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"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds, and hands, wielding paint and music and drama."
-J.R.R.Tolkien

Most authors dream of having their stories illustrated.
- Linda Hoyland, fanfiction author

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We are a group that unites those who write fanfiction stories for the big and wonderful world of professor Tolkien, and those who draw or paint their visions of it. Our goal is to encourage artists to read and illustrate fanfiction, and collect such stories and illustrations.

We closely collaborate with the fanfiction archives Naice a Nilme and The Silmarillion Writers' Guild and fanfiction contest Teitho

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OUR GALLERY FOLDERS:

:bulletgreen: fanfiction stories

:bulletgreen: poems

:bulletgreen: humorous and crack fanfics

:bulletgreen: fanfiction illustrations - the picture should have a link to the story or at least its title in the artist's comments. We also accept illustrations for roleplays, the Black Book of Arda and for fan movies (Born of Hope and The Hunt for Gollum)

:bulletgreen: Between the lines - here we accept pictures which themselves tell a story that is not in the books, or just hinted at, it doesn't have to have a link to a story (It can be an AU, original characters, or illustration of the characters before or after the events in the books/movies, a scene that was not showed but logically had to happen, etc.)

:bulletgreen: Teitho pictures: Teitho is a monthly fanfiction challenge, which gives you a theme to write about. Here, we challenge you to take the same theme, and draw a picture for it. It doesn't have to feature Aragorn and/or Legolas, like the written entries do. Your best pictures will be featured at the Teitho site as well.

:bulletgreen:B2MeM: Every year in March, the b2mem livejournal community organizes a Back to Middle-earth Month. This folder is for the entries created for it. (You can submit also entries from previous years)


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

:bulletred:About slash and mature content: In both pictures and stories, mature content should be put under a filter, and comply with the dA policy:FAQ #220: What is Mature Content? and FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?. Slash stories should have a warning either in the title or author's comments - authors and readers should be respectful to each other and their preferences.

:bulletred:Please, no Mary Sues in pictures or stories!

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SOME OTHER FANFICTION ARCHIVES WHERE YOU CAN LOOK FOR INSPIRATION:

:bulletgreen: fanfiction.net - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
:bulletgreen: Stories of Arda
:bulletgreen: The Silmarillion Writers' Guild


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Fallen Fire by annamare
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Ruins of Annuminas: a valley to be exalted by Drollittle
Capture - Arwen's Heart by rstrider9
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Ex Cineribus Ignis Surgetur by Whytegriffin
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Brotherly love I by Hemhet
Brotherly love II by Hemhet
Brotherly love III by Hemhet
Brotherly love IV by Hemhet
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Reflection by point-maitimo
The creation of Glaurung by sstefiart
Inktober 2019 / 29. Injured by point-maitimo
Inktober 2019 / 13. Ash by point-maitimo
Between the lines
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The two trees necklace. by jessy25522
The two trees pendant. by jessy25522
Marching to take down the wizard. by jessy25522
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Fallen Fire by annamare
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Tinfang Warble in autumn by MirachRavaia
Finrod reborn by Dreams-of-Arda
Between the lines CONTEST
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Elves in Andunie by MatejCadil
Never seen before - contest
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We collect art inspired by Tolkien fanfiction, and encourage artists to illustrate fanfiction stories
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Again the time has come for a Joker theme in December & January.

Like in a game of cards you can use the Joker card to replace any other, now you can pick any of the past challenges that stir your imagination and write a story or create art for it. You can finally write that story you wanted to write for that challenge once, but didn't have time for it, or write a story for some of the challenges that Teitho had before you even knew about its existence! Please include the title of the challenge you used with your story.

If you would like to illustrate for this challenge, you can take part in our special all-year-round artistic challenge!

Let your imaginations run wild with the turning of the year! And don't forget follow us on facebook, tumblr or twitter to get a notification about this and other events!

(You can find the list of past challenges on the left side of the Teitho website:
teitho.waking-vision.com/modul… )

Happy writing to everyone!

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

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We've reached the time of year when the season changes. The leaves turn colors, then fall, and the temperatures fall as well Our theme for November and December will be Cold.

There are many examples of cold tempuratures in MIddle Earth. The Feanoreans experienced bitter cold while crossing the ice of the Helcaraxe. The Fellowship had to turn back from their attempt to cross Caradhras because of the cold and snow they encountered there.

Of course, cold doesn't have to refer only to temperatures! Aragorn described Eowyn as being touched with frost, cold and remote. The Rangers of Ithilien may have followed a trail left by an Easterling scout that suddenly went cold, leaving them unable to find their quarry. A young man in Dol Amroth might sign up to become a Swan Knight with no true idea of what to expect during his training, and would be said to be going in cold. A child of the Mark might be thrown from a horse when learning to ride, and be knocked unconscious, or be out cold.

However you choose to use the theme, don't leave us in the cold by not submitting your story by the deadline of December 31!

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

Happy writing and drawing!

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

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Talks with Tolkien artists: Rami-fon-Verg

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 18, 2019, 6:30 AM


In this issue I bring you a talk with the creator of these wonderful pictures below, :iconrami-fon-verg: - Rami-fon-Verg
Be sure to check his gallery for more great art!

