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Varda by Valyavande Varda by Valyavande
'Of all the Great Ones who dwell in this world the Elves hold Varda most in reverence and love. Elbereth they name her, and they call upon her name out of the shadows of Middle-earth, and uplift it in song at the rising of the stars'
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

There's something strange about the face, isn't it? The feeling won't go away but I can't see the problem D:

It isn't a good idea to paint beautiful characters if you are not capable of painting good faces. Well, I know, I should practice more instead of moaning about that ^^°

At least, this is just my idea how Varda could look like. I don't know if Tolkien ever writes which haircolour she has, I could only see that people around DA uses black or white. It seems that there's no discription.
First I wanted to paint white hair too, but now it's more ivory-coloured. The contrast would have been to hard if I had painted the hair brighter. I like it this way

Edit: changed some things now in the face. Hope it's better.
Big thanks to :iconashai-c:, because she makes an overpaint for me

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:iconrabidus-lepus:
Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I find all your faces to be quite beautiful!
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
aw, tahnk you very much for these words! I always think that faces are one of my weak points
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really great, and starry... :-)
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:iconaxiabetty:
axiabetty Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great piece of art! I love the colours and the pose you used!
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much for your words :)
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:iconaxiabetty:
axiabetty Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome ^^
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:iconkazumasoju:
kazumasoju Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Hello :) Just stopping by to give you a little surprise [link] :meow:
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much for the feature :heart:
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:iconkazumasoju:
kazumasoju Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
:D:D
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:iconreid-pax:
Reid-Pax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Beautiful. Really beautiful. I wish there was more Tolkien fanart out there. Maybe I should try my hand at it sometime!

I really like this though. Especially the cape, it's very whimsical.

If you'd like an actual critique note me.
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, there can never be enough Tolkien related art =) There are so many beautiful and cool characters in his stories that someone can draw. You really should do something too =)
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:iconkraeutemall:
kraeutemall Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Gefällt mir! Mich würde mal Sauron interessieren, bevor er von Morgoth beeinflusst worden ist.
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
könnte ich mal malen demnächst. Muss ich mal schauen, was es da alles an Infos gibt zum "frühzeitigen" Sauron =)
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MeganElf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
woooow :eyepopping:

great job! Interesting, I've always pictured Varda with dark hair... I like it like this though!! :D and awesome crown! :P
and I love how her cape fades into the sky... wonderful touch to emphasize what her powers are! :D
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this kind words =D
And there are many beautiful illustration around where Varda has dark hair too. It's just a thing of the own imagination, but it can always be wonderful
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:iconmeganelf:
MeganElf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. :D wonderfully done! :love:
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:iconfaerie-of-moonfilter:
Beautiful! Varda is one of my favourite of the Valar. I love how you has depicted her in your painting.
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you =D
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:iconsleepyvirgo:
Sleepyvirgo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
this is really awesome!
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you ^^
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:iconsleepyvirgo:
Sleepyvirgo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
np
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:iconheidiceleghin:
HeidiCeleghin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous painting!! I love the colors and the form modeling. Really amazing :)
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much for this nice words =D
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:iconfynwe:
Fynwe Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Also ich weiß gar nicht, was du immer hast... ich find sie ausgesprochen hübsch. :)
Aber es ist ein großer Schritt... im letzten Bild fand ich das Gesicht noch etwas sehr kantig und herb... hier ist es schon richtig weiblich.
Schön!
Einzig die starken Schatten an der Hand stören mich etwas... die Fingerknöchel mein ich ><
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Du hast du erste Version nicht gesehen, oder? XD die war noch nicht so hübsch ;) Mal sehen was bei den nächsten Bildern so bei rum kommt. Aber ich bilde mir ein, ein paar Sachen verstanden zu haben =)

