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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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OUR GALLERY FOLDERS:

:bulletgreen: fanfiction stories

:bulletgreen: poems

:bulletgreen: humorous and crack fanfics

: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 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)


:bulletgreen:The rest of Arda: because I hate declining pictures...

:bulletred: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.

: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: LegendariumStudio

Journal Entry: Tue May 22, 2018, 2:26 AM


This talk will be about a different art form than usually: it's about the synthesis of concept art, artisan crafts, script writing, acting, camera and many other kinds of art and talent in a fan movie. The movie is called The Sunset Kindom, and I strongly recomment you to watch it before reading the talk (it's just a few minutes long, despite the huge amount of work behind it):

www.thesunsetkingdom.com/film


And here I talked to Mark
, the director of Legendarium studio :iconlegendariumstudio: - LegendariumStudio:

Elven Halls miniature by LegendariumStudio Thranduil concept art by LegendariumStudio
Nazgul Crowns by LegendariumStudio Galadriel promo by LegendariumStudio


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

Well, my name is Mark, and I`m a director of Legendarium Studio — a group of multi-skilled fans of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Our main interest concerns visual aspect of Middle-Earth: we`re really keen on costumes, props and armor. By the way, I`m an architect, so WETA`s miniatures struck me really hard. Two years ago we set a goal to shoot a short fan-video about events that took place in Mirkwood during The War of the Ring. This is a story about Thranduil`s struggle with orcs sent to conquer Woodland Realm. Also there`re some additional storylines such as Glorfindel`s clashing with Nazguls. The premiere screaning was in December 2017 in the chief local cinema. Now we`re working on an original short-film which will be a screen version of my own graphic novel.

Barad-Dur miniature by LegendariumStudio Glorfindel promo by LegendariumStudio
Thranduil Throne by LegendariumStudio

I will get to the questions about the movie soon, but first let me ask a bit more about yourself. You joined deviantart only recently. What brought you here and what has been your experience so far?

I can't say I am active Internet user, but sometimes I need to find visual material for my designs. Scrolling pictures in a web browser I noticed that best of them are uploaded to Deviant Art. I decided to join and get what I need from one place instead of constant searching throughout the net.  Actually, for me DA is not only a way to find inspiration, but also to show our works to those who may be interested in. I believe that communication based on common interests gives massive opportunities for work.

How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?

My first meeting with Middle-Earth took place in the early childhood. It was Ralph Bakshi’s cartoon film, which shocked me with its dark aesthetic.  I was pleased to see a lot of similar in Jackson’s trilogy — perhaps he took inspiration from Bakshi’s work. As I remember none other than this cartoon sparked my interest in modeling and cinematographic art. 

What about the books? When did you read them, and did either Bakshi's or Peter Jackon's version influence your imagination of characters and places?

I read “The Lord of the Rings” much later than watched the movies and cartoon, so it undoubtedly influenced pictures which came to me during the reading. But both Sir Jackson and Ralph Bakshi  didn’t touch upon some storylines and characters, so I managed to create them on my own. For example, our Glorfindel is absolutely original.
Glorfindel concept art by LegendariumStudio

What about the Silmarillion and other Tolkien's books?

I  think Silmarillion is really challenging for all who are connected with art. There’re so many stories and characters… Every designer or artist must be truly excited while reading it. As for me, I’m not an exception. I’ve been dreaming of Silmarillion movie since I have met it for the first time (which has happened when I was 12). If we talk about the others professor’s masterpieces, then I’ll make mention of “The Children of Húrin”  and “The Hobbit”, but latter seems to me a bit ingenuous.

So already 12 years old, you knew you wanted to make movies and imagined them while reading the books?

Yes, I always imagine movies or cartoons while reading a book. It helps me to create more spectacular pictures. I try to treat all literary things as potential scripts for movies, so that they become a source of inspiration. My brain automatically starts generating ideas for visual designs, and if the story is really breathtaking I can even forget about the real world. For me film-making has always been a sort of magic that can turn printed sheet into gorgeous performance.

Can you tell us about your artistic journey from imagining movies to actually creating them?

