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The Hobbit - How Far I've Come by Maeneth13 The Hobbit - How Far I've Come by Maeneth13
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I edited and re-edited this way more than how it probably looks like... Anyway, because all of you have been waiting on a new chapter for my The Hobbit fanfiction 'The Stumble Prevents the Fall' (or TSPTF, as I'm going to call it from now on) and because I'm still not quite finished with it, I thought to post this.
This wallpaper of my character Lillian came to life when I was building up her background story, so this can probably be labeled as a bit of a 'teaser' of what still needs to be revealed in the story. I also thought it was obscure enough to not spoil any of you. I think you can interpret this in many ways.

I hope you enjoy this substitute for a chapter. I'd also love to hear your thoughts on what you think this wallpaper could mean. I'm rather curious to know. *grins*

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This is also on my Tumblr, please repost from there: [link]

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I do not own any of the pictures used in this piece. They belong to their respective owners.
The lyrics are from the song 'How Far We've Come' by Matchbox 20.


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Mimiko-Flamemaker Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I somehow like the Audrey version better, but this one is really nice too^^
Now, back to my "in-depth analysis" ^^'
I feel that Lil, as the older sibling, was always meant to be the "perfect" one. You know this child which is always polite, always have good grades, always pleases her parents and so one. As such she was looked on through those qualities. And despite the fact that her parents were proud and others were proud, she herself felt sort of "invisible". Because, that person wasn't her. And yet, she has hard time showing others her true self, abandoning what expectations put on her. Maybe those "guidelines" gave her the feeling of having everything perfectly under control - and that way she felt secure, because nothing unexpected (and therfore something she would be able to deal with on her own) could happen to her while following them. But on the other hand, it frustrates her to no end (and this is fuelling her already firece personality, to become a little more... explosive ;)) All in all, she herself, sort of lost recognition of which Lillian is the true one, and has a hard time wondering about what she truly meant to others?
Not to mention, that being dropped into the middle of the world that didn't even suppose to exist, when nothing is familiar, stripped her of this "control" over her life and therefore from feeling even remotely safe, but on the contrary lost and desperate...

And I will finish here and go crawl under my bed, because this is probably wrong as hell ^^'....
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, the other commenters mostly think the opposite. But I like that, it means I can make something for everyone. :aww:
Again, you are closest to the truth than the other commenters. You're very good at reading the meaning behind these photomanips. Makes me think I maybe did a bit too good of a job on them. X3 But, I have to say, that in comparison, you are farther from the truth here than you were with Audrey's lyrics. I shall give you this, these lines were practically perfect to describe her feelings of Middle Earth: "Not to mention, that being dropped into the middle of the world that didn't even suppose to exist, when nothing is familiar, stripped her of this "control" over her life."

So no, come back from under that bed you silly thing. Because you've done a great job at guessing. :heart:
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Mimiko-Flamemaker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :bow:
You did a very good job on them, but you can also blame it on me being just so incredibly perceptive :D
So now, when I left my hiding place, let me "bask in my self-indulged glory" XD

Still, no further spoiling please ;P
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, it will probably be your perceptiveness that was mostly to blame. :aww:
X3 Good one. I think I'm actually going to use that sentence in a chapter some day..

I wouldn't dream of it! I hate it when I am spoiled too, so I would never do that to anybody else.
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Mimiko-Flamemaker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me take that as a compliment :aww:
And I'm sure you will put it into a good use X3

There is nothing worse.
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It was means as such. :aww:

I absolutly hate it when that happens...
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LilaTelrunya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I like this one the most; I like the darkness and the light that reflects on her face. Very nice job darling! :clap: Somehow, the only thing I can thing about with these lyics are also 'insecure'. But for what,...?
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! It's the one I worked on hardest, maybe that's just visible. :shrug: Hehe, weeeeeell~ That's not really it I'm afraid. ;p
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LilaTelrunya Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe, but Audrey's looks good to you know. I just prefer the darkness in this one. Aww, darn, I knew I wasn't going to guess this. :facepalm: Hey, love your new icon~
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah well, it would be no fun if you could guess it right away. :aww: Hehe, thanks!
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LilaTelrunya Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True and Welcome~
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pastChence Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, why is everyone freaking out about this song in last times? (me too btw xD) I really like your photomanips dear ^^
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have to admit, I learned about this song throught Tumblr. X3 But I thought it fitted... Any idea what the lyrics could mean? *eager to know*

Aww, thank you! That's so nice of you to say, though I still think they could be wo much better... :hug:
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pastChence Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! I knew it! ^^ (for me it was a Hetalia amv, whatever xD)
Oh, maybe... maybe it's about the Batle of Five Armies? Like, she'd look back at all the funny times she had with the dwarves? And at the end... it's all gone, gone...*makes herself sad*

:hug: Huh, what do you mean? They are awesome! I mean, you manage to cut every little hair from the actual picture and get it to the new one... this is awesome ^^
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ehehehe ^^;
Hmm... I have to admit that you're closer to the truth here than you were with Audrey's lyrics. But again, I'm not going to say how close cuz I don't want to spoil you. =3
Ah well, I just look at all these tutorials on youtube and according to those people I use way to many layers and vector-masks and whatnot; so I'm hoping to get all of that under control one day and make these things look even better. That's just all; there's always room for improvement, right? :aww:
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pastChence Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww yiss xD Oh well, you hide the plot pretty well then! Good, good ^^
Nah, according to people - people judge a lot too much. Anyways, tutorials only show you how THESE people do it, they serve as a source of inspiration - in the end you are going to develop your own style anyways. AND as long the result looks good it's alright ^^
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Luckily so, I like me some suspense. ;p
You're absolutely right! Thank you for those words. :hug: It's just difficult with those PS stuff; I've never been very good with computer systems and the like. ^^; I just hope I'll be able to remember all I know so far.
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durinheir Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oooh, I need to head back over and read some more soon :love: Very nice!!!
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :hug: And yes, I need to do that too! Though I'm determined to finish my next chapter first and than I'll distract myself with other people's fanfics. ^^
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Sapphire-Arkenstone Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the hair and the text... just... WOW! :faint: *faints from the epic masterpiece* I want to know what this next chapter will be like - super excited now! :D
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Aww, thank you so much! I'm so happy you think this is good. :aww: A masterpiece even! Gosh, it's not nearly as good as yours, hun. Haha, I do hope everyone will like the next chappie~
Any thoughts on what the lyrics could mean? :eager:
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Sapphire-Arkenstone Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww, you're very welcome. :)
Hmm... (wish I was good at trying to figure out stuff) is it perhaps that she doubts her value and something incredible is going to happen to make her earn trust...?
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Maeneth13 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good try and I have to tell you, you're almost closer to the truth with this guess than with Audrey's. ^^
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Sapphire-Arkenstone Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yayz! :D
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