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LOTR - The journey begins by akaLilith LOTR - The journey begins by akaLilith
EDIT: Fixed up the shading in a few areas to make the drawing looked neater. Now I think I'm done.. , and very happy with it indeed.. I haven't worked with composition since UNMASKED and almost forgot how hard it was just to make each part of the drawing flow together.

I want to dedicate this drawing to my good friend and great artist =DavidDeb who gave me a link with TONS of LOTR screen shots to choose from.

It took me a long time to decide what to do with all of the potential references I had. There're too many things that I could do.. Draw portraits of each character individually? Put all of them in one paper? Draw main characters in a movie poster-style? Too many possibilities.. In the end I just made it simple and started from the beginning.

It's very likely that I'd draw a few LOTR fanarts but I decided to start my first piece with the innocence and cluelessness of Frodo and Sam and with the eagerness and uncertainty of Gandalf.

I don't know what my next drawing are going to be but here I started, where the first three of the fellowship started their journey to save the world.

I chose the references that reflected their personality. Some people asked why Frodo looked so scared, umm...that expression's pretty much his treadmark, isn't it?

I decided to make the shading on Frodo darker and more defined than Sam and Gandalf because I wanted the picture to tell the story how he's the center of this journey.

Background picture;[link]

I hope I did the movie justice... Honestly I can't wait to draw Aragorn and Legolas..

Pencils on A4 Canson drawing paper

A lot of hours.. Sorry I really have no idea how long it took.

**Full view appreciated!**

***All constructive criticism are always welcome and appreciated BUT hateful comments won't be tolerated***
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LauraTheStrange97 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Very well done, this is awesome!
TryingMy-Best Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
GANDAAAAAAAAAAAALFFFF!!!! I have a 3D bookmark of him o3o me luv him so uch... <3333333333333
agnes21 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible drawing! :) (Smile) 
stem75 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Absolutely stunning drawing!!!

I'm not even close to your stage!

ItsJustMeBro0 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing composition ! Just perfect :D And makes a huuuuuuge impression, CONGRTS!
Sci-FiFanstasy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
You are tooo good at your Drawings!!!! :) :)
CQuiggles96 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So so so beautiful!!! I cried when I saw this, this is so amazing
Nefretethis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You have made ​​a very big impression on me - as always, you are so gifted! I can't belive that such talented persons as you exist... Great job! I just love your drawings! They look so realistic... I can almost feel their emotions! Incredible photographic realism, brilliantly shaded! And the detail is so stunning. You drew them just amazing... Absolutely brilliant! I can only say: beutiful work as always :)
GhostWolfHybrid Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this, this is 100% amazing. you rule.
miamary123456 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Amazing work! Simply fantastic!!! :iconluvluvplz: How old are you? :love: :painter: :pencil: :heart:
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