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Talks with Tolkien artists: M-azuma

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 15, 2018, 1:24 PM


Manga is an important part of japanese culture, and so it is no surprise that the japanese artist :iconm-azuma: - M-azuma uses this style to express her love for Tolkien's world and characters, to explore the realtionships between Elves and Men in her comic Seven Songs around elves and men or in other pictures in her Tolkien fan-art gallery, both serious and humorous:

Seven songs around men and elves by M-azuma Thranduil in battle armour by M-azuma
Evenstar and Greenleaf by M-azuma
hairdressing by M-azuma Aragorn and Legolas 1 by M-azuma
Summer by M-azuma Autumn crown for father by M-azuma

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

I’m Japanese fan-artist of Tolkien’s works. Usually I’m in Pixiv or Twitter.

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

The first time I learnt about dA was in a class about the foreign pop-culture when I was a student. Though I'd already been drawing fan-art of LOTR among Japanese fandom ( websites, pixiv, and Comic-market) at that time, I hoped more people to see my pictures.
So I tried dA from that time.

My username, M-azuma, is simply short for my Japanese HN, Midori Azuma.
Midori means ‘green' and Azuma means ‘east' in Japanese.

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

From PJ's movies.
My mother introduced the LOTR movie to me, and soon I was attracted by Middle-Earth and characters in there.

4. How much did the movies influence your imagination when reading the books?

The visual image is so powerful. It influenced most of the scenery and characters (also clothes, architectures, and so on).

When I read the books after seeing the movie, I naturally imagine movie-like appearance even about those who are not in the PJ's trilogy.
For example, most of elves in my image have long hair with braids and half-uped.

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?

When I first read the Tolkien's books (LotR), I was confused because there were many strange names, words and languages. Next I read “Hobbit” , “the Silmarillion” and “ the Unfinished Tales”. At that time, I got to know more about Middle-Earth.

But there was some help of forerunners.
In 2002 ~ 2005, there were many Japanese fan-sites which deal with not only LotR but also Hobbit and Silmarillion. Fan-artists draw the characters like Feanor, Fingolfin, Thingol, and Luthien in each their images.
By borrowing their visual-image, I could easily remember a lot of characters in such a way to memorize comic-characters.
That's why elves in my fan-art have Japanese comic-like faces :) (Smile)

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Legolas ! Not only because of Orland Bloom’s perfect visual but also Legolas’s positive character in books.
He is always cheerful and some kind of other-worldly.
I like him because he stayed in Middle-Earth until Aragorn’s death and took Gimli to the West.

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 difficult to answer… Now I’m hoping to be a professional comic artist in Japan. But I’m still just an assistant cartoonist. Sometimes I publish my own comic-works. But fan-art is only hobby.

From when I was a child, I’ve been drawing comics and the artist who mostly influenced me is CLAMP, the Japanese comic artist group.

8. How do you choose which characters to illustrate?

It depends on mood of that time.
Sometimes I draw picture on special date that is mentioned by Tolkien. For example, May 1st is the crowning of King Elessar and March 1st is both of his birthday and death anniversary. So I drew the suitable pictures for the day.

5/1 Crowning of King Elessar by M-azuma Born and fall of Hope by M-azuma

9. Could you tell us a bit more about your comic series "Seven Songs around elves and men"? What is the idea behind it, and do the seven parts have a common theme connecting them? Also, there are only two posted so far, what about the other 5? Are they not draw yet, or just not translated?

When I first finished reading “the Silmarillion”, I was so impressed by the connection with time and history that were made by Men and Elves.
So I wanted to make a story that connects my favorite characters little by little.
An Omnibus-form seems best for it.

Now there are 6 parts uploaded in dA. (Sorry, I hurried posting the series after receiving this interview ;;) (Wink) The last one is still in translatiion and you may find a common theme of this series when you read last episode.

Seven Songs around Men and Elves ep3 page7 by M-azuma Seven Songs around Men and Elves ep4 page9 by M-azuma

(note to readers unfamiliar with manga: the panels should be read from right to left)

10. While the Seven Songs are rather nostalgic and serious, there are also quite a few idylic or humorous pictures of Lotr characters in your gallery. I'm always interested to ask people who draw humorous pictures - how do you come up with the jokes?

Well… I don’t even know the answer myself!
May be I think like this; “It’ll be lovely if the characters do such a things” or “This is the funniest scene in book. Don’t you think so?”

