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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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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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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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apparently einstein defines madness as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

i call that practice....

so in short , if you wanna get good...

you gotta go a little bit crazy XD

huzzah!

(i cant believe that this has to be said but... this is a fun little joke from the same guy that brought you the sheer brilliance of dildo baggins, don't take me too seriously, god knows i don't XD)
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
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Secret Wars: Star Wars

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Coming this summer to a comic store (or digital tablet) near you is Marvel Comic’s big blockbuster publishing event! We’ve been told from their editorial team that it is the crossover event to end all crossover events.


We certainly hope so!


When Robert Oppenheimer famously said “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds” after the atomic bomb was used on Japan bringing World War II to a dramatic close, he was remarking on his part in the creation of the atom bomb. It wasn’t what he had in mind when he created it, but very few of us can control how our ideas are utilized by higher powers-that-be.


In 1984, Jim Shooter, then Marvel Comic’s Editor-In-Chief, created the first company-wide crossover, Secret Wars. This event had the core characters of the Marvel universe transported to another world to face their most deadly foes in mortal combat. This initial crossover would be a huge event that would have long-lasting ramifications for the company’s main characters. It was bold, audacious and it was incredibly successful. Therein lies the rub.


DC Comics has just copied Marvel and begun creating their own “Earth-shattering” events. Changes were made to both company’s lines that brought in more fans but lost some of their older fans. With every event the companies get to make a cash grab using dozens of variant covers.



Over twenty years later the industry has serious event fatigue.


Retailers and fans alike are tired of being milked like cows for cash and have been making themselves heard by dropping titles.


This summer Marvel is going to revive every crossover they have ever done into one last event (hopefully) and while it promises to be a big one, they could just go one step further.


The Marvel Universe was created to be a unique place the characters would inhabit and while Jack Kirby would create many other realities, none of them were in any way a duplicate of the Marvel Universe. But that doesn’t stop someone like Alan Moore.


Alan Moore and Alan Davis created the first true Marvel multiverse on their Captain Britain run.



Captain Britain had been killed along with his universe and the two Alans would bring him back. This would be the first time we heard the reference to the current Marvel universe as being numbered 616. The multiverse was endless allowing for endless variations of the their characters. Someone dies, bring him back by using an alternate universe version of the character.


With that in mind and the fact that Disney recently brought another huge franchise from the director George Lucas, we have to wonder which of these universes holds the Star Wars characters and even more excitingly, which of them would be the one where the characters from both universes can exist in the same place.


Well, most of us in the community realize that if you think of something you can bet that someone else in the community has already thought of it. Tony Stark, the Iron Stormtrooper? Yeah, that’s been done. Nick Fury Agent of the Jedi? Done, too. Darth Doom, Dark Lord of the Sith? Yup!


If this is Marvel finally waking up to the fact that “events” are pushing away more and more fans every year, and this is definitely the last one, then adding a Star Wars/Marvel mash-up universe to the mix might even get this jaded fan to pick it up as part of the sendoff.


















Your Thoughts


  1. How many of you would like to see a Star Wars/Marvel mash-up or should these universes forever be kept apart? What is your reasoning?
  2. Do you look forward to these comic crossover events or are they pricing themselves out of your range and making you resentful at being manipulated?
  3. Anyone up for the challenge of doing your own Marvel/Star Wars mash-up character and posting them in the comments below?













Coming this summer to a comic store (or digital tablet) near you is Marvel Comic’s big blockbuster publishing event! We’ve been told from their editorial team that it is the crossover event to end all crossover events.

Author/Curator: DeevElliott

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Talks with Tolkien artists: annoulaki

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 11, 2015, 7:41 AM


As a great Aragorn fan myself, I adore the gentle illustartions of :iconannoulaki: - annoulaki, a young Greek artists who depicts lovely scenes from his family life. She almost declined the interview for not being "good enough artist", but I managed to convince her that skill is not what's most important for these talks, and that her pictures are interesting and inspiring enough to be shared with you. See for yourself!

Banner of hope by annoulaki Gilraen by annoulaki

Estel by annoulaki Arwen and Eldarion by annoulaki
Coronation by annoulaki Aragorn and Arwen vitraux colored by annoulaki

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


Hi! My name is Anna and I live in Athens, Greece. I love nature, kids, animals, fantasy, books and art.

