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    Eowyn & Nazgul -Open Studio

    Hey Conceptart!

    It's been forever, and another year passes by and i thought I'd share this very recent piece, Eowyn and the Nazgul on the fields of Pelennor, oil on panel, 30" x 40". Created as a private commission, but pulling double duty as part of my new Middle-Earth art book due out later this year- Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth. I'll post more on that at another time, as there are so many images to go with it.

    Another reason for this post, is I am hosting an Open Studio again this coming weekend, June 5-6th, from 1-6pm each day. I'll have Eowyn here as well as many other drawing and paintings for the book and various other projects.

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    Also included here are the rough drawings that got me going on the image.

    Enjoy!

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    Hey Donato... Great piece. Wish I was down in NYC this weekend to stop on by. I'll see you at the IMC though.

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    Ahh, yes, a new piece from Donato! I love the contrast between the realistic and the fantastic. I'm thinking about how the head of the beast looks like that animal could exist for real, but the Nazgul himself is this more iconic, graphic silhouette with invisible head. Or the difference between the realistic grass in the foreground and the swirly smoke in the background. Love it!

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    Donato, as always, thanks for sharing your visions and being so giving! This piece is really cool, feels a bit raw and rough which is really nice to see from you. Love this image and cannot wait to see the new art book!
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    Wow, beautiful painting! I really love the sketches also.

    Really looking forward to your Middle Earth book, thanks for sharing!

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    fantastic piece. maybe you could size it down just a tad to better be able to take it all in. Gorgeous intepretation though.

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    ^right click>view image?
    Beautiful work Donato. I really have to stop looking at it, its been like the tenth time in one hour, lol. Can you share your painting process?

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    Very nice, good to see it in conjunction with your sketches.

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    Hi Donato,thanks for sharing your works here.i'm a big fan of yours.

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    wonderful! very classic feel to it.

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    Love your work. This one blew my mind away!

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    I can almost always tell your book covers by your distinctive style. I love the detail and composition in this piece. You are great!

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    Crazy good composition!

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    Bravo Maestro! Simply a masterpiece, Thank you for posting the sketches too.
    Great inspiration!

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    Awesome!

    I'm glad you posted it so large.

    I saw a preview of it on Eric Braddock's blog when he visited you.

    I love the sketches!

    @ Imagine13. If you want to see his painting process go buy his DVD about the Mechanic. I highly recommend it!

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    Phenomenal work, but then again, one could could expect no less from you. Great job.

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    Awesome piece, I will definitely stop by your studio this weekend.

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    This looks great totally awsome.

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    It really feels different from you usual cleanly painted work. I still love it though. You still have a knack for great composition, incredible at setting moods and excellent color pallete choices. I wish I could come to see you demo. Hope to see some more work from you.

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    nice work

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    You forgot to paint that dude's head.




    It looks great

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    Awesome

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    I enjoyed this piece.

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    Very retro fantasy-ish! I really love it. You constructed the painting really good I think, placing the Witchking higher up in the frame, looking down, so we get the feeling Eowyn is in a disadvantage, and I like how Merry (or was it Pippin?) comes sneaking from behind.

    Awesome piece!

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    Monumental!!!

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    This is mindblowing, love the composition, and the poses. They really build an atmosphere that illustrates the power of the characters.
    The only thing I can complain about is the stringy smoke in the back.

    Congratulations on a fantastic piece

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    Really cool!
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    great image! I got back to my childhood again.
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    really cool picture, Donato!
    great composition, color, edges, shape design.
    but i think Eowyn is a bit small(almost like hobbit) on the background of giantic horse and her father's huge head.

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