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Do you believe that art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?

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[Galleries Month]

The deviantART related gallery is one that isn't limited to a certain style or medium. Any kind of art that can be found in a specific gallery, can also be found here. This explain the great diversity among this gallery, but also makes it difficult to explain what dAr is with one sentence. Beside that dAr comes with a few unique galleries that offer artworks to customize your experience within deviantART. It's a community based gallery.
These two articles Part 1 & Part 2 give you an overview of the single categories where you can find and submit deviantART related art to.

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:bulletblack: A visual representation of what you feel identifies you.
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Project Educate: deviantID || PE: deviantIDs

If the past were offered me again by Muse1908 ID by dustsplatProfile Piiic Update by nicholaskole + Mox - Animated Glowing Aura by moxiv Artist by griffsnuff 

Beside the categories you can find within the main deviantART related galleries, you can also find single ones as part of other main galleries. Below you see an overview where you could submit or find more dAr artworks.
deviantART Tutorials once have been part of the dAr galleries, but have been moved to be at one place with all other resources. Additionally a bunch of sub-categories got added to make it easier for your to search certain tutorials.

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Film & Animation

:pointr: Animation
  • 2D
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Both with a 'Devious Fun' category.
:pointr: Film
  • Series
  • Stop Motion
  • Super 8
  • Video

All with 'Devious Fun' and 'Devmeets' categories.

So a lot is happening! School starts up on the twenty-fifth. My birthday is on the twenty-sevenhappy DA B-day :3 . :iconmingcryplz: I'll be sixteen, so I guess that's somewhat important(Or something, I don't really know these days.) 

To celebrate, I'm taking requests! :D 

Plus, I need something to do when I'm procrastinating on future school work(And vise versa :iconmingplz:)

Swingin' On a Star _revamp_ RULES~Swingin' On a Star _revamp_ 

My Purple Bullet - F2U! Please Watch Me (And please don't unwatch as soon as you get your request... :-/ That's not cool, dude.)
Sea Green Bullet - F2U! Fav This Journal
Light Purple Bullet - F2U! Leave a comment on this journal! (Do not note me unless I ask you to. Please, I try to keep that clean as possible.)

Iphone maniac emoticon THINGS I ASK OF YOUR COMMENTIphone maniac emoticon 
Dark Purple Dot Bullet - F2U! Please include a few references of what you want. If you prefer descriptions, please make it detailed. Don't hold back I love to read.
Turquoise Bullet - F2U! Don't Rush me, or give me a time it must be done by.
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! Don't panic if I don't reply! :3 I will mostly likely only reply to those I won't do, or when I have a question. So take silence as a good thing!
Light Purple Bullet - F2U! Please Specify; Who you want drawn;        How you want them drawn(Fullbody, chibi, bust shot, etc);        A few words of their personality;        Any Pose Ideas?

Soulmates THINGS I WILL DOSoulmates 
My Purple Bullet - F2U! Shounen-Ai
Turquoise Bullet - F2U! Shouja-Ai
Light Purple Bullet - F2U! OCxOC
Dark Purple Dot Bullet - F2U! OCxCannon
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! CannonxCannon 
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! Humans
My Purple Bullet - F2U! Blood.
Sea Green Bullet - F2U! Creepypasta OCs
Light Purple Bullet - F2U! Most OCs
My Purple Bullet - F2U! Het

:angry: THINGS I WON'T DO :angry: 
Orange Dot Bullet - F2U! Yaoi
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! Yuri
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Hentai(Yes. I use the terms correctly. I'm a writer, what do you expect?)
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! Animals. (I can ATTEMPT anthro. No promises)
Orange Dot Bullet - F2U! Hate art. (Don't care. You'll look like a moron if you think I'll get banned over your ass.)
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! Fetish art. (Don't even ask. Feet, inflation, rape. No.)
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Anything having an OC that deals with offensive lines of work.(KKK, Nazis, etc..)
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! Homophobic work. (Such as those comics you see around here)
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Anything political.
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! Pokemon(I suck at them.)

