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Talks with Tolkien artists: SceithAilm

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 19, 2014, 11:52 AM


:iconsceithailm: - SceithAilm is a talented russian artist and creator of the (still unfinished) Tolkien tarot. It is my pleasure to bring you this interview with her today.

 Tarot: Temperance by SceithAilm
Tarot: The Hanged Man by SceithAilm
Tarot: The Emperor by SceithAilm Tarot: The Chariot by SceithAilm
Tarot: The Hanged Man by SceithAilm Tarot: The Star by SceithAilm

1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?


Hey there! My real name is Olga, I live and work in St. Petersburg, Russia (it’s a wonderful city but recently I dream to run away from here). Now I'm an artist in a small company owned by the Austrian corporation Novomatic that produces graphics and animations for casino gaming machines. What else can I say... I just love Shakespeare’s plays, Jane Austen’s novels, Tolkien’s tales and Norse mythology. All of this helps me to break through the edges of reality.

2. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?

For the first time my father read "The Hobbit" to me when I was 7 years old. And this story, this magical world just struck me. Since then I fell in love with fairy tales and myths of all cultures. But even now my most favorite story is Tolkien's "Smith of Wootton Major". This book is full of some incredible, fragile but powerful magic. It is quite different from the world of Middle-earth, not so dark and less epic, yet more philosophical and magical.
And I still remember that in my childhood I was terribly frightened by "The Fellowship of the Ring". The Nazguls and orcs were so scary that I durst to read “The Lord of the Rings” only when I already was a teenager).

3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?

No, I don't think so. I’ve read all his books in Russian and "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" in English, so I'm well versed in characters and storyline of these books, but I’ve never tried to remember all the troubles and historical events described there. Several times I read articles about most interesting persons and battles in different guides and theoretical research works devoted to Tolkien's books, but I barely finished them.

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

Yes, I think it's true in my case and I never really tried to prevent it.
Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, John Howe and others have done an amazing job! Costumes, scenery and cast bring Tolkien’s characters and universe to life perfectly, so now it’s almost impossible to imagine them in different way. I don't know any other movie in the entire history of cinema which shows so wonderfully detailed, so beautiful and realistic fictional world. I’ve assembled a collection of artbooks released by Weta Workshop and I can spend weeks looking through and reading them again and again. You see, I’m really a big fan of these movies.

5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?

Our city is considered to be the cultural capital of Russia, there are a lot of colleges and academies for artists, so when I started drawing I had a lot of opportunities to study. I’ve got to like drawing since the age of five, and soon this hobby became my profession. I graduated from Saint Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design in 2011 as an illustrator. In addition to the education I’ve learned to draw using a tablet and started painting in Photoshop, it gave me new opportunities for creativity. CG Art brings me a lot of ways for self-development and improvement. This is an incredibly exciting and rapidly developing art form. So I can say that I am self-trained and professional artist at the same time.
Basically, I’ve been influenced by Gothic art and artists of the Italian Renaissance, particularly Sandro Botticelli. The grace and elegance of his paintings are stunning; I adore his fine shades of colors, beautiful silhouettes and sharp lines. All masters of the Renaissance were unequalled drawers and I can only dream to reach their level of art skills!

6. You are working Tolkien-themed set of tarot. How do you choose the characters representing the individual cards? Can you also read tarot, and will you use these cards for it?

No, unfortunately, I cannot read Tarot and I have only some elementary knowledge of its symbolism and meanings.
Originally, I planned to draw deck of ordinary playing cards, it is much more easy and it would have taken less time. The only problem with poker deck is that there are few female characters for the Queens in "The Lord of the Rings", and, at the same time, many male characters that won’t receive their own place in the deck.
The idea to create Tarot deck belongs to my friend MarinArk, she is truly passionate about Tolkien’s universe and seriously interested in Tarot cards, their history, semantics and meaning. Here's what she says about the main idea of our project: "This is a kind of a comparative study of archetypical dimension of The Lord of The Rings; the Tarot is the most well known cultural phenomenon that deals with the visualization of the archetypical patterns and scenarios, so the idea to make some associative link between them appeared on its own: the numerical sequence of the Major Arcana is often interpreted as an allegory of spiritual development path, so this is an attempt to disclose this allegory in the context of The Lord of The Rings."
So MarinArk chose main characters and situations of "The Lord of the Rings", and I designed a color mood, characters and compositional structure of cards) It is a kind of common project).
Hope that someday, when I get through with this deck, many people will be able to use it for fortunetelling :) (Smile) But for me the Tarot is most of all an extremely beautiful and mystical art object.

