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Talks with Tolkien artists: Gold-Seven

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 26, 2013, 5:07 AM


I decided to post a series of interviews with the most inspirational Tolkien artists at devianArt in the three Tolkien-related groups:
:iconthelotrclub:, :iconelves-of-tolkien: and :iconarda-inspired:.
If you have a suggestion about whom I should interview next, leave a comment here. You can also suggest questions you would like me to ask them.

As the first one in this series, I talked to one of the most popular Tolkien artists on this site, :icongold-seven: - Gold-Seven. At the beginning, a little sample from her gallery:


Ossiriand by Gold-SevenIt ends in flame by Gold-Seven
The harp no longer sings by Gold-SevenFingolfin's Challenge by Gold-Seven

And here are the questions already:

1. You are an outstanding artist and illustrator of Tolkien's stories. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?

Thank you! My first encounter with Tolkien was in first grade, when my mother read the Hobbit to me. I’d always been a great book lover as a kid, and when we were through, I said, disappointed: “That’s it? Is there more?”
Yes, there was more. And my mother read it to me too. Always stopping at the most exciting points, so I’d “secretly” read on by myself.

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


There are definitely people who have read more about Tolkien, and more recently, than I have, but I’ve read most things Tolkien has ever written, and a fair bit of secondary sources too.

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 When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie.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

I was never in much danger of that, as I had been drawing – and thus, visualizing – the characters for myself for years and years before the movies came out. I’ve been very careful ever since to keep the movie looks out of my pictures.

4. What about you and art? When did you start doing it seriously, and who or what influenced your style?

Seriously, as in professionally – exactly ten years ago, on 2003. I started taking on private commissions and jobs for RPGs. My style was influenced – and still is – by artists I admire, from classic illustrators and painters like Larsson, Mucha, Bilibin and Burne-Jones to comic book and modern Fantasy artists like Wikland, Biukovic, Marini, Edelfeldt, Lee, and Howe. I accumulate more idols and influences as I get older.

5. Where do you look for inspiration for your paintings?


Written stories. Sometimes my own, but mostly myths, legends, and of course Tolkien.

6. You are most famous for your watercolours. Did/do you experiment with other art forms as well?

There are few media I haven’t tried, though I keep comic back to watercolour, and to pencils. I live the control and exactness I get with pencil, and the flow, vibrancy and lightness I get with watercolour.

7. Besides a great illustrator, you are also a writer. Could you tell us about your original story, the Rhyddion Chronicles? Will you try to get it published?

The Rhyddion Chronicles have been on hold for a while now. If they’re ever resurrected, it will probably be in a completely new form. It’s a nice little story with nice characters, but I have read too many nice little generic Fantasy novels in the last twenty-five years to go on writing another one.

8. You share your knowledge in tutorials and workshops. Is it fulfilling to see people improve in their art because of you?

Very much! The workshops I hold are often a stark contrast to my other life as a school teacher – I love teaching, but at school, most people learn because they have to. In workshops, they learn because they want to. That’s a huge difference.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

The Oath has been awakened

- a picture from other fandom and original picture you are most proud of?
Ysbrydnos by Gold-Seven
Ysbrydnos

- a picture of your favourite original character?
The Sword and the Harp by Gold-Seven
The Sword and the Harp

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
The Drawing of the Sword by Gold-Seven
The Drawing of the Sword

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


Always my mother.

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?

:icontoradh:
Last Breath of Fire by ToradhFarewell Sweet Earth and Northern Sky by ToradhBow and Helm by Toradh

:iconthorbad:
He Can Fly Now -DH Spoiler by thorbadDraakhrider Concept by thorbadTD2 showdown page 2 by thorbad

 :iconfumettisto:
Beren and Luthien - Colours by FumettistoHer October Djinn by FumettistoLotR - Gandalf the Grey - Preliminary draft by Fumettisto

 :icon3-hares:
Gidleigh Goat by 3-haresOld Goat and Heron Page 1 by 3-haresMariana and the Black Whippets by 3-hares

 :icondreoilin:
The Dark Dryad by DreoilinWinter Dragon by DreoilinThe Migration Festival by Dreoilin

12. There are many Tolkien-themed groups at dA. Do you have some favourites which you would recommend watching/joining? What about other art and fantasy groups?


