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March 25 - Tolkien Reading Day

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 25, 2015, 3:39 AM


But in Gondor the New Year will always now begin upon the twenty-fifth of March when Sauron fell, and when you were brought out of the fire to the King.
- Gandalf in the Return of the King

March 25 is the date of the defeat of Sauron and fall of Barad-dûr
and gondorian New Year. To celebrate this (fictional) event and the (real) literary genius of J.R.R.Tolkien, this date has been declared as Tolkien Reading Day since 2003.

You can take part anywhere in the world - just open any Tolkien's book and reread your favourite passage. Or you can start reading it all over again - whether you read the whole trilogy or just a few lines, you will be a part of the worldwide community of Tolkien fans doing the same to honour the Professor.

You can also share your thoughts with us - what is your favourite passage, and what are you going to read today?


Tolkien by DandyHerulokion

And this started as a short feature... (but I couldn't stop because there is so much wonderful art inspired by Tolkien)

Luthien Tinuviel by jankolas Gondolin by faQy Tarot: The Lovers by SceithAilm
Music from the deepest forest by Candra The Great Adventure by greensap Alqualonde by tuuliky
I am not my uncle. by SaigaTokihito Feanor.. estasi e tormento by icy-maiden Eorlingas by s-u-w-i
Glorfindel. Before The Storm. by Venlian welcome from Lothlorien,new version by breathing2004 Aredhel in the forest of Nan Elmoth by Sieskja
Arwen and Celebrian by steamey Dior Eluchil(Cover Illustration) by daLomacchi Fiery rhythm. by Righon
Legolas by CG-Warrior Horns of Elfland by Hbruton Fingolfin vs Morgoth by mattleese87
Sauron by Gerwell Recap: Queens of Numenor by shyangell
[Hobbit]King of Dale by Wavesheep Ossiriand by Gold-Seven
The Years of Youth by ekukanova Eowyn of Rohan by Filat
Elvish Feast in Mirkwood by ullakko Aqualonde by marisoly
Thorin and Thranduil by evankart Beren Meets Luthien by RobleskaZeppelin
Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin by DonatoArts To Minas Tirith by AlasseaEarello
elrond council by NachoCastro Ramparts by daRoz
Smaug by Yoann-Lossel Huan's Promise by ebe-kastein
Eowyn and Faramir palace by adrilida1411 Ride to Edoras by Canis-Lupess
Glaurung and Turin by Atriedes Argonath sketch by kimberly80
Meadows of Gondolin by vilva73 Lord of the rings by KnyazevSergey
The Lord of the Rings by Raiddo Lords of the Rings by AbePapakhian
Midsummer's Eve by peet Brothers by Brunild



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Talks with Tolkien artists: AlasseaEarello

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 11, 2015, 4:08 AM


All talks:

The Fight of Huan and Carcharoth by AlasseaEarello To Minas Tirith by AlasseaEarello
Beren in Dungortheb by AlasseaEarello Two Trees Of Valinor by AlasseaEarello
The making of the Silmarils by AlasseaEarello Elrond and Estel by AlasseaEarello


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


Hi! I'm a student of Architecture, currently living in Krakow (which everyone should visit!). I'm 23. Apart from reading and drawing, I like foreign languages, horses and singing. That about covers it.

2. It is intersting to find out the stories behind people's usernames. What is yours?

Oh wow, this is a nice question. Because I hate my username :D (Big Grin) I found the name Alassëa somewhere (it's Quenya for ''merry'', apparently, but I just like the sound of it) and I used it in a couple of other places, but on dA all the possible versions had been taken so I figured I'd add something to it. It was a bad idea. I guess when somebody sees it they can't be bothered to read past the first five letters or so, what with all those A's and E's;) (Wink) When I started this account, I had no idea that changing your username is impossible unless you're a premium member. But I have no need for premium membership other than changing my name so I'm not going to spend my money on this.

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

I was about 15. I remember struggling through some parts and being impressed and dissapointed at the same time. Impressed with the extensiveness of the world Tolkien created (the languages!) and a bit dissapointed with his style of writing, which at that age wasn't very appealing to me (I loved books with lots of dialouge, deeply explored characters and fast moving action). Even though, I read everything of Tolkien's I could lay my hands on because I was in love his world. Then I bought the English versions and discovered it all over again, because there just no comparison between reading the translation (however good it may be) and the original work. Now I read them always when I want something peaceful, because all this meticulousness and the formal language have a calming effect. Even all the battles and heartbreak;) (Wink)

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


Hardly. I mean, if confronted with a random person on the street, I would probably come across as a hardcore fan, but there are so many more knowledgable people in the fandom that I would never consider myself an expert.

5. Did you read the books, or see the movies first?

The movies were first. I didn't see them right after they came out though, because for a long time I was adamant that I hated fantasy, both in films and literature :D (Big Grin) I watched them around 2006 because my younger brother had finally talked me into it and then it all started.

6. 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 saw the movies first, so when I read the books I started out with the actors and settings. But while reading, things changed. I saw most of the characters very differently, even though I like most of the movie portrayals. The books just add so much more background that the perception had to change. But the sights and costumes are so meticulously depicted in the movie (and so true to the book) that they really get ingrained in your mind. I would find it hard to picture a different Edoras, for instance.

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


It's just a hobby, although I do cherish secret hopes that one day I'll have a chance to illustrate a book;) (Wink) But at the moment I'm too busy with my studies and work to think about it seriously. As for when did I start - well, I've been drawing since I remember, much like probably everyone else around here. And my favourite things to draw were always characters from books or just people I made up.

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

There's no rule. Sometimes I'm just reading and think ''this would be nice to draw'', other times I feel the need to illustrate something, and if I don't have anything specific in mind I browse the books till I find something that fits my mood. And there are also times when I see a photo, a piece of art or a situation which inspires me to translate it into a Tolkien-themed illustration.

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

The Witcher saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, because it's wonderfully written and the characters and settings are given a detailed description. Then there's the BBC Sherlock series which is I think the only fandom where I don't go back to the books (which I always do, if there are any), but that's because I love the way the characters have been written. And they're very different from the book. There are also a few other fandoms I sometimes illustrate but these drawings aren't in my dA gallery and aren't going to be so I won't talk about them (don't look for anything creepy here:P (Lick) they're just too personal to be publicised, in fact every time I submit a picture to dA I have to fight with myself)

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?


