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Talks with Tolkien artists: RobleskaZeppelin

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 27, 2014, 7:17 AM


In today's interview, I would like to introduce you a Czech student and hobbyist artist,  :iconrobleskazeppelin: - RobleskaZeppelin:


I hate him by RobleskaZeppelin Idril, Earendil, Tuor by RobleskaZeppelin
Aredhel, the white lady by RobleskaZeppelin Finrod vs. Sauron by RobleskaZeppelin
Tuor as an outlaw by RobleskaZeppelin Elwing running away by RobleskaZeppelin


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


Hello! My name is Šárka, pronnounced Sharkah. I’m a 20 years old student of biology at Charles university in Prague. I come from the south of Czech Republic (the country with beer) , from beautiful South Moravia (the region of wine). I have a tarantula called Ungoliant and I love everything related to J.R.R.Tolkien.

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

When I was 10, I found an interesting book in a bookshelf in our livingroom. It had some strange runes on the cover and there was an illustration of a dragon at the spine of the book. Of course, it was the Hobbit. The book impressed me a lot with something I could not describe. If you remember the feeling that Bilbo had in the first chapter, when the dwarves were singing in his hole and when he was looking out the windows to the nocturnal scenery – that was exactly what I felt. The desire to wander in the mountains, discover secrets long forgotten, see the wonders of the world, cross through no-man’s lands, leave the comfort of home… After a while there was this LOTR movies mania that passed around me with no consequences, but when I realized that the Trilogy comes from the same author as the Hobbit, it all could fully begin. Not speaking about the Silmarillion. Professor’s books lead me through the whole adulthood, and they lead me now as well.

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


No, not at all. Tolkien’s legacy is my hobby, I especially love investigating the maps and learning the family trees of Eldar and Edain, but…Who can call themselves Tolkien expert? Maybe the professor himself? :-) (Smile) It is also true that I’ve learned much by collecting informations necessary for drawing and painting pictures.

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 adore PJ‘s Trilogy, much more than the Hobbit. I saw the moives before I read the book and I can’t imagine them in another way. In my opinion, the choice of actors is accurate. That’s also why I don’t do much Trilogy illustrations: it is not challenging enough, while all the scenes and faces are so wonderfully depicted.

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 am a pure hobbyist. It is not easy to say when I started painting, actually I’ve never stopped doing it, since I was a small child. The person that had always given me much good advise is my dad, who is an amazing artist in many ways!

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

I love painting scenes that were not much portrayed before, as well as classical issues as Beren and Lúthien. Now I have a long lists of scenes and characters to paint. So I choose what to paint usually according to my current mood and taste. Sometimes it happens to me that I don’t feel skilled enough for a long time to paint a scene, but then I just accept it as a challenge and it simply works.

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?

I’ve always loved watercolor and it is the medium I feel most sure in and also the medium with admirable possibilities and effects. The problem is that I have no basis, so my paintings used to be difficult - I used to use the watercolors the way as oils or acrylics and now I have to learn so much! So when I’m experimenting, it’s only within the radius of watercolor techniques.

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

I don’t feel skilled enough to give advise here, in the environment of hundreds ingenious artists, but if I had to: Try to accept new and new challenges! It can kick you very much forwards.

9. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
The two trees of Valinor IV by RobleskaZeppelin

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Evening in the hills by RobleskaZeppelin

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Rhovanion-the brown lands by RobleskaZeppelin

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Beren Meets Luthien by RobleskaZeppelin

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

Orome hunting beasts by RobleskaZeppelin
I’d like to share this painting because it was the first one where I achieved the atmosphere I planned.

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.

I’m supported by my family a lots. My dad is suporting the artistic side of my pictures, while my brother always cheers me up to produce new Tolkien illustrations. Then there are my friends from the University. Without them I would lose a huge part of my will do paint. And also a huge thanks to all supportive lovely people on DA. And I have to thank to Jacek Yerka, my favorite painter, whose paintings are full of inspiration.

11. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve?


These people are very inspiring, lovely and their art is amazing. I don’t know, whether they have as much attention, as they deserve, or no, but take a look at their gallery, if you can!
:iconbrunild:, :icongawarin:, :iconviolletcz:, :iconmoi-keiniku-sang:, :iconneral85:, :iconakitku:

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

Thanks to anyone who gives favorites and writes comments about my art; thanks to all Tolkien and fantasy artists for so much inspiration! And thank you for the possibility of this interview! :-) (Smile)

You are welcome! :) I thank you as well for your time and answers!

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Winners of the *Best of Trees* Photography Contest

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 2:03 AM




This is a feature of the winners of the "Best of Trees" Photography contest held by our affiliate group
:icontrees-with-character:

:iconamongststars::icon1st2plz::icon1st3plz::iconspotlightplz: First Place :iconspotlightplz::icon1st2plz::icon1st3plz::iconamongststars:
:iconlarosedepetitprince:LaRoseDePetitPrince
With:
Welcome to the fairytale
Welcome to the fairytale by LaRoseDePetitPrince
More from Her Gallery:
Fall(ing) by LaRoseDePetitPrinceI set fire to the rain by LaRoseDePetitPrince
Moonlight hymn by LaRoseDePetitPrincePicturesque autumn by LaRoseDePetitPrinceLa reflexion by LaRoseDePetitPrince



:iconamongststars::icon2nd2plz::icon2nd3plz::iconspotlightplz: Second Place :iconspotlightplz::icon2nd2plz::icon2nd3plz::iconamongststars:
:iconlosgeloest:losgeloest
With:
chasing dreams
chasing dreams by losgeloest
More from His Gallery:
alley of uncertainty by losgeloestthe beauty of autumn by losgeloest
bloody forest by losgeloestcolors of autumn by losgeloestdreamy by losgeloest



:iconamongststars::icon3rd2plz::icon2nd3plz::iconspotlightplz: Third Place :iconspotlightplz::icon3rd2plz::icon2nd3plz::iconamongststars:
:iconwillaustinsarchive:WillAustinsArchive
With:
Tree of Light
Tree of Light by WillAustinsArchive
More from His Gallery:
Winter is Burning by WillAustinsArchiveAutumn by WillAustinsArchiveAutumn Curves by WillAustinsArchive
Winter is Ablaze by WillAustinsArchiveBlossom by WillAustinsArchive



:star::iconamongststars::iconswingonastarplz: Runners Up :iconswingonastarplz::iconamongststars::star:

:iconheikogerlicher:HeikoGerlicher With:
ray of light
ray of light by HeikoGerlicher

:iconyoumitori:Youmitori With:
Spark of live
Spark of live by Youmitori

:iconacoresjo88:acoresjo88 With:
holiday hut
holiday hut by acoresjo88



:star::iconamongststars: Honorable Mentions :iconamongststars::star:

Crawling out by gigi50 Light in photography by TomaszPrzybylo
Gold leafs by XeniaChowaniec dusty evening by vularia


Talks with Tolkien artists: DonatoArts

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 1:48 AM


The interview with a professional illustrator Donato Giancola, who has a deviantArt account as :icondonatoarts: - DonatoArts was conducted a bit differently than the rest of the talks. When I asked for it, he directed me to his extensive FAQ page www.donatoart.com/faq.html , where he already answered many of the questions I meant to ask. So, most of the answers are taken from there, and he only added the answers to my other questions. He already added them to his FAQ as well, so if you are interested in reading a more detailed talk about his work and art, I recommend visiting his page. You can also learn more about his painting technique here: www.donatoart.com/technique/te…

Nienor and Glaurung by DonatoArts Galadriel and Aragorn by DonatoArts
Eowyn DefenderofRohan by DonatoArts Gandalf in Moria- The Three Doorways by DonatoArts
Turgon defending Gondolin by DonatoArts OneRing-BagEnd-donato-900 by DonatoArts


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

I was born (in 1967) and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, a township near Burlington. After graduation from Syracuse University I moved to New York City and have resided and worked in Brooklyn since 1993. My wife and I have two daughters.