I really enjoy :iconenchanted-artworks: , :icongoldenillustration: and :iconpurecolors:. I’ve temporarily unwatched all the Tolkien groups that I’ve been in. I can’t stand all the Hobbit movie fanart, and Sauron in submissive poses and black leather thongs.

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

Regarding the last question: It makes me slightly wistful to see Tolkien being placed squarely in the middle of mainstream pop culture, with all the weirdness that entails. I fully realize that I have Peter Jackson to thank for the enormous surge of Fantasy love that’s been going round since 2001, and I fully realize that I would probably still be a private dabbler at my desk if it hadn’t been for that. But I still cherish the old little book versions of the characters and the world of Middle-earth, and it always makes me glad to find that so many others are still eager to share this world with me, too.

Thank you for the interview!


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:iconaesara-dayne:
Aesara-Dayne Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely! Jenny is the person that introduced me to Tolkien, and to date she is amongst my top Tolkien artists. That your interviews project should start with her also is so fitting, and I am glad also that she mentioned as her favourite piece one that's mine also.
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HobbitFan14 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my favorite Tolkien artists! fabulous 
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I interviewed her first :D
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:iconhobbitfan14:
HobbitFan14 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good choice! Creepy stare 
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:iconthorbad:
thorbad Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Artist
Oh my, I completely missed this!
You know how much I appreciate your work. You deserve all the honour. :)

... and: thanks for promoting me ... again. ^^
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:icongbindis:
gbindis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Wow, beautiful works - I'm glad I found these interviews!
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, they will continue with many other artists.
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TolkienOP Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, one of my favorite Tolkien-artists!! Thank you so much for the interview!

Could you also do interviews with :iconbreathing2004:, :iconkatekaz: and :iconatriedes: (if he comes back)? They are also amazing Tolkien artists!
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If he comes back, that's right... There are several good Tolkien artists who are not active on dA anymore. I have already asked *breathing2004 but got no reply so far, but I will add ~KateKaz to my list, thank you for the suggestion!
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Inbetwixt93 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great idea!

Fortunately or unfortunately, I was first introduced to the Tolkien world when I was seven-eight years old through the movie Fellowship of the Ring, and consequently have aimed a lot of my affections to the characters as I see them on screen - I only just met Karl Urban as Eomer yesterday at Perth Supanova - and also because that was the last time my family when on holiday and to the movies together before my mother split away from my family because of depression, and since then my two grandmothers have also ded, and so I cherish the movies for those memories. However, I soon found myself reading whatever Tolkien work, whether by his hand or others, I could get my hands on, am still doing so.

That said, I do find the return of LOTR and the Hobbit into the limelight a little disturbing because of the way mainstream culture reacts (estrogen brigades, etc); I was on the edge of it when I was younger, and since turning more to my art and literature now and away from tv and movies, I've come to fully appreciate how frustrating masses of fanart can be, and am glad I've moved away from it somewhat in the last couple of years.
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
I would say you feel about the Hobbit as many who has read the book felt when the movies first came out :) I was a teenager when they came out, but have already read the books twice, and memorized all poems from them. When Aragorn was speaking elvish at the coronation, I spoke the words with him, and hoped someobody in the cinema will notice that I knew them before :D
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Inbetwixt93 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't remember how many times I've read them now, i certainly can never understand a friend of mine who has said she knows people who have found it difficult to get into them, they are so eloquent and wonderful to read. c:
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LadyElka Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very interesting interview! I'd have to agree with 12 and 13 here... I really love a lot of Tolkien artwork that's on here, but there's been some weirdly distasteful stuff floating around recently. I honestly don't understand this weird obsession with Melkor/Sauron... stuff. Definitely never saw anything like that in the Silmarillion.

And while I did sort of enjoy the Lord of the Rings movies as a guilty pleasure (not so much the Hobbit. Not a good movie at all...), I wish people would draw their own conceptions of the characters! Where is their originality?
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To tell the truth, I do understand it. It's a bit hard to explain... But I agree that I like people's original views of the scenes and characters much more than copying the movie!
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LadyElka Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well, if I twist my brain around backwards, I can understand it, but I don't know why you'd think that way in the first place. (: To each his own, I guess.
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing the interview!
It's so nice to see people admired whom I admire, too :3.
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconstrawberryjam1313:
StrawberryJam1313 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
What an insightful interview! :D Thanks for this, and thanks to :icongold-seven: for sharing your thoughts! :D This is really fascinating, and I now realise that I haven't even seen all her artworks (blasphemy!) so I'm going to go run off now and go have a look.

