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Tolkien Illustrator’s First Aid Kit: Elves

Tolkien’s texts are notable for their abundance of characters, many of them mentioned perhaps only once, other playing very important parts in the stories. However, it is often very difficult to find any description of how those characters look, and this is what we, artists and illustrators, are usually most concerned with.:)
So here it is – Tolkien Illustrator’s First Aid Kit:woohoo: – a list of all those characters, whose physical appearance is mentioned in the texts, including The Silmarillion and The History of the Middle-earth.
To start with, the Elves. As we know, during the march from Cuiviënén they were divided into three hosts. Sindar were part of Teleri, so I decided to treat them along with them.

Vanyar:
The name referred to the hair of the Minyar, which was in nearly all members of the clan yellow or deep golden. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels: “Quendi and Eldar”

Noldor:
This <the golden hair of Vanyar> was regarded as a beautiful feature by the Noldor (who loved gold), though   they  were themselves mostly dark-haired. Owing to intermarriage the golden hair of the Vanyar sometimes later appeared among the Noldor: notably in the case of Finarfin, and in his children Finrod and Galadriel, in whom it came from King Finwë’s second wife, Indis of the Vanyar. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels: “Quendi and Eldar”
'They were tall, fair of skin and grey-eyed, though their locks were dark, save in the golden house of Finarfin. - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth

Teleri:
The Sindar appear to have very closely resembled the Exiles, being dark-haired, strong and tall, but lithe. Indeed they could hardly be told apart except by their eyes; for the eyes of all the Elves that had dwelt in  Aman impressed  those of Middle-earth by their piercing brightness. For which reason the Sindar often called them Lachend, pl. Lechind 'flame-eyed'. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels, “Quendi and Eldar”
Elwe himself had long and beautiful hair of silver hue, but this does not seem to have been a common feature of the Sindar, though it was found among them occasionally especially in the nearer or remoter kin of Elwe (as in the case of Cirdan). – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels, “Quendi and Eldar”    

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Now, the specific characters, in alphabetical order:

Aegnor:
But in early youth the fiery light could be observed; while his hair was notable: golden like his brothers and sister, but strong and stiff, rising upon his head like flames. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Ambarussa:
The twins remained alike, but the elder grew darker in hair – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”
First and last of Nerdanel's children had the reddish hair of her kin – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Aredhel:
Ar-Feiniel she was called, the White Lady of the Noldor, for she was pale though her hair was dark, and she was never arrayed but in silver and white. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 5: “Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië”
She was younger in the years of the Eldar than her brethren; and when she was grown to full stature and beauty she was greater and stronger than woman's wont (...) – J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth's Ring.

Argon:
Arakano was the tallest of  the brothers - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Caranthir:
Carnistir 'red-face' - he was dark (brown) haired, but had the ruddy complexion of his mother.                – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”
Morifinwe 'dark' - he was black-haired as his grandfather. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Celegorm:
Then Celegorm arose amid  the throng  (p. 169).  In QS  this is  followed by 'golden was his long hair'. In the Lay at this point (line 1844) Celegorm has 'gleaming  hair'; his Old English name was Cynegrim Faegerfeax ('Fair-hair'), IV. 213. The phrase was removed in The Silmarillion text on account of the dark hair of the Noldorin princes other than in 'the golden house of Finarfin' (see I. 44); but he remains 'Celegorm the fair' in The Silmarillion p. 60. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lost Road and Other Writings: the Commentary to “On Beren and Tinúviel”

Círdan:
But this does not seem to have been a common feature of the Sindar, though it was found among them occasionally, especially in the nearer or remoter kin of Elwë (as in the case of Círdan) – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels: “Quendi and Eldar”
Very tall he was, and his beard was long, and he was grey and old, save that his eyes were keen as stars - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Chapter: “The Grey Havens”

Curufin:
Atarinke 'little father' - referring to his physical likeness to Feanor, later found to be also seen in his mind – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”
He also resembled Feanor very much in face – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Eärendil:
Now this babe was of greatest beauty; his skin of a shining white and his eyes of a blue surpassing that of the sky in southern lands - bluer than the sapphires of the raiment of Manwë – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Book of the Lost Tales II: “The Fall of Gondolin”
As both Idril and Tuor were fair-haired, we can guess, that their child also had golden hair.

Elrond:
The face of Elrond was ageless neither old nor young, though in it was written the memory of many things both glad and sorrowful. His hair was dark as the shadows of twilight, and upon it was set a circlet of silver; his eyes were grey as a clear evening, and in them was a light like the light of stars. Venerable he seemed as a king crowned with many winters, and yet hale as a tried warrior in the fullness of his strength. - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter: “Many Meetings”
Please note: this is a description of Elrond in the Third Age. In the Second Age, in his youth, he would probably look a little different, as there would be not as much “memory of many things both glad and sorrowful”.

