"The Bridge of Khazad Dum"
An illustration for JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
This was done at the request of a good friend who is a huge Tolkien fan. It was quite a challenge, but luckily she had lots of good tips and gave me lots of encouragement.
I had particular trouble with the Balrog. I wanted to keep away from the cinematic renderings we've seen and go back to the book, but Tolkien's description is open to a certain amount of interpretation.
I tried out various things in pencil sketches before settling for what you see on the left.
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