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Gandalf and the Balrog V3.0 by Shockbolt Gandalf and the Balrog V3.0 by Shockbolt
Started on this one yesterday, finished it just now.

Many of You guys wanted to see either the Balrog or Gandalf battling the Balrog, so here they are :D

Now I'm off to a late breakfast before choosing another scene to paint from Middle-earth.

Painted in several layers, no reference used.
Photoshop and a wacom tablet used.

Do not use for any reason without my written permission.
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:icongordhanx:
gordhanx Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
EPIC!!!! Awesome job on the details, colouring, designs, poses, lighting and shading.
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And so sorry for the slow reply, sadly I'm not on DeviantArt that much due to tons of work over the last few years.. 
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:icongordhanx:
gordhanx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
No worries :).
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:iconmgraphicdesign:
MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlaurenceandrewpage:
LaurenceAndrewPage Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've always wanted to create a gandalf balrog fight image, this is brilliant :)
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool, I love the glowing outline around the balrog's head :)
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconaffenschranz:
Affenschranz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Grandious!
Well done! Its realy cool:)
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icontheunderminor:
theunderminor Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Artist
i imagined a similar mouth when i read the book :p
Great picture by the way !
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconkakashihatake22:
KakashiHatake22 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkakashihatake22:
KakashiHatake22 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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:icontheseatree:
theseatree Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
wow!!! :love:
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:icontrendia:
Trendia Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really good work, i really like the lights of the balrog
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for commenting :)
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:iconjimmydawg:
JimmyDawg Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Man, that Balrog looks craaaazy!
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:iconneona-shadow-phoenix:
Neona-Shadow-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Ok then, I'll ask, being the geek that i am, i thought this would make the perfect addition to my char.'s YGO deck, so can i use this pic for one?
It's going to be called "Final Stand"
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:iconebonwings:
ebonwings Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This balrog is scarier than the one from the film. :D
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You might be correct there :D
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:iconminiguinny:
MiniGuinny Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Gandalf was always my favorite, and this is a stunning tribute to him as a character. The drama is very intense!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You! :D
I'm working on another Middle-earth illustration now, my second painting of Smaug :)
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iceladydea Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
This is another beautiful piece of work(I discovered you through the DD, and had to see more of your art. :heart:). I can almost feel the Balrog's heat against my skin. I particularly love Gandalf's expression of calm in the face of such a horrible vision. Again, exactly how I imagined the scene. You certainly have a gift. :love: Keep up the fantastic artwork.
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Gabrielle :D
I was hoping people would take some time to check out my other images, and You're one of them :)
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:iconiceladydea:
iceladydea Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Yes, how could I not check out more artwork by someone who does fantastic Tolkien inspired art? You are welcome, and I am enjoying your gallery. Keep up the incredible artwork! :heart:
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:iconkazky:
kazky Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
git, you're too good :D love it!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awww... Thank You :D
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:iconkazky:
kazky Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
NP :)
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:iconsyasyn:
Syasyn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Wow, amazing.
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconwindestaenzerin:
Windestaenzerin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely awesome :heart:
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconcity-of-zeroes:
City-of-Zeroes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Grizzled old man: Damn Debt Collectors! Now their after my retirement, too!

Get the hell offa m'porch!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lolz
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:iconsolidtom:
SOLIDToM Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Best Balrog seen in years, waaaay better than LotR movies one.
Less "humanoid", more beastly. Definitely I'd like to see more of how you conceived its anatomy.
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
You're thinking of seeing an image that shows it's full body?
I do have a setting planned, the battle after the fall, where the balrog is slain and gandalf the grey dies.. :)
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:iconanorienundomiel:
AnorienUndomiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your interpretation of what the characters look like. Especially the balrog. He's scary!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Balrogs are supposed to be scary :XD:
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:iconnowiamhere:
nowiamhere Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Just wow.
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconvikingwidunder:
VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congratulations! this is realy good!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You :D
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Amazing piece...
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconvenerablewise:
venerablewise Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Amazing work!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You :D
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