Elwë:
Elwe himself had long and beautiful hair of silver hue, – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels, “Quendi and Eldar”   
For fair and noble as he had been, now he appeared as it were a lord of the Maiar, tallest of all the Children of Iluvatar, his hair as grey silver, and his eyes like unto stars. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels: “The Grey Annals”
now he appeared as it were a lord of the Maiar, his hair as grey silver, tallest of all the Children of Ilúvatar – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 5: “Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië”

Eöl:
But Eöl, though stooped by his smithwork, was no Dwarf, but a tall Elf of a high kin of the Teleri, noble though grim of face; and his eyes could see deep into shadows and dark places. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 16: “Of Maeglin”

Fëanor:
He was tall, and fair of face, and masterful, his eyes piercingly bright and his hair raven-dark – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 6: “Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor”

Finarfin:
He was of his mother's kind in mind and body, having the golden hair of the Vanyar, their noble and gentle temper – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Finarfin’s children:
It was from  Finarfin's Vanyarin mother Indis that he, and Finrod Felagund and Galadriel his children, had their golden hair'- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth, Note on an Unpublished Letter

Finduilas:
Finduilas ther Daughter of Orodreth was golden-haired after the manner of the house of Finarfin - J. R. R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales, Appendix to Narn I Hîn Húrin.

Fingolfin:
Fingolfin was his father's son, tall, dark, and proud, as were most of the Noldor – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Fingon:
He wore his long dark hair in great plaits braided with gold. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”       

Finrod:
Finrod was like his father in his fair face and golden hair – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Finwë:
He had black hair, but brilliant grey-blue eyes. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: “The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Galadriel:
Galadriel, most beautiful of all the house of Finwë; her hair was lit with gold as though it had caught in a mesh the radiance of Laurelin – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 5: “Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië”

Her  mother-name  was  Nerwen  'man-maiden', and  she grew to be tall beyond the measure even of the women of the Noldor;… she was accounted beautiful, and her hair was held a marvel unmatched. It was golden like the hair of her father and her foremother Indis, but richer and more radiant, for its gold was touched by some memory of the star- like silver of her mother; and the Eldar said that the light of the Two Trees, Laurelin and Telperion, had been snared in her tresses – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”

Gil-Galad:
His sword was long, his lance was keen,
His shining helm afar was seen;
The countless stars of heaven’s field
Were mirrored in his silver shield
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter: “A Knife in the Dark”

Glorfindel:
Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and keen, and his voice like music; on his brow sat wisdom, and in his hand was strength. - J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter “Many Meetings”

Idril:
But fairer   than   all   the   wonders   of   Gondolin  was   Idril  Turgon's daughter,  she  that  was  called  Celebrindal  the  Silver-foot  for  the whiteness  of  her  unshod  feet,  but  her  hair  was  as  the   gold  of Laurelin ere  the   coming  of   Melkor – J.R.R. Tolkien, The War of the Jewels, The Later Quenta Silmarillion: “Of Turgon and the Building of Gondolin”

Indis:
She was golden-haired, and tall,  and exceedingly swift of foot. – J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth’s Ring: “Of the Severance of Marriage”
She was a Vanya, close kin of Ingwë the High King, golden-haired and tall, and in all ways unlike Míriel. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 6: “Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor”

Lúthien:
Lúthien was the most beautiful of all the Children of Ilúvatar. Blue was her raiment as the unclouded heaven, but her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 19: “Of Beren and Lúthien”

Maedhros:
Maitimo  'well-shaped  one':  he  was of  beautiful bodily form. But he, and the youngest, inherited the rare red-brown hair of Nerdanel's kin. … So Maitimo had as an epesse given by his brothers and other kin Russandol 'copper-top' – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”
The eldest also wore a copper circlet. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: „The Shibboleth of Fëanor”     

Maeglin:
He was tall and black-haired; his eyes were dark, yet bright and keen as the eyes of the Noldor, and his skin was white. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 16: “Of Maeglin”

Mahtan:
He usually  wore a band of copper about his head. His hair was not as dark or black as was that of most of the Noldor, but brown, and had glints of coppery-red in it - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth, Notes to “The Shibboleth of Fëanor”
Elves did not have beards until they entered their third cycle of life. Nerdanel's father was exceptional, being only early in his second. - Vinyar Tengwar #41

Míriel:
Silver was her hair and dark were her eyes, but her hands were more skilled to fineness than any hands even of the Noldor. (...) Her hair was like silver; and she was slender as a white flower in the grass. Soft and sweet was her voice, and she sang as she worked, like rippling water, in music without words. – J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth’s Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion

Nerdanel:
She was not among the fairest of her people. But she was strong (…) – J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth’s Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, “Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor”
'the  first and last of Nerdanel's children had the reddish hair of her  kin'- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Peoples of the Middle-earth: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor”.
(...) herself had brown hair and a ruddy complexion(VT41)

Olwë:
The hair of Olwë was long and white, and his eyes were blue– J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion: “Of the Coming of the Elves".

Voronwë:
Then the Elf turned and looked up, and Tuor met the piercing glance of his sea-grey eyes, and knew that he was of the high folk of the Noldor.- J. R. R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales, “Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin”
As Noldor generally had dark hair, we can assume that Voronwë was no exception to this rule.


