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Sauron Helmetless by Art-Calavera Sauron Helmetless by Art-Calavera
Toying with the idea of a helmetless Sauron.
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akainu0 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
One thing I like about this, is that most depictions of helmet-less Sauron have in look like a complete pretty boy, but this guy looks seriously menacing.  He looks like a fallen, crippled shell of something was likely once beautiful, which, in many respects, is what Sauron is.
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That was my priority when designing him, yeah!
Also I took inspiration on how orcs look since they are decayed/perverted versions of pure elves, and some Balrog-ish evil fiery features
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
This is Epic! :O

Its a sad thing he can't stoped his transformation to Evil...He has a face...Once...
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Hattushilish Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
bueno con esa cabeza si se ajusta a la forma del casco :P defintivamente no es 'sauron the fair' xD
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analothor2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
handsome devil isn't he 
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izclark Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
hahaha this is wonderful and maybe i wouldnt have seen cumberbatch in there if it hadnt been pointed out but... now i see cumberbatch and it makes me giggle :L
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paramite67 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
its a dark protoss
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paramite67 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ah ben ça marche bien
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MonsterTang Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
i would LOVE to see a fullbody of him without his armor. Like... ringless. with no armor.. hellyeah.
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TheAwesomeTRex Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Now I don't know much about the lore, but as far as I know Sauron and his master Melkor/Morgoth could change their form, appearance and even their size at will! No offense, but i highly doubt that he would chose to look like this of all things, If he were to have regained his physical form that is!
But non the less this is a very interesting piece to say the least! You must have quite a twisted dark little imagination to have been able to come up with this! The Seriously Evil Laugh 
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Alrright then, let me instruct you in some deep lore shit!

Sauron, as well as his master Melkor, both lose their power to change shapes eventually in the story, and both of them got stuck in their "Dark Lords" forms.
Now, there is actually not a single clear description on how a Dark Lord looks, only a couple of details and some interpretations.
We are told that both of them normally assumed Fair forms to go around and talk to people, and said forms were similar to elves but far more beautiful, and with an aura of brilliance and perfection around them. It is also said, that the Dark Lord form is the complete opposit to the Fair form, being a shape of their complete twisted malevolence and hatred for the elven kind, and everything that was important to them. Also, we are told that the Orcs are product of that hatred, elves that were twisted by darkness and malevolence into their current form. So, from a design point of view, it would be normal to assume that there would be a relation in the shape of an orc and the look of their God creator. Remember also that Melkor hated the elves becasue they weren created by him, and he wanted to create "elves" of his own, so he is considered the father and God creator of the orcs. And as it is in any religious genesis of individuals, the offspring are creted in his image and likeness. Sure, Melkor was able to change shapes, but the orcs are created by his hatred and most dark feelings, so, Dark Lord.
In the other hand, also Dragons and Balrogs are product of that same darkness, and they all share that smoke and fire theme, so it would be fair to assume that everything that had to do with Melkor dark side was, well... dark, fiery and monstrous, and the complete opposit of Fair, bright and perfect.