I usually can finish a sketch in a few hours if left alone. Line and coloring takes another few. I can usually finish one and start on the second in a day.
My style is changing constantly. I improve with each picture, so don't be shy!
I will do WHATEVER it is in my power to avoid drawing hands and bare feet. :-/ You can tell by looking at my gallery.
I USE POSE REFERENCES. Some of the poses I use are from bases. Do NOT assume I did your's on a base. I only used it as a reference for the pose.
You can ask for more than one drawing! :D I can fit about three characters on one sheet of my sketchpad. So, three characters at MOST for one drawing~
It MIGHT be animated. Depends on what I'm doing.
This is to practice anatomy and coloring. It won't be perfect, but it will be as close as I can get.

Angel Without Wings - 2014 Feature 10

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 11:57 AM

Who are Angels without Wings?

They are those fellow deviants:

:bulletpink: who more or less regularly feature other deviants
:bulletpink: who always willingly give tips, hints, helpful comments
:bulletpink: who answer at least a fair amount of the comments they get
:bulletpink: who give kind and or uplifting words where they see its needed
:bulletpink: who feature and pimp projects and deviants who need support/help
:bulletpink: who take the time to suggest DD's on a more or less regular base
:bulletpink: who take the time to suggest seniority every now and then
:bulletpink: who give fair and helpful critiques (whether official or not)
:bulletpink: or what else helpful, kind, supporting they might do

You can read all about it Here


Every first weekend of the month 4 deviants will be awarded with a pair of wings and get
featured by Nameda and her fellow Gangstas of love (in alphabetical order):

ANGELICA-LILY Angelles-LaVeau Annissina Bushaqua CelestialMemories DAnnsCreations davincipoppalag Dieffi DigithalieEgil21 :dev emerald-depths: Etsuko-Hime EveLivesey gigi50 iDJPanda kvdolan MayEbony msfowle  MYPeanutGallery PhotographsByBri PurpleInk777 RoseCS ShackledMuse signmeupscotty Sserenita Stygma suezn Tales-of-Tao TheGalleryOfEve TheRafflesia Tigles1Artistry  WishmasterAlchemist

On Hiatus for the time being: Tricia-Danby  

Wanted: New Gangstas of Love! If you'd like to :love: spread the joy :love: of featuring new Angels Without Wings apply now! It's a simple task that you need to do once every 2 weeks. Journal content is given to you, complete. Just choose 3 deviations from each of the new Angels galleries to add to the journal, upload it to your own account, and notify the new Angels of their feature. Simply note ---> :iconnameda: to apply.


Now without further delay on to the 4 brand new angels:

:clap::clap::clap: congrats everyone :clap::clap::clap:
:love::love::love: it's a delight to award you with the wings you so deserve :love::love::love:
remember you now can display the AWW stamp on your frontpage, in your journal or ID :D


Angel without Wings Award by Nameda:iconganjamira: nominated by FTSArts

Marika has to be unique in the whole of dA, and perhaps anywhere!  She spends her own money and time on free commissions for her watchers, and on members of the group SantaDoesExist, for which she is the driving force in promoting the group, bringing in new members and keeping it a supergroup.  She also does monthly crafting material giveaways for deviants who don't have the money to get those materials themselves. These sets are not cheap, and she ships them worldwide to the winners. She loves getting creativity to blossom and spread, and has never been seen to say no to anyone who asks for help.  A lot of artists like to keep their secrets close to themselves, but Marika is kindness and generosity embodied!  Marika takes the money she gets from her own commissions and recycles it back to other members here on dA.  She usually has thousands of messages in her notification centre, but answers them all.  She couldn't be more down to earth, friendly and approachable!  Many deviants have seen their own skills improve so much because of Marika's generous tips and kind assistance. She is deeply loved by all of her watchers for the lavish, kind and loving attention she gives to every single person.

