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Out Of The Sea I Am Come by TurnerMohan Out Of The Sea I Am Come by TurnerMohan
"'Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta' And those were the words that Elendil spoke when he came up out of the Sea on the wings of the wind: 'Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world.'"

I always imagined these lines (as spoken by Elendil) not as some chest-out lordly proclamation, but as something more humble and personal, spoken aloud to no one in particular except perhaps the rising sun over middle-earth; more like a prayer than anything else (like hurin's "day shall come again," it seems to me one of those middle-earthian 'prayers spoken by people who don't know what praying is' moments) It goes better with the image of the escape of the faithful from the Drowning of Numenor as a desperate flight; borne up out of the angry sea by divine grace, the nine ships of the elendili, beaten and torn by the wind and waves, make it to the shore of Middle-earth, there to start over.

I think I kind of blew it on this one. I'd had an image of the moment in my head for years; the great man on his knees in the shallow surf too exhausted to stand, soaked to the skin, his small fleet a battered wreckage behind him, seabirds floating overhead, but as it stands i think the composition's too cluttered with background elements and I'd have been better off leaving it with just Elendil in view. I'm fairly pleased with the way Elendil himself came out, but the wet hair doesn't allow for this very striking, blasted-back shock of hair I'd had in mind - like when moses comes down from seeing the burning bush - as if witnessing firsthand the wrath of God and the destruction of Numenor has marked him in his very bones.

the wet clothes are pretty good though.

Part of the weekly tolkien sketchblog.
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree that you did do Elendil's wet clothes well. I also agree that the background elements are distracting from the main focus, but I like the ship. The seagulls are also very nice. And I've always thought of Elendil's saying like that as well. Wonderful work!
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
i think they'd be less distracting in a softer medium, like pencil or watercolor, where you could allow them to sit more lightly in the background, also the whole composition is a little too tight and narrow i think, not really alowing any of the elements to breathe (i drew it in a sketchbook)

glad you like the seagulls, they occured to me late in the drawing, but i love this sense their presence gives (in my mind anyway, not necessarily in the drawing) of the bigness and ongoing nature of the world; numenor has been destroyed and the greater part of it's people lost, but the sun still shines, the birds still flutter and go about their business, life goes on.
Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, that the background should be softer and more spaced out. I really think you could redraw this, and do it beautifully. 

*nods* Yes, the addition of the seagulls was excellent and does add that element of ordinary life. It's something for Elendil to hold on to after almost all he knows has been lost, that life goes on, like you said. 
acne27 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I think you did very well.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
 For some reason I find my thoughts turning to this track from Mr Patrick Doyle's soundtrack to Sir Kenneth Branagh's 'Henry V' for no reason that I can quantify.

 Save perhaps that 'tis a very excellent score! 
Zeonista Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
This is a very evocative image. I liked it as it is, didn't think you would need to change it much to have a great picture. The speech by Elendil, recited faithfully by all who took the Scepter or the Crown, was a wonderfully simple & direct statement of purpose, made to his five shiploads of followers who had arrived with him in Eriador.
konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the background elements, but perhaps draw them more lightly and left Elendil as is, to set the focus on him?  I think an element I would've added as well would be a handful of people doing busy-work; the two combined would give an effect of being an island of quiet among the chaos he just experienced and the (imaginably) jumbled efforts of the survivors, and would work well with your notion of an exhausted and humble personal 'prayer'.

Also, that line is definitely at the top of the list of my favorite lines from LotR, and one of the few Elvish phrases I remember in its entirety.
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
i had thought about people in the background, on the ship and dragging ropes through the surf and all, but unfortunately not until too late to include them. I think it would have helped, since elendil looks a little like a lone castaway here, and I wanted part of his exhaustion to look like it came from having had to function as this keeper (in the spiritual sense) for all his people, like a biblical prophet (I'd had a similar choreography in mind for the moment fingolfin steps from the last of the endless ice sheets onto stubby, frozen turf, actually for a long time the two scenes each kept me from drawing the other, as I didnt know which one to spend it on)

I know I keep saying this but once I've become a more competent watercolorist I will probably try to do this over in paint, with the right changes to the composition, but I just wanted to finally get it down on paper.
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
 I love the concept behind this image Master Mohan and think that you have done a very fair job of putting it on paper, but do agree that it's not QUITE there yet (I like the idea of Elendil on his knees when he speaks his simple vow, but it seems a little hard to make out the fact that he is kneeling - which might be due to the long robe; if you make a second attempt at this very excellent concept, I would suggest depicting him either in a simple tunic or in a long cloak, rather than both).

 Otherwise I do think this a respectably strong image, not least thanks to those seabirds wheeling about their daily business (and doubtless heckling the weather-man in their own inimitable style for sending such a tempest their way!), which lends the proper touch of 'The world is bigger than Mankind' to the image.
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