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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 When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie.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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"I'm going on an adventure!"


I am posting this note in my personal profile as well as in the groups where I'm the only admin who votes on entries.

I will be away from July 19th until July 27th, without any internet access. In that time I will not reply to any notes and messages, and will not approve the submissions in the groups. I will get back to everything after I return.

(I'm going for a honeymoon in Scotland! Expect photos when I get back! :))

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:iconthelotrclub: Expect the new issue of "Talks with Tolkien artists" in Tuesday! (Yay, for dA's sheduled submit :))

Talks with Tolkien artists: hitogata/kittykatkanie

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 15, 2014, 10:06 AM


For those who like a bit of anime/manga style mixed with their Tolkien, I have the pleasure to present you one of the popular atrists of this style who alse draws Tolkien illustrarions. :iconhitogata: - hitogata, or :iconkittykatkanie: - kittykatkanie under an alternate account, is also a creator of the Noldorin Icon Family - :iconnoldorinfamilystore:. A few examples of her icons:

Icon Family: Finwe by kittykatkanieIcon Family: Finrod by kittykatkanieIcon Family: Orodreth by kittykatkanieIcon Family: Galadriel by kittykatkanieIcon Family: Celebrimbor by kittykatkanieIcon Family: Mahtan by kittykatkanie

And a taste of her art:

Lord of the Lights by kittykatkanie "---yes." by kittykatkanie
NIF: Just another exam day in university by kittykatkanie LOTR: ED parody by kittykatkanie :: b e l o w. t h e. s u r f a c e :: by hitogata
Noldorin Pancake Equation by kittykatkanie T.E.A-S Pile by kittykatkanie


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


Hi! My name is Kat - some call me K for short or "hito" from my username. I'm a Japanese working in Japan right now, but I grew up in Malaysia.

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

I had to choose a book for free reading from a list back in 5th grade, and I happened to choose The Hobbit. I liked the book, but for the most part all I remember was that the book gave me a hard time to read... (because my English wasn't good at that time).

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


I've read many of the Tolkien books so I consider myself I have good knowledge about Tolkienverse, but not an expert.

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?

To be honest, the movies gave me the reason I was hooked with the Tolkienverse. I haven't read the trilogy before the movies came out so there I had no inner pictures to start with. As for the Hobbit, I had some of my own images, but I like the movie versions too (even though I visualize them differently in books).

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'm just an amature. I loved drawing as far as I can remember, and I spent most of my time drawing in childhood. My style is strongly influenced by anime and manga because I grew up with them, and most of my drawings back then were fanarts of manga I liked.

6. Could you also tell us more about the Noldorin Icon Family that you founded? How did you get the idea, and how does it work now?

I was seeing lots of icon family on dA that time, so I really wanted to make one of my own. And since I haven't seen one for Tolkien, I adopted the concept of Noldors - specifically of those from the House of Finwe down to the fourth generation. So I posted a tweet on my twitter about it to see if anyone would be interested in joining, and I had Finno (vinyatar), Turno (aire73), and Little Gil (AlaudeSketchbook) gave me a big go at the idea. Thus I decided to make them. Then I posted a journal to recruit the rest of the "family" with a small test - I had to add this rule because I realized some people who wanted to join the family had absolutely no idea what Noldors were. Currently, there are 32 of us :) (Smile)

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?


Related to the style influence question, my art technique is strongly influenced from anime/manga. And I'm more comfortable using digital media rather than traditional. There are some traits I tend to keep in my works, but I like to try out new styles whenever I encounter inspirational works while browsing art.

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


Enjoy what you draw, and draw what you enjoy. :) (Smile)

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?


Secret Hideout by kittykatkanie

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

Pixel Vignette: Who are you? by hitogata

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Getting hot these days ain't it by hitogata

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

:: H I N A M A T S U R I :: by hitogata

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

Evolution of Pixel Vignette by hitogata
One of the most frequent questions I get is "how do I make these pixels."
I fail at words, so by putting the process into a single sequence, not only it helps to explain the process to others, but it reminds me the amount of effort I put into these works - it helps me keeps my motivation. :) (Smile)

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.

My grandfather.
My father was never happy seeing me spend my time drawing, but my grandfather was the one insisted me I should keep drawing because it's what I love to do. He passed away last year so I can't talk to him anymore, but he has always been and will be my supporter who understands me the most.
Also, he was very inspirational - he was a pâtissier but was great at drawing too, and I learned many things from him including some drawing and crafting techniques.

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 have two if you don't mind!
:iconvinyatar:
Coffee Maedhros by vinyatarSend forth your battle cry by vinyatarMortal by vinyatar

:iconheavenlycondemned:
DontGetLostInHeaven by HeavenlyCondemnedearly Xmas giftie of sorts by HeavenlyCondemnedATSebastianMoran by HeavenlyCondemned


Thank you very much for your answers!

Mirach (or :icondreams-of-arda: in NIF ;))

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