If you know any other descriptions, please let us now (comment below or send us a note), and we’ll add it to the list.:)

Edited by Breogán (28/4/12) & Sirielle (23/11/13)

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The Hobbit. Jacksonised or: Pimp my Dwarf!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 24, 2011, 2:56 AM
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As I read the Hobbit to my son, as Smaug lies buried under the waters of the Long Lake and as Elves, Dwarves, Men and Orcs are drawn to the Lonely Mountain by greed, I stumble over promo photos of the Hobbit www.herr-der-ringe-film.de/v3/… and am reduced to disbelief.


Of course, I should have known. The target audience are the "Lotr" fans, the ones who have never read the books (probably tried, but gave up after "Concerning Hobbits"), who can't even be bothered to spell out the title of what they call their favourite book (or movie), who whooped with glee when Legolas surfed down the stairs of Helm's Deep on a shield or when Viggo, Orly and that alcoholic of a Dwarf kung-fu'd their way towards Théoden, and whom Jackson expects to be clamouring for more of the same in The Hobbit. He couldn't have made it a children's movie, no, of course not.

Thus, those lovable, squabbling Dwarves, who have only bread knives (which they lose soon enough after their encounter with the Orcs) and bows and arrows (which they waste shooting after black deer in Mirkwood), are portrayed as literally armed to the teeth. What do they need a burglar for? What do they need Bard for? They can just walk into the Lonely Mountain and bash Smaug on the head with that armoury of theirs, and all his jewel-encrusted armour won't avail him anything.

They don't even look like dwarves. They look as my first RPG game master always imagined them- heavily armed and armoured, grim creatures. Those are D&D Dwarves. They have nothing to do with Thorin and Company.

And Kili? I can already see the slash fic that'll be written about him. Screwing Fili at the Troll cave, in Rivendell (probably as a threesome with Elrond), and of course all the lovely bondage they'll be having with Legolas in the Elven-King's halls - whenever he can spare a moment between washing and conditionering his hair! Expecting the first fanfics in... less than three hours! Hey, those things are quickly written. And the fanart's going to beat Haldir.

Consider this: In the Lord of the Rings, Jackson gave us Frodo, Gandalf, Galadriel, Gollum, and a good handful of other characters exactly as we'd all seen them from the illustrators that had given us Tolkien illustrations for more than half a century. And we loved him for it. And he was confident enough in this to still give them to us like that, and not say, "Everyone sees Gandalf with a blue hat, long grey cloak, long beard and staff! Hey, I'll give him dreads, a full-plate armour and a shaven chin, just to prove how imaginative I am!"

But now he's gone and done exactly that.

Sorry, PJ... but NO. Leave a good book alone, and stay WAY clear of all that disgusting fan service.

I'm sure he'll have moments of greatness in between there, even moments of grandeur as he managed to put into the Lord of The Rings. I'll probably enjoy parts of the movie. I do love the Lord of the Rings movies (a few well-planned toilet breaks at strategic points in The Two Towers help), and when I saw the promo pictures for the Lord of the Rings movies over ten years ago, I was absolutely crazy with enthusiasm. So this is not a routine exercise in book-to-movie bashing.

I wonder what they'll do with the movie title in German. The book is known here as "Der Kleine Hobbit" (The Little Hobbit), and that will definitely not fit for the movie...

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Myths and Legends Across the World

Journal Entry: Fri May 27, 2011, 7:04 AM


Myths and legends are somewhere deep in the subconscious of every nation, often unique and wonderful tales, yet different from other stories - once they were alive. People lived with them, considered them true... and in a way, they are all true. They are a part of our heritage, and with every legend forgotten, something inside us dies. I wandered wide and far through dA to gather these tales. Sit down by the fire and listen…


Mesopotamia

Gilgamesh and His Last Acts by DaMaupin Gilgamesh vs Enkidu by DaMaupin Inanna by Lakandiwa The Death of Enkidu by MeteoDesigns Ishtar by SofiaNightwings

Egypt

Anubis and Ammut by Dracunnum He Who Balances by Hbruton At Edfu by Hbruton Anubis by silvestris Schemers: Set and Horus by blayrd Lord of All Growing Things by neffinesse Gods by Hbruton

Antique

Orpheus and Charon by llewllaw The Female Trinity by fanitsafantasy The champion of mankind by lucasalcantara Icarus falling by Amyhoi Demeter Goddess by midoriharada Moiras by shvayba Zeus by VargesPoseidon by GENZOMAN centaur by sandara Perseus and Andromeda by Himmapaan .: europa and the bull :. by xdragonflyx Hercules by wraithdt

Celtic

Caer Ibormeith by darktear83 Morrigane looks the Thiefeyes by Chonunhwa Kernunnos by Yannig-Germain BRIAN BORU by soys Macha by MoonSpiral Cu Chulainn by Crowsrock The Blood of Cuchulain by Ionus Horned God at the Solstice by Becka-Van-Filth The Death of Cuchulain by miss-a-r-t Deirdre agus Naoise by Breogan Claws in the Night by puimun

German and Viking (Edda)

Yggdrasil by fenix42death of balder-norse myth-Fmp by zombieprincess Death of a Viking by anubisreddeath Ride of the Valkyries by EvaKedves Art Trade - Tyr by MaverikElf The sons of Ivaldi by Hellanim The Death of Ymir by Elric888 Idun and Bragi by smolenskaya Norns by smolenskaya Valhalla by lemuren Loki by luisflores RAGNAROK by soys Thor - Odin and  Sleipnir by michaelkutsche Yggdrasil by pixieface