Fairymoon - Pendant with Crystal and Moonstone by GanjamiraDark Triad - Commission for ~eaper by Ganjamira
Chocobo! - OOAK Posable Doll by GanjamiraAutumn Soul - handcrafted Pendant by Ganjamira


Angel without Wings Award by Nameda:iconschnitzelyne: nominated by StaceyEleven

Schnitzelyne is an incredibly friendly and helpful person who answers all of her messages in the kindest possible manner. She puts a huge amount of effort into finding under-appreciated artists, and featuring and exposing other's artwork, that it was time she got the spot-light turned on her and her own good deeds for a change. She makes a lot of features, usually every second day, and often tries to find unknown deviants to support, as well as those whose art deserves more attention. Her features are a pure art form in themselves with each deviation carefully placed to showcase it to its best advantage, along with those around it. Schnitzelyne suggests Daily Deviations when she can as well. She is a truly beautiful person, replying to almost all the comments she gets, and writes critiques from time to time, even offering on her profile page that she will write critiques on request. Schnitzelyne is also a volunteer with ProjectEducate, as well as admin of another 6 groups. If anyone is truly generous and giving of heart, Schnitzelyne is definitely that person.

Evening by Schnitzelyne135 by Schnitzelyne
Colourdrops by SchnitzelyneLittle Heart by Schnitzelyne


Angel without Wings Award by Nameda:iconarte-de-junqueiro: nominated by MayEbony

Dear Mel is one of the most kind and supportive friends you could ever wish to have. I know that he's been there for me, and others, when they've been down or worried. He has such a supportive attitude that gives you hope for the future but, more importantly, strength for what you are going through right now. I know that Mel is the most amazing person in that, when he finds difficulties in life, he remains positive and kind and never runs anyone down. Mel also has a really generous heart in the comments and replies that he gives - his words are always so very genuine, supportive and kind. And as if that wasn't enough, he also gifts many of his photos to friends as gifts or birthday presents, and shares his photographic techniques freely in answer to any questions. Mel truly is an Angel Without Wings and my life is all the richer for his friendship.

A Palace in Monza Park by Arte-de-JunqueiroBelieve by Arte-de-Junqueiro
Gaivota by Arte-de-JunqueiroFresh coffee or Moon Shine? by Arte-de-Junqueiro  

Angel without Wings Award by Nameda:iconbrookette: MayEbony

Dear Brooke is a Volunteer♥ in the artisan crafts area, and is unbelievably friendly, helpful and kind. She also has a bright and sunny personality which bubbles through so much in all of her interactions with others. Brooke is a rare and wonderful person in that she answers *all* of her messages, which is no mean task. As an admin with 8 groups, including ProjectEducate, and the heavy workload involved in receiving DD suggestions, she gets more messages than many could cope with! Even with all of this, and a 'real life' too, she creates the most beautiful and inspiring crafts and art works of her own. She's one very popular lady, and deservedly so! Brooke creates regular beautiful and thoughtful features to promote all facets of Hand Craft, and the artisans who create them. She is so cheery and encouraging towards everyone and their talents - both experienced artisans, and new. Nobody could ask for a better CV or more loving friend than sweet Brooke. She has even crocheted some friends' avatars as 3D amigurumis and gifted them. That's the generous, thoughtful, kind and loving Angel that she is!

2013 Summary of Art by BrooketteFreedom's Song Shawl by Brookette
Star Doll by BrooketteMayEbony by Brookette


:love::love: Wanted – Nominations for new Angels Without Wings :love::love:
If you know any deserving deviants who meet the criteria at the top of this journal, please tell us!  We are always looking for new Angels to award.

Simply Note :iconnameda: :icondieffi: :iconmayebony: or :iconthegalleryofeve: with ‘AWW Suggestion’ as the subject, along with at least 5 sentences telling us why the deviant deserves to earn their Wings.  Please, one suggestion per Note only!

If you do suggest, please have a look to make sure the nominee's good deeds are visible for everyone visiting their pages!!  Everyone needs to clearly see why the person deserves their Award.