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

I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was 13. Without exaggeration, those books changed my life. The elaborately detailed fantasy, the plot's epic sweep, and the characters' classically heroic qualities grabbed hold of me and never let go. I obsessed over them, frequently referring to the appendices at the end of The Return of the King: Who was Beren? How old Moria? When was the First Age? It took forever to read each chapter as I referenced names, places, and events in those notes: each offered a trip to another time and a story as complex as the tale I was engrossed within. Very so afterwards The Lost Tales, Unfinished Tales and The Simarillion were a part of my canon after reading them at my local library.

I still have the books I first read, with paperback covers by Darrell Sweet. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase his original cover painting for The Hobbit. It hangs in a place of honor in my entry hall.

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

I would not consider myself an expert on Tolkien, any more than I would call myself a master oil painter.  Labels are for others to place.  I will state I have thoroughly read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, Book of Lost Tales I and II, The Lays of Beleriand, the Children of Hurin, and have begun reading the further collected notes by Christopher Tolkien.  Can I write messages in Elvish? No.  But I can hold a conversation on Beren and Luthien and their trip into Angband, discuss the building of Orthanc, or talk about the time Sauron was seen as a friend to the Elves and helped them forge the rings of power... So , yes I know my Middle-earth lore quite extensively, but am not a fact checker.

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?

When the recent movies interpreting the Lord of the Rings were released, many artists became heavily influenced by what they saw onscreen.  A movie is a very powerful form of artistic expression through the use of atmospheric lighting, movement through time, experiences of scale and immersive sound- it is easy to have the world view of the content dictated by what happens on the big screen.  Luckily I am not one of those easily swayed.  

That is not to say there are designs and elements which I found utterly compelling to absorb and enter into my visual language of painting, but rather my expression of Tolkiens’ Middle-earth was set long and very deeply before the movies were released.  One of the major pivotal experiences came when I was 16 years old and a friend handed me the Tolkien Bestiary edited by David Day and included the amazing work of Allan Curless, John Blanche, and most importantly Ian Miller.  Here in my hands was a stunning collection of art inspired by the words of Tolkien, and all of it through various artistic expressions.  This pluralistic tome made it easy to see my own art as a valid form in interpreting and adding to the voices singing the praises of Middle-earth.  It has been that way ever since.  Each new artist I discovered interpreting Tolkien was just another voice in the chorus. Peter Jackson now takes a seat next to Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith, John Howe, Darryl Sweet, David Wenzel, etc...  All equal, and none better than another.  Just different.

Thus I did nothing special when I experienced the films in order to protect that artistic voice I hold.  It was so deeply rooted that the movies blew past like a wind storm, dropping their wonderful treasures about my play space.  And when they are gone I will continue in my journey in seeing Middle-earth as a conversation between me and J.R.R Tolkien...


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?

Drawing was my passion pretty much from the time I could hold a crayon. Throughout childhood and adolescence I made models and toys, copied pictures of military hardware and spaceships, and produced 8mm films. Dungeons & Dragons particularly channeled my creative energies. To support my avid play, I painted lead figurines and created detailed maps and character drawings. (One of the more elaborate maps hangs in my studio today.)

Art was a passion, but only a hobby, as my formal art training came late. After starting in electrical engineering at the University of Vermont, I dropped out that course of study in the middle of my third semester. My grades were fine, but I felt frustrated with and unmotivated by the lack of creativity in engineering classes. Uncertain of my path, I enrolled in an art course for my very first formal lesson. After creating some horrible oil paintings, I realized I needed guidance - lots of guidance.

In 1989, I enrolled at Syracuse University, majoring in fine art painting. The exceptional faculty at SU introduced me to the key concepts that underpin all great art: color theory, composition, anatomy, paint techniques, experimental drawing, and post-modern, modern and abstract theorizing. SU also gave me a studio, and I spent nearly all my free time in it, working not only on class assignments but also on numerous personal projects. I worked relentlessly during my three years at Syracuse, finishing my BFA in 1992.

I find inspiration through studying the world's greatest art masters, in the real world about me, and in photography. Some of each of these elements can be found in my most successful works.

Some of my favorite painters are Hans Memling, Jan Van Eyck, Velazquez, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Ribera, Rubens, Titian - and Mondrian. I strive to bring their complexity into my work, melding classical aesthetics with modern abstraction.

You can see both types of influences in some of my illustrations. For example: Cartographer is inspired by Lorenzo Lotto's portraits; the dense compression of figures in Faramir at Osgiliath combines Caravaggio-like renderings with Modrian's surface patterning; and the vertical columns in Ashling recall Barnet Neuman while building upon the atmospheric illusions of Van Eyckian perspectives.

Visiting the actual paintings is what most inspires me. While images of many great paintings can be readily found in books, nothing impresses as much as being in the presence of the real works. How can a book convey the almost overwhelming scale of a 16' by 10' Velazquez painting, with life-sized figures? Or the squinty, exquisite detail of a tiny, 8Ó x 12Ó Van Eyck? I habituate the many great museums in my home city, New York, and no vacation is complete without a pilgrimage to another great art museum.

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

I have always sought great challenges in my art. To this end when looking for inspiration to illustrate novels and stories, I have always attempted to render those moments which are ill described or fleeting in nature, yet capture the essence of the characters and narrative. Simple 'domestic' scenes are difficult to compose to appear compelling, yet a successful painting in this manner can carry much more power than a heroic battle scene. Consider your reader and viewer, they most likely have never experienced the intensity of conflict nor the range of extremes most heroes travel through. It is upon a common ground of emotion with which I attempt to build my narratives. And it is with these simple scenes that J.R.R. Tolkien makes us feel the humanity of his characters; the depths of utter darkness in Moria; Merry and Pippin smoking pipe weed after the destruction of Isengard; Frodo and Sam cooking a brace of rabbits in the Shadow of Mordor.

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 studio contains many different oil paints, brushes, turpentine, linseed oil, palettes, paper, Masonite, panels, art boards, rags, easels, photographs, cameras, mat boards, frames, studio lights for photographing models, and props for the models (cloths, costumes, etc.). My shelves are filled with books of reference for costumes, landscapes and architectural designs. My office contains, a computer, printer, various papers, templates, rulers, etc.

The most necessary and favorite tool I could never do without is a pencil.

Currently the increasing presence of digital illustration with its faster production time and on-the-fly-changes is shrinking the market for traditional illustrators who work by hand. Nonetheless, those with creative ideas and the strong skills to realize them can still find a niche. Furthermore, digital hardware still does not substitute for a powerful idea, strong composition, and developed narratives which form the foundation for all quality art, no matter how it is made.

8. Do you use references?

When creating an illustration I primarily work from photos but always produce gesture drawings from live figures. The many happy accidents and discoveries that occur from real life cannot be anticipated or made up. I use these gesture drawings as springboards for the final illustrations and paintings.

I don't use 3D models in creating my architecture, dragons or aliens - not from lack of desire but rather from my inability to create a nice miniature.


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

Practice. Practice. Practice. Visit galleries, exhibitions, other artists studios, and museums. Take art classes and try to draw things you like. Learn to struggle. Challenge yourself constantly and learn to draw people.


10. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
'I threw down my enemy' - Gandalf on Zirak-zigil by DonatoArts

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Joan of Arc by DonatoArts

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Bag End - Shadow of the Past by DonatoArts

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin by DonatoArts

Thank you for your time and answers!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: greensap

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 8, 2014, 6:26 AM


A Hobbit and a friend of Ents - that's how the talented artists :icongreensap: - greensap introduces himself. Before reading his answers to my questions, you can take a look at a few pictures from his gallery:

The Tale of Beren and Luthien by greensap Feathered Friends by greensap

from Frying Pan into the Fire by greensap ShieldMaiden by greensap
Oldman of the Woods by greensap The Dragon`s Waistcoat by greensap


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


My name is Terry Ernest, I come from a long line of hobbits. Born and bred in the village of Pinhoe in the Shire of Devon, England, we 'ave a saying down 'ere in devon :
Devon born,
Devon bred,
Strong in the arm,
Thick in the head... ha!

