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first attempt to draw a Balrog by nocturnalMoTH first attempt to draw a Balrog by nocturnalMoTH
myep, my first real attempt to draw a Balrog. And I think I failed.. :no:
he's too... small. And skinny.. :(

aw well..




I hope someone will like it anyways.







Balrog (C) J. R. R. Tolkien
fan art by: Elise M. Syvertsen / nocturnalmoth 2011
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:iconledzep4evrbassgirl:
LedZep4evrBASSGirl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist
You did good! I like it :)
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:iconmehetoxic:
MeheToxic Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
One word to describe this...
BADASS
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:iconthegirlwhokills:
TheGirlWhoKills Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
ITS AWSOME!
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:iconjonesy387:
jonesy387 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, i totally disagree, it looks awesome. What did you use to draw that. IT LOOKS EPIC!!!!
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:iconsearaevan:
searaevan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist
YOU SHALL NOT PAASS.
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:iconcrystalxmonroe:
crystalxmonroe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist
I think it's quite extraordinary if I may say so!
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:iconringothediseased:
Ringothediseased Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I like how you made him raising his arm as if to whip the viewer, or gandalf.... Whatever... The point is. It awesome.
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:icononlyggs:
OnlyGGS Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I think its really cool. The round eyes are haunting and the skeletal body adds to this effect, all befitting a demon of Morgoth!
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OnlyGGS Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I like it better like this. the round eyes are haunting and the skinny/skeletal form adds to the creepiness, all befitting for a demon of Morgoth!
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IcyEmpress313 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
for a first attempt this is outstanding!!!
don't beat yourself up about it, I think the thinner body makes him look more frightening.
its so much better than you think.
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:iconkage-nekoraven:
Kage-NekoRaven Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Balrog "come back i need stuff!!!"

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:iconhappyforme1:
happyforme1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
The coloring of the fire is amazing :)

:onfire:

Ai! A balrog!
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:iconscarecrow815:
Scarecrow815 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
I really like the coloring. I think you did a hell-of-a job!
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:iconlukanekolover:
LukaNekoLover Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Artist
WIN
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:iconmrmultykill:
MrMultyKill Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
What do you mean attempt?!?! Your drawing of a balrog is just amazing.
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:iconhykospia:
hykospia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Like all life, The Balrog has to begin at some, early point in life, and that is more deadly, so my many things, you've given brith to a demonic creature destined to live in the depths for the possibitlies of forevers..Thank! I'll never go cave-exploring! Lol...Its nice you critique your own work but theres really know need, a Balrog is of any age, and he looks ''young'' (perhaps 70 years - like a tree)..Your piece is extraordinary x
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:iconmanifesto-six:
Manifesto-Six Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
This design fits the character in my eyes. I just need a laptop to favorite it. My PSP won't give me the option to do it. >:3
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:iconesherymack:
Esherymack Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O=
that balrog is awesome! on my game and even in the movie its hard to get a good look at them o_O
i don't think he's too skinny at all XD if it were a Caerog, that'd be a different story, but since it's all grown up... yeah lol (btw: a Caerog is a baby Balrog ^.^)
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Darkflare77 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011   Artist
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppppiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccccccccccccccccc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconteeheelolhaha:
teeheelolhaha Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesome
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:iconcliffdagreat:
cliffdagreat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
"This foe is beyond any of you... :iconimhappyplz: Run?"
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:iconzecon44:
ZeCon44 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Lots'o fire~ I like it
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:iconblue-umber:
Blue-Umber Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
This.... was a triumph :P
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:iconodariz:
Odariz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
An excellent first attempt. While I agree he is a tad bit too skinny it is fine, it is still a great piece. I think more emphasis on a Balrog's signature weapons-Flaming Sword, and Whip would have added a to to it. Other than that the colors, and background really work together to make it appear that he is in some sort of hellish abyss. Superb job!
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Soul-Shinigami Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student
Elise. It looks amazing :D
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:icontheneoshaman:
TheNeoShaman Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
result: success
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:iconapocalypsewolfsaris:
ApocalypseWolfSaris Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I do. Better than I can draw. <:3
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:iconrockoutloud15:
RockOutLoud15 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
KITTY!! XDDDDDD
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:iconninjaelric:
ninjaelric Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student General Artist
This looks amazing~! The Balrog was kinda skinny too,so you did a great job :)
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:iconchrimsonnight:
chrimsonnight Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I think it looks awesome!!!
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:icongenesis-orbit:
Genesis-Orbit Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011   Photographer
Hell yes, this is one of my favorite moments in all of movies. How epic! I think you did great justice to it Ellie :D
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:iconinkjexion:
Inkjexion Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
i thought it was the guy SF.

this looks cool.
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:iconkori1214:
Kori1214 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
he is a little too skinny but otherwise it is really good
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:iconixi-the-pixie:
ixi-the-pixie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WEll i was going to make the you shall not pass joke but its already been done so instead. "you shall not sue!"
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:iconmad-nowaki:
Mad-Nowaki Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awsome u kidding how can u say that u did a very great job <3 loves it!
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:iconizzieluv01:
izzieluv01 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
whoa!!! draw gandalf i luv him!
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:iconshtgnrmance:
ShtGnRmance Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
looks pretty sweet to me. Good job.
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:iconglaeysha:
Glaeysha Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Wow!! your Balrog is amazing!! :D
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:iconherro-motto:
herro-motto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
omg, amazing o.o
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:iconartist-kitty101:
Artist-Kitty101 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that be damn good balrog.
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:iconkyaserin-sama:
Kyaserin-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Even if you don't like the results on it, this is really amazing, I'm not good on stuff like this, and this blew my mind~ :L Wonderful job, in your words, on failing~ :iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconemilys21:
emilys21 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man I love Lord of the Rings, this is amazing! It is definately not a fail. :)
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Weirddudeguy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
what's a balrog?
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:iconayuhasz:
AYuhasz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Well I can't tell if he's too small but not bad for a first attempt.
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archive-th Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
can't see if anyone else said it, so I will because it needs to be said.

"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"
hahahahha

Very nice work :)
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101Ragnaroc Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
No one can say it's a bad first attempt. I'd a little practice and you'll get him in no time.
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kiba-mudkip2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
O.O that is AMAZING! Great just ^^ ...... face kind of reminds me of the no way owl.......... but in a super special awesome way ^^
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thecurl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You nailed his face and background, but i think you're right in that he is small/skinny. He lacks that presence of command you find in the LOTR movie. but if this is a first attempt, then you are on your way to a great finish!
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ClockworksGod Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow~! VERY nice! I don't think he's too small, MAYBE on the skinny side, but altogether I think its a success. Its very identifiable as a Balrog, even without any explanation, the color choices are perfect, and the shading and transparency is stunning. Was this done entirely digitally, or did you start with a sketch? I'm also interested to know if you started with any kind of outline at all, or if you just went at it and painted it all in as you went. I'm particularly impressed with your use of contrast in the piece.
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Basically, may I eat your brain?
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diginferno Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Skinny? Perhaps someone held him captive for a long while and you just released it... I love the mood! :)
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