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Greenwood the Great by MatejCadil Greenwood the Great by MatejCadil
Greenwood the Great (or Eryn Galen) was a large forest in Rhovanion, later known as Mirkwood throughout most of the Third Age. It may have once formed part of the vast primeval woodland which covered most of Middle-earth during the Years of the Trees. The Eldar passed through the area on their journey to Valinor and it was first populated at this time by the Nandor, unwilling to cross the Misty Mountains. They multiplied and were joined by wandering Avari, becoming known as Silvan or Wood-elves (they were later ruled by Sindar lords Oropher and then his son Thranduil). Early in Greenwood's history, the Old Forest Road was constructed by the Longbeard Dwarves to carry traffic between their territory in the Misty Mountains to Erebor, and the Iron Hills. Later, in the First Age, Men also came from the east and settled in the forest itself and in the surrounding lands, becoming known as Woodmen. They were likely responsible for some retreat of the forest's borders (Though it still remained vast).
Around the turn of the first millennium of the Third Age Sauron, under the guise of the 'Necromancer', returned to Middle-earth and built a fortress on the hill of Amon Lanc in southern Greenwood. The hill and the fortress together become known as Dol Guldur, the "Hill of Sorcery". Sauron's arrival caused a darkening of Greenwood, and at this point it became known as Mirkwood. Giant spiders, as well as bats and orcs in Dol Guldur's service occupied the forest and it became thicker, darker and covered in cobwebs.
It was not until the end of the Third Age and the defeat of Sauron, that the forest was purged of the darkness and renamed Wood of Greenleaves.

oil pastel, A2 paper. 2017.

Made for February 2017 'Green' monthly theme on Projekt ilustrace. I  haven't drawn any bigger piece in oil pastels for quite some time and I got a new set of Van Gogh pastels for Christmas, so to try them out, I wanted to make some large and richly coloured picture. With oil pastels, I really love drawing trees, bushes and landscapes in general. It is quite enjoyable, but this turned out to be more difficult than expected (drawing trees from below is always more difficult, as there has to be the illusion of light shining through the leaves) and I'm not completely satisfied with the trees, but I think it's good for now. :-) I also tried a new technique (inspired by Ffey 's oil pastel landscapes), scratching in the layers of oil pastel (it is especially effective for the grass). Anyway, I hope you like it! :-)
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Critique by Albion93 Albion93/critique/1490724309">Mar 12, 2017, 5:29:58 AM
I really admire the serene atmosphere and attention to detail infused on every leaf, blade of glass and fold of bark on each of the trees. They way the shadows of the forest stretch on beyond line of visibility is also believable. It has a nice painterly quality to it while still imitating real life to a pleasing degree. The tall, flowing shapes of the trees are reminiscent to Tolkien's. In its final form, I would say the canopy of leaves is where the brushstrokes feel a little more obvious, while everything on the ground flaw and on the bark of the trees conveys a wistful fairy tale charm. You captured that sense of wildness and lack o corruption that Greenwood would have shown before Sauron's presence crept in. Overall, this is a very good painting, with excellent attention to detail and keeping in tone with J.R.R. Tolkien's illustration style
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noleme Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
Lovely! Almost didn't notice the Elf patrol. 8o
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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Hemhet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017
I like the details and the lot of differend green colours in this picture. :)
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love using green and painting trees and grass and natural scenery and here I certainly enjoyed playing with the colours. :-)
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tohoto obrazu se nemůžu vynadívat! To jezero, ty stromy. Je to zvláštní- takový nějaký les jsem vždycky měla v hlavě, jen jevím, jeslti jsem si ho přiřazovala k nějakému konkrétnímu středozemskému. :) Hrozně se mi líbí, jak se to všechno hýbe a vlní a jakou to má hloubku! :clap: Jo a veliké plus za všechny ty houby!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, jsem rád že se ti to líbí. To je zajímavé, taky jsem měl už dlouho chuť takový nějaký hodně bohatě zelený (pra)les si nakreslit a využít zase olejové pastely, téma "zelená" mi k tomu přišlo vhod a docela rychle jsem se rozhodl pro Velký zelený hvozd. Ale s konkrétním rozvržením obrázku jsem měl trochu problém, pořád jsem se nemohl rozhodnout, jak přesně to pojmout, a nemohl jsem najít skoro žádné fotky pro inspiraci a jako předlohu, se kterými bych byl spokojený, takže jsem to nakonec kreslil skoro výhradně podle fantazie a bez úplně jasného plánu. Na těch stromech je asi poznat, že by jim lepší předloha nezaškodila, ale jinak mě to samotného celkem příjemně překvapilo. :-) Jo jo, houby, s nima jsem na vás myslel. =D
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aredhelfromtirion Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
To jezírko je nádherné! Taková bažinka uprostřed lesa... trošku mi to připomíná Rýchorský prales. 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jojo, chtěl jsem, aby to vypadalo opravdu divoce a "pralesovitě". :-)
Rýchorský prales mám moc rád (i když při kreslení mě teda jako přímá inspirace vůbec nenapadl).
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Toraach Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
I see an elven ranger who is watching the pond :) 

