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Talks with Tolkien artists: vigshane

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 27, 2014, 5:17 AM


This week, I had the pleasure to interview :iconvigshane: - vigshane. If you take a look at her gallery, you can see a really varied art in different styles, ranging from traditional to digital, every picture unique and beautiful. But not only that - Vigshane/Wenjin/Norloth is also one of the 75 winners of the Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest, who got to travel to New Zealand, and meet Peter Jackson in person! In this interview, we didn't only talk about art, but also about this wonderful experience.

Sam's Song in Cirith Ungol by vigshane Rivendell by vigshane
Galadriel - Lady of Light by vigshane A very Comfort Home 4 by vigshane
This day we fight by vigshane Mirkwood by vigshane

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


Don’t really know what to tell, you’ll know more about me if you keep reading... :p (Lick)

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

When I was 16. I had never read something like that and was totally amazed by the universe Tolkien created.

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

I’ve read The Hobbit, LOTR, Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales...and very limited segments from The Histories of Middle-earth. But I don’t dare to call myself an expert, because sometimes I forget things, like those happened in the first age... I know there're some experts amongst my friends who can remember every tiny detail happened in Middle-earth.

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 When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie.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?


No. Because I saw the first film before reading the books. Fantasy genre wasn’t popular in China back in 2002 and very few people knew about Tolkien at that time. So thanks to Peter Jackson for introducing Middle-earth to me!

5.Speaking about the movies, you are one of the winners of the Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest, and got to travel to New Zealand, meet Peter Jackson and see the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy before anyone else. I don't even know where to begin asking about that, and where to end :) Could you tell us your impressions from this trip? What was the strongest experience?

This was the most amazing thing ever happened to me! Though I have traveled to New Zealand once (last year), having a trip with other biggest Tolkien fans was really something different. We were treated like the most important guest by the wonderful people from Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand, and became friends with some of them. The schedule was so busy and full of exciting activities as well as surprises. The strongest experience happened in Hobbiton Movie Set when we entered the Green Dragon Inn and discovered that John Callen(Oin), Mark Hadlow(Dori), Jed Brophy(Nori) and Steven Hunter(Bombur) were inside waiting for us. Mr. Callen put his prothetic forehead on my head... I felt so overwhelmed by the whole situation. They were like very old friends to us and they carried a bit of their character on them. I think the actors were as happy to be appreciated by us as we were to meet them. They even sang birthday song to three fans that night which must be the greatest birthday in their life... The most important meaning of this experience is not about meeting some actors, but is about how people come together and appreciate each other as being a part of Middle-earth, whether they are fans or cast members of the films, especially in the place where both film trilogies happened, the place where this adventure began. Sorry, I should talk about meeting Sir Peter Jackson as the strongest experience, but the day in Hobbiton was such a highlight that it totally beats meeting Peter! But of course, I was so thrilled to meet Peter at last. My biggest wish was to say thank you to him in person and now my dream is fulfilled. This trip is journey of a lifetime to me, to my guest and to most of the people who traveled with me.

Nobody's Home by vigshaneBagend by vigshaneA Sunny Day in Hobbiton by vigshaneSmial in Hobbiton 03 by vigshaneSmial in Hobbiton 01 by vigshane

Note: I added a few of her photos from "Hobbiton" here :), and if you want to be even more envious (I know you are, I am too...), you can watch this video about the trip that the winners of this contest had:
 



6.Once more, congratulations for winning the contest! But the reason you were in my list of people to interview is your great Tolkien themed art. (Although I admit, the contest might have shifted the order that I planned a bit :)) So, 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 started to do art as my hobby but later I wanted to take it as my profession. So now I’m an art student. :) (Smile) I started drawing when I was little for my own pleasure. When I was in university studying computer science, I began drawing portraits. That was the time I realized I enjoyed drawing more than anything else. John Howe’s illustrations influenced me a lot. And there’re many great artists on DA that have inspired me.

7. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?