Finnish (Kalevala)

Heroes of Kalevala by jjnaas Vainamoinen ja Joukahainen by drandula In sauna by Laineilla Vainamoinen by lAhlbeck Kalevala Journal 12-13 by graffitihead Kalevala: The Fate Of Aino by sikuriina Kalevala: Son of Evil by nopsku

Russian:

Bogatyr by michalivan Slavonic mystery by smolenskaya Alkonost by Jo-Freyr Baba Yaga by MarkTarrisse The Alkonost by mashpotato18 Firebird by AnHellica

Slavic

Mora by DreddaBrutallac the Zlatarog by felixxkatt Morena brings death by zzen Perun and Yarovit by Righon Vodnik by Adrakitt Perunova dubrava by DuszanB :thumb119574513: :thumb109653200: Rusalka by Kaelycea Milosnice by DreddaBrutallac

India

Ganesh by SARYTH Vishnu, Lakshmi by zaradei shiva by CRYSTAL-2012 The Ramayana - Book 2 by mimezu The Prince Of Ayodhya by DennyKotian Mahabarata by dezygn Hanuman by kometani

China

Bridge of Wings - The Weaver by puimun Monkey King by SARYTH Hua Mulan by Veronica-Art dragonball by breathing2004 Fu Dragon by beastofoblivion On stage by phongduong Ten Suns by puimun Shenlong the rainbringer by VampirePrincess007

Ainu and Japan

Ainu Creation Story 1 by BigFaceReter-cikap-kamuy by jurithedreamerAmaterasu Hi by Lakandiwa Tanabata by AnHellica The Legend of Tokoyo by solangiana Amaterasu by GENZOMANFeathers and Arrows by MischievousMartian Amaterasu by Zephyri Kitsune by who-stole-MY-name

Other Asia:

Maligno by artstain The Adoration to The Lost Clan by rinaswan Seon-nyeo Pungcha by Lakandiwa Emperor Hung Vuong by splendidriver Machanu and Supanna Matcha by azrael1984 The Eleventh Full Moon by rinaswan

Africa

Africa vision by sabin-boykinov Detail2 African Creation myth by Nytlin Detail1 African Creation myth by Nytlin :thumb122225216: Heyoka by Loren86 Abatwa with Legend by WolfWhoSings

North America

Teachings of the Sweat Lodge by AaronPaquette White Buffalo Calf Woman by AaronPaquette Raven Kouth by Artkon72 TOTEM by Agarwen Raven Steals the Sun by EskimoScrybe Spirit by Zephyri Copperwoman by AaronPaquette

South and Central America

Mayan god: Hunab-Ku by XLordAndyX Mayan Myth - Goddess Ixchel by EmanuellaKozas My Gran Quetzalcoatl 2010 D. by rykyramirez Quezacoatl by Lakandiwa The Jaguar by TigerNinja The Rebirth of Seven Macaw by TempestErika Xolotl and Tonatiuh by graoww

Australia:

Legend of the Rainbow Serpent by screwbald Dreamtime by SkylaStarDreamer Australian dream time by AzureAngel2ihrs

Christian

Saint Joseph by Theophilia Mary by marianmalecki Archangel Michael by PaperCutIllustration Eden by wicked-vlad THE PROMISE by JoseRafaelCruzpagan ARMAGEDDON by artstainDelilah by leventepsalome by hishaSt.George and the Dragon by PaperCutIllustration

Medieval

Parsifal of RichardWagner by andrekosslick :thumb186271020: Forgotten Bells of Ys by puimun Joan of Arc by Michael-C-Hayes Lady of the Lake- Painting by Lamorien Tristan and Isolde by midoriharada The Seduction by puimun Excalibur by alanlathwell Unicorn 2- Heraldic by who-stole-MY-name Lady Godiva by feliciacano The Green Knight by LittleFrog626 the lady of lake by monicakuo Joan Of Arc- Juana de Arco by Giacobino Lohengrin - The Journey by alarie-tano Merlin and Arthur by alanlathwell The Fisher King by rainesz Robin Hood by JessiBeans

Later legends and fairy-tales:

PIPER by Sargiel Nisse or Tomte by neuromantiker Der Schimmelreiter by Gold-Seven Piper's Lullaby by Artgerm Scarlet Flower by Dolgopolov Troll and Valravn by humon The Kraken attacks by Chongo-zilla The Lorelei by orphicfiddler Rhinemaidens- Study of Rackham by Lamorien :thumb108689554: The Aspidochelone by DaemonReaper Lucky Leprechaun by mreach

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CLOSEDDD Results here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Points/art giveaway-3 days left!!!!!!

Wow guys. After 4,669 pageviews (remember, kiribian at 5000 pgv), 625 comments, 53 deviations, almost $100 in points worth of commissions and donations, a dA jacket, a Fella plushie, and a Super Llama plushie, I finally have more than 100 watchers!!!!!! :iconhappytearsplz:

Thanks so much to each and every one of you guys, whether you have been with me from the first crappy drawing or just watched me yesterday for a free sketch. :icondignitylaughplz: It has been an amazing 10 months on Deviantart, and I feel like I improved a lot from all the tutorials and advice my fellow deviants have given me.
SO. (The moment you've all been waiting for.):icononiskiplz:
I AM HAVING A POINT/ART GIVEAWAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE AMAZING DEVIANTART COMMUNITY.