Oh there are lots of techniques I love but if I had to choose one, it would be graphite pencil. It's the one that has been with me for the longest time. Recently I've been using colored penciles more and more and I find they offer a lot of possibilities. Then there are oil and acrylic colours (with a preference towards the former because they dry slower, give deeper hues and can be made into semi-transparent layers. But they stink :P (Lick) And the brushes are difficult to clean). Watercolour is a wonderful technique once you get the hang of it. I still haven't, but there are some artists here on dA who just take my breath away. I'm trying it out though. I like using random pieces of paper for my drawings, sometimes I paint them over with random colours. If you don't have an impeccable white sheet staring at you, suddenly you get a bunch of new ideas. I also like dry and oil pastels, both work best for me if I paint something with acrylic colours before. There are some unfortunate cases too, like one picture I wanted to scrape on double painted paper, but it didn't really work :P (Lick)

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


I don't know. Just don't ever stop. It's a great thing to have a passion, don't get discouraged by difficulties which everyone is bound to encounter along the way. I'd also recommend trying different techniques, it really helps you grow.

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

Midgewater Marshes by AlasseaEarello

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

DI Lestrade by AlasseaEarello

- a picture that fits your current mood?
The White Rider by AlasseaEarello

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Tolkien Reading Days by AlasseaEarello

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

My parents have always been supportive. My mother is very easy to please (we sometimes have fun and tell her to draw something herself and then we get chickens with ears or horses which look like giraffes, not that she minds), so she would gush over anything I cared to show her, but the praise of my dad has always mattered a bit more I guess, since he can actually draw and paint very well. But most of my pieces (the fandom-ish ones) haven't really been seen by anyone, just because they're too personal for me. And yeah, I'm talking about the ones you can see in my gallery, so how personal is that;) (Wink) I guess it has something to do with being anonymous on the Internet (haha). As for the support on dA, it has been wonderful and I cherish every appreciation that people offer. And the most inspirational artist I can think of, in terms of illustration, is James Gurney (not so much the hyper realistic panoramas as his oil sketches). I also like Kasiopea, a Polish illustrator with great Tolkienish stuff, Rien Poortvliet, and from the old masters - Vermeer van Delft, Stanisław Wyspiański, Władysław Podkowiński, Jan Stanisławski and all impressionists.

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?

Those I like most already have loads of attention but they're absolutely amazing, so here goes:
:iconmicorl: :iconalrasyid: :iconivecus:
Oh this one doesn't have so much: :iconshanti1971:

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

Thank you all! When I joined dA several years ago I never thought I would get so much appreciation and even be asked for an interview ;) (Wink)

Thank you as well for your time and answers!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: s-u-w-i

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 6:17 AM


All talks:

Today I talked with a Czech artists :icons-u-w-i: - s-u-w-i about her lovely fairy-tale-ish art. I hope you enjoy it as well!

strider by s-u-w-i Eorlingas by s-u-w-i
kral sluji pod horami by s-u-w-i the march of Fingolfin by s-u-w-i
cestou by s-u-w-i the hobbit by s-u-w-i


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


Hi :3
well, I'm afraid I'm not very interesting. Most of the time I just sit at home next to the radiator, dressed in too many sweaters, sip cocoa and read or draw (but when I have more free time I greatly enjoy cooking/baking and sewing) I'm nineteen and currently study animation on university so I totally don't have as much time to draw my own things as I would like. I live in tiny, unknow village under Beskydy mountains with my mum, dad, sister and our dog Asta. I love it here very much.

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

Oh, hmmmm... I think I was 9 or 10 when I tried to read Lotr for the first time, I don't think I understood it too much but I guess I did not really care. I was so in love with the Lotr movies that I was just overjoyed from anything associated with it.

3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?
 
Haha, if only. I'm not expert at all. Though I hope my Middle-earth knowledge isn't too bad. I really love to read the books and draw pictures for it but I'm not too good in rememembering details. I think I'm always too captured in the story to notice all the conections and so. Sweating a little... Only sometimes when I decide to draw someone I do more detail observation of the character or surroundings.

4. What was first for you - book or movie? 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?

Actually I think it was exactly the other way around with me. I saw the movies first (when we should go on Lotr-themed camp and our crazy camp leaders though it was good idea for us to watch all the Lotr movies at once (in English with Czech subtitles) I was 7 that time :D (Big Grin) ). So I think I always imagined the characters the way they look in the movies but then when I got older I read the book and my view of them began to be much more bookish. My imagination of the characters now is probably mixure of the movies, books and various original illustrations.

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?

Me and my art, well I certainly don't feel like a professional, no way. I started to draw as a small kid (as probably everyone). My older sister always drew a lot and I tried to keep up with her as much as possible. But I started to draw somehow for real when I went to high shool (I studied graphics and animation so avoiding drawing wasn't really an opinion) and when I joined DA, that's like 3 years ago.
My influence.... it's lot of things. I love comics very much (mangas, superheros or the Europian ones (like Blacksad♥)), so that is one. Then there are all the classic artists (I love Art History and galleries) so from all the eras something I guess, there is too much of them to name. And of course probably the biggest one right now are animators and illustrators. I love watching animated movies and going through old fairy-tale books very much. My favorite forgein movies are Fantastic Mr. Fox, Brother bear, Monsters Inc., The prince of Egypt, all the Ghibli movies and much much more. From the Czech I adore works of Karel Zeman, Břetislav Pojar, Zdeněk Smetana and of course Jiří Trnka, he is one of my most favorite illustrators as well, together with Tove Jansson or Zdeněk Müller.

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


Hmmmm... I do not have a clue... I just read the book and then there is always someone/some scene that I just have to draw? :D (Big Grin)

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


I like watercolors and colored pencils very much (though colored pencils only for lines or sketch I can not color with them at all ><) I would love to experiment more but I am usually too scared that it will go wrong so I just stick to the familiar techniques ^^

8. Fairy tales are an important topic in your illustrations. What is your relationship with childrens' stories?


Oh I adore fairy tales, my sister collects old fairy-tale books so there is lot of them in our room. I love to observe the old illustrations, it is usually done with some incredible techniques I just can not define, I could stare at it for hours ♥

9. Do you think that looking at Tolkien's stories through childrens' eyes can bring new perspectives for their illustrators?

