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Witch King by elfkin Witch King by elfkin
Lovely as he was evil? Maybe.....

I often think Sauron must have thought his wraiths were beautiful in their terribleness.

At any rate, here is the King of Angmar in the moments before he is full wraith--not alive, but not yet undead either.... trapped in a moment when the he is something else altogether and so the world appears to be to him, as well.

I will stop rambling now......
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ZombieBunny999 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
This is seriously awesome.
NonieR Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Still one of my favorite pictures of yours - beautiful, tragic, and disturbing.
elfkin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! This was done a really long time ago. I mean years. And I've contemplated redoing it. But there was something about him that I just kinda liked.
theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like Milton's Satan.
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the dramatic lighting and the design :)
missnoxie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's beautiful!
Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
"Beautiful and terrible as the dawn" is the quote that comes to mind when I see this picture (even though the quote is Galadriel describing herself.) Just amazing this picture is.
hoplitenomad Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Most Impressive.
Hijiklomo Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely indeed. I randomly searched the Witch King on a whim, and was pleased that this was among the results. A wonderful picture as well as an intriguing idea and moment captured. :thumbsup:
Werewolf9098 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
WOW! Ya know, I think the same about the wraiths. Consider that Witch-king was a great Numenorian king before, you have done a really respectable work! I dunno, but I trust that Black Breath wasn't pure fear, but there was also grief in it......
Lumbariel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
Lovely :heart: I really like the Nazgul, I find their story so interesting, and grew fond of them from the very beginning. Your drawing makes him look sorrowful and longing, just the way I imagine them before turning into the wraiths. =)
jemms2012 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice & Beautiful drawing ;)
LadyAnutar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, his handsome in an evil round about way, certainly makes me thing differently of him :XD:
Soulfromtheabyss Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
"Half-life, a nothing being, a shell. All names for a voiding, a person that is crossing over to undeath. It is far worse then being undead as you are forced to watch all life come to horrify and despise you. This is why so many allow undeath to take them, for the dead feel no pain." this is a line I used when I was roll-playing a Necromancer once and it seemed fitting.

elfkin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
That is truely poetic of you. :joy:

I always liked this old work. I remember being your age and wanting to paint something creepy in this color range. It was years before I did it. I think it was the covers for the Iron Tower Trilogy that had me inspired.

I am so glad you liked this one. And I can totally see you playing a necromancer.
Soulfromtheabyss Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Thank you.
ComaBlackxx Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
I've had similar thoughts. This is great.
Gothica-Victoriana Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
wow he's amazing
Unreal-Abstract Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Great idea! While I was reading the book I was oftend thinking what they looked like and how they felt before they became complete wraights. Although not described in words you managed to describe it by drawing the king
vampyricessence Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
I won't garble so yeah- it's ace. Witch King kicks ass.
angryfisheatenbycat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
You captured him perfectly, I instantly thought of the ring-wraiths when I saw his face, despite the title, and before reading the description. :)
AnnaethGreenleaf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007   Photographer
Your painting skills are incredible! I really wish I could paint like you can (actually, i reall wish i had photoshop full stop :D)

He reminds me a little of David Bowie...
Lukela Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Great work! He reminds me a lot of Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort though...
zeldaricdeau Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Nice take on the Witch King. And I think you're probably right about Sauron (ever read Morgoth's Ring from The History of Middle Earth?)
crimsonvermillion Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely idea, and lovely composition.
Firstborn Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
Great concept and the character design is wicked! :D And the face is full of details and raw painting skills! ^^

I think it is because of the green scheme and a static pose I'm sad to say that this painting doesn't evoke interest when looking upon me.
That might be changed if the whole picture were more refined. Who knows, it might just be me being off here. ^^

Oh! And I like the crown! :D
GustavoMalek Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved the concept! Great work in the design of the clothes. He has something that scares me.
NecroV Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I really like how you pictured this character, and I feel sorry, I don't remember him. But he looks a bit flattened out. Maybe because his boots looks bigger then other parts and legs look short.
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