And to "celebrate" the end of summer. :iconranranruuplz:

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Here are the prizes, and I will use random.org to pick the winners, and each winner can choose what they want from all these prizes:

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Pointsss :iconpointslaplz:
:dalove:250 :points:
:dalove:100:points:
:dalove:50:points:

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Art :deviation:
:dalove:12 Fullbody color semi-realism commission, one a month for an entire year (worth 3000:points:)
:dalove:Fullbody color semi-realism commission (worth 250:points:)
:dalove:Waist up color semi-realism commission (worth 150:points:)
:dalove:Waist up color semi-realism commission
:dalove:Fullbody color Chibi commission (worth 25:points:)
:dalove:Fullbody color Chibi commission
:dalove:A blinking icon (worth 25:points:)
:dalove:A blinking icon

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Features
:dalove:Year long feature in a custom box
:dalove:Year long feature in my journal
:dalove:Month long feature in custom box (x12 for each month)
:dalove:Month long feature in my journal (x12 for each month)

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More prizes!!!!! :iconla-plz:
:iconnew-plz:The amazing DragonFlyer139 is generously donating one beautiful friendship bracelet!! Something like this Rainbow bracelet by DragonFlyer139 or A different kind of braid by DragonFlyer139 will be one of the prizes!! :iconsmilieplz:

:iconamgtouchplz:That's 4 point prizes, 8 art prizes, and 26 feature prizes, 38 prizes total.

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BUT. Before you guys are all like

Here's the steps if you want to take part in this huge giveaway!


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1.) Watch me if you like my art. Don't watch me just for this giveaway. There are plenty more out there. EDIT: I guess this wasn't clear enough, but YOU MUST WATCH ME TO JOIN THIS GIVEAWAY.
2.)You must do ONE (or more) of these:
Like my Facebook page OR follow my tumblr OR comment 5 deviations of mine if you don't have a Facebook or tumblr.
3.) Add this journal to your favorites so I can get a general idea of how many people are participating.
4.) Finally, write a journal/poll about this giveaway, and comment below with the link back to your journal or poll. I will be updating everyday in this journal with a number for everyone who advertised this giveaway.
5.) Smile at this ridiculously cute gif.
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That's it!!


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, NOTE ME. DON'T COMMENT HERE WITH QUESTIONS.

The deadline is December 31st, 2012. This gives you almost 4 months. Yay!! :)


Every 100 people that enter, I'll have a new prize :) Please donate here or commission me or buy my adoptables to have bigger point prizes!!


Again, thanks so much for everything my lovely watchers!:iconletmehugyouplz: I love you guys so much, I wish I can give all of you a big hug.



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The characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been enticing readers for over 60 years.


Today fans are able to journey to the magical realm of Middle-earth through the wizardry of Peter Jackson’s revolutionary six film cinematic adventure.


Jackson ushered in the age of the modern day movie franchise by questionably shooting all three of the visually spectacular The Lord of the Rings movies at once. Creating the rise of the epic fantasy with a scale never before seen featuring breathtaking locations, grand battles, and stunning special effects, the trilogy’s blockbuster success ensured the film industry never looked back.


But for some that is not enough. For those who have read the books, seen the movies (repeatedly), thrown hobbit themed parties, what’s left?



The ultimate tribute, the one to rule them all—Cosplay!


This is what truly separates the real elves, wizards, and hobbits from the rest. One does not simply walk into Tolkien cosplay, it is a long and peril filled journey. Luckily for us a few brave souls have undertaken the quest and brought us their best Bilbos, Frodos, Gandalfs, Galadriels, Thorins, and co.


Get ready for second breakfast because a cosplay feast awaits.












The characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been enticing readers for over 60 years. Today fans are able to journey to the magical realm of Middle-earth through the wizardry of Peter Jackson’s revolutionary six film cinematic adventure. Jackson ushered in the age of the modern day movie franchise by questionably shooting all three of the visually spectacular The Lord of the Rings movies at once. Creating the rise of the epic fantasy with a scale never before seen featuring breathtaking locations, grand battles, and stunning special effects, the trilogy’s blockbuster success ensured the film industry never looked back.


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I am glad to announce the series of my LOTR stainglass art postcard is on sale in TaoBao shop
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OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS. He's just AMAZING.

:iconcalculatus: This guy decided to make a breakdown of abilities of Blaze and Penn for me and there are some crazy stuff here!


Check it out!!!))


You gave us a few of Blaze's and Penn's abilities in the past but I decided that it wasn't good enough for me, so I fleshed their powers out some more by taking their skills and physical and spiritual properties of fire into account.

Blaze's powers


·Fire flows in his blood, making him immune to all foreign contaminants such as poison and disease.

                  o This would lead to regenerative healing factor since the flames would be constantly cauterizing his wounds. This is kind of like how phoenixes heal themselves.


