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Valaquenta by KateKaz Valaquenta by KateKaz
An initial poster for my thesis project: Turning J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Silmarillion' into a graphic novel. This is now an older illustration, but my interest in the project still stands and you can see the first twenty pages of my efforts here in my Silmarillion gallery: [link]


Done completely in Photoshop CS4, spring 2010

The Silmarillion and its characters belong to the Tolkien estate



PS. Thanks :icondjkirkland: for showing me how to turn tricks in Photoshop. He is pretty awesome at hustling digital art, so go check him out!
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:iconbalsenhashiru:
Balsenhashiru Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I guess the black enemy is not with them?
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Radu-B Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This project of yours is staggering and amazing. Are there more out there than these 20 pages? Is there a graphic novel for us to buy? If not will you make more pages?
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
This is an awesome picture! Well done!
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconemeraldkeefe:
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
You're welcome! ^.^
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whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
nice...love the animated art style!
I can even tell who most of the characters are!
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! Mission accomplished!
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FlyingCarpets Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
You officially rock for drawing all this Silmarillion art <3 It's a pity Melkor didn't stay one of the official Valar long enough to get painted on this group picture XD But at least he's in your comic, so all is fine XD
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, he just had to go and ruin EVERYTHING. But glad you like regardless :)
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FlyingCarpets Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
He probably just decided it would be a boring book if someone didn't go and ruin EVERYTHING, so he decided to take onto himself this thankless job XDDD Ok, kidding, I think he had quite some fun in the end. Just curious, what colours did you envision for him, in your comics he's obviously black and white, but it can imply more than just white hair and white skin.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting question! I actually imagine him starting off as more light-colored with the dark inverted eyes and then deteriorating over time in a darker palette until his light pupils are all he has left. As far as colors go, I would associate him with warmer colors (oranges and reds probably)
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FlyingCarpets Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Oh I see, interesting to imagine Melkor wearing that color scheme but it makes all kinds of sense with his affinity for fire. Then again he also loves ice but he's full of opposites XD Thanks for telling your vision to me!
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He does love extremes, but I prefer the warmer color scheme so that I can contrast it with icy environments and/or back-lighting :)
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Portmeirion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Writer
Whoa, the colors in this are gorgeous! I feel like I'm reading the Valaquenta just by looking at it. Awesome job!
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storm12 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I've recently been reading the silmarillion and because of the wonderfully abstract descriptions of the Valar that are given, I wanted to see some different interpretations- yours are beautiful and tbh quite cute :)
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like! This is so old though that a lot of my character interpretations of the Valar have changed drastically--as you can see in my comic! Plus I'm now working on even further revisions so who knows what could happen!
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storm12 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I'd love to see your new revisions. Your work is amazing :)
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw shucks! Thanks! When I get some solid revisions done to the comic, I will definitely let the whole internet know :XD:
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Oh my gosh why didn't I think of making my thesis a Silmarillion illustration project? I love that you are doing this/were doing this, amazing!
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks! I'm still trying to work on it a little bit at a time, but I have a lot of other projects that sort of take precedence since...you know...they give me the dollars. When I have more solid work to show, it will definitely be going up here so keep an eye out!
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CDS-03 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ahhhh this is amazing! Silmarillion graphic novel!? You are my HERO.
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:iconkatekaz:
KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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GraphixS6 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After they make the Hobbit, they should get started on the Silmarilion.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed!
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GraphixS6 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although, from what I hear, The Children Huran would make a good movie. Speeking of which, I need to read that.
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:iconkatekaz:
KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The Children of Hurin would definitely make an epic movie...but it would be so incredibly sad--still good, but definitely sad.
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GraphixS6 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see there are a lot of movies you haven't seen.
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:iconkatekaz:
KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You haven't read this story...
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:icongraphixs6:
GraphixS6 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo. Burn. I have read half of it.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It took me a while to get through it...just because the story goes so far and is just...so...very...tragic. It's operatic in its scale. But the thing is, I think the story itself works only in the context of the larger Silmarillion
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the colors and the feel of this one.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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Bride-of-Jesus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Awesome
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:iconkatekaz:
KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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Flane-kanja Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic. It will be an amazing book of mythical stories, if a long one! I'd love to see it.
Any chance of a run down on the characters you've depicted here?
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I think it's more fun to guess ;P

But I'll give you a hint: I've shown all of the Valar and Maiar named in the Valaquenta save two.
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EmmaFlorian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
that will be pretty cool
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed!
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nolwen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I would buy that in a second. Please, please publish it when you're done.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've posted the first twenty pages of art in my personal gallery and will post more as the come along--as of right now I am rewriting the script and designing all the characters for the rest of the book :)
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JediHobbit89 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
<Exclaimation of purest exstacy> You made my day! Let me know if you're putting it up for viewing or sale; I'll definitely pay nearly any price for it! Excuse my rabid Tolkien fanboyism ^_^;
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No plans to sell anything because I don't want to get in trouble with the Tolkien authorities...but I am glad you like :love:
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JediHobbit89 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha True; I should have thought of that.
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW! The results, I cant WAIT to see!!!
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D The first twenty pages are on in my personal gallery!
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:iconnaoru:
Naoru Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No way! D: I cant believe I missed that, I'm reading right now!!
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:iconkatekaz:
KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay!
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RoughIdeas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
where the heck is melkor?
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:iconkatekaz:
KateKaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He's no longer counted among the Valar...but you can see him in my story pages in my personal gallery!
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Lometari Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I love the idea!
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