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Talks with Tolkien artists: Breogan

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 30, 2015, 7:22 AM

:iconbreogan: - Breogan is a concept artist who took part in creating the Born of Hope fan movie, and is currently working on another one, The Fall of Fingolfin. We talked about what it takes to create concept art, and about her own views of art and Middle-earth.

Fall of Fingolfin - Fingolfin colour concept by Breogan Emboss WIP - Elven Warrior by Breogan The Spirit of Fire - Revisited by Breogan
Film Project-Concept Art1 by Breogan Fingon the Valiant - Turnaround (Detail) by Breogan
Fingolfin Bust v.2 by Breogan

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

I first read Lord of the Rings when I was 11 and although I was already an avid reader, I couldn’t get past the first chapter - I found it so boring I put it down. Some months later, my mother, who had got me the book as a present, encouraged me to try again so I did, and when I got to chapter 2 – “The Shadow of the Past” something clicked and from that moment on I couldn’t stop reading! When I finished the book for the first time I wiped away my tears and I started it again. I had discovered a world full of wonders I couldn’t part with. To this day, I still read it once a year.

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

No, I don’t consider myself an expert but my knowledge of the myth is quite extensive, especially since my interest in Tolkien’s work also includes the linguistic aspect.

3. Did you read the books, or see the movies first? When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie.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?

Books first. I think the film trilogy has mainly affected my mental image of the landscapes of Middle-earth. In my opinion, the settings are one of the very few things that Peter Jackson got 100% right, so for me the landscapes of New Zealand are those of Middle-earth. Apart from that, I basically stay true to how I’ve always imagined what the characters would look like.

4. 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 have always loved art. I started doodling as soon as I could hold a pencil and art was always one of my favourite subjects in school. I guess I could say I’m a professional artist since I’m a graphic designer and I sometimes do illustration work for some of my clients.
I am interested in many different styles and I’m also an avid comic fan so I’ve received many influences, although my skills fail to reflect them: Mucha, Bilibin, Rackham, Robinson, Jim Lee, Adam Hughes... just to name a few.

5. Much of your latest art are concepts for a stop-motion short film "The Fall of Fingolfin". Could you tell us more about this project?

“The Fall of Fingolfin” is fan-based project, along the lines of “Born of Hope” or “The Hunt of Gollum”, aimed to recreate one of the most epic and moving stories from The Silmarillion. We aim to stay as true to the original material as possible, keeping other influences to a minimum. The screenplay is finished, and the project is in its initial production stages. Given the small number of people involved, things are moving slowly but surely.

6. Is there any other film you did concept art for, and what are the specifics of such art, compared to regular illustration?

I did some concept art for “Born of Hope”, another fan-based film released a few years ago. Although I joined the team to help with translating the dialogue into Sindarin, I also did some concept art and costume design.
Concept art is more precise, more specific. There are no “distractions” such as background or composition, just the design itself of the character, weapon, costume, etc. It’s great fun to do, and being simpler than a full illustration, I sometimes find it more challenging.

7. What other book or movies (or anything else) inspire you to create fanart, and why?

For me, creating fanart comes from the need to recreate or develop an idea from a fantasy world where I can get lost in. If this “world” does not have the necessary depth or detail, then it fails to inspire me. Middle-earth, Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter... those are my favourite fandoms.

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 love digital painting, how versatile it is. I use a few basic techniques, but I am always willing to learn new things. I like trying and experimenting and see where that takes me, although I seldom bother submitting those painting exercises to dA.

9. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
I couldn’t say which Tolkien-inspired illustration I’m most proud of; I’m always finding flaws and mistakes in every single one of my works, but having said that, I’m very fond of this one

In Safe Arms by Breogan
- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Draco Malfoy - Seeker by Breogan

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Adventurous and epic.
TFoF - Ered Wethrin and Hithlum Pass by Breogan

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

The Last Look by Breogan

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
I like the comic cover look of this one:
Dragon A. Commission - Cats on the Prowl Cover by Breogan

10. 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?

