Nazgul King by caitmf1

Nazgul King

Artwork Stats

Genre
Medium
Technique
Artwork Stats
Added: Sep 26, 2001
Views: 36347
Likes: 0
Fav'd: 0 times
Comments: 39

Artwork Description

flicking through some tolkien books, i discovered that no one that i konw of has illustrated the actual attack of the nazgul king, just the aftermath of merry and eowyn attacking the nazgul king himself whist the king is under his horse snowmain. I originally intended to paint this image as a large battle scene but decided to just concentrate on the nazgul king and king theodin and as it turned out im happy i did so. One more thing, nazguls are large birds,. and im well aware that birds have no arms, but this is artistic liscense and i just dont like drawing dragony creatures without arms as arms are such a expressive feature.

Login or register to post comments

Comments

Guest's picture

wow its awesome its great. dont you ever think of working in the ilustration buissnes? im your you will be a hit

Guest's picture

Wow! You're pictures are totally amazing! I've been searching the internet for some cool pictures for a long time and have been unable to fnid anyway anywhere! but wow you'res are great! (Sorry I do copy some to put as my back ground on my computer but I do write your name beside it for credit, It's "christiaan Iken" right??

Guest's picture

fantastic job! it's true, i've never seen the actual theoden-nazgulking encounter painted/drawn/whatever. the style reminds me of the rembrandt brothers.

Guest's picture

but, not only that the Nazgul are not birds but the word Nazg=ring and the word Gul=wrairth (in the black tongue of Mordor).

Guest's picture

It is a magnificent painting, but the other person is correct - The Nazgul are NOT birds, they are the spirits of the great kings, the ring wraiths, and the thing he's riding is a fellbeast of sorts.

Guest's picture

it's theoden not thioden and nazguls are not the "birds" they are spirits of great king's

Guest's picture

Thank you...

isenho's picture

pretty, so very pretty. you capture action well here, really awsome job. great color choices

Guest's picture
Guest's picture

The dynamic posing really works in this picture, even if it looks a bit like they're being dramatic on purpose because someone's taking a picture. Well I'm glad somebody finally pointed out that the Witch-King himself is one of the Nazgul, while the creature is described simply as a "winged beast." And to the person who asked about the large bird, Tolkien said something along the lines of (Not even nearly a direct quote...don't have the book with me)"If a bird then it was greater than any other bird, and it had neither feather nor quill upon its body." I'm not crazy about the winged beast's head or arms, or the clothing of the Nazgul...It makes him look too solid and human. However, almost everything else is perfect. I really like the King flying backwards, and the horse is superb (I still don't see that thing about the hock lol). And the heroic light coloring of the King against the dark and fiery colors of the Nazgul and his beast really add to the composition. Sorry if I sound like an idiot, or if i was mean. I really think you have a lot of talent. Cheers.

Guest's picture

...large...birds? I think we're reading two entirely different LOTRs here. *G* That little joke aside -- WOW. Words do not describe--!

Guest's picture

Quick note (and I'm surprised nobody pointed this out before): the Nazgul is actually the guy /on/ the creature. ^_^ Other than that, the pic's amazing.

fegan's picture

!!!....!!!!!So good!!! !God!!! Nazgul looks like a dinasour!!!

caitmf1's picture

cheers steve, ive never seen the actual scene of the king attacking the nazgul king, or maybe thats just a bad memory on my part because i have alot of the tolkein calenders.

sferris's picture

Actually Bros. Hildebrandt and John Howe both depicted this scene. Yours is very good too!

caitmf1's picture

ya, she kills a giant parrot.

Guest's picture

Such a tragic fate for the king of Rohan, kind of tear-jerking for me.
At least he died a warrior's death.
But what an awesome and heroic moment Eowyn has later.
Revenge destiny.

caitmf1's picture

ur trying to upset me?awwwwwww. no im seriously under alot of pressure this week to do alot of work,, hence why im chatting online. o well.

Guest's picture

I would prefer it if you took two hours to answer. But than, you need your time to paint, and I am just rambling around all the time. (PS: Did you REALLY read it all the way through?? I mean you don`t even sound upset, I start feeling ignored Tongue)

caitmf1's picture

god took me two hours to read that.P

caitmf1's picture

thanks rafal, god dam it its raining to hard and i have to go to work. i was going to orignally mkae this a wide picture with merry and eowyn in it but i decided not to and concentrate on this speficif scene since ive nto seen another artist do the toppling of the king.

mcf's picture

i'm sure it's all been said- but i think this is really a masterpiece, Chris. the detail is amazing, and all the creatures here, the colors, the movement, the flowers.. just awesome.