Fire elementals are abnormally strong since fire spiritually represents strength.


·HEAT VISION!!!!


·He holds a symbiotic bond with fire, and can emit* it from his body through fire breath, explosions, flame armor, rocket-propelled flight, and temporarily transforming into a giant fire elemental like his mother.


·He is so talented at creating, controlling and becoming fire that he can phase through attacks.


·"Heat death": can cause the temperature of water or other internal fluid inside someone to rise dramatically, causing extreme pain, injury and very likely death. However, like Heat vision, this is extremely draining and really should only be used once before extended rest.

    

·He is capable of raising the temperature of molecules in objects, causing them to melt or evaporate.

    

·Depends on oxygen more than the average human, but does not need to drink. Dehydration is irrelevant.

    

·Able to create constructs, like shields and doors, from fire.

   

·A Fire elemental's power increases or decreases depending on the position of the sun in the sky, with their peak being Noon.

    

·talented enough in pyro-kinesis to superheat the air, creating an "air lens" to block off electricity and lightning

   

 ·By manipulating atoms in a different way he can create and control plasma and lightning. However these require concentration and peace of mind respectively.

 Penn's powers**

    

· Fire flows in his blood, making him immune to all foreign contaminants such as poison and disease.

        o This would lead to regenerative healing factor since the flames would be constantly cauterizing his wounds. This is kind of like how phoenixes heal themselves.

   

 ·Fire elementals are abnormally strong since fire spiritually represents strength.

    oPenn, however, inherited the Monstrous strength of Flame Queen. He is incredibly strong even among fire elementals

    

·He holds a symbiotic bond with fire, and can emit* it from his body through fire breath, explosions, flame armor, rocket-propelled flight, and temporarily transforming into a giant fire elemental like his mother.

    

·Penn draws strength, power and nourishment from his own rage.

    

·More skilled at swordsmanship than his brother.


·A Fire elemental's power increases or decreases depending on the position of the sun in the sky, with their peak being Noon.


·At least talented enough in pyro-kinesis to superheat the air, creating an "air lens" to block off electricity and lightning


·Though not good enough to create or control fire very well, he can still manipulate heat, like transferring heat from one object to another, and masking his own body heat.


·He CAN still cause Inflammation of the skin through his powers.


·Can FREEZE things by absorbing heat.


·Can dehydrate objects by blasting them with heat.


*It does not count as pyro-kinesis because it's not summoned from thin air, but rather channeled and expelled from their bodies.


**it should be assumed that, where flame control is concerned, Blaze can do everything his brother can.

You can choose any of these powers or all of them, and decide if they're innate or need to be figured out by them or if it just requires tons of training.

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To all men of letters!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 6, 2013, 5:16 PM

Hello my fellow deviants! :wave:
I've got a humble message for y'all.

:typerhappy:


Well, acquaintances, allies, buddies, colleagues, compatriots (or not), comrades, and/or familiars... :phew:


I decided to put my knowledge to use, for the benefit of our artistic community and all people out there trying to thrive. :work:
As I've written in my ID, I'm a literature and language teacher. I've been working hard to get my master degree in French Literature and Narrative Theories, which will come latter this year. :library:
And as for this, I thought I could  be at your service to read your literature deviations and post you honest constructive critics based on the best of world wide letters! :woohoo:


But I have to be clear about one thing: I am not the kind of person that only say what you might want to hear. :shrug:
I will never be rude or disrespectful BUT... it is needed of me to say sometimes things you may not agree or accept.
If you ask me for a critic don't be upset if I eventually point an aspect of your composition that needs to be improved.
I'm sure that it's not at all pleasant but it works if you take it seriously and think carefully about the critics. :pc:
I promise to be thoughtful.:tighthug:
Also I will never publish anything without knowing the detailed intention of the author with his/her composition. So, if you decide to ask me, make sure you write me a comment or note explaining how you wanted the result to be in terms of colors and atmosphere, readers response, theme, stylistic effects etc.


This should be a lot of fun! :eager:
The only thing I ask you in return is a donation of how many points you feel like giving.
If you don't have any points to donate you can spread the word, tell friends you think might want to receive an honest useful critic. :megaphone:


Well, I hope to hear from you.
May all your hearts be well-abounding!
:bye:


:please: If you are filling too generous today, give this poor beggar some lovin',1 sad little point would bring great joy! ;P
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Dean Winchester (without the flames) and features

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 22, 2009, 9:24 AM
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Hi folks

As you may have noticed, I've just posted a new deviation devoted to Dean Winchester, one of the heroes of the CW show Supernatural. In my fan art the character is surrounded by flames, a reference to his little stay in hell ;) However  I think that the "no flames version" is not bad either :giggle: If you want to check it out, it's on my scraps. Just click on the miniature below and you will be face to face with Jensen Ackles.