Getting back to Sauron, we could say that he was a lower level Melkor, so his looks were probably similar, only a little bit less grandiose. In the books he is only described in one line, were it says that his body was completely blackened by the heat from his body, and that he could melt people just by touching them. So having all those things in mind, I picture him as some sort of a humanized and more regal balrog, with some facial features that reminds a little bit of the orcs, but in a more perfected way.
The fact that his skin is all ripped and scarred is a complete free interpretation from me, and I did it only to give the idea that he begins looking more and more devastated every time his body is resurrected, as if his phisical shape could no longer retain his essence.
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TheAwesomeTRex Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Right! While I agree with you on almost 90% of the points that you provide, I still have an opinion that somewhat differs from yours! While I'll agree that Sauron along with his master Morgoth are truly twisted and represent the depth of the very Oblivion that ones conscious can descend to, they also represent another aspect of evil: lust, jealousy, greed, superficial beauty! Like the shining light in the middle of the almost pitch black Mordor! Even the ring itself shows how beautiful and alluring yet absolutely destructive and devastating at the same time Souron can be! I in-vision him as more of a tragically beautiful fake light in his own personal hell that he himself created! In Sauron's case I think his aura and even the armor he wears shows his true face more than the face that he might have hiding behind that very helmet! What I am trying to say is that his looks should be represented by the way he apparently loves to twist and control other people! And also it is usually the underlings that draw the short straw, so I really don't believe that Sauron would share the fate of the hideous dis-figuration of his underlings! Sauron will be the one still holding on to that very fake grace of his, while his underlings and even his own armor will represent his true face! I don't know If this makes sense to anyone but me, but then again this is my opinion and I guess everybody has the right to have one! Even the ones that aren't as well informed like me =P (Razz)
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
With the vague level of description we actually have, I think any interpretation is valid, to be honest.
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TheAwesomeTRex Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Wow! Thanks dude! I really appreciate you taking the time to write me a damn essay here! I guess I'll have to somewhat return the favor!
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Kinsara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Ohh, beautiful colors and design ^^
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If by beautiful you mean desfigured and horrible, then yes!
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Kinsara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Essentially yes XD But the art itself is beautiful~
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CursedOnez Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
badass
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superbeasto20 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
he looks like Jason voorhees almost lol
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superbeasto20 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
man, sauron is one ugly mofo, but he looks awesome with his helmet off :)
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Variones Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm, very interesting, brilliant work!!I think I've fainted. 
This lava, stoneskin and smoke, cool. Never thought as Sauron looks without a helmet. But you got me thinkingNod
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gbindis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Wow, this is creepy. He looks like he'd been on his holiday on the Mount Doom waaay too long ;)

I was joking, I love the drawing!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great concept, I can't believe I haven't seen anything like this before. Really cool :)
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blueToaster Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AMAZING!! I won't see Sauron any other way anymore!!! This design is too cool!!
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Y'know, the helmet is freaky-deaky, but with a face like this, Sauron looks less likely to cause bring-the-brown-pants syndrome with his helmet on.
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bassinlulu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah !!! 
=)

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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Right on!
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2ndMercWithAMouth Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
Funny enough... He was originally Gandalf's species (A Maia) before Morgoth corrupted him... I always wondered what was under the helmut... I think this would be accurate, Great Job :D
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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2ndMercWithAMouth Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Your welcome :D
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Blockbeap Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap this is amazing. I just love your style. I like how it appears as if his essence is like floating off his "skin". 
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesomeness I love it :D
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome Happy Holidays :)
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Mimi-Sardinia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it. After Numenor, he can no longer long good in any way, so it's fitting he looks creepy.
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Also, there's very little information on how does he look on his evil shape, so I just tried to do something that evokes fire, malevolence, corruption and a bit of regal superiority
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Maeternus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like the interpretation, but I always saw Sauron more as a creature of Smoke and shadow, rather than of molten stone. After all, you can't see his eyes under his helm.

Either way, this does look pretty badass.
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I actually have the same idea of what he truly is based on Tolkien's vague description of the true form of the Maiar.
This is just a silly game of trying to give a face to his malevolent essence!
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Turock-X Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice,  love the colors :D
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thaanks!
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Nicely creepy and diabolical. And now that it's been mentioned, there really is a hint of Cumberbatch there!
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I cant see anything else now, dammit!
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NBVega Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like he fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. DANG.

He looks diabolically evil though, so well done!
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well he has had a nice share of beatings in the past few ages, so yeah.
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NBVega Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe that's why he ended up as such a black hearted a-hole ^.^
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Percevanche Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say that you captured very well the vision of Tolkien for Sauron. Black skin and eyes of flame. By the way, is it only me, or I might be able to see Benedict Cumberbatch's facial features? After all, he's now the canonical actor for Sauron, isn't?
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Art-Calavera Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god...it was completely unintentional but it DOES LOOK LIKE CUCUMBERBATCH!
Thanks for pointing it out man, you ROCK!
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