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NEVER SEEN BEFORE - contest

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 24, 2015, 4:04 AM


"NEVER SEEN BEFORE" - big Tolkien themed contest


I recently got a comment on my art which made me realize that there are many scenes and characters in Tolkien's book which almost never get illustrated, while you can find hundreds of illustrations for others. Just a few examples would be
- the events during the Scouring of the Shire
- the Ringbearers arriving and living in Valinor
- Galadriel living in Eregion or passing through Moria to Lórien
- Pippin exploring Minas Tirith with Bergil
- the "lesser known" kings of Gondor and Númenor and Chieftains of Dúnedain
- Túrin attacking Glaurung in front of Nargothrond's gates BEFORE the dragon's look paralyzed him
...
For this contest, you need to find one that you have NEVER seen illustrated before. I won't give you more examples so you can think of your own, but feel free to use these as well. You do not need to have a thorough knowledge of the books, you can just open them at any page and see if you can find a scene you haven't seen depicted before. There is a big chance you will find one soon. Think also of the fact that even the often painted scenes have "before" and "after" that get almost never depicted.

CONTEST RULES:


- Illustrate a scene or character from any of the books written by Tolkien that has, to your knowledge, never been illustrated before. Do a google search for it to assure about that. Maybe somewhere there is some picture of it, but if you tried and did not find it, it is "never seen before" to you, and that's what counts. If you would like to paint a rarely seen character, but already saw that character painted, you just need to pick another scene with him.


- Unlike in our past contest "Between the lines", the scene HAS to be depicted in the books, or character mentioned by name. It's best if you provide the quote from the books you used.You can base the scene on any short mention you find, like, for example "1463 - Faramir Took marries Goldilocks, daughter of Samwise" in the appendices.

- DEADLINE: March 31st


- 1 entry per participant


- Only entries submitted AFTER the contest announcement will be accepted (as others have already been seen before, logically... ;))

- The "never seen before" does not apply to pictures posted after the contest announcement. If you already started working on your entry, and someone posts an illustration of the same scene on deviantart or in some other corner of internet after that, or you suddenly find one you could not find before, it's alright. If something like that happens, you can mention it in the comments, but certainly won't be disqualified for it.

- It you are not sure about a scene you would like to pick, you can comment here: NEVER SEEN BEFORE - contest and ask about it. You can also comment and "claim" a particular scene, in case you want to prevent others from painting the same, as slim as that chance is. 

Submit your entry to the contest folder in any of the participating groups:


:iconthelotrclub: - One of the biggest Tolkien themed groups, hosting a regular interview series "Talks with Tolkien artists"
:iconelves-of-tolkien: - All of Tolkien's Elves and everything related to them in one place, but we accept other Middle-earth related art as well.
:iconarda-inspired: - If you like reading, writing and illustrating fanfiction, as well as interesting monthly challenges, this is a group for you!
:iconthranduilfans: - Group dedicated to the great elvenking Thranduil to honor this beautifull being with all kinds of art.
:iconthehobbitfans: - Hello! We're a Hobbit themed dA group, collecting beautiful art based on the book and films.
:iconshadowsofmiddleearth: - A  group dedicated to the darker side of Tolkien's world.
:iconlord-of-the-rings-fc: - A group focused on celebrating the world of Middle Earth as envisioned by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Submitting to more groups is alright, as well as submitting to the contest folder of just one group, and to regular folders in others. All pictures in all contest folders will be gathered together for judging at the end of the contest.
Note that some of the groups might have restrictions about the pictures they accept. Refer to the general group rules to see if your picture is acceptable in a particular group (e.g. not submitting a Hobbit themed picture to a Silmarillion themed group and vice versa).

If you are not a member of any of the participating groups, you can still submit your art to the contest folder of TheLotRClub, which will be open for all contest entries from all deviantart members.
Do you know / are you an admin of a group that would like to participate and I didn't ask you? Send a note tp MirachRavaia and your group will be included!

