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"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."
-J.R.R.Tolkien

Most authors dream of having their stories illustrated.
- Linda Hoyland, fanfiction author

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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

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:bulletgreen: fanfiction stories

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:bulletgreen: 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)

:bulletgreen: 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.)

:bulletgreen: 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.

:bulletgreen:B2MeM: Every year in March, the The Silmarillion Writers' Guild organizes a Back to Middle-earth Month. This folder is for the entries created for it. (You can submit also entries from previous years)

:bulletgreen: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.

:bulletred:ABOUT SLASH: We do not accept slash fanfiction and illustration in our main gallery. However, we have a special folder for slash art and fanfiction in our favourites. That way, people who do not like it, can watch the group safely, but if you like it, you know where to find it.
We accept illustrations for slash stories that don't depict slash itself in the gallery, but the link to the story in the artist's comments should be marked as slash.

:bulletred:Please, no Mary Sues in pictures or stories!

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SOME OTHER FANFICTION ARCHIVES WHERE YOU CAN LOOK FOR INSPIRATION:

:bulletgreen: fanfiction.net - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
:bulletgreen: Stories of Arda
:bulletgreen: The Silmarillion Writers' Guild


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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)

Rohirrim journal skin.

Horse head © 2009 - Grinmir-stock
Texture by kizistock
Knotwork by gbrgraphix
Teitho


Have you ever felt Out of Place? The answer is probably yes - whether rarely or often, everybody has experienced that feeling at some point in their life. But I hope you won't feel like that writing your story for this February challenge!

This can be a theme about different races and cultures. An Elf among Hobbits would probably feel as much out of place as a Man among Dwarves, or a Rohirrim in Harad. The customs, the language, the food: many things can differ between the different cultures, and Middle-earth is home to many of them. We know about Aragorn that he traveled far in it, and we also know about Legolas' travels with Gimli after the end of the war. Did they feel out of place during those travels, and did they overcome that feeling? That is a question you can explore in your art or story.

But it's not only distant lands where one can feel out of place. That feeling can be experienced even in the land one considers home, among friends or family. It can be the returning from a long travel, when one realizes that while the place where he returned didn't change, he did, and it will never be the same for him. It can be something else that suddenly changes, and sometimes that change might not even be visible. The opposite to being out of place is a sense of belonging, and that's something one can get with time, but also lose.

Here are the stories for this month:

A Dark-Adapted Eye
Alone in the Dark
Arrival
A Stranger Grown
A Stranger in a Strange Land
Belonging
Council Meetings
Finally Home
For Is He Not of the Children of Luthien
Gather Ye Rose Buds While Ye May
In this Strange Land
Out of Place
Out of time
Sheeps in the Night
The bond of friendship

And the authors:

Cassie Hughes
Elessar's Daughter
Gemstarzah
Karri
Kiara Kay
Linda Hoyland
My Blue Rose
Myliell
Nath
Nieriel Raina
Noldesse
Rebecca Belton
Rhymer
Telemachus
Wynja2007

The voting will take place until March 16th. Send us your top 3 stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com.

Happy reading!


Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach


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Teitho


I hope you won't take our theme for March literally. The theme is Sickness as suggested by Lily.

It can be a rather straigtforward theme - if you want it to be. Everyone has been sick at least a few times, and it's easy to imagine Tolkien's characters in such situation. Elves are an exception - they supposedly don't get sick from natural causes, but that still leaves some unnatural causes to your fantasy (dark magic? poison? maybe the sealonging can be viewed as a sickness as well?). Middle-earth is based on our world, and one can assume that the same bacteria and viruses would plaque its non-elvish population as to plaque us. But some types of sickness don't have an equivalent in our world, and our medicine would not be able to deal with them, like Frodo's illness in the anniversaries of his injuries.

Besides a disease though, there can be also other forms of sickness, which are more about the state of the mind. Remember the dragon-sickness of Thorin, or madness of Denethor, for example. Even a simple home-sickness falls into this cathegory. The land can get sick as well: imagine the scars that Sauron's rule left in Mordor, the Brown lands that used to be the Ent-wives' gardens once, or what Saruman was able to do in the Shire in even a short time. A sick land can be healed just like a sick person, but it can take much, much longer - and just like with human healing, some scars are left forever.

The deadline for this challenge is March 25th (Tolkien reading day!), but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of :iconarda-inspired:: . The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments. The 1st place winner will receive 100 dA points from MirachRavaia!

P.S. March is also Back to Middle-earth month. The 2015 theme is "Tharbad's Greenway Spring Faire" - a big marketplace with prompts and fanworks for all! The full rules can be found here.

P.P.S. not really serious note from Mirach: This theme would be great for a House MD in Middle-earth crossover :D Would someone like to write that? *puppy eyes*


Happy writing and drawing!
Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach


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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my work :heart:
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BranBolger Featured By Owner May 4, 2014

To anyone who reads this:

do you like to design fantasy characters, or do you simply like to draw digitally?

i need somebody that is willing to design the artwork for the cards and the other elements for the game that i’m making. i can’t pay you for it, because i’m only 14 years old, but if i ever get to publish the game, i will contact you to make arrangements. if you are interested in working with me, contact me atelphirstudios@gmail.com. You can also contact me on my facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Elphirs…) or my google+ (plus.google.com/u/0/b/11604482…)

also, if you know somebody that would maybe be interested, send them there!


the game that i’m making takes place in middle earth, so the style would be similar to Alan Lee’s and Jhon Howe’s, although the characters are not those appearing in the books or films.


a couple of examples of the style that I’m looking for:elifsiebenpfeiffer.deviantart.…

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HazelNutsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!  I'm looking for someone who knows Tengwar to help me with writing a phrase in Sindarin, just wondering if anyone in this group is familiar with it or knows someone else who is?  Thanks! :D (Big Grin)
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's actually not that hard, there are a few nice tutorials that can help you:
TUTORIAL: How to write Elvish by snurtz A Guide to Tengwar by Akinyi-Mojiko
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HazelNutsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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legolaslover2003 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soooo I tried to submit something for the December art portion of Teitho and it says I can't because I've submitted something in the last 30 days.
Any suggestions?

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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The limit for the Teitho folder is 2 per month, but you apparently submitted the previous entry twice, and although it can be accepted only once, the submission counts towards the limit. Try it now, I set the limit to 3.
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legolaslover2003 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow really?  Huh... though that's hardly surprising... my internet does strange things sometimes.
I've submitted it and didn't get an error this time so maybe it worked, hehehe.
Thanks!

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LotROLaurelin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to be a member of this group.
Thank you.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :heart: !!
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