Two years ago I was struck by the idea of making my own Middle-Earth movie. I can’t say why — perhaps, I needed to find a new form to express my personal ambition and passion for Professor’s world.  Obviously, It is difficult to make something more fascinating than Jackson’s version (especially for a cash-strapped fan), so I decided to work in the same style. Despite that, we tried to transform stunning WETA’s designs and make something unique. The idea was to prove that fans can achieve great results if they work together and their enthusiasm is strong. Firstly, we needed a precise graphic conception of the movie and clear identification of the characters. I sketched some concepts which determined the atmosphere and production started. The task for me as an organizer was to gather as many enthusiastic people as I can find. After that everyone was going about his own work, and I needed only to rule the process in general. As a result we get a short video which describes the fading atmosphere of the Third Ade’s ending.

So the prompts and miniatures in your gallery are a result of team work with you as an organizer and concept artist?

Not exactly. I discharge functions of art director as well. It means that designing, casting, making drafts, choosing technologies and materials are included in my duties. I must be able to do everything on my own because only in this case I can control quality of the whole product. I also had to do some handwork. For example, Barad-Dur, Morannon and Orthanc miniatures are entirely made by me.  However, I would not cope with the project without our talented tailors, videographer and fighting scenes director. Also I want to specify the work of Legendarium co-producers, Anna and Ksenia. These fellows are absolutely irreplaceable. 
Tower of Orthanc by LegendariumStudio Morannon Miniature by LegendariumStudio
Barad-Dur details by LegendariumStudio


Thank you for the clarification! So what is the actual process of making a fan movie from the idea to the final result on the screen?

Well, I suppose it’s much more different from a professional film making, but it has some common features. Surely, you need a script (or an exposure sheet in our situation) for a videographer to understand exactly what you want. When the script is ready, you start actor casting. This process has its difficulties caused by the fact that all participants are not professionals.

Another important point is preparation for shooting. Undoubtedly, props and costumes were the most resource-consuming aspect: I mean both time and money.  After all arrangements the shooting phase finally starts. Usually it takes no longer than a few weeks depending on difficulty of current scene.

The last but not the least is postproduction. In “The Sunset Kingdom” videoproject we had two scenes with chromakey background, and it took some time to edit. Color grading was extremely important as we shot scenes in different days with diverse lighting (and even using various cameras). Because of that we had to turn the film into monochromatic scheme with a bright red accent.

All in all, we had a lot of fun. Maybe, you’re interested in any particulars I haven’t mentioned?

Well, I think the most obvious question is money, since filmmaking is one of the most expensive artforms... Did you have a funding campaign or did you pay for everything yourselves?

We had two successful companies on Boomstarter (local analogue of Kickstarter) thanks to which we collected about 500$, but the whole movie budget is 1000$. So we had to pay one half by ourselves. Taking into account the fact that our project have lasted for two years, we could pay by installments and  it wasn’t so disastrous.

Are you a filmmaker also in your professional life, or is it just a hobby?

I am an architect. Filmmaking provides a possibility to create new forms of material culture, as well as architecture does. So it is not a simple hobby, it has strong sense for me.

What about the prompts and miniatures you have created for the movie? Could you tell us more about the process of making them and your inspirations?

All stuff is hand-made, and there are many things we have never created before. For example, Thranduil’s throne was a really challenging task. On the one hand, this is a real-scale set, so its dimensions are about 5 metres height and 5.5 metres width. On the other hand, we needed to transport it from place to place. The solution was to make it portable (6 separate parts) and use bladdery shells. The supporting frame was made of wood and steel, and all decorative elements (including horns) are polyurethane-made. Also we used papier-mache. LOTS of papier-mache.
Another point are Nazgul armor gauntlets which cached a lot of interest of our followers. The technology of making is simple hot pressing with plaster molds. The main difficulty in each situation is to choose the correct way of making.
We take our inspiration from other artists and craftsmen, mainly from WETA’s talented crew. Their works have enormous influence on me and my team.

Thranduil Throne by LegendariumStudio
Nazgul Armor by LegendariumStudio

Are you planning to continue making LotR fan movies or maybe to expand the one you already made?