Well sure it can I guess, but I have to say I do not fancy realism in illustrations too much at least for Tolkiens fairy tales or The Hobbit I find the more stylizated/childlike works more fitting (but realism fits very well for more serious books like Lotr or Silmarillion) but that is just my own opinion and it is not always true of course, it is just that my favorite Hobbit illustrations are quite childish. I like the original Latvian ( pblancho.free.fr/la1/images/la… , pblancho.free.fr/la1/images/la… , pblancho.free.fr/la1/images/co… ), Romanian ( pblancho.free.fr/ro1/images/ro… , pblancho.free.fr/ro1/images/ro… ) or Swedish ( pblancho.free.fr/sw1/images/sw… , pblancho.free.fr/sw1/images/sw… , pblancho.free.fr/sw1/images/sw… , pblancho.free.fr/sw1/images/sw…) illustrations very very much ♥♥♥

10. You are from the Czech republic just like faQy, and your style is visually quite similar. Do you know and influence each other?


hahaha :D (Big Grin) oh yes, I am not sure if I infuence her but she infuences me for sure ^^ She is my older sister (the very one I mentioned here few times already :) (Smile) ) I am the terrible younger sister who can not do anything by herself and so always relies on her :D (Big Grin)

(P.S. An interview with faQy is here: Talks with tolkien artists: faQy )

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

mmmm... I do not know.. Only that drawing is all about endurance and not giving up (talent is just nice word for it) if you really try long enough everyone can do it, is the same as learning any other craft :) (Smile)


12. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
Bag End by s-u-w-i
- can be this? It's not an illustration but It's my favorite Tolkien themed work :) (Smile)

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
v zahrade by s-u-w-i

- a picture that fits your current mood?
eagles by s-u-w-i

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
gold sickness by s-u-w-i

- Digital coloring is always so problematic for me, there is tooooo many colors, I can never choose the right one ><

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

maybe this -
Samwise by s-u-w-i
It's totally terrible but it's my first Tolkien picture I submitted here :D (Big Grin)


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.


Oh there is lot of these as well... My mum, dad, sister, grandmas, grandpas, great-grandma, uncles, aunties, cousins :D (Big Grin). Then my childhood friends and friends from camp (we go every summer on a camp, there are people with the most interesting personalities) and my high school classmates Janička, Naďa, Lenka, Terka, Martinka (my dear current roomate :3 ) and my best friend Kamilka. And of course there is very big amount of people on DA or tumblr who are great inspiration to me.

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?


Little anteaters victory by Dryas-juasSkjaldborg Althing 2012 by HellanimI came to reclaim something of mine by onone-chan
mummers by AokiAvsenComics by HannaKNPicking up Shrooms by Diabolo-menthe
Market by kinixukiThe Lady of the Dragon by SrdceV pasti by Kaminek

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

I just want to thank everyone who likes my works, it means a lot to me and I'm really glad there is such a big amount of Tolkien fans, that's just so great :) (Smile)

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B2MeM 2015 - Tharbad's Greenway Spring Faire

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 24, 2015, 5:07 AM




The Back to Middle-earth month is happening again at the b2mem livejournal -  b2mem.livejournal.com/ !
The group :iconarda-inspired: is an active participant. You will still need to refer to the main livejournal page of the event, but we offer you a place to post all your creations in the B2MeM folder arda-inspired.deviantart.com/g… , and will feature them in a journal at the end of the event.


You don't have to be a member of this group to take part in the even, and you don't need a livejournal account either.  This year, we are opening a big marketplace with prompts and fanworks for all! Here is how the event will work:

The stalls are posted here: b2mem.livejournal.com/tag/2015… and listed by the location here: b2mem.livejournal.com/284442.h…

:new: You can now claim the prompts and post your creations for them!


Marketplace Rules and Guidelines b2mem.livejournal.com/278368.h…


At Back to Middle-earth Month 2015: Tharbad’s Greenway Spring Faire (the Middle-earth Marketplace for all you need), writers, artists, and other creators of fanworks are invited to challenge each other to create fanworks during the month of March! Because this is a spring faire, you will spend and earn farthings as you participate throughout the month by posting challenge prompts, claiming challenge prompts, and leaving reviews for other participants.

Rules



1. Prompts are available for anyone to purchase. More than one person can purchase a prompt.

2. There are no restrictions on content, either in the prompts or fanworks created in response. If you do not like a character, pairing, interpretation, prompt, etc., ignore it.

3. Fanworks using these prompts will be posted either in the community or another archive. You are allowed to crosspost to whatever site you wish to post on. No fanworks are allowed in the prompt posts.

4. Fanworks posted in the community must follow the B2MeM posting guidelines found on the community's profile regarding headers, warnings, cuts, etc. Posts can link to a work posted on another archive if you do not wish to post the work here, but they must still include the provided header.

5. Remember that prompt fills are not gifts; they are jumping-off points for fanworks. They may or may not conform to your personal likes and dislikes. Please also keep in mind that not all prompts may be filled.

Faire Farthings



The only coin accepted at the Tharbad's Greenway Spring Faire is the faire farthing. Each person attending the Faire will receive 15 farthings to begin their faire-going experience.

~ Offering a prompt at one of the market stalls costs 1 farthing.
~ Purchasing a prompt costs 1 farthing.
~ Each comment you leave on a B2MeM 2015 fanwork will earn you 1 farthing.
~ You may earn farthings by offering services to the faire, such as creating icons/banners for the use of other faire-goers. Giving services earns 2 farthings for each service rendered.
~ Posting a fanwork does not cost or earn farthings, as you have already bought the prompt(s) the fanwork is based on.

If you need assistance in keeping track of what you have spent and earned, the Faire's official bookkeeper zopyrus will be glad to help you, free of charge. Please visit the bookkeeping post the bookkeeping post for help.


How to post your prompts:



Leave a comment on the appropriate stall  with the subject line identifying the main characters, gen/het/slash/femslash/poly (if it’s not obvious), a brief description of the prompt, and possible warnings if needed (MPTT MPTTor SWG  SWG’s). The comment itself should be the prompt.

The stalls can be found here: b2mem.livejournal.com/tag/2015… and listed by the location here: b2mem.livejournal.com/284442.h…

If for some reason you cannot make a subject line appear, please write and bold the relevant information as the first line of your prompt.

The subject lines and/or bold text will allow participants to easily scan for prompts they're interested in.

For example:

Subject line-- Frodo and Aragorn, gen, hurt/comfort at the Field of Cormallen
Comment-- While Frodo is unconscious after being rescued from Mount Doom, Aragorn cares for him.

OR

Comment-- Fëanor/Nerdanel, wedding night, sexual content

On their wedding night, Fëanor and Nerdanel end up not sleeping at all, as they are too busy enjoying each other.

