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Melian of the Silmarillion by AndrewRyanArt Melian of the Silmarillion by AndrewRyanArt
My version of Melian from the Silmarillion, I think she is Arwen's demi-god great great great grandmother. Though she herself is not an elf I gave her elven ears b/c she was married to one so she would probably have take on an elven form during her time in middle earth.
Melian also taught Galadriel how to bake lembas bread, or so I read.
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NanaStasiya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
So beautiful it is scary.
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4shbr00k Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Perfection. 
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Melian's eyes are very intense, it's almost scary. I would make them a little softer, but that's just me. And it's hard to get the light of Aman in Maiar's and Elves' faces. I love the contrast of the dark background and bright Melian. And I love that dress... that peachy color is beautiful, and the folds are amazing!
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lunasoleil777 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
adore!
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haunting.
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melyannait Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Melian is my favorite 
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Firiel-Archer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I would've expected something a little softer and more subtle from a former handmaid of the god of dreams, but I do like this. She's strong. You can believe she'd have the energy to keep her territory safe from Morgoth for decades or more.
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tolkiendil125 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
dude you rocked the hell outta this painting
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djfauntleroy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Very beautiful. The eyes are very intense, maybe the one thing you could work on is making them less stitchy, more soft without losing the intensity. Know what i mean?
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Dionisante Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good!!!
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TgirlValentine Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful!
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Paul774 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
wow.... i didn't know the stuff you wrote in the description about galadriel and the lembas, cool^^ I love the image it's pretty awesome, it's very ok to give her elven ears, as it's nowhere said the valar look rather like humans than elves in their physical form
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KatsumiA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Amazing work! The color and how they are flowing... amazing. :) And I like the glow of her eyes and the dress. Really, really awesome!
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045-lucky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
This is so amazing <3
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional
wonderful!!!!!!
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Thiodar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work! I've always loved Melian, and now I love her even more. *.*
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Ithildin-dA Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely lovely work!
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maryrodriguez Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Just amazing!
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jemms2012 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
She's looks like more a vampire !
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Elaedan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really amazing! Melian fits the picture also well, cause Arwen's bloodline has indeed almost every case (from the father) black/dark hair and gray eyes. Good also to see so beautiful Silmarillion art! You painted this with computer? 833
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annewipf Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Wonderful. :D
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ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Melian is the mother of Luthien who is the mother of Deor who is the father of Elwing who is the mother of Elrond who is the father of Arwen... so I think you've got the right number of greats...

Anyway, I LOVE her dress. Especially the change in colors at the bottom.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant depiction
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VinrAlfakyn25 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, unlike the fellow below me, I think this is lovely? Her proportions all look correct to me. Elves could be, I would think, tall or short. Shoulder can be described as long? Her head is the perfect size for her body. Her eyes are a realistic size, and I love the emotion and fierceness they express. In other words, well, I think this is absolutely lovely. The dress is wonderful. :3
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Jemmerich Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
If you paid attention to the gifts of the Elves, you would remember that the Elves were more beautiful than all of the other Children of Illuvatar (Homo Sapiens Sapiens), which ment that they were better looking than Tall, Long Shouldered, Small Headed, Long limbed, small eyed, not that beautiful Humans who have a Mandible that is bent downward.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
The problems you claim to see in her are mostly non-existant, perhaps with the exception of the mandible comment (given the perspective of the railing). I find your supposed knowledge of anatomy to be highly suspect and your critique to be of an abrasive nature. That is all.
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Jemmerich Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Well, maybe I might Have gone a bit far with the small head and long limbed and broad sholdered part, but, well, when It Comes to the eye and nose porportions, It really Looks too human. And, since Tolkien really did say that in the Silmarillion that the elves were more beautiful in their youth than any of the children of Illuvatar,
Which are Humans, I Imagine them looking a good bit different from humans.
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djfauntleroy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Melian is not an elv... she is a maia, like Gandalf and Sauron are. Maybe she looks elvish, but i can't remember a part of the Silmarillion where Tolkien described her looks.
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice! I'd like to invite you to make something similar for this project: [link]
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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I love the dress! It looks like is alive!
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Dear DuneChampion
Your Wonderful art work ... is selected to get in...Action-Portraits...:)
If you agree...!!!
:iconaction-portraits:...:heart:
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Lilithart13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing.
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syvyan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
i quite liked melian, she was a nifty lady.... and rather scary. you have made her look rather scary :P

it is sort of reminiscent of galadriels temptation.....
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks, that was my thought process, I loved how galadrel came off as also being dangerous so that was my motivation.
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syvyan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
well kudos to you, have epic skills. there are very few who can get across their intention adequately XD
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Kedestria Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful! i love her dress!
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Malallory Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is fantastic! She looks so fierce.
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piarro Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As a Maia of the Ainur should look like. This is one of the best depictions of Melian that I've ever seen. Totally fulfills my expectations of how she would appear to be. Fantastico!!!
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ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE her dress!
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alcuin18 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Wow great job, very realistic. :)
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love her dress :heart:
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paws4pictures Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely amazing!
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GuadaLucero Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
I think it's great, she looks beutiful yet powerful and a bit scary
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks that's what I was going for.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
She is beautiful (I adore her dress and hair), but I find she is a little bit too witchy and scary for the Melian I imagine.
Anyway, wow. Amazing.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks, I think I percieve her as looking kind of scary b/c of her raw magical power. Plus I've always had an affinity for more severe-looking women.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Maybe it is so. After all, she is a Maia.
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Art-deWhill Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   General Artist
great! I love your loose style :)
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StrawberryJam1313 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Well she's not so much a demigod as a Maia (like Gandalf, a smaller god than the Valar) but whatever xD She looks great ^^ I love the dress!
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
I know it's just that non LOTR fans wouldn't know what a maia is so I did the best I could with the terminology.
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