7. What art technique is your favourite? Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

During my art life I've tried a variety of graphic techniques, not only traditional drawing, and various printing techniques, such as linoleum engraving, etching, lithography, monotype, and others. It was all very interesting and exciting, but these techniques require special equipment that is not so easy to find and keep at home) So now I prefer simple graphic techniques, such as drawing with a pencil or ink pen. It is very convenient, because you can take a pencil and a notebook with you everywhere; at the same time, this is a very nice technique, quite expressive and dynamic. And CGart technologies allow to correct mistakes of hand drawing and also to create images that imitate any real graphic technique through usage of blending modes and different textures.

8. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists?

No tricks and secrets here)
I don’t have any special technical skills or tips. At first I try to imagine how the final image should look like, to think through even the smallest details. Then I transfer the idea on paper as accurately as possible. And then I scan the sketch and finish it in Photoshop. You see, it's all pretty simple and traditional.
The only problem is that my skills are sometimes not enough for the realization of ideas)

9. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of


- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

To be honest, I believe that an artist should not choose "the best" or "worst" of his works. So I’ve never even thought about it) There’s no picture which I’m proud of, because I'm sure that I should work much more hard.
However, here are two drawings, which I suppose turned out better than others. The first is Thorin’s portrait inspired by Richard Armitage in «the Hobbit».
Is that the treasure thou dost seek? by SceithAilm

I tried to express the tragedy of this character, his feeling of loneliness and impending doom. And to show how cruel fate and destiny could be. Despite that I failed to achieve physical resemblance, I think the main mood of the character corresponds to my idea.

The second is one of the Tarot cards – The Devil. I think at the moment it is the most eye-catching card in the deck. I think this card has the better composition and impressing color solution.

Tarot: The Devil by SceithAilm

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?

At the moment, my beloved character is a famous Norse god Loki and his various appearances in the mythology and the works based on the Northern folklore. I was trying to depict mysterious, cunning, mischievous creature that never calms down and never stops. It should be similar to a flame tail that changes its form every moment. I have done already a lot of conceptual sketches for him, but I am still in search of final concept.

Ready for some Ragnarok? by SceithAilm

- a picture that fits your current mood?

I’m quite depressive and melancholic person. Frequently I just sit and think dreaming about non-existent worlds. This Thranduil’s portrait is a reflection of my feelings and current mood.
dreaming... by SceithAilm

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

It was the sixteenth card in the Tarot - Tower.
Tarot: The Tower by SceithAilm
I spent a lot of time thinking how to place the scene of the attack against Gondor in a small vertical Tarot format. At the moment, this is the most detailed and elaborated card and this is the only one where I had to draw landscape and make it fit with the rest "portrait" cards. It was very difficult to achieve clear and recognizable image while maintaining all the necessary details and characters. Several times I had to change the original concept of this picture :) (Smile)

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?

It is the first Tarot card. I made it a long time ago, so the style and concept of the drawing has changed since that time. I began to pay more attention to the compositional integrity and clarity of the image and give less time to details and textures of the background. This card looks like a reprint of wood engraving. As result it looks rather old and damaged by time. I suppose this could be a pretty interesting effect. What a pity that it wasn’t preserved in the rest of the pictures.

Tarot: The Fool by SceithAilm

10. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.


Of course, there were many teachers of painting and drawing in my life. They helped me to receive the initial knowledges about anatomy, perspective, and drawing techniques and skills. And to create my own style of drawing.
But each and every person who does something better, can be an inspiration for me. Talent and mastery of other artists gives me incentive to develop my own skills. And it can be both the world famous painters of past and artists from DeviantArt. The feeling of my own imperfection and ambitions helps me in my work for sometimes, but both cause depression and desire to quit drawing forever)

11. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?


I would like to present you a wonderful artist Helena Rosova from the Czech Republic, her nickname on DA is Hellanim. She makes incredible illustrations for Poetic Edda’s songs and to other adventures of Norse god Loki. I admire her original style of drawing, it reminds me an engraving or wood carving and her pictures are both witty and elegant, decorative, but at the same time full of tiny exquisite details. Her illustrations perfectly convey harsh humor, power, and unique spirit of northern legends. Here are a few examples of her works:

Loki in Freyjas feather cloak by HellanimThe Adventures of Loki by HellanimQuercus Dub Type by HellanimBludicka by Hellanim

and another one of my favorites is evankart from South Korea, who makes the most beautiful sketches I‘ve ever seen in my life.

Thorin 0826 by evankartWall of Hobbit by evankartAragorn by evankart

12. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?

I just want to say THANKS to all of my watchers and followers for their attention to my work, kind comments and notes. It makes me really happy)

Thank you very much for the nice talk!