General Guidelines and FAQ



1. Who can participate?

Anyone! It doesn’t matter if this will be your first Tolkien fanwork or your hundredth; everyone is welcome to participate in B2MeM.

2. What if I don't have a LiveJournal account?

You don’t need one to participate. We welcome ‘anonymous’ comments, which don’t require a Livejournal login, from participants who don’t have a Livejournal account. However, unlike formats such as kink memes which allow truly anonymous comments, we require ‘anonymous’ comments to be signed. (For example, if your username on AO3 is FrodoFan1, then sign your comment with FrodoFan1.) Anonymous comments are automatically screened before they appear in the community, and unsigned comments will not be unscreened. If you want a LJ account, you can sign up for one here: sign up for one here.

3. What sort of fanwork can I create with a prompt?

Anything you want-- fic, art, gif set, meta, craft, vid, etc.. If you think of it, and think it’s a fanwork, then it’s a fanwork.

4. Can I create a fanwork using a prompt I left?

Of course!

5. Can I combine prompts? What about using them in WIPs? What about crossovers and AUs?

Yes, you can combine prompts. You can also use them in WIPs. Crossovers and AUs are welcome as long as they have a significant basis in Tolkien’s works.

6. What if my prompt fits in more than one stall? For example, it takes place in both Mordor and Gondor.

Put it in the stall you think it fits best in; we trust your judgement. But please do not put identical prompts in more than one stall.

7. What if I don’t feel comfortable posting my work immediately or am using the prompt in a WIP or want to take time on my fanwork and don’t think I’ll complete it before March is over?

That’s perfectly fine! If you say you’re going to use the prompt, then we trust that you will. B2MeM has no deadlines; you do not have to post your work before March ends. The community is open year-round. (Nor do you have to post it at all if you do not wish to.)

8. What if I’m inspired by a prompt, but I didn’t find it until after B2MeM ends?

Create something for it! The prompts never expire.

Other Things



The prompt posts will be up in the middle of the week.

The B2MeM community is on moderated status until March 1 GMT. This way, if you complete a fanwork early, you may post it without it showing up before the event begins.



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Talks with Tolkien artists: SaigaTokihito

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 20, 2015, 6:54 AM



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


My name is Saiga Tokihito. I'm Japanese artist / freelance illustrator.

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

I've only read the Hobbit. (The Lord of the Rings series and The Silmarillion not yet.) This story is filled with beautiful "words". I love this world.

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

I think... No. But I study many words of Middle-earth.

4. Did you read the books, or see the movies first?

I saw the PJ's movies first. These experience was so wonderful! I will never forget the gratitude for the staff of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. If they didn't make these movies, I would have never met Tolkien's world.

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

I'm professional artist since seven years ago. But Tolkien's fan art is my life work rather than hobby, I think. A lot of artists (of course, including John Howe and Alan Lee) influence my style.

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


A moving sight, or attractive characters makes me draw them.

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 enjoy studying new or classic techniques everyday. I think both is important.

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

I have. I'll share someday.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Let me think...It is hard to choose but, maybe this one:

EREBOR by SaigaTokihito
This art is my first Tolkien fanart.


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


The story needs the story by SaigaTokihito
Cherry blossom is one of my favorite flower.


- a picture that fits your current mood?


Sea of Shadow / Twelve Kingdoms by SaigaTokihito
This coloring fits my current mood.


- a picture that was hardest to paint?
The Chamber of the Old Lady by SaigaTokihito
I took 2 weeks.


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

Azel by SaigaTokihito
From Japanese Comic "Young Bride's Story / Otoyomegatari"
That's why I love and recommend this comic. Stories and characters are so amazing.


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.

Nick Keller, who is WETA's artist. His work is cool and stylish, especially dwarf's armor design. My favorite art is concept art for Bard.

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 introduce U.S. artist : :iconnewihsus: - newihsus . She has beautiful style, I love her arts.

Happy Chinese New Year of Goat! by newihsus sesshoumaru vs rin1 by newihsus less cold by newihsus

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


I'm deeply grateful to fans! I want to draw more scenes and characters of Middle-earth in the future.

Saiga Tokihito

Thank you for your time and answers!


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Talks with Tolkien artists: shyangell

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 13, 2015, 1:36 AM


Art nouveau and women of Arda - that's what comes to mind when describing the gallery of :iconshyangell: - shyangell. Take a look at it yourself to see how well these two concepts fit together, and then you can read our talk about it, and other topics as well.  

Recap: Queens of Numenor by shyangell
Elwing the Fair by shyangell Lady Haleth by shyangell
Earwen of Alqualonde by shyangell Lady Galadriel by shyangell
Aredhel Ar-Feiniel by shyangell Celebrian of Lorien by shyangell

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


Hi everybody! What to say... I am homebody that draws things for a hobby, and doesn't have nearly enough time to do so as much as she'd like. I am a student (though not for long) and like to let my mind wander with Tolkien (and others) when number crunching gets to be too much. I'm Catalan, female and study chemistry and engineering.

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

I was 11 years old, and read both the Lord of the rings and the Hobbit in less than a month. I read the Silmarillion over Christmas. At the time I adored LotR, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I kept reading and rereading it, and being fascinated by each of its characters in turn. I thought the Hobbit was a funny little thing, cute, it did not help that I read it after LotR (although the story itself is cool enough). When I read the Silmarillion first I thought it was dry as dust. I changed my mind a few years later after a reread. I think it is possibly the best Tolkien ever wrote, and I am endlessly fascinated by the stories therein.

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

I am by no means an expert, but I have read the books a good number of times. I have been told that the amount of Tolkien trivia that I keep in my head is extensive (and annoying). I once made a stab at learning quenya, and failed. I mostly like geeking out over family trees and obscure characters. I am nowhere as knowledgeable about anything else Tolkien (be it geography, calendars or languages).

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 had just read the books when the movies came out. I admit that my mental image of many characters corresponds with the movie. I did not try very hard to stop myself from adopting those portrayals that were good enough for what I had imagined. I have a great difficulty imagining concrete faces when I read, so if the general description fit I was happy enough. I think it is just that I was young, and not yet prone to bellyaching over random characters hair color. I may be lynched, but mostly the entire fellowship was OK to me. On the other hand, there are characters I just cannot see as in the movies, though admittedly they are few (cough: Elrond). As for scenes and plot changes... I have kept them separate in my mind, the book is the book and the movie is the movie. Of course in my head things are closer to book than movie canon (imagination has no budget).