PRIZES:


1st place:

- a hand-painted t-shirt by MirachRavaia mirachravaia.deviantart.com/ga…
- a print of a map of Beleriand by Sirielle
- bust of a single character from Grim-Grinning
- a traditional drawing commission from SkyKly
- "deviation of the week" feature in TheHobbitFans

2nd place:

- a Middle-earth themed spoon by MirachRavaia Middle-earth spoons

3rd place:

- a Middle-eartth themed art request by MirachRavaia

All places:

- The Lord of the Rings audiobook
- The Complete Songs & Poems collection by Tolkien Ensamble
- points distributed from the donation pool in Dreams-of-Arda's profile in a 4:3:2 pattern
- Thranduil papercraft sword from MorellAgrysis
- an art request from Reikiwie
- a feature by the participating groups and:
:iconvisanastasis::iconmirachravaia::icongrim-grinning:
- llamas

JUDGING

- by a jury consisting of the admins of participating groups
(Judges can take part in the contest, but not vote for their own entry)
Judges:
:iconmirachravaia::iconvisanastasis::iconmorellagrysis::iconkatkinn::iconindiliel::iconschreibertooth:

Supporting groups (not participating in the contest):
:iconthorinoakenshield-fc::iconmiddleearthmadness::iconfinding-middle-earth::iconsilmarillion-club::iconmiddleearthlovers:

CLAIMED TOPICS:

- Frodo putting the Ring on before Tom Bombadil - Ainwen27
- Idril's prophetic dream - NOLANOS
- Sauron's arrival to Númenor - Yayenia
- Melkor in love with Varda - MorellAgrysis
- Thingol accepting Túrin as a fosterling - Row93
- Tinfang Warble - VisAnastasis

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Talks with Tolkien artists: jubah

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 17, 2015, 2:10 PM


This time I bring you a talk with :iconjubah: - jubah. You can search her gallery for pictures of some well known, but also some rarely (if ever) seen Tolkien's characters. She gives them face, personality, and feelings in her illustrations.

hurin's family by jubah Anaire's goodbye by jubah
the healing of maedhros by jubah baran and his sons baranor and boron by jubah
praying tar-miriel by jubah treebeard by jubah

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


Okay hahaha

My name is Juliana, I live in Brazil, I'm a history major :) (Smile)

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

A very strong impression of beauty and art. I saw a lot of my own ideals regarding art in that book, and it has always been a strong influence even during the times I all but forgot about them.

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

Not at all, I still confuse stuff and get some details wrong hahaha. My knowledge is more focused on the tale of the children of Húrin!

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?


It sort of happened for Aragorn, the Hobbits and Gimli especially, and Treebeard. I didn't have much trouble with it to be honest! My biggest problem was that before the release of the first Hobbit movie, some leaked photos of Richard Armitage's costuming and make up reminded me way too much of Túrin, so I had to change my design for that guy a little. Outside that, no big deal, thankfully :D (Big Grin)

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

Art is a hobby! I have been drawing ever since I'm a kid hahaha I've always loved it. When I was 12 I started studying art in an informal setting with mixed artistic influences and a focus on anatomy (that didn't mean that much in the end, but still...), and I haven't stopped. I have never looked at it professionally though, which might explain why the growth happens so slowly... but I just love drawing too much, and I am a terribly whimsical and irresponsible person, so I really feel like I wouldn't be able to deal with art professionally. I'd rather treasure this little freedom I have.

I have been influenced a lot by classic renaissance artists and modern graphic artists, but I'm not sure I could exactly pinpoint a list of influences hahahaha, I'm sorry! It really is a big, chaotic mix :) (Smile)

6. You are known for illustrating characters from Middle-earth that are rarely seen in other pictures. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate, and does their uniqueness also play a factor in it?


Mostly I try to focus on a particular feeling or symbol or theme, until I get so emotional I must draw in order to process it better. My style is pretty simple, but usually the feeling I portray isn't.