Hobbit at X'mas by M-azuma I go to find the sun by M-azuma

11. You are from Japan and manga is a part of your culture. What do you think about the synthesis of Tolkien and manga style?

Yes, it is. I think that manga style has some advantage in drawing especially fantasy world like Middle-Earth. It is so difficult to portray too beautiful things like elves, but manga- style makes it possible by drawing characters in some kind of deformation.

In addition, Manga is familiar to people in Japanese fandom.
Although Fan-fiction of Tolkien's works may be difficult to approach for some people, I think that Manga- style lowers a hurdle.
I want more people to be interested in Tolkien's world just like I was helped by fan-art.

12. What other book or movies (or anything else, if there are some) inspire you to create fanart, and why?


Fantasy books like Harry Potter series and Dragonlance are interesting to me.
Also movies like Marvel, StarWars and others.
The story which has a lot of characters and much room for imagination makes me creative.

Master and Apprentice by M-azuma Tanis and Frint and Tasselhof by M-azuma
 
13. 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?


It is the style of Comics and Animations in Japan. I’d like to make this grow forever and ever.
At the same time, I want to adopt the styles like concept art or realistic image.

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

I don’t have any tips enough of those about.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Seven songs around men and elves by M-azuma

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Poster illust at Tolkien pettit only event by M-azuma

16. 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 friends and family in real life are definitely supportive for me. And fan-artists in other SNS (ex. Pixiv, Twitter, Weibo) are also important to me. Their works and love for the favorite characters always remind me of a new viewpoint. In Tolkien's fan activity, it is one of reason why I read the books again and again. The other's passion advances my passion.

17. 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?


They has been already evaluated enough, but the artists whom I like are;
EKukanova :iconekukanova:
@Ilixwing :iconilxwing:

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

Thank you for watching. I'm happy to get to know many fans of Tolkien through the Internet!

Thank you for your time and answers!


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Talks with Tolkien artists: Sempern0x

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 4, 2018, 2:05 PM


There are different kinds of artists: some only paint landscapes or architecture, and others focus on portraits. In this issue of Talks with Tolkien artists, I talked to a portraitist of Tolkien's characters, :iconsempern0x: - Sempern0x. You can see all of them in her Tolkien gallery:

Finrod and the Nauglamir by Sempern0x Varda by Sempern0x
Finwe by Sempern0x Luthien by Sempern0x
Manwe by Sempern0x Orom - Huntsman of the Valar by Sempern0x
Melian by Sempern0x Glorfindel + Flower crown by Sempern0x

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

I'm Lisa, 21, from Belgium. I'm in my first year of college right now studying to become a high school teacher for English and history. Those were the two subjects I was best at and the ones I was most interested in as well.

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

I wanted a bit of an outlet for my drawings. I used to have account long ago, but I started all anew when I started to draw more seriously. The very last drawing that's in my gallery is a bit of a 'remnant' from my old style.
Veins by Sempern0x
I don't really remember why I chose this username. I guess I was still in my emo phase and decided to make 'always night' into Sempern0x, don't ask me why the 0. I don't know.

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

I was already drawing elves before I got to know Tolkien's work. People kept on telling me to watch it. I finally did when I was 13 or so when it was on tv. I only got to see The Fellowship right until Bree back then, but we had the DVDs at home so I decided to watch them on my own them. I immediately fell in love. I loved how rich the world felt and how every character already felt so familiar at a first watching.

4. How much did the movies influence your imagination when reading the books?

For Lord of the Rings I was definitely extremely influenced by what I'd seen in the movies. I kept trying to recall how the characters had looked in the movies. And for characters that weren't in the movies I just kinda imagined further on what I already knew.
But for The Hobbit and The Silmarillion I backed off a little from that singular vision and started to imagine more of my own things.

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?

As I am quite a history nerd and willingly read history books in my free time I had no trouble reading those books. I loved it.
My knowledge is a bit muddled at times since I have a chaotic mind. So I tend to go back to the lotr wiki a lot to check that what I put out isn't wrong.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

I honestly couldn't choose. Even characters I don't particularly like I still admire for their complexity. Though I guess among my favourites are Finrod, Haleth, Nerdanel, Éowyn, Faramir and Aragorn.
Haleth by Sempern0x

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?