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


I started drawing as a serious hobby at the turn of 12 years old. At the time I started making graphite copies of classical pictures by great painters. Needless to say they were quite awful. As I said in the introduction drawing for me is a hobby. I have never done anything professionally, and I wouldn't like to. As soon as it became an obligation with a deadline it would kill all the fun. I have been inspired by all and sundry at one time or another. I adore Alphonse Mucha, and have a great appreciation for art nouveau. My style is far from consistent, and not nearly as polished as I'd like.

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

I rarely have time for experimenting anymore! And when I draw I do it for comfort, so I rarely stray out of my comfort zone. I tend to draw and ink by hand, and later add color with Photoshop. I have tried drawing directly in the PC, but the result is mostly crap. I rarely color traditionally, I do not have any sort of technique (though I'd like to learn watercolors one day) and dislike the permanence of it. If you screw up in Photoshop you can always fix it!

7. Your Tolkien fanart is focused on the women from his books. What do you think about Middle-earth's women? Are they overlooked, or is their place as important as that one of the men?

I think the role of Middle Earth's women is understated, but important. Their subtle presence in Tolkien's opus is thoroughly coherent with the world he is trying to portray. In a way I have gotten the impression that although Tolkien did not create "action girls" that take action as a man would, women when they appear are generally well-respected and generally powerful in their own right. To me it would ring false a proliferation of fighting females in a world that was inspired by the early middle ages (all mention of Eowyn aside). But then again to me, being powerful does not have anything to do with the capacity to run someone through with a sword. It is true that most women are mothers and wives, sisters and daughters, but in Tolkien's world men are also rarely anything but fathers and husbands, brothers and sons. In a way there are always undertones of family in the way Tolkien sees the world.

8. Your portraits of the queens of Númenor are highly symbolic, telling about the personality and story of the queen in the picture. Can you tell us more about this symbolism?

Well, that's a loaded question. The idea was that by looking side by side you could tell a progression. Their attitudes are meant to show different approaches to power. And that in the end she who does not covet it reaps the fruits (or her descendants do). Silmarien does not covet it and won't fight for it. Tar-Ancalime is not desperate for it but will make herself unhappy just to spite those who want it to much from having it. Tar-Telperien has it and wants it, guards it zealously and will not share it with anyone and thus is alone. Tar-Vanimelde is unsuited to it but will not give it up because she wants the power to do whatever she wants, regardless of what others need. Míriel had it and gave it to the wrong person. Otherwise the symbolism I used was mostly intuitive for me, I did not think it overmuch while I was painting this.

9. Your art-noveau style goes very well with these portraits. How did you get the idea to use it for Tolkien illustrations?


I have always pictured Númenor as a pre-medieval world, but it did not strike me precisely roman. Instead I tended to think of it as Byzantine. I have always found that Art Nouveau meshes well with both roman and byzantine styles. On top of that I wanted to do a series of panels like you might find in a decorated gallery in a palace, and art nouveau lends itself to the making of series of panels. To top it all off I had just been to Prague. That just might be it.

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


Hardly. I rarely have tricks or tips to share even with myself! I do not think what I do is in any way mysterious. Although if you insist... kids, when you don't know how to do something there are thousands of useful tutorials floating around. SOMEBODY certainly knows and has already lost time making this tutorial you just found. Try it that way before despairing. Use references. I think that's all.

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

Recap: Queens of Numenor by shyangell

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
At the Chapel's door by shyangell

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Mother Earth Yavanna by shyangell

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
MoA The Circle of Camelot by shyangell

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
Morsmordre by shyangell
It isn't very original. But look your fill because I was this close to losing it FOREVER. And I was so proud of the green light. PC did a thing lost the original PSD document and the high-res copy got lost forever. Deviantart saved it for me because I had already uploaded and I downladed it from my own gallery. Sobs.

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.


Well, obviously and embarrassingly my mother first and foremost. She was the one that kept buying me things for me to use back in the day and encouraged me. Even if she keeps telling me that I draw my women too fat. I have hardly maintained any relationship with other Devianart artists, even if I like to gawp to many pretty art pieces as much as any other.

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?

Yes, several actually. I'll leave you with some thumbnails so you can get right at getting a look at their gallery:
You will be the youngest in the squad by steamey Turgon, Aredhel(gon), Fingon by ancalinar
ha ha ha...fuck you legolas... by Kibbitzer What Are All These Dwarves Doing In My House?! by ramida-r

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

Well... Just hang in there! It right awful to be ensnared in a fandom nobody gives a crap about. So we have to keep being great together, and keep ourselves interested so everybody can come up with their things and be very happily overwhelmed when somebody else likes them. I certainly am.

Thank you for your time and answers!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: RivkaZ

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 2, 2015, 6:58 AM


:iconrivkaz: - RivkaZ is the author of the ongoing comic "Forging Arda", focusing on Sauron at the beginning of the world. dealing with some very interesting and even controverse topics. I had the pleasure to talk with her about her art and her views of the dark lords of Middle-earth.

Forging Arda- page 2 by RivkaZ Forging Arda- page 6 by RivkaZ
Giver of Freedom by RivkaZ Twilight of Anadune by RivkaZ
Irmo Master of Dreams (commission) by RivkaZ Color Palette Challenge: Queen Beruthiel by RivkaZ

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


Hi! I’ve used the artist handle "RivkaZ" for years now, but you can call me Wesley. I fell into the Tolkien fandom a few years ago and haven’t found the bottom of the rabbit hole yet. I live in the moldy northwest corner of the United States and I love bunnies.

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

Well, my very first introduction to Tolkien was when I was very little and my dad read The Hobbit and the trilogy aloud to me. I reread The Hobbit for myself sometime in grade-school, but I still haven’t re-read the trilogy for myself. I picked up the Silmarillion in the early 2000’s, but didn’t read it all the way through from cover to cover until 2013. It sort of changed my life and from then on I went on to dig through all the accompanying texts— basically anything I could get my hands on that was Tolkien related.

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

My knowledge of Tolkien canon is very selective actually! Haha… I’ll be the first to admit that I cherry-pick which parts of lore I study in depth. ^_^; I seem to have wound up with an encyclopedic memory for all things Angband, but I still have to look up elves now and then like "wait, who was this guy and what did he do again?" That said, I have a good memory for -where- all the bits of lore are located, so I can pick out whatever volume I need and flip to the relevant chapters in a jiffy.