Normally I choose the ones I really like. As you can tell, I’m recently obsessed with Thorin Oakenshield...

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?

So far, coloured pencil and water colour are my favourite. But I’d love to explore more techniques.

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

A Gift from Tolkien by vigshane
a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Richard Armitage as John Proctor by vigshane
a picture that fits your current mood?
Hobbiton by vigshane
a picture that was hardest to paint?
Return of the King Under The Mountain by vigshane
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
The Dwarven Song of Winter by vigshane
(I always love the songs written in Tolkien’s books and this set of illustrations was something differently from what I used to do.)

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.

My father took me to drawing class when I was little. Though his profession has nothing to do with art, he tole me about the stories from his childhood of how he crafted things. I think the reason I always enjoy creating stuff definitely can be linked to him. And both my parents supported me when I decided to change my career. I am very grateful for that.

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?

:iconcapbird:
Thorin Oakenshield by Capbird
This is by a good friend of mine, I saw the original art and was so impressed. Though she’s not a Tolkien fan, she really does great job in portraying people! I love her style.

:icongizthegunslinger:
Anduril - Flame of the West by GizTheGunslinger
I met her on Instagram and found some of her pictures familiar. Then I remembered seeing them on DA. She totally deserves some attention with her wonderful drawings of so much details.

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

I wouldn’t be who I am without Tolkien’s world. Middle-earth is the greatest gift that one can have. And thank you to everyone who’s followed my work these years.

Cheers,
Wenjin/Norloth

Thank you very much for your time and answers! :)

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Talks with Tolkien artists: TolmanCotton

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 20, 2014, 1:40 AM


If you know a bit about hobbit genealogy, Tolman Cotton is the husband of Lily Brown and father of Rosie Cotton, who married Sam Gamgee in T.A. 3020. But :icontolmancotton: - TolmanCotton is also the nick of a talented Italian artists and art teacher, who illustrates the scenes from Tolkien as they are depicted in the books. So if you want to see some unshaven dwarves with the right beard and cape color, he is your man (or hobbit).

Rauros by TolmanCotton Ghan-buri-ghan by TolmanCotton
Ori by TolmanCotton Fili and Kili by TolmanCotton
 Grey havens by TolmanCotton Mormegil- color by TolmanCotton

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


Well, I'm an art teacher, an art history lover - Renaissance, Caravaggio and the Academy in particular - and a costume maker who happens to like also the world of illustrations. I live in Tuscany, so I've a great deal of art and beautiful sights around me for inspiration. Oh, and a Tolkien fan, of course.

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

I first met the works of Tolkien at a cub scout camp, at ten, and I was hooked. I found the Fellowship of the Ring at the local library, unfortunately the other two books had been stolen (!) so I had to wait for Christmas, when I found a rather bulky package under the tree... needless to say, I loved it. When I read "the choices of Master Samwise" I think I cried.

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

Well, sort of. My knowledge of Quenya, Sindarin, Westron etc. is laughable, comparing with actual Tolkien scholars, but I think I have read or studied most of the published material about Middle-Earth and the composition of Tolkien lore, plus a lot of extra material by scholars like Helge Fauskanger or Michael Martinez (in fact, I translated in italian most of his "Parma Endorion" essays). I had to do it, since my thesis was on the clothing and accessories of the LoTR characters. Every *single* one of 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?

My thesis involved a lot of drawings and sketches and it took me almost two years to complete it. During that time, the first movie came out. I don't know if Ngila Dickson and I had a sort of telepathic bond, but many characters looked very similar, even in colours (for example, both her Boromir and mine wore reddish and blue clothing, and I'm quite sure there's no hint about colours in the book). Others were quite different, but having read (and re-read...) the book so many years before had helped me to form a definite setting in my head. My Sam is NOT Sean Astin, even if his acting is exceptional.

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?