Art by TheGalleryOfEve | Coding by SimplySilent

Traditional Tuesdays # 77

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 6:39 PM
**WARNING: Viewing these works of art may cause giddiness, elevated heart rates, and happiness in the pants(which could lead to blindness)! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!**

I'd like to welcome you to the seventy seventh edition of this article. The first Traditional Tuesdays feature came out on Nov. 15 2011, and I can honestly say that I didn't think it would last this long. The night I started this feature, I was bored and just browsing around the Traditional Gallery. I was finding all kinds great artwork, that for one reason or another I couldn't/wouldn't give a DD. It could be because they had a DD recently, but mainly it was for a link to go back and see what they created next, and if they took it to the next level. Now it's more for artwork that I no longer have time to DD, I can't DD everything! I still find the article fun to do, and I'll keep doing it until it no longer is. So.... here is eighteen works of art that I thought you should see. I can't trust all of you all with anymore awesomeness, you might hurt yourself! I hope you enjoy and find new things to love! Anyway, on with the show!

mermaid tattoo by NikaSamarina A Private Party by yantotzkie
Self Portrait - Finished by kemiking
Painting Peonies with Beetroot and Tea by Heliocyan Rising by evincent
Rain by David681
She is not me by Julliane ALLEGORY OF DRAWING by jairolago
Origins by paulypants
River...night... by StudioUndertheMoon Barthelemy, still working at 69. by Stelf-2014
star rain by kosharik69
Acidrain2 by jenthestrawberry Cyber by rainbowtse
Mad Seed - Garden Fauna by MadGardens
Girl in gold by kovacsannabrigitta If They Could Talk 2 by jacintojc
Blinded by 13Enemies

Stay crazy

Daily Lit Recognition for August 20th, 2014

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

You can show your support by :+favlove:ing this News Article.

Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!


Featured by: chromeantennae

she has rainy brown eyes and a muddy smilesummer sighs satisfied and gathers her scattered
self in a worn leather suitcase,
her constant cloudless mood
lets her be ready
for next year
and the year after that
they all lament at her leave
and openly wail at
 autumn's peevish arrival
(she was too shy to storm in as winter always did)
but she tries so hard to redress for
the chill of her heart,
painting avidly to give them the colors
she never understood.

she has rainy brown eyes and a muddy smile by wickedcurly

The imagery of this piece is so beautiful 
and honest. It's a very subtle, 
yet striking piece of poetry.

Featured By: AyeAye12

SLEEX MCKLEEXall leather aside
we're talking  plates of meat
factored in from  unfunny farm
the funeral sleekness of the surgical boot
has build widget to sink any u-boat of romantic light
2 images
with news flashes attached
Image one-
sound of coin drop in hollow plastic
in 1 of em callipered kid  piggy banks by
the sick joke shop door
ventril(can't spell ventriloquistt) dummy sneering out 
of the window
Newsflash-every 8th person in Middlesbrough town is differently abled
image two
poster on window reads
a brown bee
is a scotch scorpion
is an earwig town
called Dumbarton
with a  lullaby
that's a thundering
on the eardrum
They looks like the means business so the earwigs do in the aural garden of rosy sound
the poisonous vision has turned the black bits of my eyes rectangular- natures wide screen  like in sheep or in em toads

SLEEX MCKLEEX by TheAnimalsRight

Experimental spelling makes for an 
abstract poem that terrifically 
conveys an anti-meat message.

Suggested by: MagicalJoey

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

love letters to introvertsi.
To the boy who prefers spending Friday nights at home:
the world does not understand how beautiful silence sounds
As you crack open that book you've been waiting to read,
  or plug in your computer,
    or listen to music,
or just maybe stare that the night sky from your bedroom window-
(please) remember what everyone else seems to forget;
that being alone does not always equal lonely--
and that sometimes no company is the best company there is. 
To the girl who does not speak up in class: 
I was once you. 
You are not deficient, I promise, despite everyone telling you otherwise. 
You might be the only one who will ever know the universes 
tucked inside your head, 
because they are beautiful secrets you cannot bring yourself to share,
for fear that they might be vandalized. 
When you spea

love letters to introverts by sylveda

Please remember: You ARE worth it.


Featured by BlakeCurran

Sticks and StonesThey say words can never hurt you.
Silence does a better job.