This guy has great illustrating skills, a sleek and dynamic style and a fantastic sense of humor: :iconzarzo:

Supertipos y sus cosas by zarzo
BatRelax by zarzoEl nombre de la rosa by zarzozombie love by zarzo

Thank you for your time and answers!

P.S. The new journal skin was created by Felizias with the pictures of ebe-kastein. If you would like to use it, you can install it here: PC: LotR skin for Mirach Version 2 (I'm giving you permission ;))

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire

Journal History

NaNoWriMo + my fanfiction

The Heart of the Mountain - synopsisA man knelt on the blood-soaked battlefield. He was the last one. The last of the Ar-Venui, the Swords of Death: Nothing to live for, just looking for something to die for. A sword was hanging above his head. The last rays of the dying sun were like a road to the oblivion…
And the sword did not fall.
I am your only faithful one:
the lover of your pains
And when fate rides a chariot
them I'm holding the reins
A song beats in your veins

Once, long ago, Ar-Tenil had a wife, and a son that had to be born soon. Then the Lowlanders came to conquer the Mountains and discover the place of a great power from an old legend – The Heart of the Mountain. He never heard of that place. The chaos of fight, one moment, one decision. He saved many lives that day – but for them, his wife died. Now he is looking for the sons of the women he saved, to take them as a repayment of their debt, and train them as the new Ar-Venui. But a surprise awaits him - not all of them

My stories from Middle-earthI usually do not post my fanfiction stories here at dA (and won't until they enable to post multi-chaptered stories as one deviation, otherwise it would make a mess in my gallery...) I post them under my and Stories of Arda account:
Now I got the idea to post at least the links to them here, together with the banners and illustrations. My stories feature mostly Aragorn, and several also Eärendil, but there are a few with other characters as well. I will update this journal when I post a new story.

:new: No Regrets and Riddles in the Dark - in "other one-shots" (posted some time ago, but I forgot to update this journal

Art for Trees & Treasure hunt!

:icontreehuggerplz: Art for Trees - project:iconspringtree-1plz::iconspringtree-2plz::iconspringtree-3plz::iconspringtree-4plz::iconspringtree-4pl5:
"When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today."
- Chinese proverb
2014: This is the 3rd year of the project. There are many people supporting it, featuring it in their journal and offering art. BUT... There have been NO trees planted for it in the last year (I don't count mine). So, instead of talking about it, how about getting up and actually planting a tree, if you are able to? There is a lot of wonderful art waiting for you as a reward!
Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. Trees are the largest and longest living organisms on earth. To grow tall the tree has become a miracle of engineering and a complex chemical factory. It is able to take water and
:? sifro. - solve the codes and win points! IMPORTANT: the login into the submmitting system currently doen't work. I'll try to fix it somehow, but until then, the "Try it without login" link still works. If you submit the solution to a cipher, it will give you a link to the next one. It just won't remember your position in the game, so better save that link, or remember the solution so you can get it again.
:new: July/7/2014 - After a year and half, we finally have a next winner! It's Dimensionwalker21, winning 360 points. Congratulations!
Dec/24/2012 - We have a next winner! It's WintersRead, winning 306 points!
Nov/11/2012 - The second winner is nuvak! He generously refused the point reward, so there is still a lot of points in the pool for the next winner!
Oct/12/2012 - We have the first winner! It's ninquetari, who wins 475 points!
The easy day was yesterday! Today, the game begins! And It's just in time for dA's birthday! :D

...and traveling Noldor!
:icondreams-of-arda: Finrod's Travels - diary 
I decided to keep a travel diary for them, so you all know where they are in the moment :) Those who already had them, PLEASE upload your photos, so I can add them here! It can be in your scraps if you don't want to spam your main gallery, but we would all like to see the awesome locations where the Noldor have been, right, family? Remember that you can still take photos of your figure when you go somewhere interesting, even if you already sent the others further!
APRIL 2013: Slovakia with :icondreams-of-arda:

MAY 2013: Montenegro with :icondragonrider3:
The Noldor arrived! by VisAnastasis
 Into the unknown by VisAnastasisOldresh church in Nikshich by VisAnastasis


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