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Off to Middle-earth by noleme Off to Middle-earth by noleme
Last year's Celegorm and Huan make a re-appearance. On this cookie, they're sailing to Middle-earth on the Telerin ships, and are watching out for the shore.
Okay, I'm happy about how Celegorm turned out (how come I draw better hands in chocolate than when I'm using a pencil? :confused: ). On the other hand, my Huan looks kind of mongrel-ly. :( More bearlike than wolfhound-like; I know I messed up the paws, the muzzle, the throat (too horselike, argh =_= ), and the ears... they were meant to be flapping in the wind, but they're off too, too high up on the head, and too stiff-looking, like he's a terrier crossbreed or something. I'll have to work on that. :P

Also, early merry Christmas Gwen; I trust you still fangirl Celegorm? And no, this wasn't the secret Santa thing we have on CoE. :)
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Gwailome Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
OH.MY.GOSH!!!!)))))
But it's much more beautiful than many traditional arts)))
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Thanks a lot! ^_^
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avi17 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Wow, that is too awesome. :D I love unconventional artistic media.
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Thanks! :)
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow how can you eat that!?
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Quite easily, and ruthlessly. They're tasty, so we just tune the pretty design out, and bite. :D
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hehehe is something is tasty enough you can eat anything! ^.^
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The-Black-Panther Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Looks great (and tasty!)

You use toothpick to draw with chocolate, right? I usually use sugarpens for icing but it would be impossible to draw all those details with them.
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Thank you!

Yes, I use toothpicks; flat ones for backgrounds and wood/fur/hair texture, and round pointy ones for fine lines. I have never used sugar pens - my family are partial to chocolate icing, so I stick to that. :) I wonder - how finely can one draw with a sugar-icing pen? Despite of what the Celegorm cookie image looks like, the cookie itself is actually only about half its size, and the rest of our cookies are usually pretty small. How thick is the line produced by the sugar pen?
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The-Black-Panther Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
There are also chocolate pens available with white, dark and milk chocolate.

The lines are quite thick, I think, compared to those you are making (especially those for fur or hair). I tend to draw tiny objects on the cookies like flowers or ladybugs, so it's possible to do, but you have less control on the final effect.

For example those dragons were drawn on a round gingerbread of size of a plate. Not a small cookie for sure ;)
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Thanks for the info. It looks like I'll stay true to toothpicks, as none of our cookies are even close to the size of a plate. :shrug: Which means I'll probably never draw a dragon myself, as it would look weird in such a small format.

Btw, I'm waiting to get this one approved by the Tolkien group - do you happen to know what's going on over there? I've noticed the nazgul comics were approved pretty quickly, but I didn't receive them among my devwatch messages (actually, I haven't received any from this group for quite some time), so I'm just wondering if you perhaps see into this somehow? :confused:
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The-Black-Panther Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Most of ordinary cookies we make are pretty tiny, only those unique shapes tend to be bigger ;)

As for the Tolkien group - I've actually have no idea what is happening. I was given a contributor status long time ago, which catched me be surprise, to be honest, because I didn't expected it at all. Now I don't have to wait for the approval of my works. Perhaps they don't have enough people to take care of this. Usually it's the reason why new deviants appear in unregual periods. You can always try to contact with the moderators of the group. Can't really help with this matter :(

PS. You can always draw a small dragon ;)
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Okay, maybe next year. :D This year's leftovers are already 'taken' it seems.

Yes, they do seem in need of more mods... we'll see how it goes. It's surprising they haven't recruited new mods yet, given it's been ever since I joined almost a year ago that people have been complaining about the delays and backlogs. :shrug:
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NolweNamiel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
ooooh! Gwen will be thrilled! I'm still waiting for a Morgoth cookie.
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Thanks! :aww: Actually, while I do not plan to make a Morgoth cookie this year, I do have a sketch for a Morgoth picture. Can't have our Corrupteds without a present this year, can I? ;P
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
It's too beautiful to eat!!!!!
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Thank you! :)
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Celerana-chan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cookie cookie! I wanna eat it! =D
How talented you are! That is some chocolate sauce, or what?
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Thanks! ^_^ Yes, it's drawn with chocolate - I used melted cake icing.
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Celerana-chan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I read there that you have "studied" chocolate drawing for years. Very interesting idea to create art that way. Was it your own? Anyway, keep going! :meow:
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Decorating Christmas cookies with chocolate is a tradition in my family, and I came up with the idea of making use of the leftover dough like I did with the Celegorm piece: so yes, you could say it was my idea. ;)
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Celerana-chan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!!
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God, you did another one!!!!:boogie: Haha, I was so happy when I saw this:D! Last year's cookie was also wonderful, I can't decide which of the two I like best.