Dean Winchester - No Flames by Petite-Madame

The guy gave me some hard times. I had to draw his face 8 times. I almost went nuts but I don't give up easily even for a stupid fan art. It took me one week but I'm pretty happy with the result. I hope it looks like him and when people saw my fan art they immediately recognized Dean Winchester from SPN. :confused:

Epic fail 1 by Petite-MadameEpic fails 2,3,4 by Petite-MadameEpic Fail 5,6 by Petite-MadameEpic Fail 7 by Petite-Madame

As we talk about Supernatural it is time for a little fan art feature. Here are, from my point of view the best SPN fan arts on D.A. I spare you the wincest and shojo manga style stuff, sorry, I'm not into that, I prefer artworks where the boys are shown in a definitely more realistic way. Just a question of personal taste, no offense there. Talking about "wincest" and yaoi, I went to Shibuya's Mandarake this week (it's a big manga shop here in Tokyo) and you just cannot even IMAGINE the number of dojinshis devoted to Supernatural, you know those comics where the brothers are "together-together" ("The Monster at the end of this book" anyone ? :giggle: ). I wonder if that poor Kripke knew about 4-5 years ago he was about to create a monster, fandom wise...(Not convinced ? Check out the ranking on fanfiction.net concerning TV shows. SPN comes second with about 29,000 fics!!! It's insane !!!! :rofl: )

If you think I forgot in this feature a truly incredible fan art, just let me know ;)


Sam

lucifer raising by firebolideSPN: a world without you by nargynargySPN: Sam, yo by nargynargyTowards the light by firebolideThe Younger by jackieoceanJared Padalecki Sam Winchester by sammytvrA Man With a Reason by ImalieaSam Winchester by beccj

Dean


Dean Winchester by jackieoceanhellhounds are waiting by NowandaNovi:thumb139231140:
SPN: Smoke and Mirrors by nargynargySupernatural -Dean Winchester by DavidDebIn the darkness by firebolideThe Elder by jackieoceanDean...again by hazzard7Jensen Ackles - A Winchester by Jeanne-LuiDean Winchester - Wayward Son by Imaliea

John & Castiel


Hell and Heaven by Leyna-artSeeking Revelation by winterfollows
The Father by jackieoceanMisha Collins as Castiel by Cataclysm-X

Group pics


Supernatural - Family Business by hazzard7brothers by clefchanSPN: Life in Cemeteries by nargynargyto the end by RonchegMonsters Are Real - details by beccj
Hunters by ellaine:thumb84719965:Supernatural by jackieoceanhighway to hell by BlackWandaSupernatural Trinity by hazzard7Rising Con 2010 by geaspirito

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  • Listening to: Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unkown Origin
  • Reading: History of Japanese Rock Press
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica Season 1
  • Playing: with my new nose piercing
  • Eating: Big Mac &amp; French Fries
  • Drinking: Fanta Cassis
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Books Are Back

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 30, 2013, 1:24 PM
books and things
Hardcovers, softcovers, calendars and other things are available again in the 4DE online store!



Notes on Character Design


I received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog.  In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.


character design question


Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.


First, some general things...

- Relax.
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way, no rigid process you must adhere to, no shoulds or shouldn'ts except those you designate for yourself. This is one of the fun parts of being an artist, really - have a heady good time with it.

- Be patient.
A design is something gradually arrived at. It takes time and iteration and revision. You'll throw a lot of stuff away, and you'll inevitably get frustrated at times, but bear in mind the process is both inductive and deductive. Drawing the wrong things is part of the path toward drawing the right thing.

cat sketches

- Learn to draw.
It might seem perfunctory to say, but I'm not sure everyone's on the same page about what this means. Learning to draw isn't a sort of rote memorization process in which, one by one, you learn a recipe for humans, horses, pokemon, cars, etc. It's much more about learning to think like an artist, to develop the sort of spacial intelligence that lets you observe and effectively translate to paper, whatever the subject matter. When you're really learning to draw, you're learning to draw anything and everything. Observing and sketching trains you to understand dimension, form, gesture, mood, how anatomy works, economy of line; all of the foundational stuff you will also rely on to draw characters from your imagination. So, spend some time honing your drawing ability. Hone it with observational sketching. Hone it good.

  • I don't think I've ever seen anyone do this sort of thing better than Claire Wendling. In fact, character designs emerge almost seamlessly from her gestural sketches. It'd be worth looking her up.

- Gather inspiration like a crazed magpie.
What will ultimately be your trademark style and technique is a sort of snowball accumulation of the various things you expose yourself to, learn and draw influence from. To that effect, Google images, tumblr, pinterest and stock photo sites are your friends. When something tingles your artsy senses - a style, a shape, a texture, an appealing palette, a composition, a pose, a cool looking animal, a unique piece of apparel, whatever - grab it. Looking at a lot of material through a creative lens will make you a better artist the same way reading a lot of material makes a better writer.
It'll also devour your hard drive and you will try and fail many times to organize it, but more importantly, it'll give you a lovely library of ideas and motivational shinies to peruse when you're conjuring characters.

- Imitate.
It's a powerful learning tool. Probably for many of us, drawing popular cartoon characters was the gateway habit that lured us into the depraved world of character design to begin with. I wouldn't suggest limiting yourself to one style or neglecting your own inventions to do this, but it's an effective way to limber up, to get comfortable drawing characters in general, and to glean something from the thought processes of other artists.

