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The Road Goes Ever On by MatejCadil The Road Goes Ever On by MatejCadil
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.


J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book I, Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party
ballpoint pen and watercolour pencils

Another illustration for one of the beautiful Tolkien poems, this time it is The Old Walking Song, which appears several times throughout The Lord of the Rings in several variations. This is the first one, sung by Bilbo, as he leaves the Bag End for his permanent holiday after the Long-Expected Party.
For a beautiful musical version, listen to the Tolkien Ensemble: youtu.be/Y8lcVJPX-sk
By the way, can you recognize some particular places details in the picture? :-)
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I must say that I didn't know this poem by Tolkien. However, I instantly recognized the Tolkien world by looking at your drawing! You have captured the essence of this world perfectly while staying true to your own style.

I really like how the road tells a story. You can definitely see the journey the character is gonna go through. The viewer's mind can trace and imagine the adventures even though the road has just begun. A good illustration of a book captures and excites the audience, and you have done this very well.

The composition is standard, classic. I don't mean this in a bad way. I, personally, think it suits what you are visualising very well-a long,exciting journey. The height of the image contributes to the storytelling and allows both you and the viewer to engage with the image on many levels. I personally, like how the landscape gradually transforms in a more harsh environment, which is very typical for Tolkien's stories.

The image gives me a bit of 2D vibes but you have kept the perspective quite neatly by leaving out details the further the eye goes. I would suggest to add a few more details to the hills after the hobbit holes because the mountains after them draw the eye much more and it appears as if they are closer.

All in all, I think this is a really beautiful and engaging piece with a lot of attention to detail. Well done!
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At first glance the choice for an extreme portrait length was unsettling, but after viewing the work further it became a fantastic narration. It draws the eye of the viewer on a voyage ahead which compliments the subject matter of the work. I would encourage you to take this idea and compose some variations of different perspectives to convey an even better impact on the viewer. The storybook illustrative style is also a compliment to the subject with light colors that enhance the fairy-tale aspect, however the colors could be altered in hue to enhance a difference between foreground and background. I feel the line strengths could be altered to convey a better effect of distance. As mentioned with the color, the line work in the foreground are just as strong as the line work in the background and this disrupts the illusion of distance. Overall I feel the work is well composed and your ideas for conveying the subject matter are excellent. Your choice of medium I feel was spot on and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
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Strašně, strašně moc se mi líbí, jak záložka obsáhne doopravdy celou Bilbovu cestu až k Ereboru, ty detaily jsou ohromující: most přes Brandyvínu, Hůrka, Mohylové vrchy, hrady Rhudauru, Roklinka, Skalbal, Meddědův dům, Jezerní město... jsou to Komáří močály, co vidím??? Nemůžu se vynadívat. :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No jo, hrozně mě bavilo to tam všechno poskládat. =D Samozřejmě v těch bližších částech jsou to hlavně místa známá z první části Pána prstenů, ale říkal jsem si, že to celkem sedí dohromady – ostatně ta písnička sama je z Pána prstenů, i když ji jako první zpívá Bilbo. Určitě by se tam dalo ještě pár detailů přidat (podrobnější krajina v Kraji, dům Toma Bombadila, orlí hnízda v Mlžných horách...), ale to se mi sem už nevešlo. ;-) A ano, Komáří močály tam jsou, kousek za Hůrkou. :-)
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work with a wonderful vista, capturing all the many elements of that long, epochal journey! Reminds me very much of a similar Howe piece, though I think that was for the LotR saga? Do you know which one I'm talking about?
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :-)
I'm not sure what illustration you mean, though I vaguely remember seeing something of this sort (but I don't know whether it was Howe or some other artist).
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
It's in one of John Howe's art books that I own, illustrated for a board game. Here's a link - the only one I can find, but it looks a lot nicer without the paraphernalia all over it :).