Sticks and Stones by nightshade-keyblade

An intensely short, very impacting sentiment. 
Well executed.

Suggested by: SilverInkblot

Featured by: Naktarra

What's eating you?"Hey man, what's eating you?" I asked.
"Nothing," Barry replied solemnly with a shrug of his shoulders. I didn't believe him for a second; there was obviously something bothering him, could no one else see it?
"Are you sure, man? I mean... You don't really... Look yourself."
"I'm fine." It started to leap and snap at his fingers. I watched it for a moment until it latched on, clamping down on his hand.
I winced. "I know there's something eating you, just tell me bro- it'll be alright."
Barry looked at me like I had offended him; could he not feel the thing working its way up his arm, swallowing him whole? "Kyle, I'm fine, there's nothing wrong with me."
He was entirely oblivious. How could this be happening? The thing was up to his shoulder now, still going. Was its belly endless? I couldn't find it in myself to swat it off, I was honestly scared stiff. What if his arm was nothing but a bloody stump at the elbow now? I didn't want to see that.
"Barry I'm serious, stop playing around, w

What's eating you? by classywalrus

A silly bit of literalism, 
with a side of the surreal.

For more information, including how to suggest a Deviation

to be featured, please visit us at DailyLitRecognition.

Thanks so much for supporting the lit community and this project!

~ The DailyLitRecognition Team ~

Prepared by: TwilightPoetess

Skin by SimplySilent

PE: Traditional Typography

Wed Aug 20, 2014, 3:00 AM by pica-ae:iconpica-ae:

Gallery Descriptions

Welcome to the Typography part of projecteducate's DeviantART Gallery Descriptions Month!

Today I will explain both the traditional and digital typography galleries on DA and I start off with Digital Typography. And I start off with the Traditional Gallery!
If you are interested into the background of typography, I recomment you read A Brief History of Typography, an article I wrote for a previous week at projecteducate.

When it comes to typography, you should be aware that it is everywhere around you all the time. There is bad Typography and there is good Typography. Unfortunately less of the latter and more of random thoughtless Typography around these days.

Typography is more relevant to Design than it is to Art, but that does not mean it cannot be Art!

I want to bring Typography to people's attention, make them aware of how important it is. We all want people to hear us, we want to be understood. And no matter how important your message, bad Typography can ruin it!

And Typography is ooooold. Like… Ancient. Literally. Ancient Rome has left us with some amazing remains of culture, including Typography. There is a lot of history in Typography, from Calligraphy and Scripts, over the Letterpress up to the Digital Age. But just because we are living in the Digital Age, it does not mean Traditional Typography is dead. Oh it's quite the opposite! It is more alive than not in a long time and the DeviantART galleries are living proof of it!

So, let's dive in :eager:

Traditional Art > Typography

Traditional Art

Work that is primarily created with traditional media and physical materials.
Editing colors and contrast and removing dust or noise, any general light retouching, and cropping photographs or scans of traditional art does not turn it into digital art!
Only if you massively alter the appearance of your traditional work or add more materials* to the mix, does it stop being traditional art.

* Photographs, textures, digital painting, vector elements, 3D etc.


Images created using traditional means where the subject matter is text using a variety of typeface styles.
If the main focus of your work is words and letters, you should probably submit it to typography.
Of course if there is 80% drawing and 20% typography in your work, it would be fine not to post there. "There is a letter, that's typography" is bullshit ;).


Calligraphic characters or signs depicted in an artistic and skilful manner.

This is a millenia old artform, refined through the years and still as relevant nowadays as in the Middle Ages. There are many many forms to it, the common remainder is probably that is is a form of writing that requires a certain flow to your brush or nib.
It is not hand-writing, but it is also not the fine craft of lettering. It is somewhere in between. Even though the lines are often very thing and blurry between these three.

The two biggest fractions of Calligraphy are Western and Eastern, or Latin and Non-Latin. In Europe Calligraphy is traditionally created with a nib, in Asia it is more likely to be applied with a brush. Nibs and brushes can vary immensely in shape and size and thus can create an amazing number of different styles in Calligraphy.

