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Like a Numenorean of old  (take 2) by DeepWoodian Like a Numenorean of old  (take 2) by DeepWoodian
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While they were still talking, Aldarian turned and noticed them watching her. She did not smile,
for she rarely did even when she was with her closest friends, but just raised her eyebrow a little like
wondering what they might be talking about.

"She is truly great." Dorlim said, with both admiration and resentment in his voice. "I have not seen anyone like her among humans since the days when Gondor was at the peek of its might."
"Indeed", Elrond answered. "There are no equal to her among the race of men, save perhaps one. When I look
at her I see the days of Elendil or even the time long gone when Númenor was still there. Truly she is like a Númenorean of old."
Elrond stopped and sighed.
Dorlim, who had heard and sensed concern in his voice, turned to look at him.
"Like a Númenorean of old", Elrond repeated. "With all of their traits. Good and ...bad."
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I rarely remake my drawings and this too started as an independent picture where I wanted to make a little bit more detailed view of Aldarian's helmet design.
After I had drawn helmet outlines, I started to think that it would be much more interesting piece if I would add someone "inside" the helmet. And so I drew Aldarian's face along. And there it went, little by little, to the stage where I thought that I would remake this to resemble my earlier "Like a Numenorean of old picture". It didn't hinder my decision that this turned out to be much, much better drawing than the earlier one.

So therefore, here she is. Aldarian in her Arnorian armor.

Aldarian and Last heiress of Cardolan are (c) to me.
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flippedoutkyrii Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, I love her hair ^^

Great work :D
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DeepWoodian Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have always "loved" the hairstyle (the braids) which I gave to Aldarian when I created her about 15 years ago. There is something about women with long braids... ;)

And this time the hair came out decent enough. But I do admit that drawing hair is something where I still need a LOT of practice.

Thanks! :)
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flippedoutkyrii Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean about braids. I revamped an old character of fine and replaced her pony tail with braids, she's much cooler now XD
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Loulin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't do remakes either (in generall of course - I have one exception) but sometimes I am tempted to. Just becauce you see all those little things you could have done better once you're finished with a project. ;)

Still... Don't know if I would consider it a 100% remake. There's the helmet that weren't there before and there's no shoulder guard on one side this time. So perhaps "a different version" instead. ;P

And you still manage to get that slightly sad but icy stare spot on, even though most of the face is hidden by the helmet. Perhaps it's the Aldarian we see right before battle.

Also, I like the improvement on the circular pin holding her cloak
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DeepWoodian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>...just becauce you see all those little things you could have done better once you're
>finished with a project...

This is also the only reason why I would remake something and why I did made this one to be similar as the one before. Still you are right that it isn't a 100% remake as I changed/added the things you mentioned. But I did use the same angle, pose and same general idea.

Hehe, the "pin thing". I moved the earlier pin to be her helmet decoration and designed the new pin to replace it.

I seem to remember reading from your yournal that you have something big underway too. A "sister picture" to the ancient deity and her bonedogs was it?
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Loulin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny how one always spots all those could-have-been-improvements right at the end when you are not focused on the job anymore. :shakefist:

Yep, that's the one. I'm desperate to draw more bonedogs (can't get rid of them from my head) so I'm sketching on a new and improved scene. As I'm typing I'm trying to get hold of the background and the general setting. *sigh* How I hate backgrounds sometimes. Backgrounds and perspective...
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DeepWoodian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, all those things you start to notice only after you have uploaded the picture here. Sometimes I think that it must be partly because when I draw the paper is horizontally flat (and the viewing angle is somewhere near 45 degrees) but from the screen you see it from 90 degrees angle. There have been cases when the whole perspective fails totally in that angle.

Hehe, perspective is sometimes pain but backgrounds are pure hell. So I feel for ya lass! ;)
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Loulin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm... Interesting theory. One thing I've found helps is holding the entire drawing up in front of a mirror during the process to check that everything still looks ok. That way you see the drawing in a new light (as it were) and are able to spot the big mistakes in time when you're still able to correct them.

Hehe... I think I've gone through 3 or 4 ideas for background already. Hoping for number 5. :fingerscrossed:
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