Anyway, this piece reminds me a bit of it :)

thumbs.picclick.com/00/s/NTMzW…
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting, I am almost sure I have never seen this one.
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Rearda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! You take the road all the way to Erebor in very pleasing detail. Bilbo also took this road after he had relinquished the Ring.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
That would also make a great illustration for Bilbo's Last Song.  Very much in harmony with Tolkien's own graphic style.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you say that, i love Tolkien's own illustrations and it's an honour to be compared with them (it's an interesting thing that although I have seen most of his illustrations by now, some similarity of my style had been pointed out to me before I knew them, so there couldn't have been any direct influence).
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
Sometimes you just think like someone else did...
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Toraach Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
An impressive portrait of the Hobbit in one picture :) 

I miss new pictures from Gondor series :) 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! :-)

Hopefully you will not have to wait much longer, I have four more kings of Gondor in the process, two of them almost finished, so they should be here soon! :-)
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Toraach Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
I pressume that all of them are extremaly interesting. There isn't stuff like with the early kinds, who didn't do much :) 

Valacar married a rhovanion princess.
Eldacar had a civil war.
Castamir the usurper.
Aldamir died in a battle. 
About everone of them is something interesting to shown on pictures.

And later 
Hyarmedacil II, a victorious leader.

  1. Minardil r. 1621 – 1634                     - died in a great raid on Pelargir.
  2. Telemnar r. 1634 – 1636. Died in the Great Plague with all his children.
  3. Tarondor r. 1636 – 1798. Nephew of Telemnar
  4. Telumehtar Umbardacil r. 1798 – 1850            - yet another to shown in Umbar
  5. Narmacil II r. 1850 – 1856                  - killed by wainraiders
  6. Calimehtar r. 1856 – 1936                - won against wainraiders
  7. Ondoher r. 1936 – 1944. Died in battle with his two sons                     - also interesting. 
    *Fíriel daughter of Ondoher might have been ruling Queen, but was passed by                                - also she is interesting :)
  8. Eärnil II r. 1945 – 2043. Was given the crown after a year of rule by the Steward Pelendur. A descendant of Telumehtar Umbardacil                       - the two last kinds are very very interesting characters. 
  9. Eärnur r. 2043 – c. 2050. Last King of Gondor before the Reign of the Stewards. Was probably murdered by the Witch-king.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your insightful comment, yes, these later kings of Gondor are certainly generally more interesting and with all of them there is at least some helpful information. I'm looking forward to portray them (hopefully it will not take too long). :-)
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alystraea Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, the colours and the details! You show the lands of the entire journey as Bilbo goes east in The Hobbit - the Shire, Rivendell, then the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, Laketown, and finally the Lonely Mountain. I think Bree and Weathertop are there too. It's beautiful! Heart 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like the pisture! :-) Yes, there are all those details you mentioned, basically chronicling Bilbo's journey east, but in the nearer part supplemented by places from the Lord of the Rings: Buckland, Old Forest, Barrow Downs and as you said Bree and Weathertop. :-)
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alystraea Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I can see it all! :-) It really is an excellent illustration. It gives such a feeling of adventure, possibilities, vast distances, and all the stories that are going to unfold - so uplifting! 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you see it there! :-)
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Dulliros Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the idea and you put so many things into this one picture. Also, your style reminds me of the illustrations in the old issue of the Hobbit I had borrowed form a friend when I first read the story.
"The Old Walking Song" is one of my favorite Tolkien poems.
Just have to :+fav: it.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment, I'm glad you like my picture! I love this poem too. :-)
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Dulliros Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is just beautiful! Colors are truly great
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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Meeweeda Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Student General Artist
What an interesting perspective! I love the layout for this piece! Well done!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it! :-) It was an interesting challenge for me as I had to make a compromise between realistic perspective and a map-like stylization, showing the course of the road and keeping even the furthest parts recognizable. The narrow and high format of the picture was set by the monthly challenge (bookmark) and it was in fact an inspiration for this composition. :-)
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Meeweeda Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student General Artist
It turned out very nicely!
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Menkhar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
úžasné! Clap 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky! :bow:
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varyar77 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Fantastic! You did a lovely job capturing all the stops on Bilbo's journey, and some of Frodo's for good measure.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :-)
Yes, I wanted to capture the road of the great adventures the hobbits took. :-)
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