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Bridge of Khazad-Dum by kerembeyit Bridge of Khazad-Dum by kerembeyit
A stein illustration I made for Taverncraft [link] Working on the LOTR
theme was indeed lots of fun, we tried winged variations on the preliminary sketches but
ended up getting rid of them completely in the final. Don't get me wrong, I love creatures
with wings -I guess it's obvious- but in landscape canvases they're simply a pain in the ass :)


Since Balrogs' wings were already in debate, we decided to use that window, also we needed
to avoid the Jackson's interpretation as best as we could because of license issues, so I came
up with an original Balrog and I have all the space for a massive bulk :)


This one took me around 40-50 hours start to finish so it was just like the old times, and it
turned out great.


Enjoy!

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CS4, Cintiq 12WX
Note: I have used reference for the gargoyles.
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:iconsayakurosaki:
SayaKurosaki Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Epic and amazing!
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zomickschallahrecipe Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You shall not pass!!
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Epic art :iconepiclaplz:
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DavidGeorgePortero Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great work Kerem.  I do love a good Lord of The Rings picture.  I love the glow, and the Gandalf is spot on for me.  I like this Balrog concept.  I bet that had taken a few hours work or so.  Thumbs up.  Nod    
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LORD-M-RAY Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool (soory) :wow:
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:iconironsides11:
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Stunning!!
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:iconan-old-otaku:
An-Old-Otaku Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! :thumbsup:
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MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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:iconbatuhii:
Batuhii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Photographer
mükemmel ötesi yahu ne denir ki başka
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:iconjunday7:
junday7 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
youuu shall not paasss!!!!

nice one!
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:iconwilderness-tamed:
Wilderness-tamed Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Awesome indeed!
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:iconbrewdus:
brewdus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Freakin' awesome!
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:iconpallmall05:
pallmall05 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Gerçekten etkileyici bir tasarım.
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:iconnetherian:
netherian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
best Balrog I have ever seen, gratz mate !
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:iconslaughter300:
Slaughter300 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hell yes!
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:icondraconic1:
Draconic1 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
I can't say I like the rather simian interpretation, but I love the originality of the piece. Very different, but still effective.
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ZinniaSnowdrop Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS BLUMMIN AWESOME!!! :w00t: :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:
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:icondwoolton05:
Dwoolton05 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Incredible
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:icongoldstream:
Goldstream Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Great!
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:iconshadowwalker3:
ShadowWalker3 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
YOOOOOUUUUUUUU SHALL NOT! PASS!!!!!
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:iconyuryevna:
Yuryevna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Great.
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:iconpagunus:
Pagunus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
One day ill be this good.... Great work!
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:icongardenoffears:
GardenofFears Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So epic !
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:icondueswals:
Dueswals Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
WOAW
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:iconhakan-aydin:
Hakan-AYDIN Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
OMG! Gandalf ın sesi tekrar kulaklarımda yankılandı :)
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:iconredneckdourden:
RedneckDoUrden Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Speaking of the movie version, I think it's better in the book (and it is one book, three volumes, sometimes mistakenly sold as a trilogy, many don't realize that) and you captured the scene better than PJ ever could.
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47X Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D H O L Y S H I T. So awesome!
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ckratosc Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
AWESOME
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Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
All I can say is...Brilliant. Wanna watch it now and read the book at the same time. Brilliant :w00t:
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EpiphanysLyric Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing, fantastic work. This is will be faved by me 4 sure
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JadedEmpress Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am obsessed with the Lord of the Rings. This is my new fave deviation. xD
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amazing!
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:iconnoncorporeal:
noncorporeal Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Great Balrog
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:iconjoverlord:
Joverlord Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
This is amazing !! you shall not pass
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icicleboy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the underpainting that shows through in the background. Did you sketch this whole image out in pen before working digitally, or was it an entirely digital process?? Thanks
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icicleboy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am enjoying looking at this !! Excellent work.
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
sublime
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:iconlordoffantasy:
Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
hmmm, not a bad design. though admitably it looks a bit too physical and not enough abstract to it. still, very good take.
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:iconzevl:
zevl Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Greath work :clap:
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Oznerol-1516 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the best artworks I've ever seen on Deviantart, it is trully marvellous, the detail is atonishing and the background and frame with the Khazad-Dm's ruins are masterful. The Balrog is original, imposing and something to behold, trully powerful, and his whip is brillaintly done. And Gandalf is as wonderful as the Balrog is, in his simplicity the Istari is defiant to the Balrog in greatness, and pure light of his staff is a good counterpart to the evilness of Balrog's flames. Everything is so perfect and well done, the Balrog is trully cloaked in darkness, his scales are a magnificent work, and the amount of hours required to paint the bulk of the balrog, I cannot even imagine it... I think this is the best "Bridge of Khazad-Dm" artwork around, i-m-p-r-e-s-i-v-e. Added to favs, because it is pure awesomeness. The perspective and the depth is also amazing... I love this artwork, trully love it.
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Trunida Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Wow! Epic illustration
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Atomixlounch Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you're one of the best art digital workers !!!!!
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:iconatomixlounch:
Atomixlounch Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you're one of the best art digital workers !!!!!
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:iconrichd82:
Richd82 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Wow this is incredible. Its soo badass!!
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:icontbascom:
TBascom Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
love it You shall not pass:)
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grand :D
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StonedSmeagol Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Besides the basic concept about the Belrog, I love how you have given it it's own features. The way you think it should look, beautiful artwork & layout:wow:
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome
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:iconnickalin:
nickalin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
striking
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LordBishop08 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Epic! Simply, epic...
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