The Mirror of Galadriel Picture

“Even as he spoke, they saw, as if she came in answer to their words, the Lady Galadriel approaching. Tall and white and fair she walked beneath the trees. She spoke no word, but beckoned to them.
Turning aside, she led them towards the southern slopes of the hill of Caras Galadhon, and passing through a high green hedge they came into an enclosed garden. (…) Down a long flight of steps the Lady went into the deep green hollow, through which ran murmuring the silver stream that issued from the fountain on the hill. At the bottom, upon a low pedestal carved like a branching tree, stood a basin of silver, wide and shallow, and beside it stood a silver ewer.
With water from the stream Galadriel filled the basin to the brim.”

From: “The Lord of the Rings” by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Book1, Chapter 7.

This illustration is a personal work based on the Tolkien's Mythology. All the work was done on Photoshop CS3 and it's a part of a series of portraits. I began the “Tolkien series”, with the aim of developing my skill on portraits. For this piece I wanted to try a full female figure and began developing the idea keeping as reference a classical idea of beauty. Galadriel is depicted in the moment she has filled the bowl, looking at us (the viewer can be identified as the Hobbits watching at her, tall and, somehow dismayed). I wanted to catch her dismayed feelings and how those feeling can emerge on her face even if she seems calm. She's really troubled by the presence of the One Ring within Lothlorien and she knows that the time of her trial is approaching.

This image was born with the idea of testing a "classical" colorization technique I was thinking about for a couple of months. I decided to test the tools using elements of a classical painting and then to compare the final result with the original piece. In this case, yes, I used Sir Leighton for the main Figure ("The accolade"). Repainted the background, many parts of the dress a new head and new hair trying to be as seamless as possible. All done in monochromatic. To color it I used an underpainting similar to what I saw several time in Painter, but using Photoshop. The result surprised me. I understand it can be labeled as Paint-over. At the bottom line this piece was a test
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