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


I was about seventeen when I first started to read the Hobbit. After the first chapter I almost put the book down, thinking it was more suited for my younger bother or sisters, but decided to persevere for three chapters ... and then I was hooked.
I went on to read "Lord of the Rings" , and never wanted the books to end.
Some part of my heart, will always remain in middle earth.

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

Although I've read all the books several times, I don't have a great depth of knowledge, I'm very dyslexic and really struggle with language ... (thank god for the spell checker ha!) . I'm very slow when it comes to reading, and will sometimes reread though a paragraph, so I can really see the story in my mind eye in a visual way.

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 unfortunately that's inevitable to some extent, and in some cases the movie coincided with the my own concept of the scene's and characters. There are still some characters that I retain in my imagination, and still a few more that needs to be developed, Jackson won't be the last word, where Mr Tolkien work is concerned ... There will be other versions of the hobbit and lord of the Rings, and hopefully closer to Mr Tolkien's narrative, probably by then, we will all be able to experience the movie in an immersive interactive way...

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 like to think my artwork is close to being professional, but my attitude is far from being professional. Originally started Drawing around 13 years old, went on and spent three years at exeter collage of art.
My influences came from the mainstream of the great Artists through out history, and of course the daddy of all fantasy, Frank Frazetta.
I'm an admirer of the artist Stephanie pui-mun Law... I live in hope that some of her professionalism and work ethic will magically be spirited into me, and
my Artwork. Alan Lee and John Howe are the two Tolkien artists I respect, the former, only lives about 10 miles away, as the crow flys, and draws his inspiration from the same well as I do, Dartmoor.

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


We'll I originally started with conceptual drawings of the most difficult characters to visualise , like Gollum, and Bilbo. Mr Tolkien renders wonderful images in your mind when you read his literature. Gandalf was a must, and Treebeard, and oh so many wonderful scene's and characters ... The movie is pale reflection in comparison to his Books.

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?

Oils, acrylics, carving, 3d modelling via light wave, crayons, modelling with plastercine, my favourite has always been gouache, and watercolour.
Experimenting with art has alway been near to my heart.

8. In several of your drawings, you make perspective an efficient tool to make the picture interesting. Do you use a geometric approach to get it right, or draw it just from your imagination?

First I read the the part of the story I want to illustrate , and then can visualise several pictures in my mind, as with "from the frying pan into the fire" the only way to get the whole narrative into one picture, was to either to see the scene lying on ones back on the ground, or from a birds eye view looking down. To be able create this you need to have some fundamental knowledge of perspective. I'm certainly not an expert in using perspective, but I know enough to get by.
Composition for me, is always best when I let it flow naturally. I will use rulers, and compass, or any round object lying around, if the composition needs be. No matter how hard or impossible the picture that my mind conjures up, I will attempt it ...
and usually full flat on my face ...ha!

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

I do my precious, but there mine, all mine! ... Don't trust anyone with the name of Baggins, ha! ...

always leave the viewer with some mystery, about your painting, because if you tell everything about your work you leave nothing for the imagination.

Use the online free university "utube" you can learn anything you need to know about creating Artwork .

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


- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
Journey into the Shadows by greensap

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Yavana Garden by greensap

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Sacrifice by greensap

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Conversation with a Dragon by greensap

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
The Great Adventure by greensap
We'll it achieved a DD thanks to MirachRavaia :) (Smile)

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.

To be honest MirachRavaia has been great support here on DA to me, and many others in a true elven fashion.

I've been inspired by Steph Law ... I stepped into her fae world seams like yesterday in late 98 and now it's 2014 ... The old tales are true about stepping into magical fairy dance ... :D (Big Grin)

Stag Sonata Cycle: Scherzando by puimun
The many lovely people who have come into my gallery, and have taken there time to comment on my ArtWork, over the years Deviantart and Elfwood where I started, which is sadly not working anymore , and Epilogue.

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?


This is one flame that I flutter around.

Swallow her superb imagery in her poetry
:icontsubame-33: - tsubame-33

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


Only to those of you, who are movie fans, and have never read the Mr Tolkien's Books ... Do be kind to yourself, and read the Hobbit and the trilogy, there's so much more to middle Earth ... Love & light ...

Thank you very much for your time and answers!


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Talks with Tolkien artists: evankart

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 30, 2014, 8:00 AM


:iconevankart: - evankart is a talented korean artists whom I had the pleasure to interview for the latest issue of "Talks with Tolkien artists". After feasting your eyes on her pictures here you can read her answers about Tolkien and art, and if you want more, go check her gallery!

Aragorn by evankart
Thorin and Thranduil by evankart
Thorin Oakenshield with wind by evankart The Hobbit comics: Snow day - part (1) by evankart
Legolas with his bow by evankart Curufin- son of Feanor by evankart


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


Hello, call me 'evan'. I'm from S. Korea, a professional comicbook artist and also art teacher. English is not my first language but I will try to answer the questions in earnest :) (Smile)

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

It was the greatest story I've ever read. I didn't like the genre of Fantasy novel and still don't like it except Tolkien's works. But when I met Middle-earth for the first time I loved the questions about moral law and choices of fascinating characters. Also, Tolkien was a great visual artist. He described the his world very well, every scene could be imagined easily.

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


No I don't. I just have read 'LOTR', 'the Silmarilion', 'the Hobbit' and 'Children of Hurin'. Other books haven't been translated into Korean yet. Also sometimes I am confused about the time-line of the stories or character's name, and the names of places.  

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'm a professional artist :) (Smile) I was 13 when I went to my first artclass. My drawing style was influenced by my mother and sister. They are also professional visual artists and a calligrapher. I majored western art in university but their oriental art style and tools always gives me some inspiration.

5. Alright, I will ask it directly: how is it possible that the characters in your drawings look so real, and yet 150% more hot than in reality? :) (Smile)

Ah really? I didn't intend to draw them more hotter than reality. Maybe it because I picked some pictures which they look very hot :) (Smile)

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


There are some points what I would draw. Like a beautiful scenery of Mirkwood, Thorin's hair, Thranduil's face...It depends on inspiration I get day by day.

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?

I prefer to draw with traditional tools like paper, pencil, ink, brushes, watercolor. But I'm trying to be familiar with CG drawing recently.

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

the Company of Thorin Oakenshield by evankart
- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
winter soldier by evankart
- a picture that fits your current mood?
Who the hell is Bucky? by evankart
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Thranduil for mirkwood event by evankart
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?

evankart.tumblr.com/post/98237…

Recently I'm trying to draw a story of a drifter who is walking across middle earth. I will keep drawing this until end of the journey.

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?

:iconharmonia3784:
Thranduil and young Legolas by harmonia3784

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

Always thank you for watching my drawings! I'm looking forward to see the third hobbit movie and will love Tolkien's world for a long time. I hope you guys will be there with me :) (Smile)


-----------------------------------------------Thanks!! Have a good day!!

Thank you as well for your time and answers!



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9th Tolkien Mailing Competition

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 23, 2014, 6:43 AM


The Hungarian Tolkien Society proudly announces the launching of the “Quendi” category of the Tolkien Mailing Competition. It will be in English, open to any individual participant, but recommended for those between 15 and 35. In the course of the Competition you will face different challenges like quizzes, riddles and creative tasks. The five rounds of the competition will last from October to March. The application deadline is 12 of October, 2014.

You can find more information about the contest and the registration form here:


www.tolkien.hu/index.php/mtt/i…

(Last year I won it, will I find a challenger? ;))

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Happy Birthday to Bilbo and Frodo!

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 22, 2014, 7:57 AM
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It's September 22nd, Bilbo's and Frodo's birthday! Let's celebrate it together with a little feature!