Making Middle-Earth screen visualizations is really difficult and money-consuming, so we decided to freeze.  Now we’re going to shoot a series of short movies about mysterious world imagined on our own. The main advantage is the fact we won’t need any expensive costumes and decorations — artistic conception will be expressed by checkered light and shade, metaphors and abstract symbols.

Do you have some tips and tricks for other artists and filmmakers you would like to share?

Perhaps I can offer a couple of advices for those who’re going to lead an artistic group.

Concerning teamwork — try to have a deal with those who is interested in it no less than you.

It’s good to have a big working group, but much better to have a small team of really obsessed.  

Get real. Never turn to a job you won’t cope with.

Be self-rigorous. Otherwise you can’t require anything
from others.

Never ask to do anything that you wouldn’t do yourself.

There’re no untalented people, there’re unconcerned ones.

Thank you! Here I would like to give you the space to give credit to your creative group and anyone else who has supported you or your project. Could you introduce them a little?

First of all, many thanks to my closest deputies Anna Vist and Ksenia Starygina who are always ready to cover my back. The project would not be finished without their invaluable help.

Special thanks  to Legendarium Studio crew: artists, designers, costumiers, props-makers, make-up artists and all who had a hand in the movie.

I am also proud to introduce our multi-talented cameraman Igor Tokarev. His patience and industry are beyond praise.

My respects to our fight scenes director Vlad Kazachek, thanks to whom we coped with one of the most difficult part of the project.

The last but not the least — all backers who supported our foundation campaign, especially to Anton Kruglov and Sergey Polyakov. They made it possible to get money for the shooting and let «The Sunset Kingdom» come to life.

Thank you, guys. Together we made a lot, and more to come!

Usually I ask these questions about pictures, but this time I will rather ask about the movie:
 
- which scene are you most proud of?

Talking about the best scene in the video, I think that’s ship leaving Middle-Earth (2:23-2:40)

- which prompt are you most proud of?

Concerning props and costumes, the greatest (and both hardest to make) is obviously Thranduil’s feathered robe:

 Thranduil robe by LegendariumStudio

- which scene was hardest to make?

The most laborious scene was battle in the throneroom (3:23-3:32) — all because of working with chromakey. There’re some mistakes, but in general I think we coped well.

- any other scene or prompt you would like to share with us and why?

Actually, I consider you will like our final teaser:



It is quite dynamic and impressive, and it shows Legendarium Studio’s qualities in the best way.

I know you aren't on deviantart for long, but despite that, are there some artists you know that you think don't have as much attention as they would deserve?

I don't think these artists are lack of attention, but they are really well-deserved:
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Their galleries are absolutely outstanding.

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


Only one thing: if you cannot get yourself into Middle-Earth, make it on your own!

Thank you for your time and answers!


Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
Banner 01 by MirachRavaia

In March and April, we are having a picture challenge. We hope that this picture will be inspiring to you:

Hope imprisoned by MirachRavaia

You can write a story that takes place here, or just let the overall atmosphere inspire you for a story or picture. You can also use the picture as a visual metaphor for events that you will depict - it's only up to you how you will look at it.

And the winners are:

Come Athelas by sian22 3rd place :trophy:
Hope in the Darkness by lotrfan 1st place :trophy:
Shine by Finfinfin 2nd place :trophy:

This month's picture:

Nimrodel by Mellaril 1st place :trophy:
(winning by default)

Nimrodel by Mellaril

If you would like to illustrate any of these stories, you can take part in our special all-year-round artistic challenge!

The Teitho archive does not allow reviews, but as soon as the stories are posted somewhere else online, we will update the stories with a link. Follow us on facebook, tumblr or twitter to get a notification about this!

And this is the winner and participation banner for this challenge:

Untitled by MirachRavaia

Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!

Your Teitho-moderators,
Mirach, Carawyn, Karri, Sian22 and Lotrfan

Banner 02 by MirachRavaia

Talks with Tolkien artists: aegeri

Journal Entry: Sun May 13, 2018, 5:14 AM


:iconaegeri: - aegeri is a great Czech artist and active member of the Tolkien community. Below you can read more about her art and all the other fun things she does, after a few examples from her tolkien gallery (but take a look at her main gallery as well, there is more uncathegorized Tolkien stuff).