Also I completely agree with the last question. As much as I love PJ for bringing it all center-stage, and for capturing my interest in the first place, I wish that I had time to formulate my version of the characters, instead of seeing the movie first, because now my Legolas must always be Orlando. Oh well, I can't complain, he's gorgeous :D
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm lucky that I already had some picture of the characters before the movies came out, but in many cases it was not very clear and I liked the cast of the movie, so I adopted them for my mental image (Legolas not so much, most elves in do movie generally don't look like I imagined them, but Viggo is an awesome Aragorn, and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel is perfect). But when I have kids, I won't allow them to watch the movie before they read the book :D
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question 12.
:iconthisplz:

Anyway, thanks for doing these interviews! I eagerly await the next installment. :)
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Any suggestions about whom I should interview next?
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:iconlimegreenbunny:
LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my...how many do you want ? Haha...there are so many great ones. I will keep it brief though.
*breathing2004 -He does those awesome stained glass window style pics.
~Filat -Great storytelling through traditional works
And if you wanted to mix things up: ~Kazuki-MENDOU -She does amazing manga-style illustrations. Not sure if she is that well known though.
Also, I second the motion for ~liga-marta.
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm planning to continue with these interviews as long as I have someone to interview, so many :D And being well-known artist is not a condition, I'd love to introduce some lesser known ones as well. Thank you for the suggestions!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
breathing2004 would be a blast!! Also, Filat, of course!

I'd throw ~tuuliky into the mix, and, of course. ~ekukanova !!
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I got all of them and a lot more :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd love to see an interview with liga-marta, or with aautio!
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've planning to do one with liga-marta, but aautio hasn't been active at dA for a long time. It's a pity, there are several very good Tolkien artists who haven't visited their profile in years.
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:iconphoenixacid:
phoenixacid Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Inspiring and brilliant artist! Thank you for the interview. :)
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
She's an inspiration.

Oh, how this Tokien-purist loves this quote: "I’ve temporarily unwatched all the Tolkien groups that I’ve been in. I can’t stand all the Hobbit movie fanart, and Sauron in submissive poses and black leather thongs."

YES! :lol:
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand people have different views on the fandom, and as an admin of #TheLotRClub, I'm trying to be tolerant to all of them. There are other groups that are more strict about it, so I think it's fair to give exposure to the whole spectrum of artists and opinions.
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woutart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
And rightly so. We all admire and love things our own way, how it should be. I guess I somehow have a problem with Middle Earth being part of pop culture nowadays (says the old geezer :) ). I just like it to have that classic mythology feel.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
 I admire you for your open mind, I really do. I try to be a bit more relaxed in the face of the different currents I see in Tolkien art recently, but I admit it's extremely hard for me.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was half fearing that I was being a mite undiplomatic. ;)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Being diplomatic isn't always a good thing, but I think you were very honest without being insulting. I have the same sentiment, just great to read you actually acted upon that. I just don't look look anymore, but it continues to heap up.

So here's a :beer: to original views!
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:iconcelerana-chan:
Celerana-chan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. It was very interesting.
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad!
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Iīve been folling and inspired by Jenny for the 6 years Iīve been in DA. I first came to her art, for my love of reading Harry Potter (not Tolkien)... and her Tolkien illustrations are so amazing, I decided to give Tolkien a try... and OMG, what an amazing world she has illustrated so well....

I owe her a lot, reading Tolkien, learning a lot about art, digital and watercolours and well, I asked her once, a long time ago, where I could learn to draw like her... I still havenīt figured it out and I am still trying... Great role model for artists and teacher! Amazing amazing woman!!!!! :heart:
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! I hope to attend one of her workshops once, even if it's two countries away :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush:

Thank you so much.
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Zarine-Aybara Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Great choice of artist! She's amazing!!!! :D   Probably one of the first people I watched here on DevArt, and I follow her artwork very closely!  :heart: 
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:iconmirachravaia:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! She really is an inspiration to many!
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:iconzarine-aybara:
Zarine-Aybara Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
She really is!  I love her work!! 
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