:beer:

The Party Tree. Bilbo's eleventy-first Birthday. by jgilronan
Happy Birthday, Bilbo Baggins! by h-muroto
A Special Toast by KisTithen
Happy Hobbit day! by ValiChan
Bilbo, you're drunk. by Robynium
Happy 111th Birthday by Tenshi-Inverse
Bilbo's birthday party by Opareq
HAPPY Hobbit Day! by Fairygodflea


Talks with Tolkien artists: Candra

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 2:14 AM


Today I bring you an interview with :iconcandra: - Candra , an artist known for her beautiful depictions of the elven king Thranduil.

So heavy is your crown by Candra The Kings Jewel by Candra

Ties of memory by Candra farewell by Candra
Welcome to Mirkwood by Candra Past and Thoughts by Candra

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


I live in St. Petersburg, Russia and I draw a lot, both for myself and my clients. Most art I draw for myself is fanart for my different fandoms. My current fandom is Tolkien, but this is actually my second time with this fandom. First time was a long time ago, back in student years, when I engaged in LARP and drew a lot of fandom art (unfortunately, old works were lost in moving to another city). Later new interests took over and I was not active in fandom anymore until Hobbit movies rekindled the old flame.

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

The first Tolkien book I read was 'Smith of Wootton Major', but it was in early childhood and I initially did not remember author's name, only the plot about star in the cake and general warm fairytale feeling of the story. And only much later, after reading Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion and Hobbit I decided to read the rest of Tolkien works and rediscovered Smith of Wootton Major for myself.

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

I'd say it is four out of five, or even three-something out of five. I doubt I will be able to recall all of the sons of Fëanor if you wake me in the middle of the night and ask about it. Also, for Tolkien the linguistic part of his world was very important, and for me those fictional languages might as well be a rocket science – completely outside of my area of expertise.

4. Thranduil is the most frequent object of your pictures. Can you tell us how you view this character?

My love for Thranduil surprised myself as well. I always liked Legolas and was indifferent to his father. After all, in the book Thrandul was not well developed as a character (though I know people who loved him as a character long before the movies). But then, I never really liked Hobbit as a book, and I was in love with Lord of the Rings. I read Hobbit too late, only after I read Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion, and I was 18 or even 19 at the time, and Hobbit seemed childish in comparison. If I read it ten years earlier, the situation might have been different.

With movies situation was opposite. I can barely sit through the Lord of the Ring movies without swearing at director every other scene, but the first Hobbit movie was not only a pleasant surprise, but also revealed the beauty of Thranduil to me. In my opinion the weakest point of Jackson adaptations was the casting of elves. The book sets the bar too high – unhumanly beautiful creatures with wisdom of ages in the eyes and so on. And in the movies we got humans with pointy ears. In best cases they still were attractive humans, like Arwen and Legolas, and in worst cases it was Agent Elrond. There also were some good looking elves in background, but I never can tell if they really were or it just seemed this way because they were less than a second on the screen.

In comparison movie!Thranduil looks the closest to what books implied (not the character himself, but elves in general). There's indeed something outlandish, unhuman, elvenlike about him. Could be better, of course, but still he's the most elven-like elf in the movies. At least that's how I see it. And that's why I never draw portrait likeness in my art – I tend to increase the 'elveness' to my liking.

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 am professional artist. As for influences, it's complicated. I've been drawing as long as I can remember myself, so I just do not remember initial influences. I like a lot of artists and there are many I aspire to. Sometimes, though, I get surprised by some comparisons I hear from my viewers.

6. Could you tell us a bit more about the "headcanon" depicted in your "Halls of Dead" series of pictures?
On the way to Halls of Dead by CandraIn the Halls of Dead by CandraThe Time Of Spells by Candra

Tolkien has The Lay of Leithian, 'The song of release', the story about how Lúthien is released from the bonds of the Eldar to the physical world. My story is the opposite one, the song of confinement, the story about elf who has bound himself to the mortal world for all eternity.

For next part warnings for slash and OOC are in order (also, I do not presume this could ever happen in canon, it's purely my fantasy).

At the time of one of the visits of Mirkwood elves to Erebor a great love (and many things that are not allowed to be depicted by DeviantArt policies) happened between Thorin and Thranduil, but Smaug's attack ruined it all. Thorin started to hate all elves, and he made peace with Thranduil only before death. Thranduil made a promise to dying Thorin that he will make it all good, that he will find a way to be together for the rest of times, that valar are merciful towards loving hearts, as seen in story of Lúthien and Beren. After Thorin died, Thranduil secretly left for Dale ruins and sent his spirit to Halls of Dead. There Thranduil begged Mandos to let him share dwarven fate and let him leave for the Hall of Aulë, where spirits of dead dwarves go. Mandos listened to him, then took the council with Eru and returned to Thranduil with words 'You are needed in the Middle-Earth'. Then he sent Thranduil's spirit back to the body and didn't even offer a choice between mortal fate and Valinor as he did to Lúthien. After that Thranduil decided that he will keep his promise no matter what, and will stay with his love forever, if not in afterlife then in death, as long as Erebor stands. So he stayed, and he stays there till these days. Times went by, lands have changed their shapes beyond recognition, but Erebor still stands, even if all the dwarves had left long time ago and Erebor itself is covered by thick forest. And in this forest Thranduil dwells and guards Thorin's rest any way he can. From loneliness and sorrow he went mad and has turned into evil spirit, and the forest around Erebor became a deadly place.

Thranduil in my headcanon is a very tragic figure.

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?

Can't say I have a favourite technique. I like to experiment and I use different techniques – digital painting, watercolors, pencils, markers and so on. I aspire not to be a one-trick pony. Though some fandoms and characters associate with certain mediums to me. For example, to me watercolor goes particularly well with Thranduil, so majority of my Thranduil art is done with watercolor.

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


I don't think I have any special tricks in my arsenal, just regular artschool techniques that you can find in most tutorials.

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

The Time Of Spells by Candra

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


Night in Eden by Candra

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Broken mirror by Candra

- a picture that was hardest to paint?


Springtime in Mirkwood by Candra

(it has a lot of animals in it, though the hardest pictures are always unfinished ones, there's always the fear you would ruin it in the last moment)

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


Yavanna's gift. by Candra


I think koalas are very cute!


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.

I get support from my husband and friends. As for inspirations... The list will be too long. From relatively recent inspirations I can point out Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. She does not draw Tolkien art, but she has outstanding watercolor techniques and I learned quite a lot from her books.

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?

:iconsomk:
StGeorge and the Dragon, 2 mns later... by somkCthulhu - Gold and opal (Daily Deviation) by somkFerrets and knots by somk
and
:iconnatamon:
Curled Dragon Mask In Green SOLD by natamonDr. Weaselhoffer by natamonSir Batty Sculpted Brooch Pin *SOLD* by natamon

Though to be quite honest, most people I follow on DeviantArt are animal photographers.

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


I really hope third Hobbit movie won't be a disappointment, because second one has left me with mixed feelings.

Best regards,
Candra

Thank you for your time and answers!


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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 Lovers 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 RicchinACEO - Piorun by Naseilen
Zachary Levi as Fandral by staciangst<da:thumb id="280863895"/>Ganfalf 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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Note of absence

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 18, 2014, 2:12 AM
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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.