I like how they both came out. Especially Celegorm's expression; full of expectations and positive energy;) And yes, Huan could be a little more woulfhound-like, but he's fine here too:)
You're very good at drawing on biscuits! Next year I expect a Celegorm with Huan hunting in Middle-Earth:D
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Thank you very much! :D Your description of Celegorm's expression is actually very close to what I wanted to convey - his eagerness to leave the traumatic experience in Valinor behind, and him looking forward to landing in Middle-earth.
Celegorm and Huan in Middle-earth... now that's a challenge. We'll see. :P
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, to complete the story: Valinor, on-the-way-to-Middle-Earth, and finally in Middle-Earth. I'm sure you'll do a great job:)
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Thanks! Ideally, there would be a Huan turning away from Celegorm in the final one, but all will depend on the shape of the leftover dough in the end. (Not modifying/cutting it is part of the fun of it! :D )
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I agree. The shape of this particular dough made it ideal for drawing the nose of Huan:)
I too thought that that scene you mentioned would be great in the final cookie; I just tried to think of something more happy:) But your idea is more appropriate for completing the story.
Let's see how the dough will behave next year;)
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kaija-andromeda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
This is amazing, and delicious too I bet! I could never bring myself to eat something so beautiful though. I think Huan looks pretty good actually, but maybe that's because I know that if I attempted something like this it'd turn out nowhere near as good.
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Thank you very much! :D And no worries, this was drawn after years of chocolate drawing practice after all. ;)
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IrisHitatsumy13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
omg!!! is so awesome! and yummy XD hahahaha
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Thank you! :boogie:
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IrisHitatsumy13 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome! :icondummydanceplz:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome! :D I wish I could do something like this...also, there is no reason to feel bad about Huan. I wish I could draw dogs like that, but mine end up coming out like strange mutant creatures (and I have the benefit of 6 dogs on the property that I can stare at, and I still can't draw one.) Huan looks awesome (and like my mental image of him.) Anyways, I love this. :D And would never be eat it...
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Thank you very much! I'm glad this Huan fits someone's mental image. ;) BTW, I don't think the ability to draw an animal comes with the ownership of one or more - I've had a cat since I was 10, and I still can't draw them well. On the other hand, I've never had a dog, but through long practice based on studying pictures in dog magazines, I draw them rather decently... most of the time. ;)
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry for the late reply_

You're very welcome! :) I agree that it doesn't come with owning it, but rather practice. But I've been trying to draw one for years, and it just doesn't work, in spite of me having a ready source of study, both living and pictures. Then again, the only animals I can draw half way decently are horses, so maybe it's just animals in general I don't get...
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JenniferElluin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
On a cookie? In chocolate?! This is so awesome!
I don't think I could make myself eat something like that, though...
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Chocolate topping gives a picture plasticity that most other drawing media don't have, so it's a favoutite technique of mine. ^_^
As to eating these - well, one gets used to it. They usually meet their fate in these early January days when all other kinds of cookies are eaten. ;)
Thanks for the nice comment!
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JenniferElluin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting. I may have to try this technique someday myself.
You are welcome!
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
OMG, it's adorable! Hehe, drawing with chocolate on a cookie is awesome, fun and tasty. :D
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Very true. :) Thanks!
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sternbergzookie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Huan!
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Yep. :)
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airysilvertail Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Great. Tyelko is awesome and also Huan.)))
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:iconnoleme:
noleme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Thank you! :D
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
These are really neat! I wouldn't want to eat it, haha.
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Thank you very much! :D
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Gwenniel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you! :glomp: Yes, I still fangirl him. And I'm once again awed at how you draw on cookies - there's not much room for errors, I would think.

Comparing this to last year's cookie, Celegorm looks more old and mature here. You might say Huan didn't turn out so well, but you can still see it's the same dog, though he's aged too (he's bigger here). Asides from those small details you listed, I still think this is really good! (Not that I would have noticed them had you not pointed them out...)
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noleme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Glad you liked. Yes, Celegorm has experienced quite a lot since the Valinor cookie image; I'm glad he looks more hardened/mature. Huan... well, his size seems to vary in my pics. In the previous cookie and the Luthien comics, he's an average wolfhound, with Beren, he's IMO as he should be, and here... he'd making a grizzly-bear impression. ;P Yes, that's it; like many a good Maia, he can change his appearance at will. LOL.
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Gwenniel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dog that can change its size... Very convenient. That would explain how he can easily carry Lúthien... :lol:
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KSilvershade Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Looks fine to me :) How can you bear to eat it?
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