I think the uniqueness of the characters get my interest. I also like looking at a story from different points of view, so it gives me joy to try and look at a character or at a situation from different perspectives... which naturally ends up making me pay more attention than usual to characters who are otherwise not explored by the narrative... at least that's what I think happens hahaha

7. Often we know very little about the characters you illustrate, like several of the Edain of the First Age and kings and queens of Númenor that have no stories centered on them. Do you imagine the personality of the character when you paint them?

Yes hahahaha always! Though sometimes I play with different potential personalities. But usually, the feeling a character might be having is more important to me than their personalities. So sometimes my starting point is imagining the different reactions a character might have to a situation, and from that point, I start developing a personality.

8. You often upload many pictures at once. How fast do you actually paint? Do you paint so often/quickly to keep up with the many ideas you have?

Sadly no! I don't usually have a lot of time for painting and drawing because of work and social life. That makes me sad.

But the reasons why I upload so much at once are two: first, because I tend to upload my art on my tumblr website first, so sometimes I forget to post some stuff here. Second, because usually when I finish a drawing I like to keep it around before posting.... I like being able to have time to develop it or correct it or look at it again after a few days, to be sure that was what I wanted to do at all, or if I missed something.... etc

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 prefer traditional media, but sadly because of my lack of time and appropriate space, I have since long been resorting to digital art (which I also love, of course!). I always experiment, but I wish I had more time and discipline to actually learn new things properly instead of just playing with them!

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

The tip that helps me the most is to keep flipping the image horizontally to check if it really is proportional, and maybe taking a few days off a work, so when you look at it again you are no longer so "accostumed" to it, and can see the mistakes more clearly....

Another thing that helps is trying to come to terms with criticism, because that is one thing that can help you a lot! I sometimes ask closer friends to take a look at a picture and tell me something that bothers them about it. Like, I ask them specifically not to praise it, just find something they would change if they could. It doesn't mean I always follow their criticism, but it is good to hear how other people perceive your work, and compare what they think are your weak points vs. what YOU think are your weak points. At least I think that helps me!

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


- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?


hhhhmmmm

WHAT A HARD QUESTION

tolkien Shepherds of Numenor by jubah

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

asoiaf when spring comes by jubah

- a picture that fits your current mood?


adanel the wise by jubah

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

feanor and a dragon by jubah

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

rian and morwen by jubah

This is a picture of two of my favorite characters, made to one of my most beloved friends, and based on a piece of writing of hers that I love very much. So it is a picture full of love for me, and I hope it can help other people also love these characters :) (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.


Aaah I have never allowed IRL people to support me because of my mortifying shyness regarding my art.... it is sad to say this! I have been more open lately though. But I think my biggest suport has always come from my IRL artist friends, and my internet friends who share similar interests when it comes to obscure characters hahahaah. It is nice to see other people engaging with your work, even when it is not praise. I am going to specially mention my fellow artist :iconpoly-m:, who has always been encouraging as a fellow artist, even when my pictures didn't even have a decent resolution.

I hope it doesn't come off weird, but I also feel like I have been my biggest inspiration, in a sense? When I was younger and even more unsatisfied with my skills, I had a conversation with myself, and I realized that, regardless of whether I ever became an actual artist or not, regardless of whether my art was relevant to other people or not, I would always love drawing, and I would always draw. I just really enjoy it. So when I was feeling down or hating my own production, I told myself it was alright, and that I was allowed to enjoy myself, regardless of the quality of what i did or if people approved or not. So I think it is important for an artist to learn to respect themselves because of this.

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?

Sadly I haven't been looking for new artists on Devianart lately, so I don't really know if this artist is getting the attention they deserve, but I really like what and how :iconneral85: chooses to portray from Tolkien's works!
Durin's Stone by neral85
Story of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by neral85Story of Tuor, Part 6: A New Beginning by neral85Hyarmendacil I of Gondor by neral85

I think it is a great atmospheric job and I love looking at the details and at the geography of what is portrayed in their art!

