Races of Middle Earth - Character - Timo Vihola

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Old 02 February 2003   #1
Races of Middle Earth - Character - Timo Vihola

This is my entry, it's a giant werewolf, pet of Radagast the wizard gone wild, the elf guy on the foreground is there to bring it back to order I'll tell the story in more detail when I have time, now I have to leave for 4 days... here's the pix:

Talk to you later!
Online Portfolio: TimoVihola.com
Mountain Sheep: www.MountainSheep.net

Old 02 February 2003   #2
May I just say that is Wonderful........Wonderful with a Capital "W"". Really well done.

You certainly have captured the true essence of the LOTR World with that shot.The backdrop blends in perfectly with the foreground,my eyes can go forward and back and always see more within the scene.

There is great competition within this challenge, but your's from out of no where is one of the best,in my humble opinion.Cheers to you on a wonderful piece.
Old 02 February 2003   #3
Its a great piece! Yea I would vote for it!
But wheres the background on it :(
The biggest parts of the challenge have been seeing people work and fallow how the works have comed to be.

Ita a great work, and if you want to have a pat on the back and a gj! Then leave it as it is.

Old 02 February 2003   #4

Old 02 February 2003   #5
Hehe I think you put your entry in the wrong place on the challenge site should be here http://www.cgchallenge.com/challeng...challenge_id=24 very nice work man you always amaze me

Old 02 February 2003   #6
Wow! Great painting and concept. The fire is exceptionally well done and the storytelling within the piece is great.

I really wish we could have seen this from the start though...since this is supposed to be a wip challenge. I personally would love to see how you work.
Old 02 February 2003   #7
lol, hey, thats quite funny
I bet Tolkien would smile on this one
Nice colours and the monster really draws the eye.
I'm a fan!!
Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas
Old 02 February 2003   #8
tosi kaunis!

Old 02 February 2003   #9
Good picture! That werewolf is a monstrous size.
Old 02 February 2003   #10
great pic Timo
• slacker •
Old 02 February 2003   #11
Come on buddy get your pic uploaded


Old 03 March 2003   #12
Oh well man, I'm sorry you missed the boat, I mentioned that 3 days ago I really wanted you in this. Maybe next time?

Old 03 March 2003   #13
Hi everyone, I'm back! Thanks for all the comments!

Virtuoso: Thanks, there were very nice entries in this challenge!

Alice, good to hear you enjoyed it! I saved 4-5 progress pics for this, I'll post 'em tomorrow. Didn't have time 4 days ago.

Thanks Oz, it's your entry that ROX!

Lildragon, I'm very glad you like it, I'll definitely enter the next challenge if I'm not too busy!
I was in hurry and didn't notice I posted this in the wrong category Just came home only a few hours ago so I couldn't post it in the challenge site.

Wildsheepchase: Thanks I'll post the first sketch and some progress pics tomorrow.. you'll be surprised at how different they look from the final piece!

Joril, great to hear the compostion does it's job, I worked quite some time on it to make it work!

m@: thanks

Grub: Don't tell anyone but the werewolf was first even bigger giant hamster hahaha.. I was sketching on paper when this idea of a gigantic hamster attacking
helpless village came into my mind, I first drew it on paper and then started painting it on the computer. I couldn't make it look even half scary so I morphed the hamster to a werewolf

Slacker, thanks!

I made some small changes, thought the foreground elf was too big so I reduced the size of it and made put him into a pose that reads easier. Also refined the whole pic from here and there. Overall I really enjoyed doing this painting, it wasn't too easy or too challenging. (+much bigger resolution on this one, the original was painted at 2000xsomething)

The story: Long after most elves had left Middle-Earth (some stayed) and the passage to Valinor was closed, the great Valar was almost forgotten.. One of the last wizards called Radagast is feeling a strange temptation for power.. nobody is aware that he got corrupted by the dark powers hunderds of years ago when dark lord Sauron controlled his friend Saruman. Sauron and Saruman were both killed but the root of darkness cannot be destroyed. Melkor, god of darkness, was locked outside the earth by his brothers so he couldn't get free, but his influence is growing once again and Radagast is the key he's slowly gaining control of, the key to his freedom. Time of dragons and balrogs ended thousand years ago, but the time of werewolves is here.

I need to get some sleep now... watched 14 movies while I was on the trip in Helsinki
Online Portfolio: TimoVihola.com
Mountain Sheep: www.MountainSheep.net

Old 03 March 2003   #14
Absolute stunning pic dude!!!!!! But I´ve to agree with alice. Without WIPs behind the work I wouldn´t vote for it.

Anyway...absolutly fantastic and inspiring!!!!!!!


Tommy Lee
Traveling the world to mark your rotten flesh... www.tommyleetattoo.com
Old 03 March 2003   #15
Thanks Tommy, here's the sketches & wips:

This is the first computer sketch (I did one on paper before this) blocked in the colours and major lighting:

Refined the character concept a bit:

Experimented with different colours & lighting, actually I liked this much better than the original so I dumped it:

Just refining, added some reddish colours to add variety:

Refining and moving the colour theme towards blue.. got stuck with the image:

Few days later came back to painting and changed the monster design completely, this is probably my favourite of these but this meaner character didn't look as good in passive pose as the hamster so I had to change the pose a bit:

Almost done, in the final image I swapped some soldiers to the other side of the pic and added the elf:

[edit]messed up the image tags.. after all these years [edit]
Online Portfolio: TimoVihola.com
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