Art is my job, but more as a teacher than as a performer. It's not easy to live exclusively on art nowadays - in Italy at least - and I love too much working with children to leave it.
I started painting as soon as I could grab a pencil! My father was a painter himself, so he helped me a great deal. I'm a great fan of Alan Lee, John Howe and Ted Nasmith, but I love also the works of Norman Rockwell and his acute portrayal of people.

6. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?

Sometimes I choose... sometimes it's the scene to beg "please, draw me!" But I have to say that I like drawing hobbits the best. Their simple, down-to-earth approach to life appeals to me far more than elves.

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?

My favourite medium is pencil and sometimes watercolour, but I have tried most techniques - even simple charcoal found on the beach. It's amazing what you can achieve with the right software nowadays, such as Painter or Artrage Studio.

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

Looking at the works of other illustrators I always feel awed and humbled, so I don't feel I'm the right person to give tips... Anyway, first of all you have to think thoroughly about the scene you want to depict and visualise it. If you find it difficult, or elusive, probably it won't work. Then draw a rough sketch to find the right composition and search for reference images to help you with the details. You can find it on the web, or art books, or going outside with a camera, or even looking at the mirror. I use to go to the pub with a notebook and sketch people around me. I found that sometimes hasty sketches give great results.

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

Sam in the garden by TolmanCotton
I'm a hobbit at heart!

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

cry over Ezri - colour version by TolmanCotton
Scott Lynch is very, very different from Tolkien, but his characters feel really alive.

- a picture that fits your current mood?
the choices of master Samwise by TolmanCotton

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
The Crowning of Elessar by TolmanCotton
It's still unfinished!

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
A long discussion by TolmanCotton
I drew the first version of this picture when I was fifteen, or sixteen, and then left it in a drawer that I seldom opened. It's amazing to see how one's style changes and evolves. It's like meeting a childhood friend you haven't seen in years.

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.
As I said before, my father. He passed away last week and I miss him sorely. He was the one to teach me how to hold a paintbrush. But for what little I gleaned from the other students at the Academy, I owe him everything I know about painting and drawing.

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?

:iconyudaev: - Yuri Yudaev. His eclectic style is astounding.
Esquisse of Decoration DOLPHIN 1989 by Yudaev Medieval Motif. Glass painting. 2009 by Yudaev Before the City Gate. 2004 by Yudaev

12. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?
I hope that all the hype for the movies will make more people curious about the actual books, and that after it fades away there will be still people able to appreciate them as they are. Without shaven dwarves! rofl

Thank you very much for your time and answers, Tolman!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: Brunild

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2014, 7:29 AM


Today I talked with :iconbrunild: - Brunild, not only about her beautiful art, but also the Black Book of Arda - a fanfiction published as a book in Russia. It opens controverse topics about the relativity of good and evil in Middle-earth, and has influenced several artists, including herself. Some Tolkien fans love it, others hate it, so please keep the comments polite if you decide to tell us your opinion. If you haven't heard of it yet, and would like to know more,  or just enjoy Brunilde's art, I invite to read our interesting talk...

Gorthaur by Brunild The defeated enemy (Melkor and Sauron) by Brunild

Eastward by Brunild Farewell by Brunild
The ages of Melkor binding by Brunild Thorondor by Brunild


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


Hello! I am Brunilde and I come from a little country in Northen Italy, in the province of Asti in Piedmont. I attended art school ( with address architecture), and then I graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Turin in 2007, however I can not call myself a full-time artist since I am currently a professional falconer and I work in the field of protection and conservation of birds of prey ( another my big passion) :) (Smile)

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

I have read "The Lord of the Rings" at age of twenty years and I was immediately fascinated by the universe created by the Professor. A dimension parallel to ours but mythical ad ideal, an incredible world where, I believe, each of us would want to live. After the trilogy I have read the other books, and I was impressed by "The Silmarillion".

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

I don't consider myself an expert, unluckily the History of Middle Earth has not been translated in Italian and I can't consider my knowledge so extensive :) (Smile) However Tolkien is for me another great passion and I really love his works!