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


Thank you!! Honestly, it really is amazing to know other people enjoy my art, or the things I chose to portray!! I am always the happiest when I know something I did was also enjoyable or interesting for others, so, again, thank you very much!

Thank you for your time and answers!

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A big Tolkien themed contest is coming!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 15, 2015, 6:13 AM


Be ready for the contest announcement on January 24th! :eager:


It will be open for people across the whole Tolkien fandom on deviantart, with several groups participating in the organizing of the contest. If you are an admin of a group that would like to take part in it, and I didn't send you a note yet, please let me know!

We are still looking for prizes!


If you would like to donate a feature, art request or anything else to the winners, comment here or send me a note!
If you would like to donate points, do so directly in the donation pool in Dreams-of-Arda's profile page.

THANK YOU!



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Talks with Tolkien artists - complete list

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 14, 2015, 7:47 AM


A complete list of all interviews from the "Talks with Tolkien artists" series. It will be updated after each interview posted.


Bullet; Blue with Gold-Seven fav.me/d6aprnx


Fingolfin's Challenge by Gold-SevenOssiriand by Gold-SevenThe harp no longer sings by Gold-Seven

Bullet; Blue with steamey fav.me/d6bx1lc


Vana the Ever-young by steameyAr-Pharazon by steameyEarendil and Elwing by steamey

Bullet; Blue with ekukanova fav.me/d6dzooz


Finrod.  First encounter with Edain by ekukanovaDestiny by ekukanovaAnglachel by ekukanova

Bullet; Blue with Tulikoura fav.me/d6gqc7f


Battle for Moria by TulikouraBattle of Nanduhirion, part 3 by TulikouraThe Fall Of Azaghal by Tulikoura

Bullet; Blue with AbePapakhian fav.me/d6l0qap


The Ride of the Rohirrim by AbePapakhianYou shall not pass by AbePapakhianOathbreakers, why have ye come by AbePapakhian

Bullet; Blue with kimberly80 fav.me/d6nt0jo


Melkor by kimberly80Osse and Uinen by kimberly80Thingol by kimberly80

Bullet; Blue with jankolas fav.me/d6o41tp


Farewell by jankolasLuthien Tinuviel by jankolasVanyar by jankolas

Bullet; Blue with jgilronan fav.me/d720ty2


Rivendell-Wisdom-of-the-Elves-by-Joe-Gilronan by newboldworld
(a picture from a different account, his account is deactivated now :()

Bullet; Blue with ebe-kastein fav.me/d7432vw


Huan's Promise by ebe-kasteinArwen by ebe-kasteinLorien Brothers by ebe-kastein

Bullet; Blue with MatsumotoSensei fav.me/d76jc7r


Brothers II by MatsumotoSenseiAtarinke by cinq-pathetiqueMemories by MatsumotoSensei

Bullet; Blue with TurnerMohan fav.me/d78r8wr


Aerin by TurnerMohanFeanor by TurnerMohanLuthien dances before Morgoth by TurnerMohan

Bullet; Blue with ullakko fav.me/d79rfcc


Leaving Hobbiton by ullakkoElvish Feast in Mirkwood by ullakkoLothlorien by ullakko


Bullet; Blue with batwinged-squirrel fav.me/d7aoebk


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.
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.


Bullet; Blue with wolfanita  fav.me/d7awlf3


LotR: Gondor Humour by wolfanitaThe Hobbit: Telepathy by wolfanitaLotR: Rise and Shine by wolfanita


Bullet; Blue with marisoly  fav.me/d7awlg4


Aqualonde by marisolyThe burning by marisolyWhite council by marisoly

Bullet; Blue with kaijukid  fav.me/d7n5duj


The Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 47 by kaijukidThe Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 59 by kaijukidThe Lay of Luthien Storybook, page 21 by kaijukid


Bullet; Blue with faQy  fav.me/d7ox700


gardening by faQyGondolin by faQyYavanna and Aule by faQy


Bullet; Blue with hitogata / kittykatkanie  fav.me/d7qsais


Lord of the Lights by kittykatkanieSecret Hideout by kittykatkanie"---yes." by kittykatkanie