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Talks with Tolkien artists: The-Black-Panther

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 3, 2014, 1:53 PM


:iconthe-black-panther: - The-Black-Panther is the creator of another humorous Tolkien themed comic series titles "Meet the Nazgûl". So, what are we waitiing for? Let's meet them... and her, as well!

Meet the Nazgul by The-Black-Panther Meet the Nazgul .5 by The-Black-Panther
Meet the Nazgul .6 by The-Black-Panther Meet the Nazgul .15 by The-Black-Panther
Meet the Nazgul .14 by The-Black-Panther Meet the Nazgul .17 by The-Black-Panther



1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?


Hello, my nickname on dA is the-black-panther but elsewhere I use simply Pantera. I’m from Poland and I’ve been drawing since I remember.

2. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?


I read The Lord of the Rings relatively late, shortly before the film The Fellowship of the Ring was released. What’s more I already know the two major spoilers – that Boromir is going to die and Gandalf is going to return. Well, just my luck. However, it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the read. What amazed me was how complex the world was, how very much alive. The Lord of the Rings is one of those books, which leave no doubt that the author had taken into consideration everything from the wide background to the smallest details. Later I read Hobbit, Silmarillion and some other books, but The Lord of the Rings was the one I kept coming back to.

3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?

No, I don’t. To be honest my bookshelf with Tolkien’s fiction and Middle-earth related books is rather short. In most of the cases – no matter if it’s a book, a film or a tv show I tend to focus on background characters – Tolkien’s books are no exception and that’s why Gríma, Saruman and Nazgûl are among my favorite ones. I guess that’s why I also like Unfinished Tales the most, especially the story about Nazgûl’s Hunt for the Ring and the chapter about Istari.

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

There is no way to avoid some of it, because the film posters were the first thing that got me attracted to the story. I was well familiar with the faces of the actors when I started to read The Lord of the Rings. I guess after watching the films the landscapes and locations melted with the description in the books in my imagination – especially in the cases when they were so well reflected, especially Shire, Rohan and Isengard. It looks different when it comes to the characters. Although I like to seek some inspiration for the pattern on the clothes (Saruman’s robes embroidery for example) the one I draw the most, Gríma, doesn’t look like Brad Dourif. He is much younger, perhaps even too young for someone, who managed to became the king’s counsellor and destabilise Rohan’s defense so effectively. He also doesn’t look like a-very-suspicious-guy-planning-something-very-cunning, more like some random guy (which I think is justified – a spy shouldn’t raise suspicion). On the other hand the portrayal of Christopher Lee has influenced my image of Saruman, but I liked it so much that I have never tried to actually get rid of it.

5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?

I used to work for a few years as 2D animator. However, I’ve never took any professional art course and drawing was always a hobby. I started drawing dragons when I was 8 or 9 years old after I saw a picture of a dragon in a magazine about dinosaurs. It was standing on hind legs and I was greatly surprised years later, when it turned out that majority of dragons is shown as quadrupedal – quite on the contrary to my vision. Horses and animals were a popular topic too. Later I moved between various fandoms but I never gave up drawing dragons. I think I can’t point out clear influences. I like clean black and white pictures thanks to Dylan Dog comics, drawn by various artist – it’s really amazing what they can achieve using this technique. I like to put tiny details in background just like Don Rosa did. I also like Bruce Timm’s style, who is best known from his work on animated series for DC (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and others) and try to incorporate something similar in comics.

6. You are an author of the "Meet the Nazgûl" comic. How did you get the idea for it? And why exactly the Nazgûl?

The first part of Meet the Nazgûl was drawn as gift for a friend, who is a Nazgûl fan. And then suddenly was an idea for the second part and for another, and another... Some things, which appear here or there like Nazgûl Horse Express and Gríma’s acquaintanceship with Nazgûl, come from fan fictions I wrote. Sometimes I get inspiration from discussions in the comments under the comics, but often it’s just everyday life – Nazgûl can’t survive their existence without strong coffee, have hard, ungrateful job and a demanding boss, who supervise them all the time and doesn’t want to give them a day off, even if it’s only one for every 712 years in service. Doesn’t it sound familiar (maybe except the last part of the sentence)? As for the second question - well, first of all, Nazgûl are pretty easy to draw. ;) (Wink) What’s more it turned out that a bunch of wraiths with everyday problems bothering them make a funny combination. But what’s is more interesting about Nazgûl’s story in general is the fact that they not always were those dreadful creatures. They used to be humans. Deep down there is the misery, when you start to think what fate came upon them. Probably not all of them were bad in the first place, some might use the rings from a desire to do good. That’s why one day I would like to make a bit more serious comic about Nazgûl.