Arabic Calligraphy 'Raqs' by khawarbilalSeul le turban... by KaalamRaveN VorteX by Ace0fredspades
Yesterday by TypomongerSpades Calligraphy Calligram (1/4) by Ciillkquote by jdotjam

Typographic Stencil Art

Typography created with the use of a stencil.

This is a very clear and strict gallery, that requires you to have used a stencil to create your work. It does not have to be graffiti, you can also use brushes or sponges to apply through a stencil, but you might as well use loose materials such as sand, and apply them with a stencil.

We Really text by object000Love - Spraypaint Stencil Tile by RAMART79Public space poster 2 by patswerk
Know Your Rights by CMSmithTALK by TeamDeltaForceExperimenting with E by mumblebee


This category does not really have a description, essentially anything that does not fit into the other two should go here. This can sculptural works of typography as well as ones created with uncommon traditional materials. Typographic collages, typewriter works, drawn and painted typography, letterings, etchings, stamps and so on and on. The list is really endless, any traditional medium can be used to create typography.

Stickbet by HellanimARTIST. by Espadortype - illustrated text wip by iforgotmypassword
life is a flower by brian9267spring by UsoKeiMaria Scan by suqer

In doubt … submit to Other!
It may not be a shiny fancy gallery name, but it would be a shame for the other two galleries if they were spammed with works that don't belong there. Thank you :heart:

Naturally this small gallery tree leaves room for improvements :)
This is not forgotten and it is being worked on. Times change, art changes, galleries can change!

Questions for the reader

  • Have you ever traditionally created Typography?
  • Would you want to learn Traditional Typography?
  • What are challenges for Traditional Typography?


Journal Entry: Tue Aug 19, 2014, 12:29 PM

I wanted to feature this artist,Hanan Kazma..

Her artwork touches me so profoundly,what she does is so intense!

I feel like her images have  voice to speak,sometimes they scream.

my poor english can't describe the  amount of emotion that i'm feeling when i look at her works,so i let the art enchant you and put a spell on you like it did with me...


I'll cry if I want to by partiallyHereAllegory by partiallyHerescar by partiallyHerered devil drowning by partiallyHeredark wood by partiallyHerered devil in grace by partiallyHere
sisters by partiallyHerea l'heure du marchand de lait by partiallyHereslow panic by partiallyHereall the arts of hurting by partiallyHereblack roses by partiallyHere42 by partiallyHereblue wave by partiallyHeredrowsy head and folded wing by partiallyHereechoes and eyes shut by partiallyHereconsumed by partiallyHeredry eyes by partiallyHereetching herself in acid by partiallyHerethe cage by partiallyHere

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The Muses Love Alternatives, CXII

Wed Aug 20, 2014, 8:25 AM

Tin And Moon by x-pyre12   Heron On The Inlet by jojo22

melancolia by gepardsim

On the Beach by Kleemass   Walk around 3 by ebbing-gale

fade... by bindii

Thanks for stopping by.

Adobe by hummbuzz

Talks with Tolkien artists: SceithAilm

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 19, 2014, 11:52 AM

:iconsceithailm: - SceithAilm is a talented russian artist and creator of the (still unfinished) Tolkien tarot. It is my pleasure to bring you this interview with her today.

 Tarot: Temperance by SceithAilm
Tarot: The Hanged Man by SceithAilm
Tarot: The Emperor by SceithAilm Tarot: The Chariot by SceithAilm
Tarot: The Hanged Man by SceithAilm Tarot: The Star by SceithAilm

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

Hey there! My real name is Olga, I live and work in St. Petersburg, Russia (it’s a wonderful city but recently I dream to run away from here). Now I'm an artist in a small company owned by the Austrian corporation Novomatic that produces graphics and animations for casino gaming machines. What else can I say... I just love Shakespeare’s plays, Jane Austen’s novels, Tolkien’s tales and Norse mythology. All of this helps me to break through the edges of reality.

2. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?