I draw only in my free time. I'm just a student so I have to really watch my time and energy for drawing. But I've always been drawing. My mom says it's like I must've once picked up a crayon when I was little and I never let go of it anymore. My style has been influenced by quite a lot. The way I draw hair is still like when I drew manga. There's tidbits of every piece of art I see that somehow ends up in my own drawings. Technique-wise I mean.

8. How do you choose which characters to illustrate?

Randomly, really. I go through my references folder and select a picture I like and somewhere along the process I decide what character I feel most like drawing in that moment. Goes for my entire drawing process, the hair, the clothes, the jewelry and the colors. I don't have enough patience to take a long time planning everything.

9. Why portraits? That's almost the only kind of art we can find in your gallery...

To be very honest: I just never really practiced drawing anything else. I'm trying to draw more varied poses and to slowly go to full bodies, but it's going slowly as I need the energy and motivation to draw more.

10. Recently you moved on from Tolkien's elves to much more detailed busts of the Valar and Maiar. What caused this shift?

Just like my drawing process: randomly. I used a reference picture which was more than just the head and I decided to go with it and that became my Arien. I hadn't expected it to work out so well, so I'm happy people liked the final product as much as I did. So after that I decided to keep on drawing busts.

Arien - Spirit of Fire by Sempern0x

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

Oh, almost anything I see or read. Dragon Age is one of my major other fandoms.

nobility costume design #1 by Sempern0x

My playthrough with my human Inquisitor Gorgo is one I illustrate a lot even when those drawings don't always end up on DA.
Other things that inspire me are Mass Effect, Skyrim, The Witcher, Narnia, Trudi Canavan's works and a whole lot of k-dramas and k-pop. History is also a huge factor since it's what helps me to think of clothes and hairstyles to draw.

12. 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 art technique is the one I use now, though I'm not sure how I'd describe it. Once I find a way of drawing/colouring I like, I tend to stick with it for a long time too. But I'm always willing to learn new stuff and make progress.

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

The only tip I'd have is to just experiment with lots of techniques and styles and create whatever makes you happy!

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

Nerdanel by Sempern0x
This was the first portrait I drew after a long hiatus of having not much energy so I was really happy and proud that it had worked out well.

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

Athena by Sempern0x
I drew this for a college presentation and I'm glad I managed to draw one of my favourite goddesses like this.

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Arachne (design sketch) by Sempern0x
I'm in the mood for some doodling and sketching.

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Yavanna - Queen of the Earth by Sempern0x

I always get so frustrated with drawing flowers and plants because what in the world am I supposed to draw in between the flowers??

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

VAIR - The Weaver by Sempern0x
My last picture so far and one where I spent a really long time getting all that embroidery on her clothes...

15. 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 friends were definitely a great support as well as people I know on Tumblr who encourage me. I always feel motivated when I read comments or tags wherein people say they like my drawings! On DA I haven't really interacted with people enough to really pinpoint someone...

16. 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?

Not that she doesn't get enough attention, but she's probably one of my favourite artists on here: kimberly80

Aragorn by kimberly80

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

Keep on dreaming and imagining. Together we're keeping Tolkien's legacy and world alive and it's truly an amazing thing.

Thank you for your time and answers!


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Banner 01 by MirachRavaia

The theme for June and July is Songs. Thanks to Shire Rose for the suggestion!

Songs have been used since language was invented, and for a wide variety of reasons. Some songs preserve history, or make it easier to remember a list. A love song can melt our hearts, while a battle song can stir us to action. Others are cautionary tales, and some are purely for entertainment.

There is no end to the ways that songs can be used. Perhaps a Gondorian farmer sings to himself to help keep a steady rhythm as he harvests his grain. Sailors from Dol Amroth might sing a chanty together as they hoist the sails at the start of a journey up the Anduin, to help them coordinate their efforts. An Elvish maid waking through the woods of Lothlorien might sing The Lay of Luthien as she dreams of finding her own true love. A fussy child of Harad might be soothed by the lullaby sung by her father. A young girl of Rohan might sit by a roaring bonfire as she listens to the Riders singing of glorious battles of old.

We invite you to put on your favorite playlist and let it inspire your imagination!

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Send your entries to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the entry can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Please mind our rules when submitting your entries for the contest.

Happy writing and drawing!

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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:
:iconmagusverus: :iconleptitsuisse1912: :iconteradiam:
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!


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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.

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Nimrodel by Mellaril

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