7. Is humour and fun an important part of your life?

One might expect a person who draws humor art to be light-hearted, optimistic and cheerful. Well, that’s not my case, because I’m rather withdrawn and I don’t open easily to people. However, when it comes to dealing with reality and the fact that life has a tendency to drag you back drawing or writing humour stuff can be helpful to some extent as well as the ability to focus on the ironic side of the situation.

8. What art technique is your favourite? Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

I used to draw a lot using automatic pencil and pigment ink pens. However, I started to switch more and more to digital art, partially because my scanner had broken down and partially because I started to draw on Wacom tablet. Right now I mainly draw vector art. I couldn’t achieve the effect I aimed to while drawing by hand on tablet in Photoshop, so I started to create outlines in Illustrator, which is my favorite technique right now. As for the styles it depends on the theme. I’m trying to master more realistic way of shading, but there is a long way ahead of me. I feel more familiar with black and white drawings or cel-shading coloring.

9. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists?

Nothing special here. When it comes to drawing comics rough sketch of page layout really makes life easier. It might sound obvious, but I didn’t do it when I drew the first parts of Meet the Nazgûl (and that it’s the reason why they look like crap). When I draw I often use photographs as a reference. I made a few pictures based almost entirely on a photograph, but then I gradually moved on and now I use them to get a general idea for the poses. I would also recommend vector art to make clean outlines - it works for me, maybe it'll work for someone else.

10. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

It would be this one, although the shading here is far from being perfect.

Just another of those days by The-Black-Panther

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?


There's nothing left to say now by The-Black-Panther

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Orc's diplomacy by The-Black-Panther

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Drawing this page was quite challenging.

Meet the Nazgul .19 page 1 by The-Black-Panther

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?

It has to be a dragon of course. I quite like this one, because I figured out how to get rid of the outline while drawing this.

Don't look back by The-Black-Panther

11. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.

Honestly I can’t name such key people. When it comes to writing I could make a list of a few authors, who influenced me. For example Joanna Chmielewska, who was a Polish author of criminal novels full of witty and unique humor. She drew inspiration for her stories from life, putting into the plot of her books alter egos of her friends, family, colleagues from the work and also herself. Maybe after all something from her works influenced my art too, because I also like to look for inspirations in the same way she did. But I don’t know where does that need to draw coming from. It just exists. They are artist on and off dA whose technique and skill I admire, but I wouldn’t like to copy their style or vision - aiming for the same level is quite a different thing. As for the support I have a colleague, who I can always ask about tips on shading and coloring.

12. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?


Sure. :) (Smile) There is going to be nine artists like nine Nazgûl (and ten drawings, because I couldn't decide which picture choose in one case).

Grima by trzecipromienNazgul on horse - Xmas cookie by noleme
Fili and Kili by mstrychowskaInspirations by Ri-zuACEO - Piorun by Naseilen
Zachary Levi as Fandral by staciangstAnger of a furious storm by ansentGanfalf the Grey by EvelinaLindqvist
A Grim Prophecy by nolemeNowa grafa by Eva-the-DragonLady

13. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?


I’ve never really felt like a popular Tolkien artist, but I’m happy every time when I get comment or a sign that someone follows Meet the Nazgûl and finds those stories funny. So thanks to all of you, who not only read, but who also leave the feedback. I guess Gríma, Saruman and Nazgûl related art belong to minor part of the fandom, but I’m going to fill it as long as I have an inspiration to carry on.

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: spiegelscherben

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 10:00 AM


:iconspiegelcherben: - spiegelscherben is the author of the "Silmarillion - The Good Parts Version" comics, but more than that, she is also a Tolkien artist and roleplayer. We talked about her art, humour and inspiration.

Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 1 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 4 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 5 by spiegelscherben
Silmarillion the Good Parts Version 9 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 14 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 15 by spiegelscherben

(Sorry for the small thumbs, I was having some trouble with resizing them in stash)

1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?

Hello! I'm a geek girl who lives behind a computer keyboard in Sweden. Computer programmer by day, artist and writer by night (well when not stuck in RP anyway!).

2. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?

I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was about 11, I suppose. I read LOTR at 14, but I preferred the Hobbit for a long time - I preferred the flawed, pithy Elves over the overly perfect ones from LotR I suppose. But it's also a case of "first book wins" I guess. I appreciate both now.

3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?