For the first time my father read "The Hobbit" to me when I was 7 years old. And this story, this magical world just struck me. Since then I fell in love with fairy tales and myths of all cultures. But even now my most favorite story is Tolkien's "Smith of Wootton Major". This book is full of some incredible, fragile but powerful magic. It is quite different from the world of Middle-earth, not so dark and less epic, yet more philosophical and magical.
And I still remember that in my childhood I was terribly frightened by "The Fellowship of the Ring". The Nazguls and orcs were so scary that I durst to read “The Lord of the Rings” only when I already was a teenager).

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

No, I don't think so. I’ve read all his books in Russian and "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" in English, so I'm well versed in characters and storyline of these books, but I’ve never tried to remember all the troubles and historical events described there. Several times I read articles about most interesting persons and battles in different guides and theoretical research works devoted to Tolkien's books, but I barely finished them.

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?

Yes, I think it's true in my case and I never really tried to prevent it.
Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, John Howe and others have done an amazing job! Costumes, scenery and cast bring Tolkien’s characters and universe to life perfectly, so now it’s almost impossible to imagine them in different way. I don't know any other movie in the entire history of cinema which shows so wonderfully detailed, so beautiful and realistic fictional world. I’ve assembled a collection of artbooks released by Weta Workshop and I can spend weeks looking through and reading them again and again. You see, I’m really a big fan of these movies.

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?

Our city is considered to be the cultural capital of Russia, there are a lot of colleges and academies for artists, so when I started drawing I had a lot of opportunities to study. I’ve got to like drawing since the age of five, and soon this hobby became my profession. I graduated from Saint Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design in 2011 as an illustrator. In addition to the education I’ve learned to draw using a tablet and started painting in Photoshop, it gave me new opportunities for creativity. CG Art brings me a lot of ways for self-development and improvement. This is an incredibly exciting and rapidly developing art form. So I can say that I am self-trained and professional artist at the same time.
Basically, I’ve been influenced by Gothic art and artists of the Italian Renaissance, particularly Sandro Botticelli. The grace and elegance of his paintings are stunning; I adore his fine shades of colors, beautiful silhouettes and sharp lines. All masters of the Renaissance were unequalled drawers and I can only dream to reach their level of art skills!

6. You are working Tolkien-themed set of tarot. How do you choose the characters representing the individual cards? Can you also read tarot, and will you use these cards for it?

No, unfortunately, I cannot read Tarot and I have only some elementary knowledge of its symbolism and meanings.
Originally, I planned to draw deck of ordinary playing cards, it is much more easy and it would have taken less time. The only problem with poker deck is that there are few female characters for the Queens in "The Lord of the Rings", and, at the same time, many male characters that won’t receive their own place in the deck.
The idea to create Tarot deck belongs to my friend MarinArk, she is truly passionate about Tolkien’s universe and seriously interested in Tarot cards, their history, semantics and meaning. Here's what she says about the main idea of our project: "This is a kind of a comparative study of archetypical dimension of The Lord of The Rings; the Tarot is the most well known cultural phenomenon that deals with the visualization of the archetypical patterns and scenarios, so the idea to make some associative link between them appeared on its own: the numerical sequence of the Major Arcana is often interpreted as an allegory of spiritual development path, so this is an attempt to disclose this allegory in the context of The Lord of The Rings."
So MarinArk chose main characters and situations of "The Lord of the Rings", and I designed a color mood, characters and compositional structure of cards) It is a kind of common project).
Hope that someday, when I get through with this deck, many people will be able to use it for fortunetelling :) (Smile) But for me the Tarot is most of all an extremely beautiful and mystical art object.

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?

During my art life I've tried a variety of graphic techniques, not only traditional drawing, and various printing techniques, such as linoleum engraving, etching, lithography, monotype, and others. It was all very interesting and exciting, but these techniques require special equipment that is not so easy to find and keep at home) So now I prefer simple graphic techniques, such as drawing with a pencil or ink pen. It is very convenient, because you can take a pencil and a notebook with you everywhere; at the same time, this is a very nice technique, quite expressive and dynamic. And CGart technologies allow to correct mistakes of hand drawing and also to create images that imitate any real graphic technique through usage of blending modes and different textures.