:new: I'll be away from August 7th to 18th. (I promised my sister I'll take her to a trip when she graduates high school, so we're going to Corsica :)) I might have some limited internet access through the phone, but 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 still have a load of photos from Scotland to submit, and I don't want them to get forgotten when I return with new ones (as it often happens to me...), so I'm considering setting a scheduled sumbit for them. Help me decide on the frequency of it here, please! mirachravaia.deviantart.com/jo…

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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! :))

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 &quot;---yes.&quot; 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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Talks with tolkien artists: faQy

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 2, 2014, 11:11 AM


Today I had the pleasure to talk with a great Czech Tolkien artist with unique style, and a great person, :iconfaqy: - faQy

Mandos by faQy Aragorn and Arwen by faQy
Earendil and Eonwe by faQy
Eol and Aredhel by faQy gardening by faQy
goblins and dwarves by faQy

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


Hi!...i am student of animation, i like fairy tales and i live in small village somewhere under mountains :3

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


I think my first Tolkien book was The Hobbit. I was ten years old and I have read every fantasy book that i found in our small library.
I think I started drawing because of that Hobbit book - in czech version there are illustrations by Jiri Salamoun and i didn´t like them when I was young (now i think they are cute ^^; ..but when I was ten I liked "fantasy realism" and such things ^^; ).
 But I really liked the story and i thought that this story deserves much better pictures - so I started drawing them (my illustrations were much worse than the ones by Salamoun but i liked them ^^; )

I see we have read the same version of the Hobbit as our first Tolkien book! :D But to the next question:
3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?


No, no, I´m just fan. I like reading Tolkien's books - I read Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion a few times, but I have to improve my English first and read them in original :)

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 like the versions of the characters that are portrayed in the Lord of the Rings movie but when I am reading the books i imagine them different.

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 started drawing when I was 15 years old. Before I preferred reading and writting (and drawing illustrations for book I like... but just sometimes).
After that I somehow made exams and i started going to Art high school. From that time i was just drawing, drawing and drawing. Now I study animation and sometimes work as an illustrator or comic artist.
I'm collecting fairy-tale books and old illustrations are my biggest influence (my favorite is czech illustrator Jiri Trnka).
 
6. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?


It is really easy - in Tolkien's books you can draw illustration for every sentence. That is why I like drawing illustrations for Tolkien books so much.

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?

I like experiments but i ussually do not have enough time for it. So my most favorite technique is combination of traditional and digital (like coloured pencils lineart and digital colouring)

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

Be original. I lot of people just tried to draw realistic Tolkien illustrations, but it is really great when somebody has their own style and draws the characters differently.

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

Yavanna and Aule by faQy

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

peter pan by faQy

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Skrinovec by faQy

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
boj by faQy

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
rano by faQy
I have a lot of pictures in my gallery but this one i really like this one

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.

Maybe my classmates - they are all so talented and they work really hard (so i have to work too if I want have good grades ). I think they are one of the reasons why I'm studying :)
And same with people here on deviantart (although artist here are so good that i ussually have depression and I don't draw at alll)

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?

Little flight by CrippledPaperCrane we've built this wall we've let it fall by Rarachovna
Park by Dryas-juas Evening in the hills by RobleskaZeppelin
Heart

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

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Traditional Trees contest winners

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 20, 2014, 5:25 AM

This is a feature of the winners of the "Traditional Trees" contest, held by

:icontrees-with-character:
Congratulations to all winners!

:icontree3plz::iconcheerplz::iconclubinvite::iconspotlightplz:First Place:iconspotlightplz::iconclubinvite::iconcheerplz::icontree3plz:
:iconmolecularart:molecularart
With:
A Walk in Late October
A Walk in Late October by molecularart
More from His Gallery:
Mountain Pines by molecularart
A November Walk to Lake Zorinsky by molecularart A Quiet Walk by molecularart Redbud Before the Storm by molecularart
Walking Near Cuyahoga Falls by molecularart A Walk on the Edge by molecularart


:icontree3plz::iconcheerplz::iconclubinvite::iconspotlightplz:Second Place:iconspotlightplz::iconclubinvite::iconcheerplz::icontree3plz:
:iconkasiarzynka:Kasiarzynka
With:
Fairytale tree
Fairytale tree by Kasiarzynka
More from Her Gallery:
Winter Wonderland by Kasiarzynka
wet morning in the forest by Kasiarzynka Sun Embraced Trees by Kasiarzynka musing of trees by Kasiarzynka
Sine Wiry by Kasiarzynka roman bridge by Kasiarzynka


:icontree3plz::iconcheerplz::iconclubinvite::iconspotlightplz:Third Place:iconspotlightplz::iconclubinvite::iconcheerplz::icontree3plz:
:iconcornproduct:cornproduct
With:
silence
silence by cornproduct
More from His Gallery:
earth engine no.2 by cornproduct
elemental chain by cornproduct gaia by cornproduct thin air by cornproduct
limited EP by cornproduct nature overpowered by cornproduct


:icontree3plz::iconcheerplz::spotlight-left::iconsparklylaplz:Runners Up:iconsparklylaplz::spotlight-right::iconcheerplz::icontree3plz:

:iconleoisnotaturtle:leoisnotaturtle
With:
Cicadas
Cicadas by leoisnotaturtle

:iconredrowandesigns:RedRowanDesigns
With:
Autumn Forest
Autumn Forest by RedRowanDesigns

:iconoutsidelogic:outsidelogic
With:
Ponderosa Triptych
Ponderosa Triptych by outsidelogic


:icontree3plz::iconcheerplz::star: Honorable Mentions :star::iconcheerplz::icontree3plz:

Forest by Sissyke Juniper Vista by IvieMoon The Tree of Growth by ausrejurke Autumn Dreams by Clu-art


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Talks with Tolkien artists: kaijukid

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 20, 2014, 2:54 AM


The wedding is over, dissertation is written, and Talks with Tolkien artists are back! :) Today I would like to introduce you an artist who illustarted the WHOLE Tale of Beren and Lúthien - not in 10, not in 20 pictures, but full 61 of them! At first he wanted to decline the interview because there are many more talented Tolkien artists, but I think you'll agree with me that a dedication and effort like this should be recognized regardless of the talent level. And so I present you :iconkaijukid: - kaijukid and his Lay of Luthien:

The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 1 by kaijukid The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 19 by kaijukid

The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 21 by kaijukid The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 52 by kaijukid
The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 59 by kaijukid The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 61 by kaijukid

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

---What amazed the young mind I had when I first read them was the sheer bigness of it all....the world was huge, the characters were grand, the drama was immense. It was clear from a young age these weren't just fairy tales but a deep, well made world, and it drew me in for keeps.

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


---If categories were divided in neat threes of Noob, Average and Expert I would definitely consider myself average. I'm not one who relies only on the movies and media adaptations to inform me on the universe, I remember a lot of the names, significance to things and a lot of the history, but I still couldn't tell you off the top of my head what the name of the earliest elf king was, or the name of every castle. Just enough to enjoy it a bit deeper than face value.

3. 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?

---Ironically my mental pictures of most of the characters defaults not to the movies when I read the books but rather to the looks and styles I saw in my head listening to the BBC radio dramatizations, which I listened to quite often. The movies typically tend to stay apart in my head as their own separate thing.

4. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? When and how did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?

---I've dabbled in art as long as I can remember, initially trying to just draw cartoon heroes and eventually fan comics of same. Comic artists, manga artists and animation styles were always my favorites, rather than striving for a realism style. Bob Eggleton was one of my biggest heroes, a fantasy and sci fi painter with a gorgeous style. Rumiko Takahashi and Masakazu Katsura influenced the more cartoony/animated style along with studio Ghibli movies. I just cherry-picked whatever I liked best out of each.

5. You illustrated the ENTIRE tale of Beren and Lúthien, in 61 pictures. What motivated you to do it? Was there a moment when you almost gave up, but didn't?

---The motivation for the adaptation was mainly twofold; first was just that I absolutely adored the story, I consider it not only a beautiful story within the Tolkien universe but one of the most perfect "fairytales" ever written. It's a shame to me that more people aren't familiar with the story or that it also hasn't benefited from greater exposure with adaptations outside of the histories, because I feel people would adore it. The second motivator was that I wanted to make it in a storybook style for younger readers, especially for my nieces, nephews and maybe someday my own children, and use it as a tool to introduce them to the lesser known stories in the Silmarillion and other non LOTR/Hobbit books. Honestly it never occurred to me to not finish it, because when I get to a point that I know I'm going to start a project I've pretty much settled in that it's going to get done. Once page one of Luthien was finished, it was an inevitability as far as I was concerned.

