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Eva Z.
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
I am the song brought with the wind
Ever present, but never seen
A old as hills, as deep as sea,
forever young, forever free.

My other account: :icondreams-of-arda: - the house of my Middle-earth collection

Talks with Tolkien artists: Leone-art

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 20, 2017, 8:41 AM

Hello! Thank you for reading the current installment of Talks with Tolkien artists. This time I talked with an italian illustrator living in Croatia, Fabio Leone, :iconleone-art: - Leone-art. You can find many original visions of Tolkien's characters in his gallery, uninfluenced by the movies:

Elessar by Leone-art Luthien's gaze by Leone-art

The Angmar King before his fading by Leone-art Radgast the Brown by Leone-art
Gandalf, servant of the Secret Fire by Leone-art Queen Arwen Undomiel by Leone-art
Ulmo appears before Tuor by Leone-art

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

I am 38 years old and I live in Croatia. I am a professional artist, a husband, father of three.

2. What brought you to deviatArt and how did you pick your username?

Simply put: “visibility” you can't make yourself heard If you don't shout from higher ground. My username is my surname, no fancy reasons. I have to be remembered and recognized to find editors and private clients... would you remember how to find an artist on internet if your only clue is the name “EviLAngel652CutePuppies”? I think not.

3. How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?

I always loved reading and an interest for fantasy literature. The name “Tolkien” was everywere mentioned and, when I was 15, I asked my mother to buy me “The lord of the rings”. It was an epiphany to me. Tolkien's literature is “a walk down an ancient hallway”: many times you have the occasion to pass along open doors and peek: sometimes you see beautiful landscapes, or hear enchanting music, or feel the thunder of a thousand drums in your chest. Tolkien's stories are a doorway to a deeper lore. It is impossible to resist the call if you try to read it with the due respect.

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 When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie.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 have read the books many times before the first PJ Movie came out. I was intrigued by the adaptation process and the cinematographic solutions found by WETA artists. Even if the actors faces and costumes became “canon” for the general public, I was not too much influenced by them because I am prepared in considering Cinema and Literature two different media. The sets and the landscapes depicted in the move were very useful to me to “ground” specific moments in a real place. Later, as an artist, I had to detach myself from the movies for a while to create a personal interpretations of the literature. Luckily, when I started painting Tolkien's characters, The Lotr Trilogy was already 10 years old and it wasn't difficult to deviate from the Movie Actors likeness... BUT when I was designing my Beorn portrait it was exactly when the first leaks of him invaded the internet and I had to isolate from those. It wasn't too much difficult and right now I find more annoying comments stating something like “nice painting BUT it does not resemble (place random actor name here)”. Many people still think that painting ORLANDO BLOOM as an Elf is an added value to the Artwork.

5. Some of Tolkien's books can be hard to read, being more of history annals than beletry. Do you let that discourage you or not? How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth?

I could be discouraging if you search for an easy job. To me the “difficulty” means that I have to educate myself to reach a deeper understanding of the literature. I can't state “how deep” my knowledge of middle-earth is, because, let's not forget, Tolken's literature is an academic subject. A lot of work is necessary to define your knowledge even “fairly good”.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Every character is my favorite because every one of them is well portrayed in the literature and every time I start a new artwork is an endless fun to dig in the books to find the right accents.

7. 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?

As a child I spent time drawing, as a teenager this “hobby” subsided and re emerged later when I was thinking what to do after high school. The Fine Art Academy was a sort of disaster, since my teacher didn't know how to BE a teacher, but during that turbulent period I've met a wonderful person who taught me the traditional Icon Painting technique and, through that discipline, showed me how to really be an artist. I don't remember a time when I haven't thought that a job where I could „use my hands“ would be great: I was equally exited, as a child, in fantasizing about being a carpenter, or a painter, or an architect. The aim of „creating something“ was always on my mind. I've just spent a lot of time figuring out which kind of „creative process“ would fit me best. My style changed while I was figuring out what to do with my life after High school. At that time I was equally interested with drawing Manga (Otomo and Mijazaki rules btw), figurative painting (Caravaggio, my love), sculpture (Bernini, you genius!). Now I am more focused on the Imaginative realism and my style and interests reflect that.

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

Hard to say: I am equally interested by all the characters but I know my limits as a painter and I tend to choose to invest time and energy on characters I know I can properly depict implementing a personal interpretation and mentioning a back story and the culture the character have been growing in. For example I am fairly confident in painting Dwarves and humans, but Elves are more complex to me because, loving the Imaginative Realism style, it is still too complex to me to depict a culture that's several thousands years old without falling in common cliches.

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

I had a brief interest in “Song of fire and Ice” because of the fantasy-medieval setting

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

I paint digitally in Photoshop. So it's hard to say I am not trying something new everyday. Every artist has a workflow that suits his/her needs and I am not different but challenging myself is always a good medicine to improve: every few months I search which aspect of my painting is weaker and I work on those through personal artwork.

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

Do not search “comfort zones”: try something new, seek advices from professionals, post your art in places different from your “Ideal public gathering zone”. Seek for critics.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Beorn, the Skinchanger by Leone-art

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

Jamie Lannister by Leone-art

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Thorin's Scourge by Leone-art

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
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This one is still a work in progress in the last 6 months and still not completed

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

The Aftermath by Leone-art
This one was included in the “Hobbit” trilogy BD Box, by Warner. I am very proud of this one.

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.

I had a classical training in painting when in the Fine Arts academy, so I find inspiration in classical art: Caravaggio, Vermeer, Michelangelo... More modern artist are also in my library, such as Norman Rockwell, Donato Giancola, John Howe, Maciej Kuciara.

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?

Take a look at Andra Piparo's Art. He's really good:

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

Well, being an artist is fun and exiting, but every artist need a fanbase to continue doing what the public enjoys: new art. If you like my art, please consider supporting me by buying a print or commission a new painting tailored to your budget and needs. More info can be found here:

Thank you for your time and answers!

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News from Middle-earth

I'm doing an interview series with Tolkien artists, already containing over 70 talks with some of the most inspiring artists in Tolkien fandom. Check the full list here:
:icontolkienplz: Talks with Tolkien artists - complete listA complete list of all interviews from the "Talks with Tolkien artists" series. It will be updated after each interview posted.
The list featuring a few pictures from the interviewed artists had to be split due to size limit:

Talks with Tolkien artists: part 1
Talks with Tolkien artists: part II

Bullet; Blue 1. with Gold-Seven :iconGold-Seven:

Bullet; Blue 2. with steamey :iconsteamey:
Bullet; Blue 3. with ekukanova :iconekukanova:
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I also have a fanfiction account. I do not post most of my fanfiction stories on deviantart, but you can find the full list of them with links and also banners and illustrations here:
:icontolkienplz: 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: A Lesson - in "Aragorn-centered one-shots"


:icontolkienplz: The Riddle of Strider
 The verses about Aragorn in Gand

My projects

Plant trees and get free art requests from great artists! There's never enough of trees!
: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

Interested in riddles and puzzles? I have a cypher game for you!
:? 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:  May/10/2016 - The game is still alive! :) simbalm solved it in under one day, winning 303 points!
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!
Aug/1/2012 - The easy day was yesterday!

...and traveling Noldorin elves! Follow their journeys here:
:icondreams-of-arda: Finrod's Travels - diaryThese little guys are travelling around the world! (Every participant of the project keeps his own figure, and sends the others further after taking them to cool places near their home)

Here is their route:

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:
(under my other account)

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Thank you so much, dear Eva!Heart 
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Your gallery is very interesting.
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