That other picture I had lying is taking shape: The final moment of Maedhros.
First, as this seems to have become the thing to do, I’ll share the 1995 version. Yes, I was prolific in 1995.
Note Maedhros’ clothes. I can only surmise that this is what I understood by “they disguised themselves” – he took off his mint-green tights!
So, the 2012 version was to become… slightly more dramatic.
I started with a digital scribble (and another self-photoshoot which I won’t share this time because *I* was wearing rather unflattering tights – not mint green, but still):
Initially, I had it vertical, but was quickly convinced that horizontal showed all the scope of tragedy. I also decided I didn’t want to show his face but convey all the impact by the fiery surroundings and his pose.
I then hunted for inspiration for the linework, and found it in the works of Arthur Rackham.
I’m going to attempt a rather light colouring for this one – possibly with coffee. I saw that used today again in katarina-san‘s gallery and the way it stains looks so incredibly cool. (If you don’t know her stuff, you absolutely have to go see it!)
Painting with coffee was a BLAST. It shouldn’t be allowed to have so much fun with such a terrible scene. I didn’t manage to document all stages for this one – too busy experimenting and tweaking. But I’ve got more up – a full coffee tutorial over the next few days. ^^
The finished image. Click to enlarge!