6. 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 definitely dabble, but I'm certainly comfortable with the pen and tablet, doing characters in a sort of animated/cartoon style. The better the technology I can eventually get a hold of the more I want to see what new styles I can play with.

7. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists, especially when it comes to persistance and determination?


---Mainly just don't let pride get in the way. Everyone carries a style, and a skill level, and it's always better to produce than be intimidated not to do so out of fear of looking bad by comparison. Don't worry about a little tutoring if you can finding someone you respect who knows their stuff, or just playing with your programs or tools until something feels comfortable, even if it will eventually make way for something better.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 47 by kaijukid
- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Let Them Fight by kaijukid
- a picture that fits your current mood?

We'll just say "romantic" :P (Lick)
So Easy to Love by kaijukid
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Mothra Leo vs.  Final Gigan by kaijukid
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
The Strawman and the Blackbird, front cover by kaijukid
This is my current project which means a great deal to me, a graphic novel about a brave girl on a farm. Projects like these typically take several years to finish, but every day and page is worth it. I always hope that will inspire anyone frustrated with their own work to keep going, because the long haul is worthwhile.

9. 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 dad was always a solid rock of support, and my older brother's pencil shaded superhero pictures were awe inspiring to a kid wanting to enjoy art. I am also blessed to have a wife not only supportive of my art, but as a fantastic artist herself has helped me to grow.

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?


A stylish monster movie artist :iconearthbaragon:
Ultraman Complete 58 Kaijus by earthbaragon MST3K: Giant Crab: Attack of the Crab Monsters by earthbaragon Godzilla and Eleking - The Thunder From Down Under by earthbaragon

Thank you for your time and answers!

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Wedding announcement

Journal Entry: Tue May 20, 2014, 8:14 AM


Maybe you've already noticed it in the description of the picture I used for my wedding invitation
Telperion and Laurelin by MirachRavaia
and maybe not, so I'm making it official to my dA friends as well: I'm getting married on May 31st to my best friend and soul-mate.

This is also an apology for my inactivity here lately, because besides the wedding preparations, I also have to finish my disseratation, and so I don't have time to reply to comments and post journals here. But I :heart: you, and you are all virtually invited to my wedding, if you remember me on that day and give me and my future husband a toast :).
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Talks with Tolkien artists: marisoly

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:37 AM


She can see the unseen, and her Tolkien illustrations are truly unique, with their own beauty standards and symbolics. Today I bring you an interview with a spanish artist Maria Lombide Ezpeleta, or :iconmarisoly: - marisoly

 Este by marisoly Earendil by marisoly
Eru - Ar Pharazon by marisoly White council by marisoly
Aqualonde by marisoly Luthien by marisoly


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

Im nobody, coming from nowhere and going towards nothing…

I have always felt that, it´s my weakness and strength.


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

They were read to me in loud, before I could read myself. I was impressed by Meeting Gildor Inglorion, Glorfindel at the Bridge and Elwe meets Melian. These scenes still bring tears into my eyes.


3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth?

Oh…how extensive can it be…?  Compared to experts, I probably know nothing;  I have read the Tolkien books, some articles and also some Middle Earth legends.

Do you consider yourself Tolkien nerd?

Newer asked myself that question.


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?

No, but some actors and scenes are better than what I have in my mind

Did you try to prevent it?

No.


5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art?
Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby?

I think I need to paint more than I need food

When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?

I started before I could walk, but I was not allowed to do “strange” drawings, so I didn’t until I was big enough to defend myself… I paint what comes to me, and also what I have seen and what I remember.

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

I don´t. They choose me.


7. What art technique is your favourite?

I use coloured pencils for comfort, but I like oil painting and some other techniques too.

Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

Sometimes I do experiment.


8. Your art is unique and has its own standards of beauty.
Your Elves have exotic, almost alien features and skin color, the characters are often depicted in unusual or distorted positions, you use elements that are modern, or characteristic for egyptian and eastern mythologies. Can you tell us something about the evolution of this complex style? 

I try to do it as they appear to me – but there is a lot  that can´t be interpreted in images. They think, feel , perceive and act  differently to humans´. When I look at some ancient art,  images come to me, feel familiar, I know about them…  


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

Oh, maybe to enjoy what you paint,  and if you dislike some parts of a pic, then turn it into something that you do like.


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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

I never feel proud, but I like elven, therefore I like most of their pictures This, for instance:

 The burning by marisoly


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

I love to do pics of Sololah:

 Forgive me Sololah by marisoly


- a picture that fits your current mood?

917 Dragon pap - We're love by marisoly


- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Middle Earth Serpent… emotionally

 Middle Earth Serpent by marisoly


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

Sprite with ring… but he has a long story…

 

I was working on another pic with this fairy in it. After work I was writing a letter when my right hand ring started to fade off and vanish. I could still feel the ring touching it, but after half a minute or so it was gone. I woke up several times that night and saw the fairy at my bed, showing me the ring like in this pic. Next day I kept on working and thought 'Well if the Fairy wants my ring I´ll draw it on him' I started to draw and after a while we heard something explode in the kitchen. My sister went out there and said: A bowl jumped up from the dish shell.  I kept on drawing. After a while my sister came back.- The Fairy has returned your ring. It was inside the bowl

10. You don't administrate your deviantart gallery yourself. Do you still read the comments on your pictures?

Oh, I would read them if I could. But… or I cant get into Deviantart, or it mucks up and I can´t see the pics or where to answer or computer blocks and I have to restart.

Maybe someone here knows a solution…?

(technical details: she has Windows 7, and tried Mozilla and IE, the problem only happens with dA)

If people like your art, where is the best place to tell you?

Main page  has place to comment or maybe gallery can be made to accept comments… Elfwood takes comments… and if there is a way to make Deviant art to work…?


11. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist?

All artists inspire me in one way or another

You can also tell us why, if you want.

The beauty or/and feeling of their art


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

A painting of  the others” is just a poor attempt to catch the uncatchable, they move, sound and act differently and they have more senses, other senses…

Thank you for your time and answers, it was really an interesting talk!



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Talks with Tolkien artists: wolfanita

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 25, 2014, 8:44 AM


It would be a cheerless world if we took everything seriously. If you love something, you should be able to laugh at it as well, and that is also true to our fandom. :iconwolfanita: - wolfanita's gallery can supply you with your daily dose of Hobbit/ LotR / Silmarillion humour, and I invited her to tell us something more about herself and her inspiration in this interview.

The Hobbit: Telepathy by wolfanitaLotR: Thankless Job by wolfanita
The Hobbit: Fetch! by wolfanitaSilmarillion: Wrong Turn by wolfanita
The Hobbit: Precious Memories by wolfanitaLotR: Rise and Shine by wolfanita


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


Hello, my real name is Anita, I live in Berlin (the German one) and I think there’s nothing more spectacular to tell about me. :) (Smile)

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

When I was a little child, my brother read The Hobbit, that was my first contact with a book from Tolkien, but the cover was so horrible, with a cross-eyed Smaug and a pale dancing Bilbo wearing a top hat, that I thought a Hobbit was something creepy like a hobgoblin or so and didn’t want to read it.
Much later in 2001 I thought I should really read the LotR book before the movie was released. I was nineteen or twenty and I remember that my first impression after a few pages was: Dang, I should have read the Hobbit first!
Shortly after watching the first movie I finally overcame my childhood trauma and read the Hobbit as well. The Silmarillion and the Unfinished Tales followed the same year, I think.
I reread all of them at least one time since (Hobbit and LotR much more often) cause I think Tolkien’s books need to be reread to be really appreciated. Cause after reading them the first time, none of the books had left a big positive impression. I indeed thought especially the Silmarillion was horrible to read. I recently reread it and it was like a whole new book for me.

