Wielded Twice by aprillee

Wielded Twice

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Added: Dec 19, 2002
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Legolas at Helm's Deep. This artwork was commissioned as part of MIDDLE-EARTH: The Dragons, a collectible card game set produced by Iron Crown Enterprises, in 1997--well before the films were made. I just saw "LotR: The Two Towers" and wish to offer this little painting in tribute to that great effort in bringing Tolkien's work to the screen!

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Guest's picture

He's soooo much hotter that Orlando Bloom!

On a more serious note, I think this is an incredible picture. The fact that you have given even objects not directly in the foreground detail really makes this a work of art. Pun intended. Smile

~Rehanni

Guest's picture

Beautiful! Well done. You can feel the intensity of the battle. The only thing I would suggest: his posture is so awkward. His legs and hips almost seem disconnected from his shoulder and head...

Guest's picture

Yeah baby!! This picture is hot!! We do need more of these!! Nice work!!

aprillee's picture

Legolas is in the act of drawing his bow (I've done some archery, which helps). But really--it's my fault for not making the pose read better. Art needs to speak for itself, after all. Thanks for your comments! Smile

Guest's picture

This is amazing! I love the colouring, and this is a lot like how I imagined Legolas. The only thing I can comment on is that I don't think he is pulling the bow back far enough, it's supposed to be pulled to the jaw, unless he is in the process of doing this. Anyways absolutely fantastic picture, beautiful!

aprillee's picture

You all just make me blush! (and make me sound Southern, which I'm not). Gosh!

Guest's picture

I am all for hot! We need hot men in fantasy art! You go, girl!

enayla's picture

Excellent, excellent work. Just spent a while looking through nearly all of the images in your gallery, and I just wanted to say that I really love how you use colours... and you have a very goog grasp on anatomy. Most of all, perhaps, I enjoy how you paint hair - and faces. Splendid :]

Guest's picture

LEGOLAS IS HOOOOOOOOOOOOT! and this picture shows it. nice job! ( go orlando bloom Smile )

Guest's picture

This is REALLY good. It's a WHOLE lot better then anything i can draw. It must have taken alot of pratice and patience to get it right. Well I LOVE it.

aprillee's picture

Marley--you really should try and read the books if you like the films. Peter Jackson and the entire crew of the film tried to be true to the books, which is why it wasn't hard for many artists to come close to the look portrayed on film. Tolkien had a lot of vivid descriptions in the book, and set the scenes in great detail.

aprillee's picture

I actually used to do archery (and loved it) in High School. While it doesn't promise that I can get the pose right, stuff like that can help. Knowing almost anything at all can help make the art a bit better. Art isn't just being able to draw or paint...

aprillee's picture

Putting the two arrows in Legolas's hands was not my idea. I did this image for the old Middle Earth card game, and they asked me to have him hold two arrows, to show how quick he was. I'm glad you noticed that detail, though!

adnaphel's picture

...can i marry him?

Guest's picture

painted before the film!! You must be psychic the mood is wonderful and his hair is beautiful. I came to your site hoping to see a night picture amongst your art and I was awarded doubly!
This is a brilliant example of how a night picture should be painted and helpful for me.
And for a change an elf that doesn't need to show his pointed ears to show that he is an elf.

thrax-1's picture

wow, done well before the films?.you have incredible forsight.ive never read the book but judging by the movie.you have a very accurate vision.i love the detailing on legolas' clothing

Guest's picture

I like the colours you've chosen here, and the whole scene is very dark and moody - fitting the battle climate. I like his clothes, you've done a great job!

Guest's picture

April, this picture is sooo good! The colors came out great, and you drew Legolas's body postion very well. ^.^

portalrun's picture

Excellent art work April Lee,I really like how you put two arrows in one hand, it shows the character to be the elite bowsman he is supposed to be, great job...

somerset's picture

Yeah! I really like this one(I like them all), brilliant colours and wonderful details, your use of acrylic is masterful

Guest's picture

I just wanted to tell you how much I love this!! This is really wonderful...there is no way I could say any thing that would describe how good this really is!!! Nice work!!

Guest's picture

hey OMG this pic is bloody brilliant its amazing .....legolas is my fav character in the book and the movie especially in the movie because ORLANDO BLOOM the guy who plays him is the hottest guy on earth ....well keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aprillee's picture

Everyone has their own style. A more realistic style just comes easier to me. It would be harder for me to try doing an animation style. That's just how it works. I'm glad you liked my version of Legolas. I really liked the movie version, too, but I think there's room for all kinds of different looks.

Guest's picture

I love this... wow... Legolas... I love that elf. He's not as serious as Peter Jackson made him.. I mean he bickers with Gimli and makes jokes too! You did an amazing job on him. you made him life like, that's something I really admire because I can't do that... I draw cartoons.. and Disney style people... very well done!

aprillee's picture

thanks! I just love how the movie looks like and unlike some of the art I've done. And my art doesn't always look like the images I have in my head when reading the books. But I love Alan Lee and John Howe's Tolkien images and am so glad Peter Jackson relied so much on their images. They are different from my view, but definitely don't jar with me at all. I just LOVE those films!!! ^_^

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I like this picture very much, the colors compliment eachother- especially how the stormy blue colors of the sky contrast with the earthy colors of Legolas's clothes, however, if I may make one observation; it seems to me that his right forearm has sprouted from his shoulder.

Guest's picture

hehe I knew it was Legolas before I even looked at the description...and I was right! it's very well done, rather uncanny how closely such things as the bow, and to some extent, his clothes, match what he had in the movie...*sigh* must see the two towers again-as you said, so many gorgeous things to look at.......

aprillee's picture

Hi, Liptak! I hope you're doing well. Thanks for the nice comments. This is an older piece and I think I've improved a bit, but I'm glad it's still looking OK. It's got a bit more line-work in it (such as on the bow) than I usually have in a painting.

aprillee's picture

Thanks--but my excuse is that he's not done drawing his bow. Wink I know the hand should go somewhere by the jaw when fully drawn... But there IS something weird about the arm... It's always bugged me a bit... maybe need the highlights and planes more defined... hmmm... Anyway--thanks for the ref! Those are always fun to see. Although I usually prefer to go by European archery styles, for European-ish medieval-ish settings. Sometimes Asian archers pull with the arrow knocked to the opposite side of the bow, which always seems weird to me...

Guest's picture

This is lovely. The atmosphere is very well depicted, and that bow is amazing. If I may offer one small critique.. his right arm looks a bit strange. The angle seems to be correct, but it looks like it's too far forward or something. I found a reference to show what I mean:
http://www.atarn.org/chinese/images/ARCHER.GIF

Anyway, that's just my two cents Smile. I love your work.

Art at its best.