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

I first read the Lord of the Rings when I was about 9 or 10, so a large part of its deeper meaning and philosophy, that would later affect me quite a lot, didn't really register. I had already seen the movies, so I knew I was going to like the books, even though the first chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring were a bit daunting. The most vivid memory I have of that first reading is the disappointment I felt when, having made it to the part where Aragorn and the Hobbits reach Rivendell, I discovered that there were no actual scenes with Arwen! At first I was outraged, but then I realized that this gave me coplete freedom to imagine as many scenes as i wanted, exactly the way I wanted them. I ended up loving Tolkien even more.

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

I think my knowledge of Middle-earth is quite extensive, but I wouldn't go as far as to consider myself an expert. There are too many First Age events and characters I don't remember, and the Tale of the Years can give me veritable headaches, although I've made valiant efforts to memorize some of the events described (namely everything that concerns the northern Dúnedain).

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?

Well, I was 5 when the first movie came out, so I didn't really have the chance to read the books first, and come up with my own ideas of how the characters and places could look like.
I must also say that Peter Jackson's casting choices are probably the reason I'm answering these questions right now. You see at first I didn't want to have to do anything with LOTR, because I didn't like the "monsters" (orcs). So there is 9-year-old me, sitting on the couch and hiding resolutely behind my Harry Potter book, while my dad watched The Fellowship of the Ring. Thanks to some lucky coincidence, I raised my eyes to the screen the exact moment we first see Aragorn, all dark, mysterious, pipe-smoking awesomeness. That was all it took; I dropped The Goblet of Fire and proceeded to watch the movie wide-eyed and slightly drooling, barely registering my dad's smug "I told you so" face. It was like a sort of epiphany, and the start of my Tolkien obsession.
In general, I think that all the casting choices were spot on, except for Elrond, who is the only character I imagine differently (along with Boromir and Faramir's hair, obviously). And I could wax poetic about how much I love every piece of prop and scenery from the movies. They are all very unique and beautiful, and you can see the care and thought put to each and every one of them.

5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Do you want to be a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?


I have always loved art. As a kid I would spend hours looking at Rennaisance art books, and drew almost constantly. However I never considered art as a career. I think that being pressured to draw something, knowing I had to, would take away all the magic and joy I get from it (I'm also super lazy, paint with the speed of a turtle and can't focus on drawing anything if I don't have at least 3 free hours ahaed and no other responsibilities). My art is just my way of visualizing something I would like to see but doesn't already exist. That's why I never draw scenes from the movies, or things that other people have drawn or photographed.
There are many styles I like, but unfortunately I can't immitate any of them, so I don't know if I could find an influence. It's just what I have learned to do, mostly through observation.

6. Your illustrations of Middle-earth are focused on the tale of Aragorn and Arwen, depicting all stages of their relationship. What do you find most inspiring in it?

Honestly, I've never thought about what exactly it is that draws me so much to their tale, or what I find most inspiring in it. I'd have to say everything. It is my favourite love story of all time. There's one thing I'd like to clarify though. I know some people think that book!Arwen is some sort of trophy bride who stays at home and does nothing but wait for her man to save the world, and I completely disagree. I love strong female characters, I just don't think that strength lies only in weapons and combat skills; sometimes it takes even greater strength to stay behind. Even in Tolkien's idealistic Middle-earth, where things like PTSD don't even exist, war couldn't have been everyone's cup of coffee. Arwen had the capacity to be a great fighter ( after all, her family tree includes characters like Luthien, Emeldir and Galadriel), but she chose not to, and I admire her for that as much as would have admired her if she had taken a sword and gone orc-slaying with her brothers and her fiancé.

7. Is the character of Aragorn special to you, and in what way?

Aragorn is the most special fictional character I have ever encountered, and definitely one of my role models (plus the man of my dreams since I was 9, let's not forget that). I would need pages upon pages to describe exactly why I love him so much, because I admire every aspect of his personality. If I had to pinpoint the most important traits that make him so special to me, I think I would choose his unwavering hope (because I tend to despair easily, and a character who literally represents hope comes in handy in those situations ), and his humbleness. The fact that even though he is the most amazing man in Middle-earth (and beyond), he chooses to hide it and walk around being called names by the very villagers he spends his life protecting.

8. What art technique is your favourite? Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

I'm much more comfortable with pencils than any other technique, mostly because I haven't really put much effort to them, so I'd say that pencils are my favourite. Sadly when it comes to art I tend to be a bit lazy and stick to the techniques I already know, but I'd very much like to try digital painting and acrylics.

9. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists, or that you would really like to learn yourself?

I don't really think I can help the other artists here, most of them are much more talented than me! But I'd like to say that nothing is impossible when you're willing to try, and you should always push your limits, otherwise you'll never know what you're capable of. As for me I'd like to learn how to draw more realistically.