Bullet; Blue with spiegelscherben  fav.me/d7r6bdi


Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 4 by spiegelscherbenSilmarillion: The Good Parts Version 5 by spiegelscherbenThe Woman in the Woods by spiegelscherben


Bullet; Blue with The-Black-Panther  fav.me/d7r8jjz


Meet the Nazgul by The-Black-PantherMeet the Nazgul .14 by The-Black-PantherMeet the Nazgul .5 by The-Black-Panther


Bullet; Blue with SceithAilm  fav.me/d7vtf2s


Tarot: The Devil by SceithAilmIs that the treasure thou dost seek? by SceithAilmTarot: The Lovers by SceithAilm


Bullet; Blue with Candra Talks with Tolkien artists: Candra


The Kings Jewel by CandraThe Time Of Spells by CandraSo heavy is your crown by Candra


Bullet; Blue with evankart Talks with Tolkien artists: evankart


the Company of Thorin Oakenshield by evankartThorin and Thranduil by evankartThranduil for mirkwood event by evankart


Bullet; Blue with greensap Talks with Tolkien artists: greensap


Journey into the Shadows by greensapfrom Frying Pan into the Fire by greensapThe Great Adventure by greensap


Bullet; Blue with DonatoArts Talks with Tolkien artists: DonatoArts


 Nienor and Glaurung by DonatoArtsHuor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin by DonatoArts'I threw down my enemy' - Gandalf on Zirak-zigil by DonatoArts


Bullet; Blue with RobleskaZeppelin Talks with Tolkien artists: RobleskaZeppelin


The two trees of Valinor IV by RobleskaZeppelinOrome hunting beasts by RobleskaZeppelinI hate him by RobleskaZeppelin


Bullet; Blue with Brunild  Talks with Tolkien artists: Brunild


The defeated enemy (Melkor and Sauron) by BrunildFarewell by BrunildThe Iron Crown by Brunild


Bullet; Blue with TolmanCotton  Talks with Tolkien artists: TolmanCotton


Mormegil- color by TolmanCottonOri by TolmanCottonRauros by TolmanCotton


Bullet; Blue with vigshane Talks with Tolkien artists: vigshane


Mirkwood by NorlothGaladriel - Lady of Light by NorlothSam's Song in Cirith Ungol by Norloth


Bullet; Blue with icy-maiden Talks with Tolkien artists: icy-maiden


Feanor.. estasi e tormento by icy-maidenmerry e pipino by icy-maidenundomiel by icy-maiden


Bullet; Blue with annoulaki Talks with Tolkien artists: annoulaki


Estel by annoulakiArwen and Eldarion by annoulakiCoronation by annoulaki


Bullet; Blue with jubah Talks with Tolkien artists: jubah


adanel the wise by jubahrian and morwen by jubahtolkien Shepherds of Numenor by jubah

Bullet; Blue with erynlasgalenphotoart Talks with Tolkien artists: erynlasgalenphotoart


Enter Mirkwood by erynlasgalenphotoartAutumn light by erynlasgalenphotoartApproaching Mordor by erynlasgalenphotoart

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Talks with Tolkien artists: annoulaki

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 11, 2015, 7:41 AM


As a great Aragorn fan myself, I adore the gentle illustartions of :iconannoulaki: - annoulaki, a young Greek artists who depicts lovely scenes from his family life. She almost declined the interview for not being "good enough artist", but I managed to convince her that skill is not what's most important for these talks, and that her pictures are interesting and inspiring enough to be shared with you. See for yourself!

Banner of hope by annoulaki Gilraen by annoulaki

Estel by annoulaki Arwen and Eldarion by annoulaki
Coronation by annoulaki Aragorn and Arwen vitraux colored by annoulaki

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


Hi! My name is Anna and I live in Athens, Greece. I love nature, kids, animals, fantasy, books and art.