Guest's picture

My favorite foreground of your LOTR series so far, and I love the background, even if it doesn`t have the same depth as on the Legolas and Gimli pic which (as I mentioned) puts a Bryce 3D rendering to shame. Yellow/red and blue/black gradient sky works well here, you managed to make this standard setup look really cool, kinda difficult since most of those skies turn out rather kitschy, well done. The silhouette battle has high graphic impact, brings movement into your composition without distracting from the main subjects. I like how you loosened up with detail on the flames, think it`s good you didn`t go finicky there. The lighting on the grass is perfectly moody, no complaints with that! As for the horse, I think you did a great job on it, a friend of mine sells those Arabian stallions, all I know about those horses is that they are damn expensive, so I can`t really critisize on anatomy and stuff here, for me it looks ok (apart from the leg issue Melissa already mentioned). The King, though well lighted, seems a bit theatrical to me, kinda like characters on medieval paintings or wall carpets, not stiff actually but the dynamics and depth don`t quite convince me here, well after all it`s hell of a difficult pose. His lower right leg seems a bit short too, and the hands are as usual a bit awkward, your grownup hands look more like children`s hands sometimes. In general, your anatomy style takes away all scariness from your characters. With a hobbit, this may be great, but with things like the Balrog, a Nazgul or a dragon it tends to look slightly ridiculous. Not one of your pics really scared me, though the scene setups certainly would be pretty dark and foreboding many times! But your stylized anatomy lets everything appear unwillingly comical...maybe you`re destined for perfect children`s book artist, and this is in NO way an insult, I love children books a lot and consider the artworks in them as equally amazing to grownup book illustrations! Most of your dragons, if meant to be scary or not, look chubby-wubby cute, clumsy and lovable, I don`t think it must necessarily be a weakness, many artists try to produce so called kawaii stuff but it just turns out pure ugly. Better to paint scary stuff in a comical way than ugly I`d say. Even the Nazgul rider has this unwilling funny touch, and it`s for almost 100% an anatomy issue, your colors, textures and lightings are extremely sophisticated, just the anatomy turns scary into comical. I must enforce that this is my persoal impression of your work, I`m sure others see it differently.

Guest's picture

Oh hey, that's cool with the sky. I dunno why I'm always insisting that it needs to be a smooth transition. To quote Han Solo, "Hey, it's me!" Smile But about the horse and the photo referance, sometimes the photos can distort actual body proportions so you have to be careful when you use them. I've done a lot of animal portrait requests in the past and I've had to go back to anatomy books when some pictures looked a little off. Lens distortion is what I blame.

caitmf1's picture

its morning mel, and re reading ur statement i looked at the back horse of the leg, the one away from us and ya i think i have to admit ur right, thanks ,. so tahts a easy fix.

caitmf1's picture

hi mel, i have a book on arabian stallions, and this is based on one of the horses rearing up, and its acurate to the photo. the red and blue transition, ya, it might be too strong on the scan, but i think its quite a strong transit in the painting, there is some subltety above the wings, but i just wanted a hugely strong effect, and the funny thing is that like u i didnt think that this was a realistic sky, but just wanted to go for effect. but after i had painted it, i saw a sky almost identical to this on tv, really abrupt from dark to light, so that kind of suprised me.

Guest's picture

Two things: 1) the horses hocks to the hooves on the rear legs are too long. If you compare the length to the front legs, that distance should be shorter. 2) Maybe it's just because of the scan, but the transition between the blue and the red seem too ubrupt to me. Like it's blue behind Theoden then "Pwamp!" It's red behind the Witch King. Again this could be because of the scan. I know I said something along those lines about your past pieces and you've proved me wrong. But I definitly know that the hock to hoof length is too long. Just like this post. =) Beautiful all around though. This was one of my fav scenes, along with Eowyn's battle. Smile

caitmf1's picture

thanks liptak, i dont see why you think i do more actiopn pics on elfwood, most of my pics arnt aactiony, but i guess after doing some rpg stuff. i like doing scenes with action in em.

caitmf1's picture

cheers john, this one is my favourite, just because of the action in it. should do more huh.

caitmf1's picture

thanks katy, no one seems to mind the arms ig uess.

Art at its best.