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Danny Staten

"Durin´s Bane" by Danny Staten

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'Then in a rush it leaped across the fissure. The flames roared up to greet it, and wreathed about it; and a black smoke swirled in the air. Its streaming mane kindled, and blazed benind it. In its right hand was a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire; in its left it held a whip of many thongs.' Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring.
Creating this project was a real ordeal. I had finished it once and my computer crashed and destroyed the only copy of my file. So I had to paint it all over again. This piece is the first to show what I have learned from my classes. Gandalf's robes come from a costume I now own, and all the Balrog anatomy comes from reference photos of fire, bats, tigers, mountain goats etc.
There are tons of details that are lost for elfwood size, and even lost for any on screen display. The painting is intended to be printed at about 30inches x 19 inches so any on screen display loses a lot. Check out my web page for more detail shots than the ones posted here.

30 May 200645 Anonymous
haha! i can re-act this whole moment from scratch. in fact, i do so quite frequently. randomly. in public.

BUM-ba-dum-BUM-ba-dum-BUM-da-da-bum-bum... (dramatic music)
*fellowship sprints across the bridge of khazad-dhum*
*enter balrog* wa-cha! *cracks fiery whip*
gandalf (not yet gandalf the white, still a hottie): the dark fire will not avail you, flame of udun! go back to the shadow!
*balrog sneers*
gandalf: YOU... shall not... PASS!
frodo (standing on sidelines as usual, at least he's not being cornered by some beast helplessly... yet): gandalf!
*gandalf cracks spear on bridge* *balrog steps forward... mistake, boiiyy, don't mess with gandalf!* *balrag falls*
*gandalf watches balrog fall* move, gandalf! nooo! *whip grabs gandalf*
gandalf: fly, you fools!
*and he falls.* noooo, gandalf!! i love you!!!
frodo: noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
cue sad music. gandalf...

whoa, what was that? fangirl gone wrong. yeay! i love this picture. sorry...
30 May 2006:-) Amber Marie Perry
Ha ha! We all know that you get outmatched by a human and that you are really all flash and no more. You might even run to mommy...here's your teddy bear... (Laughing at the Balrog, she sticks her tongue out at him and then scrambles back across the Bridge of Khazad-dum before he turns to see who said that.) Oops, I think he's mad now. I like the picture! And congrats on the mod's choice. (She grins again, then runs away to Lothlorien with the others.)
30 May 2006:-) Kristin Lewis
Really neat! I love the flames.
2 Oct 200645 Jay Sandoval
Why does the balrog have whiskers?!?!
13 Oct 2006:-) Caitlin J. Hall
I love LOTR! This is a great piece of work!
13 Oct 2006:-) Heidi Hecht
Absolutely wicked looking! This is the best picture of a Balrog I've seen yet.
15 Apr 2007:-) David Michael
18 Jun 2007:-) James Crawford Skinner
Umm... Wow, i agree this is awsome. Nice work
18 May 2009:-) Kayla Maas
27 Apr 2010:-) Garrett Lowe
WOW! This is awesome!
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'Durin's Bane':
 • Created by: :-) Danny Staten
 • Copyright: ©Danny Staten. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Balrog, Gandalf, Lord of the rings, Tolkien, Wizards
 • Categories: Fights, Duels, Battles, Wizards, Priests, Druids, Sorcerers..., Book Illustration
 • Techniques: Computer Painted from Scratch
 • Inspirations: JRR Tolkien
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