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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Frodo Art Travesty: Frodo in his Study....

Posted on 2006.04.22 at 21:54
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~ detail from "Frodo in His Study"

My "new" Frodo manip is actually a re-do, but a re-do from the ground up....

Recently, looking for a different work, I found a much better copy of the painting I used for my first version of this manip, Portrait of a Young Gentleman Reading (or, "Portrait of a Gentleman in his Study"), by Lorenzo Lotto. Goaded by its clarity, I made my own screencap of the image from FotR (Amon Hen) I had found on an internet gallery and used for the face last year, and re-did the manip.

I credit this to a fan of the manips who liked the first version of this particular Frodo Art Travesty so well, I wondered if I could improve upon it. The version I first did, which she saw, never fully pleased me because it was so small and murky, although it had its own charm. (It can be seen here.) I did not take it down from the Photobucket gallery, however, because it really does look like a different manip. The copy of the painting I made it from is so different (in colour values and in resolution), it makes the finished manip different, and I sort of like them both.

Below is the part of Tolkien's text that inspired me to make this manip in the first place, from the last chapter of The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"....

One evening Sam came into the study and found his master looking very strange. He was very pale and his eyes seemed to see things far away.

‘What’s the matter, Mr. Frodo?’ said Sam.

‘I am wounded,’ he answered, ‘wounded; it will never really heal.’

But then he got up, and the turn seemed to pass, and he was quite himself the next day. It was not until afterwards that Sam recalled that the date was October the sixth. Two years before on that day it was dark in the dell under Weathertop.

~ "Portait of a Gentleman in His Study," by Lorenzo Lotto, c. 1527:

~ Mechtild

Frodo Art Travesties Table of LJ Entries page HERE.

Frodo Art Travesties Album HERE.


elasg at 2006-04-23 03:47 (UTC) (Link)

A brilliant combination - Again, you have done yourself proud!

However.... I am not entirely pleased with the throat... Would you mind if I offered a suggestion?
mechtild at 2006-04-23 03:53 (UTC) (Link)
Like what? *strangles*
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-04-23 03:55 (UTC) (Link)
That part of the story makes me sad for every soldier that ever went to war :(

Beautiful artwork Mechtild! I love both versions too, as you said they are different enough to look like two different pictures and I really love them both! Great work!
mechtild at 2006-04-23 03:59 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Starlit Woods! You are generous to come in and comment at this late hour. (Well, maybe it's the morning where you are, ey?)
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-04-23 04:17 (UTC) (Link)
It's afternoon here, but any time of the day or night is a good time to come and look at your beautiful work :)
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mechtild at 2006-04-23 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. They made Frodo seem to have a slight shoulder twinge in the film, rather than anything like his full-blown anniversary illness. This was another thing that made book virgins wonder why the heck he felt he had to sail off into the West. Couldn't he have taken a couple of Ibuprofen?
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mariole at 2006-04-23 13:31 (UTC) (Link)
I really like this one, Mechtild. You're right, it does look like a different manip. I like the canted angle to the head, and the coloring is so different. When I first saw it, I shouted, "Darcy!" Some of these paintings just remind me of him. :)

Cool to see Ariel's suggestions, also.
mechtild at 2006-04-23 13:34 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Mr. Darcy. I think of this manip as the "Mr. Darcy" shot:


Thanks for commenting, and have a super few days away, Mariole. *smooch*
not_alone at 2006-04-23 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mechtild ~ that is so beautiful. I can get some idea from the discussion between you & Ariel just how much work & concentration it takes to produce something like this and the result is just breathtaking.

Also, I do agree with you & Mews about that scene in the film - I'm certain that anyone who hadn't read the books would be at a loss to understand exactly why Frodo was leaving.
mechtild at 2006-04-23 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
Also, I do agree with you & Mews about that scene in the film - I'm certain that anyone who hadn't read the books would be at a loss to understand exactly why Frodo was leaving.

Alas, I think it only contributes more of the sense that film-Frodo is an awfully fragile, sensitive little thing, blown about by every wind and prey to every emotional crisis.

They were doing a poll of film fans of "favourite hobbit;" Frodo was beat out by Sam (huge winner), and even Merry. *sob*

Again, it's not like I don't love film-Frodo, I do. But, remember, whenever I watch the films, the whole while my mind is "filling in" material about Frodo from the book, while I watch. I never see film-Frodo any other way.

Even if the film skipped over the Barrow scene, or Frodo talking ably and wisely (like a fellow prince) with the Lord Faramir, or if it failed to show the extent of his nobility and the depth of his mercy in the scene with Saruman in the Scouring, I am thinking all those things as I watch -- as if all that actually was filmed but is somewhere on the cutting room floor, LOL.
taerie at 2006-04-27 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
Gosh! He wears that kind of thing so well!!!
Great manip!
mechtild at 2006-04-27 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
No kidding. *sigh*
ink_gypsy at 2006-05-15 19:00 (UTC) (Link)
These are wonderful, not a travesty among them. I'd say you've created new masterpieces.
mechtild at 2006-05-15 21:19 (UTC) (Link)
"Masterpieces"? Well, I've been given a leg up by the Masters.

Thank you very much, Ink Gypsy!
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