I have an idea for fanfiction. That Thranduil, Elros, Elladan and some other elves including eternally preatty girls live in Puszcza Białowieska in Poland as the last bit of the Greenwood the Great :P And they don't do much, except stealing vodka and food from men, and have crazy "adventures" like trying to electrification of their halls, of course by, damm English lacks proper words for stealing energy and many other ordinary things! But one day they learn that someone in far far away America made a movie "Lord of the Rings" where are characters called Legolas, Elrond, Galadriel. And they are angry, very angry! 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, that sounds interesting! =D
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
A truly vivid and effective capture, in nearly his style, of what Tolkien wanted us to see.  Very lovely detail and color, wonderful agglomeration of elements.  It's very good indeed.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I even used Tolkien's own illustration of Mirkwood as an initial inspiration. :-)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Successfully!
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Lolliangel123 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
This looks amazing, very beautifully done! :)
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:iconmatejcadil:
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Lolliangel123 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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Ffey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
to je pekny les, hlavne tim, kolik je tam stromu ruznych tvaru a barev, ze jsou i spadane a zlomene a koli je tam ruznych rostlina hub. je pravda, ze korunam neco chybi, spodni polovina obrazku je uplne skvela, horni je trochu slabsi. ty koruny jsou takove placate, mozna je problem v tom, ze maji stejnou barvu ty blizko i ty vzdalene a stejnou barvu nahore i dole, svetlo sice prosvita, ale neosvetluje je. a kdyz to svetlo prosvitajici mezi korunami je takove bile, cekala bych jezirko svetlejsi, nebo aspon s vyrazne svetlymi odlesky.
ta trava! ztrava je uplne nadherna, dokonala, skvele se to povedla a mech na kamenech je jako zivy, to vubec nechapu, jak jsi dokazal. i ty keriky, zvlast ten uplne u kraje vlevo, jsou moc povedene.
je to obrazek na ktery je zabavne se divat, protoze vsude se da objevit nejaky detail, tam houba, tam taky houba, tam nejaka odlisna rostlina, tam postava s lukem, ktere jsem si prvnich pet minut vubec nevsimla, neprekvapilo by me, kdyby tam byl nejaky maskovany ent :D
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky za dlouhý komentář. :-) No, jak říkáš. Nejsem s těmi korunami moc spokojený, měl jsem je kreslit asi víc podle nějaké předlohy, protože jak už jsem psal, zjistil jsem, že je to mnohem těžší, než kreslit stromy (a keře) z nadhledu, nebo aspoň ze strany. Musím si to ještě procvičit.
Jinak asmozřejmě mě krozně baví kreslit obrázky, na kterých je spousta drobných detailů je na nich co objevovat. Olejovými pastely se drobnější detaily kreslí trochu hůř, ale při takovémhle formátu se i to docela dobře dá.
Pokud jde o trávu a to vyškrabávání, tak chvála od tebe mě opravdu těší, i když mám pocit, že se s touhle technikou mám pořád ještě dost co učit. :-)
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Ladyoftheflower Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
I love this work!! Forests are one of my fav subject for oil painting, and your Greenwood interpretation is wonderful for colors and details! It'seems like I can walk through! ^.^
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, thanks for your comment! :-) You have some beautiful oil paintings of forests in your gallery, I just looked at them. Although I have done very few oil paintings so far, I love using oil pastel (which is in many ways similar) for such landscapes. But coincidentally, after several years I've just started one oil painting featuring a tree alley in autumn, so I'm very much looking forward to it (and this picture partially served as a good practice). :-)
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Ladyoftheflower Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
My fav technique is oil, I ever painted only with oil, but in the last year I was totally involved with digital, learning how to use this new and strange art-instrument! I think the reason is curiosity, but also the few time I have for painting (most of times at night O.o) I have so many canvas about trees in my home that I can't find a little piece of room to place it! ^.^
I'll be waiting to see you new work! 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also mostly make art at night (and in various spare time I can find), and that's why I prefer drawing with pen or coloured pencils, oil pastels or charcoal (and to some degree, watercolour), because they do not need a lot of preparation, I can just sit down for a while and draw. But for oil painting, the preparation is much more complicated, from putting on some clothes that can be stained ;-) setting up easel, canvas, palette, colours, medium, etc. etc., you know it well. :-) But I certainly enjoy the painting. :-)
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Ladyoftheflower Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
That's true! It's the reason why I began to try digital, after years of oil painting! For my personal curiosity, but also because I can draw everywhere, in every situations ^.^ Even if there is no light, I'm on a train, or everywhere else. It's not the same thing, but It's funny.
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Menkhar Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
překrásné! miluji zelenou barvu Clap Love 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jo, to já taky! Rád dělám krajinky a hlavně těma pastelama se krásně kreslí stromy, keře, tráva a vůbec ta bohatá zeleň. :-)
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khinson Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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Alinnela Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Úžasné! :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky! :thanks:
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Tit-Lilou Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Yes I do.
I like trees and specially the details on the trunks and the red of the bark.
This is beautiful as green is a difficult color to show.
You've done a very good work Pink Kiss 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind comment, I'm glad you like it.
The trunks were quite enjoyable to draw. :-)
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