10. Where do you see your art in a few years?

In a much better state, hopefully.

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

A choice worth making by annoulaki

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
My falcon by annoulaki
This is my first attempt at acrylics from 6 years ago, that miraculously turned out all right, and a subject very close to my heart. Also tomorrow is my volunteer day at the wildlife clinic and I'm excited!

- a picture that fits your current mood?

family nap by annoulaki
I'm sleepy :) (Smile)

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Upon Cerin Amroth by annoulaki

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
Per ardua ad astra by annoulaki
I was present at a wildly homophobic and borderline crazy - no, scratch that, it was batshit crazy - discussion today, and I promptly spent the rest of the day on restoremyfaithinhumanity.net/ to calm down. Those two helped as well :) (Smile)


12. 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.


I don't think there is someone in my life who has inspired my art. There are a lot of people I admire, both on and off dA, but I can't say I draw inspiration from them. My parents and my friends have always been proud and supportive to a fault, and manage to put up with me even when I act like a 5-year-old and hide my drawings because I'm embarassed. The person who has most supported me on dA is :iconannathelle26: , who is just amazing!

13. 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?


Season's Grootings by maichan-artSpring time - Colors of the wind by Celiarts
   005 by Tanmorna
Asgardian snapshots: Odin, you cad! by Iulie-OQueens Of Numenor - Princess Silmarien by shyangellGaladriel and Arwen by evankart

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

I'm very glad that you exist! Lots of love from Greece!

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

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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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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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*Title stolen from a well-known and favourite book of mine
Part 1: Submitting with POWER

I know there are a million "how to be popular" guides on DA and a million more parody versions of them. This article isn't about becoming popular, or starting drama or racking up pageviews as fast as possible for the sake of seeing a larger number.

This article won't make your art better, or make you more a more popular personality. However, what I've noticed is that many artists are missing out on feedback and exposure that they should be getting if not for a few common mistakes. Time after time, I've read on Artist's Confessions, or just browsing through members' personal journals that their gallery doesn't recieve any traffic and they can't improve because they're not getting any feedback. They feel like their lack of popularity is a personal statement. That their art isn't worth looking at. This is entirely untrue.

Hopefully this will help you, the underexposed artist, to bring your art forward into DA.

Before we start, I want to make it clear that many people use DA for different reasons, and that it's ok to just use DA as a personal storage for your drawings if you're not looking for exposure. This was written for those who are seeking more feedback and networking opportunities for their art. Both ways are fine, but if you want friends and comments, you need to be active in going out and getting them. Your art could be the very best in the world, but if you just submit it blankly and then sit back and twiddle yoru thumbs, wondering why you're not getting any views, you're kinda shooting yourself in the foot.

And here's the kicker: it may not be the quality of your art. So many artists lose confidence because they're not getting as much feedback as X artist out there. Unless the difference between your art is staggering (a middle schooler vs a professional illustrator) the main reason between your levels of feedback probably isn't the quality of your art. Many professionals quietly use DA as a portfolio or storage, not taking advantage of the networking opportunities available. They've been on here for years but either through lack of desire or lack of knowledge, haven't pushed their art out into the open forum.

Your skill is not the biggest issue when it comes to getting feedback in DA.
Your attitude and your willingness to challenge yourself is.

Your skill will always improve if you seek feedback and take in what you recieve.
Your attitude is what will build your skill up or tear it down.


Be open.
Be positive.
Be constructive.
Be humble.
Be honest.

Don't pity yourself.
Don't tear others down.
Don't turn DA into a competition.
Don't worry so much.
Don't be shallow.



Submitting your art. But is it worth submitting?

You know how I said skill doesn't matter? It doesn't. But effort does. Doodles and joke-art are fine, but put them where they belong: in scraps or on Tumblr or Photobucket. Keep DA about the art. No demotivators, or cut 'n paste fan-art or art you just didn't put your whole ass into. Really, if even you felt lazy doing it, chances are, other people will think it looks lazy, too. Submit your best work, not every doodle you do on a napkin. (art dumps and sketchbook progress are fine, I'm more refering to a cluttered gallery with 500+ individual pieces)

When you're able to select your best work, now we can go on to really promoting the good stuff. And you know what? If you make a piece that you're especially proud of, you should definitely promote the heck out of it. Show it off to people and get attention for that piece. Don't overpromote every piece you make, just the ones that you are particularly proud of and that best show your current skill level. Let the so-so stuff slide, but if you worked hard on a piece, show it off!

Category

Your art has to go somewhere. DA is huge. If you're a new member, I highly suggest exploring DA's treed system of categories to become better aquainted with where your submission might belong.

