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Digital sketch of Strider (Aragorn) from Tolkien's books.

This is not the style I typically do (these days at least), and overall I am a bit unsure about this version of Aragorn that I came up with. Experiments, experiments... I would like to try and draw another, much more storybookish and probably otherwise different version sometime later. Character closeups have been quite a struggle for me for a while now... I'll try to work on that.
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:iconbugulnoz:
BugulNoz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent version! Nice work! :-)
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ullakko Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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IAncientOfLoreI Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Ooeeeeehhhhhhh verryyyy niceee
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ullakko Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks!!
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Nice! :D (He looks similar to how I imagine him these days) I really like this other style of yours, although I am curious as to what the storybook version of Aragorn would look like. Nice job on this close up (as well as Legolas, Elrond, and the absolutely gorgeous Arwen Undomiel)!!! :D
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It's been fun to do these, I haven't done portraits for a while.
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016   General Artist
Cool :D
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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NonieR Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
I like this a LOT.

The movie didn't manage to convince me (as the book did) that Strider's first appearance was TERRIFYING - this deadly, strong, secretive man who had tracked them unseen, heard and saw and UNDERSTOOD far too much, and could be more dangerous to them than even a Nazgul.

The Nazgul were only hunting for them. THIS man had FOUND them, and our innocent little Shire rabbits cower at their first sight of a real wolf.

I love Viggo Mortensen in other movies, but to me (whether it's his acting or the directions he was given) his Aragorn never managed to be more than human--to convey either that real menace OR the depth of thought and length of vision, the burden of more-than-human age and the impossible weight of responsibility that Aragorn has always faced. My own dream casting would be probably Daniel Day-Lewis (though you'd have to scruff him up quite a bit), but we all see characters differently.

So THANK YOU for being one of the very few artists to show us Strider properly!
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the thoughtful feedback, Nonie. I'm glad you enjoyed my version of Strider!
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Ysydora Featured By Owner Edited Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful version of Strider!! Heart Love
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Glad you like him. :)
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Ysydora Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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zkassai Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks amazing. How did you do it? Love the rough look.
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I did a digital painting/drawing in Photoshop - the rough look was created with an overlay layer of traditional watercolor wash (scanned texture) and a basic "sketchy" Photoshop filter on top.
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zkassai Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome. Thanks for the answer!
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!!

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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!!!

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misherman Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
Kind of looks like arrow, but w/ longer hair
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
I've never watched Arrow, but I believe you!
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thequeensthrall Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
He looks just like Strider *should* look. :-)
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad. :D
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Rookien Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
This is good! It's difficult for me to imagine Strider as another person than Viggo Mortensen, but you pulled it off! 
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! C:
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paige-alexander Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Student General Artist
I really like this style! In my opinion it conveys Strider's character. I initially envisioned him something like this c:
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ahh, that's great! : D Thank you.
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kesbet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great sketch! Tolkien novels introduced me to the world of imagination, but I never had enough courage to depict any of His famous characters. If you haven't done this yet, could you sketch an Elvish character? I always loved Glorfindel... Giggle 
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
Why yes, I've done some elves before, and one painting of Glorfindel, even. :)
Here they all are: ullakko.deviantart.com/gallery…
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Spottedleaf752 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaahhh I totally love this! I've been reading the trilogy in my free time since a friend introduced me to LOTR this year, and this is just how I envisioned him while reading. 
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ullakko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm happy to hear you like it! Thanks so much for commenting!
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