(Note: I have translated this interview from Czech, so any mistakes in it are mine, not aegeri's)

Fingolfin and Morgoth by aegeri
The White Tree of Gondor by aegeri Edoras by aegeri
Steward of Gondor by aegeri Earendil by aegeri
Two trees of Valinor by aegeri Varda and stars by aegeri
Feanor and his sons by aegeri sauron and nine mortal men by aegeri

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

Greetings, my name is Lída Holubová, but in our Czech Tolkien/larp community I'm rather known as Aegeri. I come from the western part of Czech republic. It's a beautiful and wild country. But currently I live and work in Prague, where I have stayed after finishing my studies. I have a cat named Cat.

2. What brought you to deviatArt and how did you pick your username?

I used to browse deviantart looking for inspiration since high school - so most probably I got to it through classmates. It's quite a few of years already. Anyhow, I only joined dA about 3 years ago, from my own iniciative - I wanted to draw myself to creation. 

3. How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?

Through the books from the local library. I was around 10-11. I liked reading legends since I was little, it just felt right to me. I was most fascinated by the depth and elaboration. Every time when I returned to the books, I discovered something new, something that had evaded me before. 

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 biggest problem with keeping my own inner pictures was with some places - it would be reason enough that my favourite book illustrators, John Howe and Alan Lee, had been working on the staging. These two artists influenced me most, I used to "learn" to illustrate from their work. So I would rather say that I tried to deal with the images from these illustrators than with the shots from the movies. But the older I am, the more I'm trying to free myself from any source of inspiration from my tolkienistic beginnings. I didn't resist it that much when I was younger.

5. Could you tell us more about Mittalmar, your other Middle-earth related activities and your adventures with tolkienist friends?

Well, Mittalmar is a Czech tolkienistic blog, one of the fractions of the Czech tolkienistic community. Every fraction either organises, or cooperates in organising of different (more or less public) activities around J. R. R. Tolkien. Officially we have the Community of friends of the work of JRRT in Czech republic. There are mettings and cons several times a year, and different thematic concerts or workshops even more often... We also often take part in larps and battles with wooden weapons - so one could say that thanks to Tolkien, I also learnt to sew costumes.

6. 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?

It's not much of a discouragement to me, history has been close to me since I was little. In high school, I voluntarily :) used to borrow books about the crusades, building of cathedrals... all scholarly literature. So my problem after reading Tolkien was rather opposite - to find a suitable book replacement, because everything seemed too little elaborated to me. My knowledge is... well... probably good, illustrating is a very good occassion to review thoroughly. I just can't afford to make mistakes - the book is quite detailed, and people come right away with the classical "but this was different in the book" :D

7. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Definitely Eärendil - his story is amazing, and very good for illustrating. Otherwise I like Éowyn and Faramir very much, for their humanity and melancholic, bittersweet fate. Éowyn is quite close to me with her behavior as well. 

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?

Although I have studied art, I don't work in that area. So it stayed at the hobby level. I have enjoyed drawing and painting since kindergarten, and it accompanies me in my life until now. I'm partially self-taught and something I learnt during my studies. It's also a way of relaxing for me. My main influences were Tolkien illustrators, but also favourite comics artists - like for example Shaun Tan, Moebius, Jiří Grus... Generally I enjoy depicting Tolkien's works in comics form. 

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

It's random, what currently touches my heart. I have a list of scenes from Tolkien's books, but mostly I don't foollow it. It is just random and depends much on mz current mood...

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?

I have three techniques that I use separately and also like to combine them: watercolor, crayons, pen. I keep to them, I understand them, these techniques suit me. I elaborated them during the years. I don't experiment much. 

11. You took part in the Inktober project with a series of 31 pictures from Middle-earth. Was it difficult to keep up with it? Do you recommend taking such a challenge?

Without a full-time job, it wouldn't be a problem. But like this, it was on the edge with time. But I don'tregret it, I'm looking forward to the next year. I certainly recomment it to everyone. It's a great practice.