Quite simply, put your deviation where it belongs. Doing so otherwise, in the long run, is just shooting yourself in the foot.

It's true that Deviantart imposed a new ranking system for popular categories that puts a handicap on well-known galleries like Fan Art and Digital Art, while boosting the exposure of categories like Artisan Crafts and Street Art. It's also true that some people choose to deliberately miscategorize their work to recieve this extra bump of potential attention, but in the long run, it doesn't benefit anyone.

By miscategorizing your work, you make it so that people can't search or browse for your work unless you categorize it properly. Yes, putting your digital fanart in Tattoos may have it hit the popular>8hour page for a few minutes, but no one will be able to find your fanart again because they won't look in tattoos. The reason why is obvious. It's not a tattoo, and it's a rarely used category. People don't browse it. People won't look for fanart in it. You're sacrificing long-term exposure and views for short-term gain.

And of course, people hate you. Duh. They see you being manipulative and trying to cheat the system and think less of you as an artist and a user. Great way to get fans, no? Honesty is the best policy here. If you make fan-art, put it in fan-art. People will look for it there and will find it. It works better for you and for everyone in the long run.

EDIT: It's ok to make mistakes or to not be sure about where your piece belongs. Not sure if it's macro or still life? You can submit it to the category you think it fits best, then either ask in the description where people think it should go, or send a note to your friendly gallery mod.

Description

Anything can go here, right? Well, yes, but there are also things you can do to help increase your exposure. Aside from your own comments, you can ask for critique, or, as a premium member, place hand-picked thumbs to similar deviations in your gallery.

Personally, I can't stand the "more from" feature on the upper right of the deviation page. It shows other pieces in your gallery, but they're never relevant, and often they show old, bad work. If you're going to do your own "more from" feature, pick out thumbnail links that are relevant to what people would logically want to go to next. Always think about who is viewing your art, and what taste they might have. Getting inside other people's heads and understanding what they want is the best way to know what to give them.

If your art is pokemon fanart, you could just link to your other pokemon fanart. This lets people know that you have more to show, rather than chancing on them feeling like they perhaps maybe should go to your gallery and check it out if they have time maybe if they feel like it, but OH HEY DISTRACTED LEAVE. Keep people interested in your whole gallery, not just a single piece.

When making a thumbnail network, keep it cyclical.

In picture 1
Link it to 2, 3, 4, 5

In picture 2
Link it to 1, 3, 4, 5

In picture 3
Link it to 1, 2, 4, 5

And so on. This leads people around your gallery without getting lost and without having to go back to your main page and main gallery to browse. You may lose a few hits on your profile page, but people are looking at your art and that is what you want.

You can see my example of thumblooping here: Glasses Stock pack 1 by RobynRose I post related, relevant deviations in the immediate vicinity of my content. Unfortunately, this is only available to premium members.

Keywords

Keywords are what will make or break your art's exposure in the long run. Sure, you may be close to the front page of popular/8hour for a while, but once that drops off, your art is sinking down into a bottomless abyss with no hope of return to the surface if you don't have a way for people to search or browse for your art.

Make no mistake, DA's search function is horribly weak, but this is all the more reason to overcompensate, not ignore it. When people are able to find your art in the long run, they will keep coming back to it, even long after you have posted it and it is not ranked on the new or popular pages.

Put your name in your keywords. Every time.

Open up a new tab of DA.
Switch the rankings to "popular-> all time"
Type "Kxhara" into the search

Don't worry, I'll wait.

You get me. Pages and pages of me. Because I put my name in my keywords, when people search for it, they get me.

Put your piece title in your keywords

Believe it or not, DA's search does wonky things when you don't have your title in your keywords, and sometimes it won't find it at all. If someone is looking for a specific piece of yours, this is an easy way for them to find it. It also provides a starting ground for filling out the rest of your keywords.

Use all of your keyword space

You're not given that many, fill them all out. You don't need to spam or use irrelevant tags like #Bieber or whatever. Just describe the important elements of your art and most importantly, consider what people are looking for in your art. What will they search for if they were to search for your art?

Good keywords include characteristics, style, and information. Some of it might be abstract, but try not to be too vague or too micro-specific.

Kxhara <- My name
Walking
In
The
Night <- Title

People can't spell. Compensate for this.

Forest
Forrest
bridge
brige
bridg
mountain
mountin
mounton
beauty
beutie

Use synonyms and variations of keywords. Not everyone thinks the same

Face
Profile
Portrait
Head
Girl
Female
Woman
Photo
Picture
Image
Draw
Drawing
Fantasy
Fantastic
Dark
Elf
Elves
Elven
Elfin

If you speak another language, or want to appeal to a non-english speaking audience, you can add non-english keywords as well.

