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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Elijah Wood as an Elizabethan man.

Posted on 2006.07.27 at 14:02
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~ detail from Elijah Wood in "The Tailor", by Giovanni Moroni.

I've been in a creative funk. Read more...Collapse )
I wish to present my first (and last? -- who knows how long he'll continue to wear his hair and beard this way) Elijah Wood Art Travesty. Read more...Collapse )


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aredhelebenesse at 2006-07-28 11:05 (UTC) (Link)
OMG! That's adorable! It's a really great work! It is amazing how wonderful Lili with his new beard fits into this renaissance painting. But that's not all: He is the perfect tailor since his whole figure is tailor like. Rather thin and delicate! It makes us believe he would ever have been there making cloths sitting on the table and eating plum jam. Even if the original tailor's figure is not this delicate and sender, we know how thick the cloths were at this epoch and how much fabric they used for these fine robes. So it's easy to imagine, that all the tummy and strong arms are just made of many lairs of fabric and the man inside is our beloved Lili.
Thank you so much for sharing this jewel with us! It's a pleasure to watch it!
mechtild at 2006-07-28 13:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Aredhelebenesse. It's good to see you here!

...it's easy to imagine, that all the tummy and strong arms are just made of many lairs of fabric and the man inside is our beloved Lili.

Ah, but his Cirith Ungol tummy would fit in there just fine. :D We can imagine his 25-year-old self for the face and head, and his 19-year-old self for what's under all the clothes. But you are right, the clothes would be bunchy since the tailor is not standing up straight, slightly inclined towards his work. If this were a portrait of an aristocrat (the identity of the tailor is unfortunately no longer known), you may be certain he would be shown standing ramrod-straight, very heroic and slim.

I think one of the charms of this painting is that it looks so candid, as if the artist caught the tailor unawares, just glancing up from his work as the painter entered.
illyria_novia at 2006-07-28 11:56 (UTC) (Link)
Stunning manip, and fabulous quote. Thank you and thank Melyanna for the gorgeous photo. *gazes worshipfully at The Eyelashes*
mechtild at 2006-07-28 13:24 (UTC) (Link)
It did come out well, didn't it? I never have seen pictures before of EW that made me think of any classical era of art, which is why I have never "done" him, only Frodo. But his current look - or his look on July 1 - was absolutely perfect. It makes me want to see him in a period costume film again very badly!

The sonnet was perfect for him, yes. How smitten Shakespeare would have been with this youth. Although I have always imagined EW playing Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, rather than one of the Elizabethans that played the girls.
bagma at 2006-07-28 14:44 (UTC) (Link)
What an exceptional manip, Mechtild! It's stunning!
I must confess that first I didn't like Elijah with a beard (usually I'm not fond of beards), but after seeing some pics I thought he looked like a young Roman, or like a man from the Renaissance; he could have been a friend of the French king Henry III, who loved his friends pretty...:) In fact he reminded me of that drawing by Clouet:

But Elijah is more beautiful!
mechtild at 2006-07-28 14:47 (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful portrait, Bagma! Clouet's drawing is like an Alan Lee (high praise from me, since I love Lee's very sensitive pencil-work, including his portaiture).
ex_absolutef238 at 2006-07-28 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
that's lovely
mechtild at 2006-07-28 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for saying so, Absolutefiction. :)
hobbitlove83 at 2006-07-28 17:44 (UTC) (Link)
Perfection, both the manip and the quotes!!

Thank you so, so much, Mechtild!!!

mechtild at 2006-07-28 22:40 (UTC) (Link)
Why, Hobbitlove, thank you. Your icon brings the manip to mind! ("EW as 'the Happy Tailor'")
lame_pegasus at 2006-07-28 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
Really awesome, and a brilliant choice - the only thing my hubby (who is a very gifted web-designer and artist) mentioned is that the texture of his facial skin is not quite right. He told me it is possible to fix that and change the face from photo to painting, and absolutely seamless.

But still - awesome.
mechtild at 2006-07-28 22:44 (UTC) (Link)
I got some great advice on doing that, Cuthalion, but it requires Photoshop, which offers the possibility of working in translucent layers, which our program doesn't do. Alas, unless a program shows up as a present at Christmas, it won't be happening. With the layer option, the manipper can copy the texture from one area (the painting in this case), and add it at various levels of opacity to a selected area of the image. Ours just doesn't do that. Someone extremely helpful (whose name I can't remember - early senility) told me about this when I presented the manip of St. Sebastian and St. Irene, in which I imagined Frodo being tended by Ioreth, after Mt. Doom.
ellinestel at 2006-07-29 10:17 (UTC) (Link)
Simply beautiful... :)
mechtild at 2006-07-29 12:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Ellin. And Elijah thanks you. He doubted my advice that "clothes [help] make the man," but I think he has come round in his thinking after reading all the responses. ;)
taerie at 2006-07-29 12:35 (UTC) (Link)
Very skillfully done. You are good at this..( but you know that don't you?)
mechtild at 2006-07-29 12:58 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Taerie (and Good morning!).
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-07-31 08:25 (UTC) (Link)
Oooohhhhh! Mechtild!

I don’t swoon for the Woodster – but in this case I’ll definitely make an exception. He looks the part entirely. Such beauty – I can never imagine that anyone will surpass Mr. W in the classical beauty department. *swoon*

Thank you Mechtild.

I noticed that he sports no cod-piece. Do you think it would get in the way of nipping and tucking? :-D – I know – I’m bad!

The sonnet you chose to accompany your beautiful manip is very appropriate. *loves*

I have the following edition in my bookcase:

The Sonnets – William Shakespeare – Illustrated by *Charles Robinson 1870-1937

In this edition sonnet No. 20 is numbered sonnet No. 1. Do you know if the sequence of the sonnets have been updated?

The edition I have is from 1995.

Excerpt from the preface by Gail Harvey, New York 1991

…., it has been proven impossible for literary sleuths to separate situations that are real from those that are fictitious or to identify the handsome young man addressed in the early sonnets, the dark lady of the later ones, or Mr. W.H., to whom the sonnets are dedicated.

* I’ve googled for Charlie’s illustrations but there are very few, mostly illustrations for children’s books. His brother Heath is more famous because of his so-called ‘Heath-Robinson’ contraptions. This – as you probably already know – is still used today to describe any kind of machinery or contraption that looks weird and wonderful.



Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-07-31 08:34 (UTC) (Link)
Just thought I'd add a comment about the old man in the hot-air baloon on the linked home-page.

He reminds me of Gandalf. :-D
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mechtild at 2006-08-03 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
Howdy, White Gull! I hope you are not roasting, wherever it is you live. Thank you for commenting.
not_alone at 2006-08-06 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
This is just stunning Mechtild!! I'm so glad I decided to work my way through all the posts I missed while I was away - if I'd skipped them I'd have missed this:)
mechtild at 2006-08-06 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Not Alone! Where have you been? You probably said, but I can't recall. On a holiday, I hope -- or was it for work?

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