- Use references.
Don't leave it all up to guessing. Whether you're trying to design something with realistic anatomy or something rather profoundly abstracted from reality, it's helpful in a multitude of ways to look at pictures. When designing characters, you can infer a lot personality from photos, too.
horse reference horses

And despite what you might have heard, having eyeballs and using them to look at things doesn't constitute cheating. There's no shame in reference material. There's at least a little shame in unintentional abstractions, though.

shame


Concepts and Approach:

- Break it down
Sometimes you have the look of a character fleshed out in your mind before putting it to paper, but usually not. That doesn't mean you have to blow your cortical fuses trying conceive multiple diverse designs all at the same time, though. You don't even have to design the body shape, poses, face, and expressions of a single character all at once. Tackle it a little at a time.

The cartoony, googly eyed style was pre-established for the simple mobile game goblin character below, but I still broke it into phases. Start with concepts, filter out what you like until you arrive at a look, experiment with colors, gestures and expressions.

Carl the goblin accountant cyber-monkey-death-bots


- Start with the general and work toward the specific.
Scribbling out scads of little thumbnails and silhouettes to capture an overall character shape is an effective way begin - it's like jotting down visual notes. When you're working at a small scale without agonizing over precision and details, there's no risk of having to toss out a bunch of hard work, so go nuts with it. Give yourself a lot of options.

Above sample silhouettes from an old cancelled project in which I was tasked with designing some kind of cyber monkey death bot. I scratched out some solid black shapes then refined some of them a step or two further.



Design:

- Shapes are language.
They come preloaded with all sorts of biological, cultural and personal connotations. They evoke certain things from us too. If you’re ever stuck about where to go with your design, employ a sort of anthroposcopy along these lines - make a visual free association game out of it. It’ll not only tend to result in a distinguished design, but a design that communicates something about the nature of the character.

Think about what you infer from different shapes. What do they remind you of? What personalities or attitudes come to mind? How does the mood of a soft curve differ from that of a sharp angle? With those attributes attached, how could they be used or incorporated into a body or facial feature shape? What happens when you combine shapes in complementary or contrasting ways? How does changing the weight distribution among a set of shapes affect look and feel? Experiment until a concept starts to resonate with the character you have in mind or until you stumble on something you like.

Lucky Charms rejects


If you don’t have intent, take the opposite approach - draw some shapes and see where they go. (It’s stupid fun.)

monster shapes


- Cohesion and Style.
As you move from thumbnails to more refined drawings, you can start extrapolating details from the general form. Look for defining shapes, emergent themes or patterns and tease them out further, repeat them, mirror them, alternate them. Make the character entirely out of boxy shapes, incorporate multiple elements of an architectural style, use rhythmically varying line weights - there are a million ways to do this

Here's some of the simple shape repetition I've used for Lackadaisy characters.

And for potato shaped characters, use potato shaped shapes.

- Expressions.
Let them emerge from your design. If your various characters have distinguishing features, the expressions they make with those features will distinguish them further. Allow personality to influence expressions too, or vice versa. Often, a bit of both happens as you continue drawing - physiognomy and personality converge somewhere in the middle.

For instance, Viktor’s head is proportioned a little like a big cat. Befitting his personality, his design lets him make rather bestial expressions. Rocky, with his flair for drama, has a bit more cartoon about him. His expressions are more elastic, his cheeks squish and deform and his big eyebrows push the boundaries of his forehead. Mitzi is gentler all around with altogether fewer lines on her face. The combination of her large sleepy eyes and pencil line brow looked a little sad and a little condescending to me when I began working out her design - ultimately those aspects became incorporated into her personality.

expressions


I discuss expression drawing in more detail here (click the image for the link):

expressions

- Poses.
Rendering poses is another one of those things for which observational/gesture drawing comes in handy. Even if you’re essentially scribbling stick figures, you can get a handle on natural looking, communicative poses this way. Stick figure poses make excellent guidelines for plotting out full fledged character drawings too.

Look for the line of action. It’ll be easiest to identify in poses with motions, gestures and moods that are immediately decipherable. When you’ve learned to spot it, you can start reverse engineering your own poses around it.

line of action

- Additional resources.
Here are some related things about drawing poses and constructing characters (click the images for the links).

expressions


expressions


Lastly…

Tortured rumination about lack of ability/style/progress is a near universal state of creative affairs. Every artist I have known and worked with falls somewhere on a spectrum between frustration in perpetuity and a shade of fierce ongoing contrition that'd make Arthur Dimmesdale wince. So, next time you find yourself constructing a scourge out of all those crusty acrylic brushes you failed to clean properly, you loathsome, deluded hack, you, at least remember you’re not alone in feeling that way. When it’s not crushing the will to live out of you, the device does have its uses - it keeps you self-critical and locked in working to improve mode. If we were all quite satisfied with our output, I suppose we’d be out of reasons to try harder next time.

When you need some reassurance, compare old work to new. Evolution is gradual and difficult to perceive if you’re narrowed in on the nearest data point, but if you’ve been steadily working on characters for a few months or a year, you’ll likely see a favorable difference between points A and B.

Most of all, don’t dwell on achieving some sort of endgame in which you’re finally there as a character artist. There’s no such place - wherever you are, there is somewhere else. It’s a moving goal post. Your energy will be better spent just enjoying the process…and that much will show in the results.

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