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

Mostly for the beginners: to not give up and perservere. And always have your eyes open. You learn to paint also by observing the world.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Hobbiton by aegeri

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

The wizard by aegeri

- a picture that fits your current mood?

A Feast in Mirkwood by aegeri

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Earendil and Elwing by aegeri

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

Luthien by aegeri
(it was painted by one beautiful place near Prague :) )

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.

Certainly Šárka :iconsarkaskorpikova:, I still remember her picture of Fangorn
that I encountered while browsing dA during the highschool graphic lessons (secretly, of course). The more fun it was, when she, after I made a dA account, approached me and drew me into the Cyech Tolkien community. Then there is another prominent Czech artist Matěj Čadil :iconmatejcadil: , it is an honor to chat (and organize exhibitions) with such wonderful people. And not just that - we challenge each other to reach higher and higher.

others:
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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?

These people would certainly deserve more attention, their galleries are amazing:
:iconperiannart::iconnieninque-nyerea::iconrioli-ahyaminke::iconqitian::iconmadshuttlecock::iconqueenslandchris::iconelencarnil::iconyeldabon::iconropsik::icontomashijo:

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

Maybe just... thank you. To everyone. I'm glad that my works are inspiring to someone else. And thank you for a chance for this talk. :)

Thank you for your time and answers, too!


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Irsanna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Thanks for the request!
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hushicho Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Call me when you start accepting non-heterosexual content. Cordoning it off into your favourites folder really isn't acceptable, and the whole policy of this group is incredibly heterosexist. Yeah, you'll accept crack pairings and whatever fanfic as long as it's straight, but you have to hide anything non-hetero in a folder in your favourites, not even allowing it in your gallery anywhere when you could just as easily create a folder in that gallery.

Segregating something to that extent is not being accepting or diverse, and it doesn't make you any less offensive for doing it.
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, you are actually right. The problem is, there is *always* someone who finds something offensive. We have tried to appease all parties, and when my co-founder was still active, that rule was a result of our discussion as a compromise of our opinions. We feared that allowing slash art might be a bit discriminating to other artists, because by definition, all of such art is "between the lines" and therefore acceptable, while a lot of "canon" art isn't. But as we didn't get many submissions of slash art anyways, I think it is safe to change the rule (I considered doing it for some time already). We will see how it works - sexual content of any kind is not the group's primar focus, and I hope it will stay so, but an occassional submission of it should be alright.
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hushicho Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry, I know I sounded fairly harsh there. It was a day when I was reminded of the very ugliest side of the Middle-Earth fandom, and a huge amount of that is incredibly homophobic. Ironically one of the biggest haters out there is a user named Faerietopia -- go figure, right? -- who has one of the groups involved in the 'never before seen' art event coming up, which at first I was eager to do...and then I lost all my drive after seeing so much hate. I really do like doing Middle-Earth inspired work, but sometimes the fandom just kills any joy in me. I was incredibly unhappy and irritated.

I think honestly non-hetero art doesn't have to be necessarily sexual in nature. I've seen 'homosexual' bizarrely conflated with 'pornography' (and of course other delightful terms such as 'hate speech' and 'blasphemy', on one of the sadder Tolkien groups), but there are so very many things to do with gay content that isn't at all sexual, or at least not explicit. Since DA's policy forbids explicit sex pieces anyway, it's one of the reasons why I kind of feel mentioning it again in groups is kind of redundant. I just really don't think that having a folder for it would really upset anyone, especially on a group where the content is inspired by Middle-Earth.

Honestly, to tell you my story, I always found myself more inspired by Middle-Earth and where it made my imagination go than I really read the stories. I let my mind wander a bit, with the setting, and I remember all those wonderful, magical adventures. I think Middle-Earth is fantastic as inspiration, and it can lay the seed for so many glorious things.

Thank you for being an admirable voice of reason here, and thank you as well for your patience with a confessed Middle-Earth lover who was having a very, very bad day in the fandom.
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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.…

digital-fantasy.deviantart.com…
dleoblack.deviantart.com/art/O…
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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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