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 about 9 or 10, so a large part of its deeper meaning and philosophy, that would later affect me quite a lot, didn't really register. I had already seen the movies, so I knew I was going to like the books, even though the first chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring were a bit daunting. The most vivid memory I have of that first reading is the disappointment I felt when, having made it to the part where Aragorn and the Hobbits reach Rivendell, I discovered that there were no actual scenes with Arwen! At first I was outraged, but then I realized that this gave me coplete freedom to imagine as many scenes as i wanted, exactly the way I wanted them. I ended up loving Tolkien even more.

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

I think my knowledge of Middle-earth is quite extensive, but I wouldn't go as far as to consider myself an expert. There are too many First Age events and characters I don't remember, and the Tale of the Years can give me veritable headaches, although I've made valiant efforts to memorize some of the events described (namely everything that concerns the northern Dúnedain).

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?

Well, I was 5 when the first movie came out, so I didn't really have the chance to read the books first, and come up with my own ideas of how the characters and places could look like.
I must also say that Peter Jackson's casting choices are probably the reason I'm answering these questions right now. You see at first I didn't want to have to do anything with LOTR, because I didn't like the "monsters" (orcs). So there is 9-year-old me, sitting on the couch and hiding resolutely behind my Harry Potter book, while my dad watched The Fellowship of the Ring. Thanks to some lucky coincidence, I raised my eyes to the screen the exact moment we first see Aragorn, all dark, mysterious, pipe-smoking awesomeness. That was all it took; I dropped The Goblet of Fire and proceeded to watch the movie wide-eyed and slightly drooling, barely registering my dad's smug "I told you so" face. It was like a sort of epiphany, and the start of my Tolkien obsession.
In general, I think that all the casting choices were spot on, except for Elrond, who is the only character I imagine differently (along with Boromir and Faramir's hair, obviously). And I could wax poetic about how much I love every piece of prop and scenery from the movies. They are all very unique and beautiful, and you can see the care and thought put to each and every one of them.

5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Do you want to be a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?


I have always loved art. As a kid I would spend hours looking at Rennaisance art books, and drew almost constantly. However I never considered art as a career. I think that being pressured to draw something, knowing I had to, would take away all the magic and joy I get from it (I'm also super lazy, paint with the speed of a turtle and can't focus on drawing anything if I don't have at least 3 free hours ahaed and no other responsibilities). My art is just my way of visualizing something I would like to see but doesn't already exist. That's why I never draw scenes from the movies, or things that other people have drawn or photographed.
There are many styles I like, but unfortunately I can't immitate any of them, so I don't know if I could find an influence. It's just what I have learned to do, mostly through observation.

6. Your illustrations of Middle-earth are focused on the tale of Aragorn and Arwen, depicting all stages of their relationship. What do you find most inspiring in it?

Honestly, I've never thought about what exactly it is that draws me so much to their tale, or what I find most inspiring in it. I'd have to say everything. It is my favourite love story of all time. There's one thing I'd like to clarify though. I know some people think that book!Arwen is some sort of trophy bride who stays at home and does nothing but wait for her man to save the world, and I completely disagree. I love strong female characters, I just don't think that strength lies only in weapons and combat skills; sometimes it takes even greater strength to stay behind. Even in Tolkien's idealistic Middle-earth, where things like PTSD don't even exist, war couldn't have been everyone's cup of coffee. Arwen had the capacity to be a great fighter ( after all, her family tree includes characters like Luthien, Emeldir and Galadriel), but she chose not to, and I admire her for that as much as would have admired her if she had taken a sword and gone orc-slaying with her brothers and her fiancé.

7. Is the character of Aragorn special to you, and in what way?

Aragorn is the most special fictional character I have ever encountered, and definitely one of my role models (plus the man of my dreams since I was 9, let's not forget that). I would need pages upon pages to describe exactly why I love him so much, because I admire every aspect of his personality. If I had to pinpoint the most important traits that make him so special to me, I think I would choose his unwavering hope (because I tend to despair easily, and a character who literally represents hope comes in handy in those situations ), and his humbleness. The fact that even though he is the most amazing man in Middle-earth (and beyond), he chooses to hide it and walk around being called names by the very villagers he spends his life protecting.

