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Of Gandalf and Saruman by Mieronna Of Gandalf and Saruman by Mieronna
April 2007 - coloured pencils

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Less details, better colours: [link]

This is from the Unfinished Tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, a scene that stuck in my head since I first read it years ago. Saruman and Gandalf arguing about the Shire and the art of smoking at a meeting of the White Council. A long time before the War of the Ring or even Bilbo's journey.


Saruman was little appeased by this answer (for he hated mockery, however gentle), and he said then coldly: "You jest, Lord Mithrandir, as is your way. I know well enough that you have become a curious explorer of the small: weeds, wild things, and childish folk. Your time is your own to spend, if you have nothing worthier to do; and your friends you may make as you please. But to me the days are too dark for wanderers' tales, and I have no time for the simples of peasants."

Gandalf did not laugh again; and he did not answer, but looking keenly at Saruman he drew on his pipe and sent out a great ring of smoke with many smaller rings that followed it. Then he put up his hand, as if to grasp them, and they vanished. With that he got up and left Saruman without another word; but Saruman stood for some time silent, and his face was dark with doubt and displeasure.

The Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Part Three, chapter IV.3


First time trying new pencils. Not too happy with some parts, kinda proud of others. These Prismacolors everyone's so praising have their advantages, but also rather severe limitations. I don't think they will replace Polychromos and even Pablos for me.

The scanner ate a lot of shading on Saruman's robes... and some other parts, too. And I have forgotten the first big ring, or rather put it last, but whatever.
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grazatt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Gandalf was always High as fuck, talking to bears and shit

colgatetotal97 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
what a lovely illustration!
Paul774 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Perfect!!! I hope this scene will be featured in the upcoming hobbit movie(s) :D
Tacrinus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Professional Writer
Dear Mieronna,

I adore your way of painting: so soft, so candy, so delicate, so inviting... Beautiful and original, in few words. Likewise, your paintings are very appropriated for Tolkien's literature. Congratulations. :wizardhat:
MissStark Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful, I love all the detail and bright colours. It's cool to see depictions of scenes that don't get much attention in art.
photocrafter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Very nice work.
ghost-eye Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Nice subtle colours :)
brnleague99 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Awesome. Simply awesome.
brnleague99 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Awesome. Simply awesome.
Jachra Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
Silly Maiar Saruman. Wisdom is for GANDALF, mwehehe.
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