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Eowyn and the Nazgul by jasonjuta Eowyn and the Nazgul by jasonjuta
A short while ago, the mighty Jon Schindehette set a Tolkien challenge on The ArtOrder [link] inspired by a post on Muddy Colors [link] Both blogs are required reading by amateur and professional illustrators alike. The original challenge to illustrate the scene of Eowyn facing the Witch King can be found here [link] The line-up of 160 submissions can be found here [link] And the judging, here [link] :)

The judges were stars in the industry and the pressure to bring awesomeness to the table was on - it was also a hard lesson in how real life can interfere, as in the week I'd set aside to cram in my entry, I was incredibly ill and my wife was also studying after hours. Nevertheless, I managed to enter at the last minute with a few misgivings about the figure of Eowyn specifically and still received a few wonderful comments which I'm extremely grateful for.

Here is the revised picture, taking into account the judge's critiques (comments came from Matt Stewart, Arnie Fenner, Donato Giancola and Dan Dos Santos). I'm proud of it and a little dizzy at having the names Dulac and Targete mentioned in the comments.
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LisaStockk Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2015  Professional Photographer
so f*ked up, and cooooolll
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
MornLandazar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I watched the LotR films, before I read the books.
So, when they mentioned Fell Beast in the book, I envisioned it looking the same like in the film - more or less like a wyvern.
However, the book also said that it's a bird-like creature (rather than dragon-wyvern-like), and frankly, I simply COULDN'T create a non-movie picture in my head, of a Fell Beast that looks like a bird...
...until I saw your picture.
Thank you for that.
Your Fell Beast looks even better than the movie version - I'm sure Tolkien would be proud.

Also, I really like the looks of Theoden's horse, Snowmane.
And, of course, Eowyn and Witch-king look really awesome.
jasonjuta Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it. I enjoyed the books before the films, and enjoyed the films, but it has taken a long time to try and forget about the film designs. since they're so prevalent in the media.
Vjetrovnjak Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
quote by Razvigorac:
''This is probably the best version of Nazgul's Fell Beast that I ever saw.''

My opinion on this picture:
''This is definitely the best version of Nazgul's Fell Beast that I ever saw.''
jasonjuta Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
Razvigorac Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This is probably the best version of Nazgul's Fell Beast that I ever saw.
jasonjuta Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Belorepan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Everything about this picture works - the details are great, the 'captured moment' is great, and I actually preffer this Fell Beast design over the movie version.
Ninjerina Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student General Artist
this is ridiculously awesome why not a DA?
NeriSiren Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
This. Is. EPIC!!! I love how you depicted the Witch King, with his tiny crown, and Eowyn's stance looks perfect. :clap:
jasonjuta Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Raistlin82 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
And the way you portray the Nazgul is quite original.
Liamythesh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am loving the invisible Nazgul :D
Rivenis Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
the colours are just amazing
ShidoEV Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work indeed!
Donnervogel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, the details are amazing!
I really like, that you didn't copy the movie-design and invented something else instead <3
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Dear higherdepths
Your Wonderful art work ... is selected to get in...Action-Portraits
If you don't mind...:heart:...!!!
"This is an invitation to Joint... Just in case if you are not in already ...!!!"
best regards.....................:)
You're most welcome in Action-Portraits...!!! :iconaction-portraits:
tikos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
One of my favorites from this challenge's line up. I love the monster's featherless, half bird-half reptile form.
jasonjuta Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Peter, I was at least half inspired by plucked chickens...
idrawzombies Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
i bet that guy wished he stayed in bed - great job
RawSunlight Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
beautifully painted!
UraharaGreenHat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
That's a beautiful scene.
The dead horse closer to the camera was a nice touch. Great work.
DAZUMA Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aerozopher Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
funny style
mikajomc Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Well I am no expert judge, but I think this is amazing!
WavingMonsterStudios Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is great - really unusual depiction of the Creature!!
zilla774 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
that is insanely cool. extremely well done, with fantastic vision. Epic.
cyrus-crashtest Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
ohida Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
The colors are so great in this one.
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