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Luthien and Huan by Canis-Lupess Luthien and Huan by Canis-Lupess
Luthien and Huan after she escaped from her father who held her prisoner to stop her from going to rescue Beren from Morgoth.
Huan was supposed to be a large wolf hound/dog. Some people inagine him to be like an Irish wolfhound but I imagined him more as a wolf like primitive looking dog so just used a wolf as a ref but it wasn't from my photo so, other than posting it in here, I don't do anything with this piece. He also had to be large enough for her to ride him. I know it looks strange but she did ride him in the story so he had to be large enough for that.

This is from the Silmarillion, not LOTR.

Ted Nasmith said that this Luthien was one of the best depictions he'd seen of her but there are things I'd change if I painted her again now. Another OLD piece.
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ifergus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Looks great and a wolf works fine, wolves and dogs are exactly the same species.
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Frank8888888 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
That's beautiful :)
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Angotir Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like the composition and big size of Huan, but I think that he looks like wolf too much. In the book he called a Valar Hound, he should look like dog, I think. But, of course, this is your way to imagine him. As for me - I always imagined Huan as giant wolfhound.
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I imagined him as a wolf-like dog as this would be a primitive type dog but this is an old painting and I would make him slightly less wolfish now but still wolf/primitive dog like. A wolfhound like what we have in reality is a modern dog breed...no actual breed is ancient as originally thought and they all derive from the village dog which evolved from a wolf-like ancestor.....so I couldn't imagine Huan as being like a modern dog breed in our world.
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chriskrycho Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Lovely. :)
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Thanks:)
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Paul774 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
i love that Huan is so huge. 1) He had to carry her, so he must be big. 2) Most probably he was a Maia, so he's not just some random small dog. 3) He fought against all those creatures of Morgoth and killed thm all so he needs to be extremely huge. I only think he looks too wolf-like, but the reason you axplain in another comment and i think i understand why you did it. i love it :D
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Oh wow you got Ted Nasmith to compliment your drawings too! He's another one of my idols 8O I really like this renedition, I think the wolf is a nice change to the hounds you see. And Luthien is gorgeous :) I really love the blurry effect you put at the front of the picture, it's so neat! I feel like I'm peering through the grass at them :heart:
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Yeah, thats the feeling I wanted to convey...it pulls the viewer into the image.
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
It sure does!
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LyraMeldy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Student General Artist
its extremly well made,but i do think Huan is a bit too big
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Maybe...I just took into account that Luthien did ride him so he had to be large enough to carry her.
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FCLittle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this one very much....
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Cheers:)
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Miruna-Lavinia Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Huan wasn't a wolf thought, but a hound!
Yet, this is soooooooo beautiful!
Well done!
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
Yes, he was a hound but I imagined him to be a primitive type dog that looks wolflike although I probably made him look a little too wolflike in this, I did it years ago and would change a lot of things now...I didn't imagine him to be an Irish Wolfhound or something of that type...that is a breed of our world, not Middle-Earth.

Thanks:)
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Enaile Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
I wish I could make fur like this in my drawings

just wonderfull ^-^
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Thanks.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
ooh I really like this. Not familiar with the Silmarillion though, I think it looks great anyway. It really caught my attention. Must be the huge wolf :D lovely detail and colour.
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Thanks.:)
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007   Traditional Artist
I like it very much. Its magical. I like the depiction Beren...friendly but wolfish and wild, strong and steady.
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007   Traditional Artist
ahhh, :blush: I need to catch up on my Silmarilion; its been a looong time! :D
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Ah, Beren was the guy who Luthien fell in love with and he was captive in Morgoths abode at the time this scene was set.

Huan was the wolf hound.

Thanks.:)
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Murrauddin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
I'm not sure about Luthien, but the appearance of Huan, his size and his "expression" are very likable...though he's more like a "friendly wolf" than a "wolfhound"!
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
I didn't want to portray him like an irish wolfhound as they are breed of this world so I portrayed him to look more wolfish...like primitive dogs would have looked but maybe he could have looked slightly less pure wolf. I'd change that if I did this again but wouldn't paint him like an Irish wolfhound. More like a wolf hybrid type dog.