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 first memories of The Hobbit and the trilogy are honestly soooo old at this point that the mental images I had of the settings and characters were very surreal and blurry to begin with, so I didn’t loose TOO many precious childhood memories to Peter Jackson! My own mental picture of Middle Earth these days is pretty vibrant and different from the movies in most respects, but I don’t mind scavenging some of the faces and performances from them. I find that the greater my understanding of the body of Tolkien’s works is, the stronger my mental pictures become, and the less I have to work to try and keep the images distinct from the movies. (Granted, I spend most of my time dealing with the Silmarillion, which Jackson hasn’t gotten his hands on).

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

I’m currently floating in the grey area between hobbyist and professional. I take commissions and I’m constantly trying to improve my art and get it up to professional standards. I work on it just about every day— it’s the same with my writing too. I’ve been doing both since I was pretty young; I got my degree in Creative Writing, but I haven’t had much academic training for my art. (I hope to change that soon!)
I have a RIDICULOUS number of influences, haha! Artists from around the turn of the previous century really inspire me, as well as the work of traditional animators. One of my big influences currently is James Gurney, author and artist of Dinotopia. He’s put out some incredible resources for painters (digital and traditional) that have really helped me improve my use of color.

6. Your designs for the Ainur are very unique. Where do you find inspiration for them?

(Aw, thanks! <3)
Dreams! :D (Big Grin) Well, a few of them came from dreams anyway. The others are a mixture of my 'gut feelings' about a character as well as a conscious effort on my part to draw together natural and symbolic references into unique and diverse silhouettes.

7. Your comic "Forging Arda" focuses on Sauron, not depicting him as "one-dimensional evil" that we often see in the books and movies, but as a very complex character. Can you tell us more about your views of Sauron and evil in Middle-earth in general?

*EXCITED SCREAMING* OOOOH GOSH OH MAN THIS IS MY FAVORITE TOPIC
I have too much to say about this to fit in one survey, but basically I just think that treating Sauron and Melkor like nebulous forces of indiscriminate evil is doing them a huge disservice. I actually think that the two dark lords get some of the most development in the whole of Tolkien’s work— they show up in almost every timeline and interact with a huge number of characters, directly or indirectly. Tolkien NEVER stops talking about them! If you do a bit of reading between the lines, both dark lords display very consistent motivations and even character development. Sometimes I find that I disagree with the actual narrator of the texts because what the narrator SAYS you should think about Sauron and Melkor is oven in direct opposition to what Sauron and Melkor consistently DO. Unearthing Sauron’s storyline that’s hidden between the lines of the Silmarillion and the trilogy is just so fun and fascinating to me, and I always like seeing how many different ways the fandom can put together the same pieces into a completely different picture of the same character.

8. There is a recent trend in Tolkien fanart to depict the villains in beautiful forms, which Tolkien himself probably didn't intend. What do you think about this trend?

Well, I think people’s natural inclination is to depict characters they relate to (villains or otherwise!) in in ways that are aesthetically pleasing. People like sexy characters! Myself included! But what I get a little tired of seeing is carbon copies of the same design over and over again, or indistinguishably pretty elves with the same face and slightly different hair, or just character designs that emphasize superficial "prettiness" rather than recognizability. I also REALLY dislike it when "fairness" is interpreted exclusively as "whiteness" and "thinness", or when the standard of beauty being depicted is frustratingly narrow.

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?

Right now I do mostly digital art (with some acrylics, inks, and paper crafting on the side) but I am always trying to expand my style and make it more painterly. I’d love to do more traditional media, but I need to actually clear off a suitable work area first! XD

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

Use lots of reference! I have a huge amount of reference pictures that I organize meticulously…. and then forget about. DON’T DO THAT. XD
Avoid using the same face and body type for multiple characters! If you’re feeling stuck and can’t get a concrete idea for a certain character, think about how they would interact with their environment and how that would shape their appearance/attitude/dress, etc.! Remember that not everything has to be Enya and John Howe! Mix it up! :) (Smile)
Also, don’t be afraid of change, progressive styles, or broadening cultural horizons encroaching on Tolkien’s work— he built something very beautiful and timeless, and the texts themselves aren’t going anywhere. People reinterpreting, rearranging, changing, and expanding the universe he built isn’t going to ruin anything.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
Forging Arda- page 3 by RivkaZ
- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Portrait of Winter's Eve by RivkaZ
- a picture that fits your current mood?
Whisper of Stars by RivkaZ
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
House of the Mole by RivkaZ
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
Mushrooms and Acorns by RivkaZ
Gosh I love fungi! And I miss doing mixed media pieces!

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 HAVE to mention Zlukaka :iconzlukaka: and Luffik :iconflyingcarpets: of AngbandStyle! When I was first getting into the Silm fandom and trying to solidify my character designs, I found their fanfic "Loyalty Unyielding" and it CHAAANGED MEEEEE. CHOIRS OF AINUR SANG! We started chatting and sharing ideas seriously and discovered that we shared a lot of the same impressions of the characters. Their art and writing is INCREDIBLE and distinctive and I just adore everything they do. Their support has meant a lot to me.

In the writing vein of things, Pandë/Professor-Thû/Lucifers-Cuvette :iconpandemonium-213: gave me my first real confidence boost about my Tolkien fanfic and comic writing. She is incredibly wise and brilliant and her critiques and kudos mean a lot to me. Her ongoing fanfiction 'verse can be found over on the Silmarillion Writer’s Guild www.silmarillionwritersguild.o… — it will change how you think about Sauron and elves and Ainur and magic; I can actually feel my brain expanding whenever I read her work. (Her vision of Eregion is so solid and believably populated in my mind that I feel like I spent a summer there.)

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?

Jubah! <3 :iconjubah:I LOVE her work and her organic figures! She has such a playful, expressive style and she always opens my eyes to characters that I would have overlooked otherwise, and I’m extremely grateful to have gotten to know her.

Also Helena Markos :iconhelena-markos:, whose orcs I love (even if they're not all strictly Tolkien orcs). <3

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

Just… thanks for being there! The Tolkien fandom has been my rock for the last few years, and it’s gotten me through some very tough spots in my life. Be patient with me, I’m still learning and I’m sorry for being so slow with updates! Stay awesome!
(And thank you for including me in these interviews! I am incredibly honored!)

Thank you for your time and answers!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: erynlasgalenphotoart

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 26, 2015, 3:06 AM


Photography is not an art-form usually associated with fanart, but Tolkien's Middle-earth is inspiring to many forms of art. :iconerynlasgalenphotoart: - erynlasgalenphotoart is a photographer who finds Middle-earth in real locations, and a founder of a group dedicated to the same goal - :iconfinding-middle-earth:. Today I bring you a talk with her.

