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Romenna by neral85 Romenna by neral85
A city and important port situated at the head of the long firth on the eastern shores of Númenor, included in the royal region known as Arandor, the Kingsland. Being nearer to the centre of the realm that other ports, it gradually increased in size as the importance of shipbuilding and seafaring grew, especially since the reign of Tar-Aldarion. Most ships heading to Middle-earth sailed from this haven.

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I drew this picture originally for a 2011 callendar that I made together with my sister :iconmechor: as a Christmas present for our granparents. This was the picture for August.

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If you like my Tolkien-related art, look at my related journal or gallery folder.
But you can find even more of my pictures on my website Angrenost.cz. It's in Czech, but you can still look over the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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untuox Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Beautiful perspective.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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untuox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Wellcome!
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sooooo ... what is the process exactly by which you work on your landscapes, specifically those which contain complicated angles to do with architecture? Do you base these on existing structures within the real world, and add and subtract details accordingly? I'm just so impressed with your angle-work, and spacial-temporal mastery. It'd be nice to know a few secrets for my own attempts ;) 
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for aking, though I'm not sure I'll be able to explain much of it. :-) I obviously use reference for architectural styles and designs, but not so much for particular structures and views. I've always liked playing with perspective, so I don't find it difficult, though I know most people do. (but on the other hand, I find much more difficult for example drawing portraits ;-) )

As for the 'secrets', I think one of basic things in drawing landscapes is to know where your horizon lies. In this particular picture the line is clearly visible, but even when it is obscured by some buildings or mountains or anything, the imaginary line is in (almost) every landscape picture: When it is a downward view (such as here), the horizon is in the upper part of the picture and vice versa (such as here).
Second helpful thing is using vanishing points. Vanishing point is a point where lines in a perspective converge. The basic rule is that all lines that would be in reality parallel to each other, always converge to one vanishing point. An for all lines that would be in reality horizontal, the vanishing point is always on the horizon (thence come most commonly seen mistakes in perspective drawing). For example here in this picture: Can you see the tiny black dot in the middle of the small island? That's a vanishing point I drew there for my aid and I forgot to erase it later. ;-) Many lines, especially of the structures in the foreground, converge to it. When you use only one vanishing point, it's called one-point perspective (common example is railway track or a view along a street. From my pictures Beregond might qualify, or perhaps Michel Delving (though that one is not exact)).
When you look back to this picture, you see that other structures (most notably the bridge, the palace to the left and the high tower) are not orthogonally aligned to those already described, so they have different vanishing points. Specifically two, one to the left, one to the right and both lying outside of the picture. That's two-point perspective, which is quite common when drawing buildings.
These basic principles of one-point, two-point or even three-point perspective are good to know, but as you can see here, the real complexity is achieved by combining different sets of vanishing points for different structures in the picture.
Much more could be said, such as vanishing points for non-horizontal lines, perspective foreshortening etc. but it's enough for now.=D
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the detailed comment. Yes, some of this is coming back to me now from the little I've read on landscape techniques (which is pretty bad considering the fact that I dabble in landscapes myself at times). Still, you've put it in a really concise and informative manner, and made me think about how I might go about using said techniques in future - and of embarking on further research myself (research that is not PhD related? Will I have the time?! ;) ).

Btw, yes I can see the vanishing point in the distance, now that you mention it! Great stuff - love it! ;)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear my comment was of some use to you! :-) I've been even thinking about making some sort of tutorial about perspective drawing, because I've seen many people find it difficult. :-)
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peet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd gladly read it :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
 Now this is only just shy of perfect! (I particularly love your use of a golden stone, which fits my mental image of Numenor before the days of the King's Men - whom I tend to see as building cold marble monuments until the very landscape seems dwarfed by them).

 May I please be so bold as to ask if you have any plans to depict Armenelos the Golden, City of Kings in Numenor? 
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found this golden colouring appropriate for Númenor. And especially Rómenna, which I have always imagined in warm colours (perhaps due to the connection with sunrise). :-)

Certainly I would love to depict Armenelos though I see it as quite a challenge, as of course the capital city has to be the most splendid and majestic of all. But after I painted the three other major cities of Númenor, Armenelos is logically due... some time in the future. ;-)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
 I can hardly wait to see how you will render, but shall do my best to be patient!:happybounce: 
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Considering depiction of Armenelos, I see also a dilemma, whether to show it in the days of its glory or in the last days with Sauron's temple and all the signs of darkness. I would surely rather like to see the former, but the latter would be just as fascinating. Or depict both in a sort of before/after diptych as I did with Gondolin, but that would of course mean twice as much work...
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
 Perhaps you could depict Armenelos with the terrible Temple under construction? (as a way of showing the City of Kings in it's prime, but with a strong indication that the Doomsday Clock has already begun ticking away, marking time until it's Downfall).
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LornaWinters Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This picture makes me want to go and explore this beautiful city by the sea!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm delighted it made such an impression on you! :nod:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the sepia-tones :)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Linnea! :hug:
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JettieHier Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! I'm trying to learn more about perspective in art and this piece comes at the right time! Thank you.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! I'm glad my picture can be helpful for you! :-)
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Erozja Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Hi! :meow: You have been FEATURED in my journal... Magic of WATERCOLORS #6 :iconjoyloveplz:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :-)
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Worlds-in-Miniature Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautful piece of work! I love the warm tones and the perspective. Thanks for sharing it!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :thanks:
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Worlds-in-Miniature Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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esalazioneHg Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice style!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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BKLusk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful -- I love the color and perspective! Reminds me a little of Escher, but with more emotion and less crazy. Wonderful piece--I love the lines!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm really glad you like it! :clap:
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yiimisekiz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
so nice, i don't know why but i get an Escher feeling on this.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment! :-) Yes, there may be some similarity to Escher's architectural pictures... :-)
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yiimisekiz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
yes, really :)
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mozer1a0x Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work

it makes me think of some of the scenes in the stories of Greek mythology
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, it was aprtly inspired by Greek and Roman architecture.
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mozer1a0x Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very welcome
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roslaug Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Absoloutely beautiful. I love the details and the interesting use of perspective. I kinda want to go into the picture and walk around to see what more lies in store :)
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your coment, I'm glad you like it! :-) You have a nice gallery too! :nod:
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Haydaad Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful painting. Wonderful detail and proportions. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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Katzenfrau007 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like those beautiful warm colors!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Impressive
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :thanks:
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sub-versatile7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice pic man! Yo checkout some of my work, I have my own hip-hop manga n it's actually pretty good
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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ObakeDreams Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice :D I like the colors and... looks really good.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
I love the colors here
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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bohemian-empress Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Dreamy...
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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