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Arwen Undomiel by Alice-chan Arwen Undomiel by Alice-chan
"The braids of her dark hair were touched by no frost; her white arms and clear face were flawless and smooth, and the light of the stars was in her bright eyes, grey as a cloudless night; yet queenly she looked, and thought and knowledge were in her glance, as of one who has known many things that the years bring. Above her brow her head was covered with a cap of silver lace netted with small gems, glittering white; but her soft grey ramient had no ornament save a girdle of leaves wrought in silver.
So it was that Frodo saw her whom few mortals had yet seen; Arwen, daughter of Elrond..."
~Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


I hate submitting this into fanart, but so it must be.
I'm bored with the pose. I apologize. I must start making these more interesting.
Gandalf is next!! Let's hope I can do him justice...
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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's beautiful! I also really like the chair, the background and the whole picture in general.
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noleme Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Don't apologize - it's a gorgeous Arwen. And thank you so much for capturing the book description, lace-cap, braids and all. :salute:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really lovely and nice to see a book-version Arwen (even if I love the movie version too), and I like the old-fashioned look :)
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Islander-60 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the art-nouveau style, it suits the subject very well!
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Alice-chan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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Islander-60 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is simply beautiful.Her hair jewelry and dress are so delicate and elegant and her pose doesn't seem boring to me,i looks graceful.The combination of colours and the leafy frame are quite charming too.
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Alice-chan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :]
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Lovely pic of Arwen, and loooovely Mackintosh style :D
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FaelivrinStarblossom Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
I love it! :) Your style is very unique, so simple and beautiful. :)
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Afalstein Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
I like this one. It's simplicity and coloration look kinda like Tolkien's art, and it has a beautifully quiet feel to it. The flower tracery behind her is done well too.
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FedhaNyuni Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a gorgeous illustration! It's so classic and portrays Arwen so well. This belongs in an edition of Lord of the Rings.
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Alice-chan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, i'm flattered! thanks!
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FedhaNyuni Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
you are most welcome :aww:
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Khylov Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Very interesting. Your work here reminds me a little bit of Mucha, a Czech painter/illustrator who worked during/around the turn of the century. He tended to use a series of patterns that interlaced with the subject, almost always a female. There would be this elegance that went along with it, the flowing of the dress and the way the linework in the bg would compliment it. As well, he tended to use thicker lines to outline the form, while having thinner lines within.

It's interesting, because you have many of those same elements here, mixed in with the storybook style of illustration that characterizes the chapter thumbnails in CS Lewis' books. I like the gradient you have on the dress; very subtle but enough to offset it from the rest of the bg. The slight texturing on the bg itself is a nice touch. The thorn motif around the outside of the bg border is good as well; it took me a second to connect it with the rose motif (nice subtleties there). The folds on the dress are minimal, and work very well. That is something that is hard to accomplish: Minimal usage of lines (and of varrying thickness) to denote folds and whatnot; you have it here in a nice balanced manner. And the usage of red within the skintone is, again, another good use of subtle variation (this time with color) to break up the solid areas. Nice subtleties all around. And good subject to choose. :]
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Alice-chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! It's rare to get such eloquent feedback. I'll have to look up Mucha.
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