As for Luthien, well, everyone has their own image of what characters looked like. The variety can be quite interesting in itself.
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Murrauddin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
That's right, there's so many Huans looking like Irish wolfhounds , it has become commonplace. But Middle-Earth is not exactly Ireland and Irish wolfhound is not very suitable to ride on. And wolf-like dog seems much more ancient and magical...
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crhino Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
I disagree. Sometimes we lose the original 'spice' of our original enthusiasm.[Is that a double negative? And therefore gloomy?]
The Wolf looks really good. No worse than your modern stuff.
Anyway, enough of that. On to the more fun stuff.
Silmarillion, you say? I read about a paragraph of that, seriously hard going.
I thought I said 'fun stuff'.
I beg to differ on the 'large hound' thing. I think it is more about a 'tiny, tiny woman'.
You've painted all of the pic, to the scale of the hound, so therefore, the woman is tiny. :poke:
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
You're always gloomy...

Anyway, yes, one of the things I did sometimes fail to take into account during my younger days. Live and learn. I think about stuff like that much more now and don't use other peoples photos anymore unless they are provided as copyright free images such as the RIL at wetcanvas or unless I had permission from the photographer themselves.

I still have to stick with what I said about being reminded on how much you improved by seeing old pieces. I hadn't looked at these old LOTR ones for quite some time. I have even older stuff that I've not looked at for even longer and I know it does actively make me compare my current stuff to what I did back then when I look at it. So, again, we'll have to agree to disagree. The wolf might have been good for the time but, as noticed, there are more aspects to the painting than the wolf.
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crhino Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Gloomy? I thought I was fairly humourous, oh well. :(
I did know what you meant though. All I meant was that, whilst technically improving with time, sometimes the rawness of an early work, can appear less rigid. In the same way that some badly drawn cartoons work. They still capture the essence of what you were trying to do.
I totally agree with the photo stuff. It just isn't worth the risk. I had that problem with that Tiger one. The one that you thought I'd copied off another artist, ages ago. I've managed to build a reasonable collection of photo's now, which helps a lot. Certain animals are not covered, but we can't have everything. Doh, did I end that in a gloomy fashion? ;p
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
lol.

Yeah, getting ref photos of all the things you want to paint is a pain. I have the camera, just not the subjects damnit!!!
There are no decent zoos near where I live without having to spend several hours driving there etc...

What zoos do you visit?
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crhino Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
I go to the excellant John Aspinall Zoo's, Howletts and Port Lympne. There are other, more specialist places within an hour or two's drive, like the Wolf place and the leopard place that I went too. There's a Tiger place, really close, closer than all the others, but it is also bloody expensive. That's the bane of living in a rich area.
Where do you live then, that there are no zoo's? I have to drive for 90 min's plus, so they're not that near.
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
I live in S. Yorkshire. The nearest zoo is Twycross which is nearly all monkeys/primates now which I am not as interested in photographing and painting. I like all animals but you have your faves when it comes to painting and photography etc...and they aren't it.
There is Chester zoo which is a bit further out but I hear they've not got the cheetahs anymore like they used to and no wolves either.

The only place I got to see wolves was when I was about 10 when my mum took me to Whipsnade on our way home from family friends in guildford. It was an ace place but very big and we didn't have time to walk all the way round it and enjoy it to it's full potential. The enclosures there are very big and natural looking. There was a very large pack of wolves there and they had lions, tigers, cheetahs etc.. too. It's just too far out from where I live and I don't have much confidence driving distances in places I don't know anyway.

The last zoo I went to was in Toronto in Dec 2003 and it was so cold, some animals were taken off exhibit. They did have arctic wolves there, cheetahs, lions, snow leopards and tigers etc... but I only had my old little crappy digicam back then so only got photos reflective of that.
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crhino Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Who's gloomy here? Oh yeah, I remember, lol.
Mmmm, a nice Yorkshire las eh.
I'd take you out, if only you were nearer. I know some shit hot places. ;p
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Yeah with the BROAD accent to match. I'm not one of these who speaks estuary English/Mockney as too many people in Yorkshire do these days. People know that I'm from Yorkshire.

Us two go out? Nah, you need the opposite to counteract you. We'd be like a couple of victor meldrews fueling each others negative attitude.:P
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samrhodes Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
This is quite pretty, and the wolf is good. It's obvious this is an old piece, but that's a good thing. It shows how much you've improved since then. :)
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Canis-Lupess Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Yeah...always good to know that you are getting better. Is it is gradual, it can sometimes be difficult to notice just how much without seeing older stuff.

Cheers.:)
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