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

No tricks and secrets here)
I don’t have any special technical skills or tips. At first I try to imagine how the final image should look like, to think through even the smallest details. Then I transfer the idea on paper as accurately as possible. And then I scan the sketch and finish it in Photoshop. You see, it's all pretty simple and traditional.
The only problem is that my skills are sometimes not enough for the realization of ideas)

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

To be honest, I believe that an artist should not choose "the best" or "worst" of his works. So I’ve never even thought about it) There’s no picture which I’m proud of, because I'm sure that I should work much more hard.
However, here are two drawings, which I suppose turned out better than others. The first is Thorin’s portrait inspired by Richard Armitage in «the Hobbit».
Is that the treasure thou dost seek? by SceithAilm

I tried to express the tragedy of this character, his feeling of loneliness and impending doom. And to show how cruel fate and destiny could be. Despite that I failed to achieve physical resemblance, I think the main mood of the character corresponds to my idea.

The second is one of the Tarot cards – The Devil. I think at the moment it is the most eye-catching card in the deck. I think this card has the better composition and impressing color solution.

Tarot: The Devil by SceithAilm

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

At the moment, my beloved character is a famous Norse god Loki and his various appearances in the mythology and the works based on the Northern folklore. I was trying to depict mysterious, cunning, mischievous creature that never calms down and never stops. It should be similar to a flame tail that changes its form every moment. I have done already a lot of conceptual sketches for him, but I am still in search of final concept.

Ready for some Ragnarok? by SceithAilm

- a picture that fits your current mood?

I’m quite depressive and melancholic person. Frequently I just sit and think dreaming about non-existent worlds. This Thranduil’s portrait is a reflection of my feelings and current mood.
dreaming... by SceithAilm

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

It was the sixteenth card in the Tarot - Tower.
Tarot: The Tower by SceithAilm
I spent a lot of time thinking how to place the scene of the attack against Gondor in a small vertical Tarot format. At the moment, this is the most detailed and elaborated card and this is the only one where I had to draw landscape and make it fit with the rest "portrait" cards. It was very difficult to achieve clear and recognizable image while maintaining all the necessary details and characters. Several times I had to change the original concept of this picture :) (Smile)

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

It is the first Tarot card. I made it a long time ago, so the style and concept of the drawing has changed since that time. I began to pay more attention to the compositional integrity and clarity of the image and give less time to details and textures of the background. This card looks like a reprint of wood engraving. As result it looks rather old and damaged by time. I suppose this could be a pretty interesting effect. What a pity that it wasn’t preserved in the rest of the pictures.

Tarot: The Fool by SceithAilm

10. 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.

Of course, there were many teachers of painting and drawing in my life. They helped me to receive the initial knowledges about anatomy, perspective, and drawing techniques and skills. And to create my own style of drawing.
But each and every person who does something better, can be an inspiration for me. Talent and mastery of other artists gives me incentive to develop my own skills. And it can be both the world famous painters of past and artists from DeviantArt. The feeling of my own imperfection and ambitions helps me in my work for sometimes, but both cause depression and desire to quit drawing forever)

11. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?

I would like to present you a wonderful artist Helena Rosova from the Czech Republic, her nickname on DA is Hellanim. She makes incredible illustrations for Poetic Edda’s songs and to other adventures of Norse god Loki. I admire her original style of drawing, it reminds me an engraving or wood carving and her pictures are both witty and elegant, decorative, but at the same time full of tiny exquisite details. Her illustrations perfectly convey harsh humor, power, and unique spirit of northern legends. Here are a few examples of her works:

Loki in Freyjas feather cloak by HellanimThe Adventures of Loki by HellanimQuercus Dub Type by HellanimBludicka by Hellanim

and another one of my favorites is evankart from South Korea, who makes the most beautiful sketches I‘ve ever seen in my life.

Thorin 0826 by evankartWall of Hobbit by evankartAragorn by evankart

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

I just want to say THANKS to all of my watchers and followers for their attention to my work, kind comments and notes. It makes me really happy)

Thank you very much for the nice talk!

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