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'm much more comfortable with pencils than any other technique, mostly because I haven't really put much effort to them, so I'd say that pencils are my favourite. Sadly when it comes to art I tend to be a bit lazy and stick to the techniques I already know, but I'd very much like to try digital painting and acrylics.

9. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists, or that you would really like to learn yourself?

I don't really think I can help the other artists here, most of them are much more talented than me! But I'd like to say that nothing is impossible when you're willing to try, and you should always push your limits, otherwise you'll never know what you're capable of. As for me I'd like to learn how to draw more realistically.

10. Where do you see your art in a few years?

In a much better state, hopefully.

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

A choice worth making by annoulaki

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
My falcon by annoulaki
This is my first attempt at acrylics from 6 years ago, that miraculously turned out all right, and a subject very close to my heart. Also tomorrow is my volunteer day at the wildlife clinic and I'm excited!

- a picture that fits your current mood?

family nap by annoulaki
I'm sleepy :) (Smile)

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Upon Cerin Amroth by annoulaki

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
Per ardua ad astra by annoulaki
I was present at a wildly homophobic and borderline crazy - no, scratch that, it was batshit crazy - discussion today, and I promptly spent the rest of the day on restoremyfaithinhumanity.net/ to calm down. Those two helped as well :) (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.


I don't think there is someone in my life who has inspired my art. There are a lot of people I admire, both on and off dA, but I can't say I draw inspiration from them. My parents and my friends have always been proud and supportive to a fault, and manage to put up with me even when I act like a 5-year-old and hide my drawings because I'm embarassed. The person who has most supported me on dA is :iconannathelle26: , who is just amazing!

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?


Season's Grootings by maichan-artSpring time - Colors of the wind by Celiarts
   005 by Tanmorna
Asgardian snapshots: Odin, you cad! by Iulie-OQueens Of Numenor - Princess Silmarien by shyangellGaladriel and Arwen by evankart

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

I'm very glad that you exist! Lots of love from Greece!

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

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Tolkien birthday toast

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 3, 2015, 5:49 AM


Each year on 3 January, the Tolkien Society encourages Tolkien fans from across the world to celebrate the Professor’s birthday with a simple toast-drinking ceremony, and we are joining them, as well.

At 9pm your local time, we invite Tolkien fans to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is simply:

"The Professor!"

All you need to do is stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words “The Professor” before taking a sip (or swig, if that’s more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.

Note that we do not condone drinking alcohol if it endangers the health or safety of the drinker or others, or contravenes the law.


Tolkien by kimberly80 Tolkien:Lord of the middle earth by breathing2004



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Talks with Tolkien artists: icy-maiden

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 10, 2014, 1:25 PM


:iconicy-maiden: - icy-maiden is an artist from Italy, with very beautiful and sensual visions of Tolkien's characters. She doesn't speak English that well, so her answers in this interview have been gramatically corrected by me, with her permission.

undomiel by icy-maiden Grampasso by icy-maiden
Galadriel's mirror by icy-maiden the dance of Tinuviel by icy-maiden
Feanor.. estasi e tormento by icy-maiden merry e pipino by icy-maiden

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


First I would like to apologize for my English. I know it to be bad: I'm 50 years old, living at a beautiful lake in the North of Italy, with two cats and a varied number of books, mostly of the fantasy genre, which lead me into their world and often give inspiration for my creations. I love theatre, and practice it as a second occupation. I do not know what else to say about me.

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

Maybe I was 12 or 13 years old when I walked into the city library and I've seen a large book with an interesting title "The Lord of the Rings". I've always liked my books bulky, so I've taken it. And then I read it in one breath. From that moment all my imaginary world has changed. That book has influenced all of my artistic career.