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

I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I’m not clueless either. I have no real memory for places or dates but I’m good at names and, well, personal stuff, though I still tend to confuse all those elves starting with "Fin-". ;) (Wink)

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. You also use movie versions of the characters in your comics. Is it because of this, or because they are more recognizeable to the wide audience?

I admit it is almost impossible not to have the movies' faces in mind when I read LotR today; they quite burned in after I watched the movies so many times. I also really love the movies’ designs of the costumes, races and equipment.
But indeed I draw the characters like they look in the movies because I’m actually meaning the movies, not the book. If I would mock a scene from the book, I wouldn’t draw the characters like they look in the movie, if you understand what I mean.

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’d say I’m a self-taught professional who’s not earning much money (yet). Drawing and writing is definitely too important for me to be called a hobby. I always drew and I always made up stories, I can’t remember a time I didn’t.
I taught myself how to draw with the Disney movies. My Disney ‘primal experience’ was The Little Mermaid, I was quite obsessed like may little girls then.
But I guess it really went ‘click’ when I watched Hercules. I loved the weird style and humour and the myths; which resulted in my first comic and my rediscovered enthusiasm for inventing stories (I had quite lost that for a while). And I noticed that people really liked my humour.
A bit later I was also heavily influenced by the Scrooge McDuck comics by Don Rosa. As far as I know he is widely unknown in the US, so let me tell you that he drew hilarious little details in his pictures (what I adopted somehow…).

6. You are a writer, as well. Could you tell us something about your books, "The Witchhunter Chronicles"? Are you working on some new book right now?

The books are fantasy, but with races more based on mythology plus my special kind of humour, so I am mocking clichés a lot.
The books are written in German, but German publishers don’t seem to want them (yet), or if the lectors wanted it, the publishing house didn’t, so if any English translators with some spare time are reading this, contact me (no, honestly, please do), so I can offer it to the English speaking publishers (or at least an excerpt).
Since all this try-to-publish business is so frustrating, I’m stuck now for some time just before the finale of the third Witchhunter book, so I decided it might help if I write something else before; the book version of one of the comics I drew ten years ago.
It’s called “Sword and Feather”, and the story is settled in the same world as the Witchhunters, but many years later. There is much more humour and less dark elements in it.
I hope I’ll have more success with this book and since it’s also written in a different style, maybe I will even be able to translate at least a passage for the DA members so they can proof for themselves if it is good or not.

7. Your tagline says "unable to make serious art". Is humor an integral part of your life and view of the fandom?

I’m a very sensitive, pensive person (you can imagine my schooldays) and without the ability of laughing though everything is just horrible, I would've been lost long ago.
Black humour is often misunderstood. For me real humour always results from something sad to make it bearable.
But cynical, stupid humour, like the German “Schadenfreude”, is something completely different which I indeed loathe.
When I draw fan art, I guess it’s the same principle like lovers teasing each other; mocking to show affection. But I try to keep a certain amount of respect though (as you also should when you’re teasing your sweetheart). And fans without any humour easily become fan-atics, don’t they?

8. How do you find inspiration for the comics? Is it during reading books or watching movies, or later, when thinking about them? (Are you even able to read/watch without thinking about possible funny scenes?)


I honestly tell you, I have no idea where that stuff comes from. It just goes boing! and the idea is in my head, at any time. I can do some aimed thinking to get ideas, too, but most of the time they come unasked and when they like.
Yes, I can; actually there are many things I really like and read/watched a lot of times but no gag ever appeared in my mind.

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


Hm, I’m not sure if it will be a help for anybody, but my personal writing technique is to imagine the scene before my mind’s eye and describe then what I see in words that sound how the things I see look like. ;) (Wink)
Drawing: Don’t try to draw like other people, find your own style, draw how and what you like to draw, not how others think you should be drawing, those are your pictures, not theirs (unless they paid you for it, but I guess you get the general idea).
Try to tell a story in every picture, then you will know how it has to look.

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


- a Tolkien related picture you are most proud of?

Can't tell you why, but I'm really happy with this one:
The Hobbit: Hostile by wolfanita

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

It's the best (and one of the last) oil paintings I made:
Green by wolfanita

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Don't ask...:
LotR: Gondor Humour by wolfanita

- a picture that was hardest to paint?


It was hell:
The Hobbit: Wrong Tune by wolfanita

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

My making-of in addition to the drawing tips question:
The Hobbit: Making Of by wolfanita

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.


It might sound a bit ingrate, but I never had the feeling that my creativity or inspiration was ever bound to people, including myself. It’s just there, support or not, even if nobody would like what I made with it - though maybe then it would drive me mad and I would cut off an ear or so…Wink/Razz

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?

Most people whose pictures I really like already have enough attention, I think (maybe they'd think otherwise, who knows). But look at my favourites; all of those deserve attention in my opinion, if you want to say it that way.

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


I am still surprised that my art caused so many positive reactions; that anybody except me actually laughs about it or likes the style it’s drawn in.
Compliment to the Tolkien fans especially, I would not have thought that so many of you had so much sense of humour. ;) (Wink)
No, seriously:
To draw really makes me happy, and when I then get comments like that one of my pictures made you happy, too, what can I say, that’s great. :) (Smile)

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions!


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Talks with Tolkien artists: batwinged-squirrel

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 18, 2014, 8:14 AM


I have alraedy interviewed several great artists from the Tolkien fandom - both digital and traditional, with various styles and approaches. But until now, I have not interviewed a writer yet. And so today, I'm amending this, and bringing you a talk with :iconbatwinged-squirrel:-batwinged-squirrel, a poet who certainly wouldn't get lost in Elrond's Hall of Fire. I know that reading requires more effort than looking at pictures, but I assure you, it's worth to click on any of the following thumbnails (unless literature and poetry is not your cup of tea at all... in that case, feel no pressure). I will make an exception and keep one of the thumbnails that's already mentioned below in the answer to question 10,  as "Beren and Lúthien" is in my opinion an amazing creation, and worth reading whole in its impressive length.

Beren and LuthienIn Doriath an elven-king
Took to himself a Maia queen:
Strange was that love, not spoken of
Ere then; its like was never seen.
Queen Melian a magic ring
Wove 'round their land, to shield it well
From orcish spies and prying eyes
And all who would its secrets tell.
As love had bound, so passion shaped,
And life there grew in Melian:
The elven-child grew strong and wild,
Her parents named her Lúthien.
Lúthien walked where snow yet draped
The woods, and when she'd dance and sing,
Ice warmed and broke, the river spoke,
And winter's chill gave way to spring.
When many years had come and gone
She danced as ever 'neath the trees.
Her sapphire gown blew out around,
And raven hair streamed in the breeze.
Her song brought spring with that pale dawn;
When from the air the chill had passed,
As deft and light as blossoms white
Her feet skimmed fleetly o'er the grass.
Not far from where she danced alone
Beren roamed lost within the wood.
He heard her song and followed long,
And finding her
  Elwing's LullabySleep in peace, my gentle children:
Though there seems no end to night,
Every day which falls in shadow
In its time will dawn in light.
See the Moon dressed all in silver,
Chasing stars across the sky.
He will keep your fears away
And leave sweet dreams for you and I.
Now the stars above are shining,
Calling you to peaceful rest.
By the shores the sea is singing,
Telling stories of the West.
When the chains of Night are broken
And the Light at last is free,
Then the world shall know the blessings
Waiting far beyond the sea.
Dream of hope, my stars, my darlings,
'Till the morning comes anew.
I will stay beside your beds
And keep a vigil over you.