4. You often depict scenes from the Black Book of Arda - an influential and controversial fanfiction written by N. Vassilyeva and N. Nekrasova and published in Russia. Could you tell us a bit more about it?

This is another book that what fascinates me, because it deals with the concept of good and evil in a way similar to the attitude with which I interpreted The Silmarillion. In this book what Tolkien considered the evil, actually, it's just misunderstood. The Silmarillion it is a story told from the Elves, the winners; The Black Book of Arda it is a story told from the defeated and is vey moving and touching. The book urges to see with their own eyes.
Melkor and Sauron have a completely normal appearence, the only way in which Melkor change its shape are the wings.

5. Why do you think does this book cause so much controversy and what is your opinion on it?

It is a difficult question, I think that it cause so much controversy because it calls into question a predetermined order, and insinuates doubts about the "truth".
I am a free spirit..and I like the idea that there is no absolute evil. I am in favor of this work, I like that there is a counterpart while respecting the ideas of Tolkien.

6. Do you think it's more important in fandom to follow the original intentions and opinions of the author, or have the freedom to contribute to his world with own ideas?


I think that the books can be interpreted by the sensivity of the reader as well as any other work while respecting the author's ideas. For example, I have read The Silmarillion from a human point of wiew and not religious.

7. 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 have to admit that Peter Jackson made a wonderful work and many many characters and scenery of the movie are quite similar to my mental images. However it is natural to be influenced! ;) (Wink)

8. 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 can't consider myself a professional artist because I would not have enough time for it, I would say that art is more a passion I have since childhood. My favorite artist ever is Johann Heinrich Fussli, i believe that I have influenced from his dreamlike paintings with figures that emerge from dark background. And many other artists from the past.

9. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?

Usually I do not plan anything, they come to mind based on the state of mind. Then I pick up various images and then realize the vision have in mind :) (Smile)

10. 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?

My favorite tecnique is oil painting and, I know that is wrong, but rarely I do experiment with other tecniques.

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

I do not feel like giving advice because I still have a lot to learn but I can say: "Love what you do so that others will love it" Heart

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

The Iron Crown by Brunild

Because he is like I imagined.
- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Are you my mom? by Brunild

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Dark Vala and his Dragon by Brunild
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Brothers by Brunild
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
Radagast by Brunild
Because I love Radagast also in the movie!! :) (Smile)

13. 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.

My husband and of couse the kind people here on dA ;) (Wink) !!

14. 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 think there are many many great artists here, now I' m thinking of some people whose art I like it very much and I think they deserve much more attention, for example:

:iconartigas:

Gorthol and Mormegil Redone by Artigas Glorfindel, Coloured version by Artigas Dain Ironfoot by Artigas

:iconowl-glass:

Finrod by owl-glass Tol-in-Gaurhoth by owl-glass Thranduil by owl-glass

:icondead01:

Witch- King by dead01 Uvatha by dead01 Dungeons of Barad-dur by dead01

:iconchibi-sempai:

Nolofinwe wip by Chibi-sempai In The Shadow by Chibi-sempai Sauron, the great wolf by Chibi-sempai

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

Of course, first of all I thank you for giving me this opportunity and thanks to you all for your beautiful art and for your kind support that really means a lot for me and makes me really really happy!!!

Thank you for your time and answers!

Note: The Black Book of Arda currently doesn't have a complete English translation. An incomplete fan-translation can be found here: sites.google.com/site/theblack…


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Rohirrim journal skin.

Horse head 2009 - Grinmir-stock
Texture by kizistock
Knotwork by gbrgraphix

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.
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I am your only faithful one:
the lover of your pains
And when fate rides a chariot
them I'm holding the reins
Listen!
A song beats in your veins

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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 fanfiction.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1740140/Mirach and Stories of Arda account: http://www.storiesofarda.com/author.asp?AuthID=2706
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
IN PROGRESS
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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
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:? 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
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...and traveling Noldor!
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!
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APRIL 2013: Slovakia with :icondreams-of-arda:
 
 

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

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