"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds, and hands, wielding paint and music and drama."
Most authors dream of having their stories illustrated.
- Linda Hoyland, fanfiction author
We are a group that unites those who write fanfiction stories for the big and wonderful world of professor Tolkien, and those who draw or paint their visions of it. Our goal is to encourage artists to read and illustrate fanfiction, and collect such stories and illustrations.
We closely collaborate with the fanfiction archives Naice a Nilme and The Silmarillion Writers' Guild and fanfiction contest Teitho
OUR GALLERY FOLDERS:
humorous and crack fanfics
fanfiction illustrations - the picture should have a link to the story or at least its title in the artist's comments. We also accept illustrations for roleplays, the Black Book of Arda and for fan movies (Born of Hope and The Hunt for Gollum)
Between the lines - here we accept pictures which themselves tell a story that is not in the books, or just hinted at, it doesn't have to have a link to a story (It can be an AU, original characters, or illustration of the characters before or after the events in the books/movies, a scene that was not showed but logically had to happen, etc.)
Teitho pictures: Teitho is a monthly fanfiction challenge, which gives you a theme to write about. Here, we challenge you to take the same theme, and draw a picture for it. It doesn't have to feature Aragorn and/or Legolas, like the written entries do. Your best pictures will be featured at the Teitho site as well.
B2MeM: Every year in March, the b2mem livejournal community organizes a Back to Middle-earth Month. This folder is for the entries created for it. (You can submit also entries from previous years)
NaN illustrations: Every month, the Naice a Nilme archive helds a poll for the Story of the month. We will post the links to the competing stories in our journal, and you chose the story that inspires you, and draw an illustration for it. The best illustrations will be featured in the Naice a Nilme archive together with the Story of the Month.
About slash and mature content: In both pictures and stories, mature content should be put under a filter, and comply with the dA policy:FAQ #220: What is Mature Content? and FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?. Slash stories should have a warning either in the title or author's comments - authors and readers should be respectful to each other and their preferences.
Please, no Mary Sues in pictures or stories!
SOME OTHER FANFICTION ARCHIVES WHERE YOU CAN LOOK FOR INSPIRATION:
fanfiction.net - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
Stories of Arda
The Silmarillion Writers' Guild
1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?
I am 38 years old and I live in Croatia. I am a professional artist, a husband, father of three.
2. What brought you to deviatArt and how did you pick your username?
Simply put: “visibility” you can't make yourself heard If you don't shout from higher ground. My username is my surname, no fancy reasons. I have to be remembered and recognized to find editors and private clients... would you remember how to find an artist on internet if your only clue is the name “EviLAngel652CutePuppies”? I think not.
3. How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?
I always loved reading and an interest for fantasy literature. The name “Tolkien” was everywere mentioned and, when I was 15, I asked my mother to buy me “The lord of the rings”. It was an epiphany to me. Tolkien's literature is “a walk down an ancient hallway”: many times you have the occasion to pass along open doors and peek: sometimes you see beautiful landscapes, or hear enchanting music, or feel the thunder of a thousand drums in your chest. Tolkien's stories are a doorway to a deeper lore. It is impossible to resist the call if you try to read it with the due respect.
4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?
I have read the books many times before the first PJ Movie came out. I was intrigued by the adaptation process and the cinematographic solutions found by WETA artists. Even if the actors faces and costumes became “canon” for the general public, I was not too much influenced by them because I am prepared in considering Cinema and Literature two different media. The sets and the landscapes depicted in the move were very useful to me to “ground” specific moments in a real place. Later, as an artist, I had to detach myself from the movies for a while to create a personal interpretations of the literature. Luckily, when I started painting Tolkien's characters, The Lotr Trilogy was already 10 years old and it wasn't difficult to deviate from the Movie Actors likeness... BUT when I was designing my Beorn portrait it was exactly when the first leaks of him invaded the internet and I had to isolate from those. It wasn't too much difficult and right now I find more annoying comments stating something like “nice painting BUT it does not resemble (place random actor name here)”. Many people still think that painting ORLANDO BLOOM as an Elf is an added value to the Artwork.
5. Some of Tolkien's books can be hard to read, being more of history annals than beletry. Do you let that discourage you or not? How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth?
I could be discouraging if you search for an easy job. To me the “difficulty” means that I have to educate myself to reach a deeper understanding of the literature. I can't state “how deep” my knowledge of middle-earth is, because, let's not forget, Tolken's literature is an academic subject. A lot of work is necessary to define your knowledge even “fairly good”.
6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?
Every character is my favorite because every one of them is well portrayed in the literature and every time I start a new artwork is an endless fun to dig in the books to find the right accents.
7. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?
As a child I spent time drawing, as a teenager this “hobby” subsided and re emerged later when I was thinking what to do after high school. The Fine Art Academy was a sort of disaster, since my teacher didn't know how to BE a teacher, but during that turbulent period I've met a wonderful person who taught me the traditional Icon Painting technique and, through that discipline, showed me how to really be an artist. I don't remember a time when I haven't thought that a job where I could „use my hands“ would be great: I was equally exited, as a child, in fantasizing about being a carpenter, or a painter, or an architect. The aim of „creating something“ was always on my mind. I've just spent a lot of time figuring out which kind of „creative process“ would fit me best. My style changed while I was figuring out what to do with my life after High school. At that time I was equally interested with drawing Manga (Otomo and Mijazaki rules btw), figurative painting (Caravaggio, my love), sculpture (Bernini, you genius!). Now I am more focused on the Imaginative realism and my style and interests reflect that.
8. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?
Hard to say: I am equally interested by all the characters but I know my limits as a painter and I tend to choose to invest time and energy on characters I know I can properly depict implementing a personal interpretation and mentioning a back story and the culture the character have been growing in. For example I am fairly confident in painting Dwarves and humans, but Elves are more complex to me because, loving the Imaginative Realism style, it is still too complex to me to depict a culture that's several thousands years old without falling in common cliches.
9. What other book or movies (or anything else) inspire you to create fanart, and why?
I had a brief interest in “Song of fire and Ice” because of the fantasy-medieval setting
10. What art technique is your favorite? Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?
I paint digitally in Photoshop. So it's hard to say I am not trying something new everyday. Every artist has a workflow that suits his/her needs and I am not different but challenging myself is always a good medicine to improve: every few months I search which aspect of my painting is weaker and I work on those through personal artwork.
11. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists?
Do not search “comfort zones”: try something new, seek advices from professionals, post your art in places different from your “Ideal public gathering zone”. Seek for critics.
12. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
- a picture that fits your current mood?
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
13. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.
I had a classical training in painting when in the Fine Arts academy, so I find inspiration in classical art: Caravaggio, Vermeer, Michelangelo... More modern artist are also in my library, such as Norman Rockwell, Donato Giancola, John Howe, Maciej Kuciara.
14. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?
Take a look at Andra Piparo's Art. He's really good: www.andreapiparoart.it/
15. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?
Well, being an artist is fun and exiting, but every artist need a fanbase to continue doing what the public enjoys: new art. If you like my art, please consider supporting me by buying a print or commission a new painting tailored to your budget and needs. More info can be found here: goo.gl/R1JLp9
Thank you for your time and answers!