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

I have read more or less everything that you can find by and about Tolkien in my language. I faced the Elvish language and graphical features of calligraphy created by the professor. However I do not consider myself an expert. A good connoisseur rather.

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 was certainly influenced more by the landscapes of the films, perhaps because those places were very similar to those that I myself had imagined. However in representing the characters I tried not to get too much influence. So if I have done that... this is a question that I myself address to those who keep my paintings: what do you think, was I successful?

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?


Painting is my work and my passion. When I was little, I started drawing horses more than anything, and I did so badly, then I decided to take lectures by an artist WHILE I attended the high school. He gave me the basic techniques. Then I attended the Academy of Fine Arts "Carrara" of Bergamo. My style, if I have a style, and inspiration comes from Tolkien as I already said, and from the works of Shakespeare. Beyond that my favourite artist is Edward Burne Jones.

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

It all depends on the inspiration, sometimes I see a face, a photograph, a landscape, and the inspiration is triggered. It's amazing how often this happens: for example by opening your profile I saw one of your photos, and I'd use it to create a painting. Can I?

I would be honored :)

7. Do you use references or models to draw Tolkien characters? How do you decide on the face that belongs to a character?


I always use models, I need to have faces that are real, and credible, despite the changes that I 'm going to do to bring out the character that I have in mind. As for how I decide that a particular face actually belongs to a particular character, well it's hard to explain, it's like I recognize the character, I say - "wow it is him/her!! "

8. Your pictures are very sensual. Do you paint them with the emotions of the depicted characters in mind?


Absolutely yes.

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 like a bit of all the traditional techniques. Still I strictly use only paintbrushes. I do not use digital techniques. In my gallery you will find watercolors, tempera to acrylic, oil paint, with all this I like to experiment.

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


I always like to discuss painting techniques and old works with other artists, but they are always long talks. To do it here is complicated, but I am available for chats, in every way, just write me a note or email.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
cosi felici e tristi by icy-maiden

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Ophelia by icy-maiden
- a picture that fits your current mood?
salamandra di fuoco by icy-maiden
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Hogwards by icy-maiden
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
just because I'm glad to show it.
notte sulla città dei Goblin by icy-maiden

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.


There are many people who have and have had influence on my art: my parents who have never found it strange to have a daughter artist, and were a support that many other artists can not enjoy. There were other persons importan  to me, but I think I have already spoken about them in previous answers.

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 do not know who among the artists of DA did or did not care, but I certainly know who I really like, and really a lot, and the list is long. You can find them among my favorites, take a look: icy-maiden.deviantart.com/favo… There are some really valid people.


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

I thank you for every single moment spent watching my work, or comment on it, or share it. To learn that I communicate something with my work is very nice to me.

Thank you for your time and answers!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: vigshane

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?


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

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

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

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

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



6.Once more, congratulations for winning the contest! But the reason you were in my list of people to interview is your great Tolkien themed art. (Although I admit, the contest might have shifted the order that I planned a bit :)) So, could you tell us something about you and art? Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?


I started to do art as my hobby but later I wanted to take it as my profession. So now I’m an art student. :) (Smile) I started drawing when I was little for my own pleasure. When I was in university studying computer science, I began drawing portraits. That was the time I realized I enjoyed drawing more than anything else. John Howe’s illustrations influenced me a lot. And there’re many great artists on DA that have inspired me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Wenjin/Norloth

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

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Talks with Tolkien artists: TolmanCotton

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.
As I said before, my father. He passed away last week and I miss him sorely. He was the one to teach me how to hold a paintbrush. But for what little I gleaned from the other students at the Academy, I owe him everything I know about painting and drawing.

11. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?

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

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

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

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Talks with Tolkien artists: Brunild

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

7. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Iron Crown by Brunild

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

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

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

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

14. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?

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

:iconartigas:

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

:iconowl-glass:

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

:icondead01:

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

:iconchibi-sempai:

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and answers!

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


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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:


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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