Shades by erynlasgalenphotoart A place to grow old by erynlasgalenphotoart
Autumn light by erynlasgalenphotoart Approaching Mordor by erynlasgalenphotoart
Home of the Wood Elves by erynlasgalenphotoart Merrivale by erynlasgalenphotoart


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


My name is Alex and I'm an amateur photographer from Germany.

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

I started reading the Lord of the Rings after seeing the first movie in the cinema. I loved fantasy books and fairy tales as a child, but lost track of it in my teens. LOTR was my introduction back into this genre in literature and it opened the door to many other wonderful ideas for a practising escapist.

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


I've got decent background knowledge, but I'm not an expert. I don't speak Sindarin ;) (Wink)

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

To a degree. Not at all. I welcome any kind of addition to Tolkien's world in my mind, be it through movies, games, drawings, stories or whatever. It's an ever growing melting pot of ideas and images that serves as a great source of inspiration for me.

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

Photography has been a hobby for the last 15 years. At first it's been mainly concert photography and sometimes photos on holidays and of my sighthounds. I've only taken a serious interest in digital landscape photography and processing during the last 3-4 years. For a large part this was due to the numerous amazing photos on DA. I have always loved nature and sceneries, especially forests and mountains and I love to experience the magic moments created by light and weather. Landscape photography was the perfect way for me to prolong these moments, take them home and share them. With my sometimes surreal processing I try to emphasize that magic feeling which drew me to a scene or motive.

6. You are the founder of Finding-Middle-Earth. What inspired you to create a group for finding Middle-earth in photography of real places?


Middle Earth is wherever we want it to be. Tolkien himself was inspired by the nature and landscapes he saw on his walks and travels. Rolling hills and green meadows, dark forests with twisted trees, golden woodlands, misty mountains and firespitting vulcanos... they are all out there for each of us to explore. I wanted to create a place to gather all those different visions of Middle Earth locations. I find it really interesting how alike and also how different they can be sometimes.

7. Do you think capturing real sceneries and comparing them to Tolkien's world makes that world more "real"?


To me it's a way of visualising ideas just like drawing or painting and I'm sure that creating a sketch can be just as immersive as creating the photo in the 'real' world.

8. Are you specifically looking for sceneries reminding you on Middle-earth, or just happen to go to such beautiful places?

Both. I've travelled to places that are said to have inspired Tolkien like Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland or Wistman's wood in England. I simply love old forests and mountain ranges. So did Tolkien... therefore many of the places I travel to might as well be locations in Middle Earth. I also walk the local woods every day with my hounds... so very often I simply stumble upon inspiring places and moments. Most of the time it's not the location alone, but the light and weather that give a place a magical touch and thereby qualify it for being a 'Middle Earth location'.

9. How much of a role does the post-processing of a photo have in creating the final atmosphere, and do you do it specifically with a certain Middle-earth location in mind?

Sometimes more sometimes less depending on how magical the atmosphere was to begin with. Sometimes the photo is almost finished straight from the camera and sometimes I have to put a lot of work into it to make something that looks special to me. Many photographers wouldn't use the last kind of photograph at all, but I sometimes enjoy trying to create a magical mood with a picture that didn't look like much at first. For me Middle Earth locations always have a certain kind of mood in addition to a geographical perception. It's inseparable.

10. What about your equipment? What camera and accessories do you use, and do you think it's important for the final result?

Sony Alpha 6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, tripod, polarisation filter, grey filter. To a degree it's important, because if the photo had a good quality (high dynamic range, clarity, sharpness, no noise, no blurring, no halos) from the beginning, it's easier to do the kind of post processing I do without producing ugly artefacts that will reduce the immersion into the place and mood.

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

Do what you like. Don't worry if what you want to do, should be done at all in photography. If you like the result, someone else will like it too.
Also take the time to learn to use your equipment and software. There are countless tutorials by amazing photographers on the internet. It's fun and worth it.

12. Photography is not the only thing in your gallery. You also draw, but avoid Tolkien themes there. Are they your inspiration only for photography?

The drawings and paintings in my gallery are more than 15 years old for the most part. These days I make one digital painting a year at most. I'd love to get back to drawing and painting more, but I simply lack the time. I also used to play and write music, but rarely do so now. I need to do something creative in my life and photography is the art that I can integrate into my every day life the easiest at the moment.

13. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Middle-earth themed photo you are most proud of?


Enter Mirkwood by erynlasgalenphotoart

- another photo you are most proud of?

Leaves dancing with the mist by erynlasgalenphotoart

- a drawing you are most proud of?

Exit the Grey by erynlasgalenphotoart

- a photo that fits your current mood?

Follow the tracks by erynlasgalenphotoart

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

Sundown serenade by erynlasgalenphotoart

Because it's cold outside.


14. 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 family for believing in me. David Bowie for never doing the same thing twice. Tolkien for creating the perfect imagination playground.
Painters: John Atkinson Grimshaw, William Turner, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt
Photographers: Ansel Adams, Alexandre Deschaumes, Annabelle Chabert, Beth Moon, Rebecca Cusworth, Oer-Wout, Lars van de Goor, Nelleke Pieters and many more...


15. 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?

There are many... here's a small selection:


:iconoprust:

Signs to Follow by oprustThis Road Chose a Walker by oprustSeyandela by oprust


:iconrpowroznik:

Autumn Trees by rpowroznikTree by rpowroznikForest by rpowroznik


:iconkriskeleris:

Golden days by kriskelerisMysterious forest by kriskelerisScarlet fall among the trees by kriskeleris


:icondybcio:

Mystery of forest II by DybcioMorning Forest by DybcioFractal of death by Dybcio


:iconulivonboedefeld:

Forest Of Equilibrium by ulivonboedefeldPiece (1 Von 1) by ulivonboedefeldA Walk In The Fog... by ulivonboedefeld


:icononodrim-photography:

T A A K E by Onodrim-PhotographyLong Lost To Where No Pathways Goes by Onodrim-PhotographyLe Portail des Fees. by Onodrim-Photography



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

Ollo vae!

Thank you for your time and answers!