Do a popular -> All time search for "doll"

Now search for the French "poupee"
Or the Norwegan "dukke"

These are all words for "doll" yet they all return different search results because of language. Knowing what other people are searching for will help them find you.
Personally, I don't speak any other languages well enough to do that, so people who want to use my stock must have a basic grasp of English.

I know you're all excited by now, and you just want to mash that submit button as hard as possible to get your art up onto DA, but if you take the time to properly submit, categorize and keyword your art, you will get better exposure in the long run.

As an example, here are the keywords I've used for my "Let's Draw lighting Angles" stock image Let's Draw Lighting Angles by RobynRose

kxhara stock photo photograph picture image reference head headshot portrait girl female woman eye mouth lips angle draw help tutorial let's lets angle light lighting backlit front back side up down dark shadow shade shading rembrandt bulb

Critique

If you're a premium member and interested in getting serious feedback about your work, enable critique if you want. It doesn't necessarily increase your exposure very much (though it does place your deviation on an open list of critiquable items) it does let those who view your art know that you're looking for help improving. If you don't have a premium membership, you can simply write in the description that you're looking for critique.

Prints

We're going to ignore this, because this is about getting feedback and improving, not selling our art. Unless there is a growing demand for your art, it's not necessary to make prints of everything so soon. Learn more, get better, become known, then make money. For now, we're focusing on networking, not cash.

Groups

Now you've just submitted your work to the great wide internet. You sit back and twiddle your thumbs. You're done, right? Not yet. We haven't considered groups. Groups are the vital catalyst to attracting more people to your art. Be they one-time viewers or potential long-term friends and critics.

Submitting to groups puts your deviation in group watchers lists, even if they're not directly wacthing you. If they're looking for pokemon fanart and following a pokemon fanart group and you submit to it, they're able to find your work and see you as an artist. Groups are networking gold for users to meet and interact with each others' art.

Look at your art like you did for keywords. Decide what elements of it you want to highlight with groups.

Is it fanart?
Is it a certain theme? Fantasy, Dark, Realism, Kawaii?
Is it Anime?
Does it have action? Romance? Drama?
Is it a photograph?
Is that photograph a resource?
Is it an artisan craft, but also a fan-craft?

There's a group for this. There's always a group. In fact, most times there are multiple groups and clubs dedicated to certain things, and luckily for you those groups usually have affiliates you can browse through to find similar groups to your liking. One portrait photography group is probably affiliated with a black-and-white-only photography group. There is no limit to the amount of groups you can join as long as you

DON'T SPAM

It's not necessary. Really. There are enough groups out there that your deviation will fit into properly that there's no need to miscategorize or missubmit your work for negative attention. Read the rules of the group, follow them, and you will do fine.

So, say you drew a piece of digital fan-art with a romantic couple in a winter scene.

There are groups for digital art, groups for winter backgrounds and scenes, groups for couples and romance, groups for characters and generally groups for the whole show or series. All of these different groups widen your exposure based on content. And that can be better for you than just submitting your deviataion to only fan-art groups or only digital art groups. You're bringing in different people with different interests and experiences to your art.

Variety is the spice of life. Start where you are, but go and seek out new places to network and new people to meet and look at your art. A well-run group will have helpful members and generally also has things to do like challenges, contests and themes, but we'll get to that in part 2: Going Out and Getting That Feedback

using my Let's Draw Light Angles submission as an example: Let's Draw Lighting Angles by RobynRose

I decided to pursue groups that would find a stock image / tutorial of lighting angles helpful.
Yes, this is a photograph, but it's not an artistic photograph, so there's no need to submit it to photography groups that wouldn't look at it and wouldn't find it helpful. I chose to focus on groups that are based around stock and resources, but also tutorial groups. While this may not be a tutorial in itself, people who are looking for lighting tutorials will probably also be looking for sample images like this.

:icontutorialsclub: (tutorial and drawing) :icontutorialsforyou: (tutorial and drawing) :icondaposes: (stock collection) :iconshopping-for-stock: (stock collection) :iconhumanartreference: (anatomy tutorials and stock)

Just to name a few.

Network with relevant groups to create a stonger presence for yourself and for those groups themselves. They want to have you bring in watchers and new member to their groups! You don't need to worry about getting your work into large or exclusive elitist groups. If you're invited, great. If not, you're just sharing your work with a different audience.
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