Stimmt, mit dem Schatten hast du recht. Hätte ich wirklich etwas weniger stark machen können^^°
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:iconfynwe:
Fynwe Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Jau... aber für die erste Version war ich leider zu spät dran XD
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ist auch besser so XD
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:iconarinen:
Arinen Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think the eyes might be a little close together, but other than that this looks amazing :D Good work :thumbsup:
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your words =)
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:iconarinen:
Arinen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Anytime :D
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:iconsilamir:
silamir Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010   General Artist
I love her hair and her tiara, so pretty! :D I think the problem with her face is her chin and jaw are a bit too large and her nose is kind of wide so it gives her a masculine look. Her eyes are really pretty. :D
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your point of view about the problems. I hope your words will help me in the future =)
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:iconsilamir:
silamir Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   General Artist
you're welcome :)
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:iconfraeuleinbaer:
FraeuleinBaer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ein echt tolles Bild! (:
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
dankeschön =3
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:iconfraeuleinbaer:
FraeuleinBaer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Nichts zu danken! <3
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:icon1000dreams:
1000Dreams Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, hier ist es auch, habe auf Animexx schon einen Blick drauf geworfen.
Sehr, sehr schön. Die Haare und die Haut, in Traum.
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hier war es sogar schon vor Animexx =) (und das nicht nur wegen der Freischaltung XD)
Danke dir für deine Worte^^
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:icon1000dreams:
1000Dreams Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, hier hinke ich eh immer mit News hinterher, zu viele Abos befürchte ich *lach*
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
*lol* hier gibts aber auch so unglaublich viele tolle Leute die man watchen kann! aber wenns zu viele sind hat man es wirklich schwer hinterher zu kommen. Ich werd ja vor allem von meinen Gruppen überflutet XD
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:icon1000dreams:
1000Dreams Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
allerdings *lach*
Bei den Gruppen hab ich die Deviations schon längs abgeschaltet, ich schau so hin und wieder rein, komm ja auch ohne die Gruppen schon nicht mehr durch, bei den vielen tollen Bildern. ^^;
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GoldenQueen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Ich hab das Gefühl, eine Kleinigkeit stimmt da nicht, aber sonst ist es wunderschön! Ich liebe ihr Gesicht! Und die Hand hast du auch toll hinbekommen, aber am Besten find ich die Augen und die Haare. Zum HG: Er ist zwar einfach, aber irgendwie mag ich ihn sehr. Wunderschön geworden.
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Irgendeine Kleinigkeit nervt mich glaube ich auch noch. Aber ich kanns nicht definieren und ich freu mich jetzt einfach nur über den Sprung den es überhaupt gemacht hat. Die erste Onlineversion war doch etwas anders XD

Ich glaube, mehr als ein einfacher Hintergrund wäre hier auch schnell zu viel gewesen. Ich will ja nicht, dass der Hintergrund wichtiger wirkt als die Figur^^

Danke dir für deinen Kommentar =)
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:iconneroblade:
NeroBlade Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:omg: das sieht sweet aus:woohoo::woohoo::faint:
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
dankeschön^^
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:iconneroblade:
NeroBlade Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
bitte sönn^^
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:iconavisnocturna:
avisnocturna Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Irgendwie hab ich das Gefühl, dass das Bild hier ein ziemlich großer Sprung ist! weiter soooooo!!!
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wuhi, bei solchen Worten von dir freu ich mich immer besonders =D dankeschön
hoffentlich gehts auch wirklich weiter so ;)
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:iconschneewehe:
Schneewehe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Ich hab irgendwie das gefühl, dass liegt an der Nase-mund-kombination. weiß nicht warum, aber die sehen ein wenig versetzt aus, also beide wie minimal aus nem anderen winkel. oder es liegt nur an der nase. ich kanns leider auch nicht genau sagen.
aber einfach wahnsinn, was für einen fortschritt du in den letzten monaten gemacht hast!
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Irgendwie hab ich auch das Gefühl, an diesen Sachen hängt noch was. Aber wenn man es nicht genau definieren kann ist es unglaublich schwer da was zu ändern. Vllt. hab ich ja Glück und in Zukunft bessert sich das automatisch ohne dass ich mir zu viele Gedanken darüber machen muss ^^°
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