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NEVER SEEN BEFORE - contest

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


"NEVER SEEN BEFORE" - big Tolkien themed contest


:new: The contest has ended! The judges will vote for the best entries until April 15th, and soon after this date, the winners will be announced. Thank you for participation! :new:


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 the mountains 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:

:bulletgreen: = done
- Frodo putting the Ring on before Tom Bombadil - Ainwen27
- Idril's prophetic dream - NOLANOS
- Sauron's arrival to Númenor - Yayenia :bulletgreen:
- Melkor in love with Varda - MorellAgrysis :bulletgreen:
- Thingol accepting Túrin as a fosterling - Row93 :bulletgreen:
- Tinfang Warble - VisAnastasis :bulletgreen:
- Elwing's escape from Doriath - Hemhet :bulletgreen:
- Glorfindel's prophecy to Eärnur - Eleween :bulletgreen:
- Gandalf and Pippin on Shadowfax passing Hirgon - peet :bulletgreen:
- dwarves playing and singing to calm Thorin in Erebor - NekoHimeAnny :bulletgreen:
- Tuor, Idril and Earendil leaving Nan Tathren - RobleskaZeppelin :bulletgreen:
- Sam planting the mallorn from Galadriel - nadinmadeamess :bulletgreen:
- Yule-tide in Beorn's house - MirachRavaia
- 3rd age plague - AncaXBre :bulletgreen:
- Elrond reveals to Aragorn his name and ancestry - Saphari :bulletgreen:
- Snowmane's funeral - Alektra007 :bulletgreen:
- king Brego of Rohan - LJ-Todd :bulletgreen:
- Cotton's stand during the Scouring of the Shire - BenMaynardOfManyArts :bulletgreen:
- Hobbits in the Old Forest (specific scene) - MeinFragezeichen :bulletgreen:
- the last time Melian sees Lúthien - Castile213 :bulletgreen:

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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 :icongold-seven: fav.me/d6aprnx


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

Bullet; Blue with steamey :iconsteamey: fav.me/d6bx1lc


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

Bullet; Blue with ekukanova :iconekukanova: fav.me/d6dzooz


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

Bullet; Blue with Tulikoura :icontulikoura: fav.me/d6gqc7f


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

Bullet; Blue with AbePapakhian :iconabepapakhian: 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 :iconkimberly80: fav.me/d6nt0jo


Melkor by kimberly80Osse and Uinen by kimberly80Thingol by kimberly80

Bullet; Blue with jankolas :iconjankolas: 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 :iconebe-kastein: fav.me/d7432vw


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

Bullet; Blue with MatsumotoSensei :iconmatsumotosensei: fav.me/d76jc7r


Brothers II by MatsumotoSenseiAtarinke by cinq-pathetiqueMemories by MatsumotoSensei

Bullet; Blue with TurnerMohan :iconturnermohan: fav.me/d78r8wr


Aerin by TurnerMohanFeanor by TurnerMohanLuthien dances before Morgoth by TurnerMohan

Bullet; Blue with ullakko :iconullakko: fav.me/d79rfcc


Leaving Hobbiton by ullakkoElvish Feast in Mirkwood by ullakkoLothlorien by ullakko


Bullet; Blue with batwinged-squirrel :iconbatwinged-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 :iconwolfanita: fav.me/d7awlf3


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


Bullet; Blue with marisoly :iconmarisoly: fav.me/d7awlg4


Aqualonde by marisolyThe burning by marisolyWhite council by marisoly

Bullet; Blue with kaijukid :iconkaijukid: 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 :iconfaqy: fav.me/d7ox700


gardening by faQyGondolin by faQyYavanna and Aule by faQy


Bullet; Blue with hitogata / kittykatkanie :iconhitogata::iconkittykatkanie: fav.me/d7qsais


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


Bullet; Blue with spiegelscherben :iconspiegelscherben: 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 :iconthe-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 :iconsceithailm: fav.me/d7vtf2s


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


Bullet; Blue with Candra :iconcandra: 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 :iconevankart: 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 :icongreensap: 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 :icondonatoarts: 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 :iconrobleskazeppelin: 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 :iconbrunild: Talks with Tolkien artists: Brunild


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


Bullet; Blue with TolmanCotton :icontolmancotton: Talks with Tolkien artists: TolmanCotton


Mormegil- color by TolmanCottonOri by TolmanCottonRauros by TolmanCotton


Bullet; Blue with vigshane (now Norloth) :iconnorloth: 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 :iconicy-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 :iconannoulaki: Talks with Tolkien artists: annoulaki


Estel by annoulakiArwen and Eldarion by annoulakiCoronation by annoulaki


Bullet; Blue with jubah :iconjubah: Talks with Tolkien artists: jubah


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

Bullet; Blue with erynlasgalenphotoart :iconerynlasgalenphotoart: Talks with Tolkien artists: erynlasgalenphotoart


Enter Mirkwood by erynlasgalenphotoartAutumn light by erynlasgalenphotoartApproaching Mordor by erynlasgalenphotoart

Bullet; Blue with RivkaZ :iconrivkaz: Talks with Tolkien artists: RivkaZ


Forging Arda- page 3 by RivkaZGiver of Freedom by RivkaZTwilight of Anadune by RivkaZ

Bullet; Blue with shyangell :iconshyangell: Talks with Tolkien artists: shyangell


Elwing the Fair by shyangellRecap: Queens of Numenor by shyangellCelebrian of Lorien by shyangell

Bullet; Blue with SaigaTokihito :iconsaigatokihito: Talks with Tolkien artists: SaigaTokihito


I am not my uncle. by SaigaTokihitoEREBOR by SaigaTokihitoCarnival by SaigaTokihito

Bullet; Blue with s-u-w-i :icons-u-w-i: Talks with Tolkien artists: s-u-w-i


Bag End by s-u-w-igold sickness by s-u-w-iEorlingas by s-u-w-i


Bullet; Blue with AlasseaEarello :iconalasseaearello: Talks with Tolkien artists: AlasseaEarello


Midgewater Marshes by AlasseaEarelloA Ranger of the North by AlasseaEarelloTo Minas Tirith by AlasseaEarello

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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 :iconnorloth: - Norloth. 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 Norloth Rivendell by Norloth
Galadriel - Lady of Light by Norloth A very Comfort Home 4 by Norloth
This day we fight by Norloth Mirkwood by Norloth

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 NorlothBagend by NorlothA Sunny Day in Hobbiton by NorlothSmial in Hobbiton 03 by NorlothSmial in Hobbiton 01 by Norloth

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 Norloth
a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Richard Armitage as John Proctor by Norloth
a picture that fits your current mood?
Hobbiton by Norloth
a picture that was hardest to paint?
Return of the King Under The Mountain by Norloth
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
The Dwarven Song of Winter by Norloth
(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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