I certainly don't consider myself a Tolkien expert! Except for the Hobbit and LOTR/Silmarillion books, I've been learning most about the history of M-E since I started role-playing in the Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) MMO. Most of my knowledge was acquired sitting with Wiki open in another tab feverishly checking that I wouldn't say anything wrong while RPing! But then, I also seem to have a talent for learning and retaining useless trivia... so by now I guess I know quite a bit of the history of M-E.

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

I think I will always retain my own picture of how Strider looks over the pretty Aragorn in the movies. That's not to say I didn't like the actors or the films - it's just not always my own vision of how things went down.

5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?


I've been doing art for a long time, but never very professionally. I enjoy writing and drawing comics and have been doing my own serials off and on since high school. Apart from comics, I suppose my style is equally influenced by classical art and modern illustration (not that I consider myself being as great as either of those!).
 
6. You are an author of the "Silmarillion - The Good Parts Version". How did you get the idea for it, and how do you choose which parts are the good parts?

"The good parts version" is a reference to the Princess Bride - the book/movie is supposed to be the "good parts version" of a rather long and boring book hiding a good story. I have been thinking that the Silmarillion needed a short and concise (and humorous!) version for a long time, and at some point I ran across the Hetalia manga/anime in which countries are represented as persons. I just knew our Elves needed the same treatment!
Later I saw Scandinavia and the World (which I recommend heartily if you do not know it already!), and I can't deny that the look of the comic influenced the final look of my comic as well. But the first comics and character sketches are actually from before I knew SatW.

7. Is humour and fun an important part of your life?

Absolutely! I take a lot of inspiration from the old saying that a fool might criticise a king where the wise may not. Humour is important for dealing with both serious situations and everyday life. You should be able to make fun of yourself and even the things you take seriously.

8. You have several original characters in Middle-earth. One of them, Nimlith, even writes her own notebook... Could you tell us more about your characters, your writing and roleplaying?

Absolutely! I have a bunch of characters (to go into detail in all of those would be a bit too much even for this column...) but Nimlith is my main and favourite character, as my many drawings and paintings of her show.
Nimlith is a Nandor born in the Second Age who has lived in the Greenwood all her life as a healer. As it seemed like war was approaching though, she decided to leave her home in favour of spreading peace and harmony among the Free Peoples. She works to improve relationships and bring hope to all Free Peoples in the dark times that she knows are approaching.
(More can be seen and read on her Laurelinarchives page: laurelinarchives.org/profile/1… )

9. What art technique is your favourite? Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

I am working with many different techniques, but I find that I keep coming back to comics and ink drawings. It comes easiest to me. At the moment I am trying to teach myself watercolours, which are quite counter-intuitive for me! (I have no patience to let my paint dry... aargh!)

10. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists?


Read about art and look at art every day in your life! I always make a point to go to art galleries and exhibitions in every city I visit. You can learn a lot from the masters, even if you do not paint in the same style as they do!
I'd make a point about doing a little bit of art every day as well, but I've not been too good at it myself recently...

11. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

The Woman in the Woods by spiegelscherben
This picture's colour scheme and look is inspired by John Bauer - I quite like the way it came out, and the scene it depicts.

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?

Starcomic page 03: Starkiss by spiegelscherben

An oldie but a goodie. Maybe I'll revisit it some day now that I've gotten my hand in with vector art.

- a picture that fits your current mood?

The Black Waters by spiegelscherben

I've been a bit stressed recently. But now, vacation!

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

 Spring Ritual by spiegelscherben

- this is probably the picture that took the single most time to paint. I changed the size of the picture several times and had to amend. Digital painting is really straining to my wrist, so I am quite happy that I got this one as far as I did before I declared it "done".

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?

Nimlith's Notebook: The Forest and the Garden by spiegelscherben

A little inspirational story courtesy of Nimlith, who is much wiser than her player.

12. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.

I come from an artsy family, so it was obvious I would also be interested in art. My boyfriend is very patient when it comes to my "I just have to finish this, I'm in the zoooone!"-cries. And of course the many artists and writers I knew over the years, from Elfwood to dA and on.

13. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?

I believe Ursula Vernon :iconursulav: has quite enough attention now, being a Hugo-winning comic book author and generally awesome person, but if you don't know her yet, you should definitely check out her gallery! (and books. And comics.)

Mammoth Garlic by ursulavPludwump 2 by ursulavBattle Hamster Raid by ursulav 

And while I'm at it, humon :iconhumon:, the creator of Scandinavia and the World, definitely deserves mention as well.

How to deal with animals by humon What did you say? by humon Clothes Confusion by humon

14. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?


I've rarely seen such a prolific and nice fan community as the Tolkien fans. Keep being awesome!

Thank you very much for your time and answers!


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