:
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you depicted Melkor as an awesome angel like face.but as a Valar he might really look like an angel despite the monster within.:clap:good job
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Brunild Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! ! I am glad you like it ;) and thanks for the fav also :)
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Shey49 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EPICn and so sexy!Soooo Cute..Onion 
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
When I drew this I had not thought about =P (Razz)

Thanks!!
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Shey49 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
What's the Black Silmarillion?
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Brunild Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
I apologize for not having added a caption under the pic.
The Black Silmarillion is know in English as The Black Book of Arda that is a novel, published in Russia around 1992, by Vasylieva N. and Nekrasova N.
This book ritell the Tolkien's Silmarillion by Melkor's perspective: Eru and the Valar are mercyless tyrant.
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How could I not have this in my favorites? Yahoo Bang Head Emoticon Because it is an absolutely stunning painting and everybody knows it! 112 people appreciated it and 23 people love it so much they downloaded it. :heart: And I too love it very much! That face-that's God! The hair so celestial and his hands and long fingers-you're always doing magic with your brushes and colours! :)
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Brunild Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
I wonder why no one notice the dragon :D !!

Thanks my dear for your kind words, I am really happy that you like my own (alternative) version, I admit, of this characher ;) !! And thanks for all, you're amazing :heart:
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dragon is of course wonderful and incredible as well and the eye and everything...! :worship: :love:
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Brunild Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Ah ah ah, but I was joking ;) :)!!
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, but not me :giggle: what to say: dragon is grat, but the Vala "overshines" him :)
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Brunild Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
:giggle: ;)
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Hairasha Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your painting very very much! Those hands, and the dragon, and all the detalization, and you even didn't forget about the scars on Melkor's face! Not to mention I am surprised that there are people outside Russia who know about "The black book of Arda".
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind comment! I'm glad you like it and it is always a pleasure to find people who know the Black  Book. Yes, in my country someone knows it and has decided to translate it.

I decided to draw the dragon next to Melkor as in the story of Nien, dragons are positive creatures ;)
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Zeift Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great :) I love your interpretation of Melkor, I've not seen him look so 'fair' before I suppose.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for appreciating my interpretation of Melkor :heart: ! In fact, in this book he is described with a pleasant look and I imagined it looks like this.
However I see that in recent times the trends have changed, if it was almost impossible to find images in which he came portrayed in a beautiful shape, today there are many more to luck ;)
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Ooo, nice!

(But why would Eru have given them navels?) ;)

--Nonie
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)

(Who knows why :XD: )
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MariaB9 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Digital Artist
I love it :love: The fairest and most dangerous among the Valar. I need to read that book one day, there are some translations on the web. Pity I can't read it in original.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for having appreciated!

In truth, even if it may seem strange, I always imagined that he was beautiful, even in the writings of Tolkien ;)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   Digital Artist
He was, until he met Ungoliant, then he staid in an evil form. He could still have beautiful face, though. Hard to paint, but it could be beauty with so much hatred inside that it felt evil.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
It is true, I agree. If I remember correctly Tolkien uses adjectives like dark, majestic, tall, terrible, and these adjectives may be subject to personal interpretation.
But I do not remember reading descriptions such as "ugly", "hideous" :)
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hadn't seen these new pictures. This is gorgeous! How could your professor say that you're not a good artist?
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Brunild Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) !!

It is because I was always painting reproductions, without developing my own style.
Now I'm trying to do something of mine ;)
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you've achieved already great technical skill. Your pictures look quite professional. I wouldn't be surprised of seeing them as illustrations of actual Tolkien books. I'd like to see them in them, in fact. :D
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Brunild Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, your words are really kind and beautiful, an incentive to improve! Eh eh I do not think you'll ever see these things alongside the official Tolkien's drawings! They are too out canon! I am a bit' heretical XD :D
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, a lot of the "official" Tolkien drawings are quite out of canon. For example, when they draw Melkor with the black armor ALL THE TIME. I mean, he put that just to battle Fingolfin; I don't think he wore it the whole day, that would be so uncomfortable! XD
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Brunild Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes, it's true. In fact, in the Silmarillion Tolkien wrote that he wielded weapons once in a lifetime. Maybe it's a stereotype rooted in the imagination of fans, portraying Morgoth always with the black armor.
I always think of the painting by famous artist, Ted N. (I do not remember how to spell it), and to his note illustration of Melkor and Fingolfin, where the face of Melkor it seems quite unlikely
( for me). Yes, he is bad but it's still an Ainu and I think his appearance is more noble, after all.
Tall and terrible does not necessarily mean ugly. :)
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You must mean this image: [link]
XDDDDDDDDDDDD God, that's hilariously UGLY! I wonder how on Earth did he manage to seduce so many Maiar with that face. He's better here, however: [link]
Also, I don't know what makes people think that he was a giant. If he was that big, I doubt Fingolfin would have been able to injure him so bad, or that he could have stepped on Fingolfin's neck. He would have stepped on all of him!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yesss!!!XD It 'just the image that I mentioned, the second one is better! Could hardly seduce someone with that face :giggle:! And Beren how could he have the courage to pull off a Silmaril from the crown!? Many artists portray Morgoth as a giant, but if he were really so great, he would immediately crushed Fingolfin; without a fight.
I, however, believe that Melkor had charm in a dark way(a bit 'as Galadriel when, in the film, is seduced from the ring) ;)
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Aquemenes1983 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!! The eye of the dragon and the scales are simply amazing. But Melkor is even better. Majestic and powerful.

If you want an advice I would had lighten a bit more his upper hand.

Great job!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :tighthug: !! You are really nice and your suggestions are precious for me :heart:! It 's true at that point I should have used more light, but then I thought that his hands were burned, and so I left. Although, in fact it would be better to lighten ;)
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Aquemenes1983 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. I'm always glad to lend a hand. I didn't know his hands were burned. I supose I will have to read the Black Book of Arda someday :)

By the way: you improved a lot. The proportions of his face remind are nearly perfect (at least for me) and thus you transmit the sensation of some divinity inside him. Also the way you cast the shadows of his face and hair, gives the picture a lot of deep. It's like you shape it in clay. Good work!!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :blowkiss: !!
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Anneliesse666 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I see your improvement :D Keep going! :D
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'll try to do my best ;)!! Thank you for the fav :heart:
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Anneliesse666 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Melkor is already splendid, but I'm just curious of your future works ;>
Can I date him? >3
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart: ! I am a bit 'unpredictable and ever I plan things. I usually paint when I have the inspiration; but I'd still portray Melkor, Sauron and dragons ;)
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pose and composition feels very different, and I like the difference between light and dark :)
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am very glad you like it :)!!
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Stunning work!! :love:
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
I am really happy you like it :heart: !!
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Sure!!:iconlovesqueeplz:
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Celerana-chan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Darkness in the backgrount makes Melkol really come forth :heart:
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you, and thanks for the fav also :)! I like to paint on dark surfaces ;)
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