Gil-Galad EreinionAn elven-king there was of old
The son of valiant Fingon.
And many are the stories told
Of Gil-galad Ereinion.
He bore the rings of Air and Flame
Made by smiths of Eregion.
When Turgon perished he became
King Gil-galad Ereinion.
He fostered two young Peredhil
And kept them shielded from Sauron.
But darkness plagued the kingdom still
Of Gil-galad Ereinion.
The Dark Lord waged a bitter war
Creating shadow with no dawn.
And Mandos calmly waited for
King Gil-galad Ereinion.
A Last Alliance, Elves and Men
To Mordor side-by-side were drawn.
Elrond became the herald then
Of Gil-galad Ereinion.
The King came out with shining spear
And led the charge against Sauron.
His call rang out for all to hear
King Gil-galad Ereinion.
As arrows sliced the clouded sky
And Men and Elves were set upon
There in the dark was heard the cry
Of Gil-galad Ereinion.
He suffered blows from Sauron's mace
And, deathly wounded, battled on.
But in that cold and ashen place
Died Gil-galad Ereinion.
  Weaver of TimeMandos sees
Tapestries
Every one a new day
Webs of time
Craft sublime
Woven all by Vairë.
Birth to death
Every breath
Down throughout the ages
Take a look –
Like a book
She writes history's pages.
Peace and pain
Sun and rain
Dark and Light together
What we see
Things to be
Ever and forever.
On her loom
Hope and doom
Loss and vict'ry blending
Weaving e'er
Ceasing ne'er
So is Time unending.

Bittersweet FarewellI wander through Lothlorien, the place I knew as home
The trees are fading as I watch; from gold they dim to grey.
I weep in bittersweet farewell to lands I called my own
For by the Sea there waits a ship, to bear me west away.
The golden sun shall show her face no more in wooded halls
Nor shall the moon turn silver all the branches reaching high.
My power now is fading as the rain of sorrow falls
I turn and leave, for shadows grim are darkening the sky.
O Lórien! No more shall light within your borders dwell;
The songs have fled, their echoes falling soft as silver rain.
I strain to hear the laughter of the kin I loved so well
But joy is gone, and never shall it enter here again.
I journey to the Gulf of Lhun, beneath the sunset's flame
In Mithlond, where the river Lhun gives passage to the Sea.
There in the dusk I stand and hear the waters call my name;
I'll gladly drink this honeyed cup the Valar poured for me.
The Age of Men is dawning as the elves prepare to leave
We board the shi
I Dreamt a DreamI dreamt a dream of Valinor
the Blessed Realm of Eldamar
where stars gleam on the ivory shore
and Elven-folk dwell with Valar.
In dreams I crossed the silver sea
and rode the waves all topped with foam.
A joyful chorus greeted me:
fair voices calling, "Welcome home!"
In visions fair I then beheld
the seas of Ulmo, great and wide;
I walked through forests never felled
with fair Yavanna at my side.
I wandered deep in caverns dim
where jewels gleamed pale in rocky bed.
In Aulë's forge I stood by him
and watched the embers blazing red.
O'er emerald hills there came the sound
of laughter and of dancing feet;
and leapt they o'er the grassy ground
Tulkas and Nessa, swift and fleet.
The sudden sound of hooves afar
came thund'ring o'er the verdant lawn.
Soon hither on his steed, Nahar
rode Oromë, the Huntsman strong.
And then again I roving went
where Vána's gardens flourished fair;
gold blossoms gave a honeyed scent
and birdsong shivered in the air.
But then of mirth I took my leave
and wander



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


I'm batwinged-squirrel, but you can call me Squirrel. I'm known mainly as Ireth elsewhere on the internet. I've been a Tolkien enthusiast for about fourteen years now, and a writer for a lot longer than that. I started writing poetry and short stories when I was six, and never really stopped.

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

I read The Hobbit as a kid, but I didn't get into Lord of the Rings until after the movies came out. I bought Fellowship of the Ring and loved it, and a friend of mine got me the whole trilogy as a Christmas gift. I devoured it pretty quickly, and then the Silmarillion not long after. Even though I saw the movies first, and while I do love them, I'm still very much a "book purist".

I've always been amazed at the amount of detail Tolkien put into his world, considering it started out solely as a place to use his fictional languages. I've heard some people call his writing flowery and purple, but I think it's wonderful for immersing the reader in his world. It's that level and depth of detail that's always stuck out to me, along with the themes of love and friendship.

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

I know quite a bit about Middle-earth, and others have called me the "resident Tolkien expert" on some writing forums I frequent, but I wouldn't boast about knowing everything. There are a lot of books I haven't read, like the History of Middle-Earth and Laws and Customs of the Eldar. I haven't yet gotten through Unfinished Tales either. But I've read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion many times over. I've even tried teaching myself Sindarin and Quenya, mainly for poetry purposes.

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?

Not really. Since I saw the movies before I read the books, those images were in my head from the beginning. The books haven't really changed that. I think Jackson and WETA did a really good job of interpreting them, though. (Mostly, anyway. The bird poo on Radagast's hair in The Hobbit was a bit much.)

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

I've written poetry and prose alike from a very young age (including a LOT of fanfic like what's in my gallery on dA), but I didn't start getting serious about trying to get published until I was in my teens. My first stories, from about 6-7 years old, were fanfics based on a dog named Wishbone, from the kids' series of the same name; I collaborated on them with my older sister (known here as Riowolf and SherlockianHound ). I haven't been published yet, but I'm inching closer to finishing a YA novel and hopefully getting there soon. I also have two other novels in varying states of progress.

My style is influenced/inspired by a lot of different things. My YA novel was heavily inspired by O.R. Melling's The Chronicles of Faerie, from which I took the basic premise of the first book, turned it inside out and ran away with it. Of my others, one is an epic fantasy that has its roots in a LOTR-based RPG, and meshes Celtic and Norse mythology. The third is a historical fantasy centered around vampires in 14th century Scotland. (There's an old blurb for it somewhere in my gallery, and a poem or two loosely based on it.) I have my mother to thank for the vampire story; she gave me a name and a nationality for the main character, and it blossomed from there.

7. As a writer, how do you feel about the position of fanfiction in current literature?

As a writer of fanfiction myself, I might be a bit biased. I've taken a lot of enjoyment from it, and put a lot of effort into my stories, some more than others. Threads of Fate took me thirteen months to complete. I don't feel that effort was "wasted" just because I can't legally publish it for money. Same goes for my other stories and my poetry. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I'm glad people have such an interest in reading it. I think that's the most important part, the mutual enjoyment. If people want to write but are daunted by the idea of creating an entirely new world, I say let them work with a world they already know and love.


8. Do you think that writers and fanfiction writers and poets get enough attention on deviantart? If not, could the situation be improved?

I don't know about "enough attention", but it seems to me they do get less attention than visual artists. I'd like to see more literature being recognized.

9. Do you have some writing tips and tricks you would like to share with others?

I find it helps to get into a comfortable zone before trying to write. Usually for me, that means some music that fits the mood of the scene I'm trying to write, a nice hot mug of tea, and no distractions. Writing on a schedule is also helpful, as is setting daily, weekly or even monthly goals. Engaging in writing groups helps with accountability if you slip, and encourages you to keep going.

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



- a piece from other fandom or original story/poem you are most proud of?



- any other story or poem you would like to share with us and why?


This is just something silly I came up with one day, after listening to far too many Disney songs, and reading blogger Mark Oshiro's complaint about there being no talking horses in Tolkien's canon.

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

My mom has always been supportive of my writing, even to the point of offering ideas for new stories. Korli-Kitty and I talk regularly about our respective original pieces, and it's my roleplaying with her that formed the basis for one of my original novels – the aforesaid Celtic/Norse myth blend.

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?

My friend Gussu does amazing art, both Tolkien-based and original:
The Four Winds by GussuThranduil by Gussu

Elenai's gallery is full of serious pieces...
Idril by Elenai
...and humorous ones:
Comic: Glaurung's birth by Elenai

And andi-scribbles' digital drawings, both fanart and original, are awesome:
Arwen Undomiel by andi-scribbles The Fairy Queen's Gift by andi-scribbles

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

Firstly, thank you to everyone who enjoys my writing! I know I haven't posted anything new in a while, but I hope you keep rereading my work, and maybe find new artists to follow by looking through my favorites.

Thanks again to MirachRavaia for conducting this interview. I'm honored to be part of it.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions!


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