Finrod and Sauron by Rami-fon-Verg Maedhros and Sauron by Rami-fon-Verg
Burning Ships by Rami-fon-Verg Melkor by Rami-fon-Verg
Irmo-y-Namo by Rami-fon-Verg Lord Sauron by Rami-fon-Verg

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

Hello! My name is Rami fon Verg.  I'm a freelance illustrator 27y.o. from Moscow, Russia. Transgender (FTM) (He/his/him).
I'm left handed. I painted as I can remember. Now I prefer digital art, but I finished art academy as a traditional oil artist. I love fantasy, myths and legends. Books, movies, nature and music inspire me.
At this moment I'm working on commissioned arts and my own projects. My dream is to create my tarot deck and comic book about my OCs.

That sounds awesome, so let me ask right away about your original characters before we get to Tolkien. Can you introduce them and their story a little?

With great pleasure! In general, this is a story about the adventures of two twin brothers - Azrail and Svetomir. 
They live in a fantasy universe very similar to ours. But in their world magic, vampires and faerie are almost commonplace. 
The story of the brothers speaks about love, about death and about the hardships that both suffered. 
Perhaps the main thing that I want to show in it: in the world there is no clear division into black and white. There are much more shades ...

How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you? Was there any inspiration for creating your story from him?

In elementary school in our literature textbook there was an excerpt from "The Hobbit". It impressed me very much. There, Bilbo and the dwarves clashed with spiders. It was very scary and very interesting. 
I remember how after that I loved to play with toys at the rescue from the web .... Oh))
But the real acquaintance took place after the release of the second film  "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". I became interested in the universe. On the third film I went to the movies. Then I bought a DVD collection with the whole trilogy and rewatched it many times ...
I must say that this was the fate that from childhood I was surrounded by Tolkienists. My friend at art school literally got sick with Tolkien and infected me with her enthusiasm. She persuaded me to read books. 
She often told how older children in her lyceum take out the younger generation, asking for dates of Finrod’s life, for example. 
Yes, she was lucky to study at a lyceum full of Tolkienists. I also wanted to go there, I thought there was some kind of fairy-tale world)) 
But in my life everything turned out differently, and, perhaps, this is for the better. 
I had no reason to be disappointed in her amazing stories. I was filled with love for the world of Professor Tolkien, and was able to get inspiration from it for my arts.
I never went to the role-playing games and didn't run through the woods, wearing curtains. Well, I probably missed a lot) Let it be so. But I continue to communicate with people from this community. They are close and interesting to me.
As for Tolkien’s influence on my own stories — to some extent, yes. Now I will try to explain.
I grew up on the works of people inspired by the world of Middle-earth. This is a lot of songs and musicals, these are fan fiction, these are books, games and arts.All this huge cultural layer makes you think about a lot of things. For example, how unequivocal are good and evil. About what is good and what is bad. How guilty are the villains and how blameless the heroes are. 
My characters, twins Azrail and Svetomir, are antipodes to each other. One is black and the other is white. But the story tells that there are no simple and right decisions. 
I want to say that everything is very multifaceted and ambiguous in the world.

So what do you think about good and evil in Middle-earth? Is your art depicting Tolkien's character inspired by those thoughts?

It seems to me that in the works of Tolkien world history is shown by the goodies. And the villains are doomed in advance. Because good always triumphs over evil. Bad guys always stay bad. And this is somehow sad. My works on Tolkien’s world are not direct illustrations of the Silmarillion or other books. Basically, these are private commissions or gifts to my friends who are addicted to cosplay or fan fiction.
For example, my first art in the Tolkien universe appeared thanks to my friends from "House of Melkor" (creators of the same name fanzin). These guys gave me some inspirational fan fiction. (They are written in Russian, so I can't recommend them to you.)
Haha, I think it is now clear which side of the force I belong to)) 
At least that explains a lot about my artworks on Tolkien. 
It was always hard for me to draw according to the canon. Too much controversy was around. I like to keep some frivolity in what I do. I like to be naughty and play with meanings.
My growing up in a tolkienist get-together led to the fact that I'm afraid of encroaching on the canon, as if it were  holy sacred)).

What about the visual image of Middle-earth in your mind? Is it more influenced by the books or movies, or maybe other artists, and did it change over time or remained the same?

My visual image of Middle-earth is most associated with books and songs. That is, I like to fantasize, catch scraps of images that are most based on my inner world. The films influenced my vision of some characters, but not the world at large. For example, I read The Hobbit before the release of films, but now I can’t imagine Bilbo's face otherwise. But in the case of Galadriel, I fundamentally disagree with her version of the film. 
I'm extremely amused by the image of Thranduil in the films, but, again, I can't take such a character seriously. He is cool, sexy, mannered, but he is absolutely not from my Middle-earth. Rather, from his distorted version of fan fiction (which I also like, but this is no longer a canonical universe). 
There are two separate rooms in my head. One for serious and thoughtful admiring of the canon, and the second for pranks, games and entertainment, based on some Tolkien fan art.  
Some artists inspire me with their vision. For example, Elena Kukanova EKukanova. I love her artworks. They are so deep and magical. I like her vision of many characters. It's evident that her soul of the artist belongs to the Middle-earth.
Another example of an artist is Anastasiya Cemetery @anastasiyacemetery. Strong, passionate, full of feelings (and often more black humor) artworks.
I think that one way or another we are all confronted with the influence of the environment. It's unavoidable. 
And now my vision of Middle-earth is different from what it was in childhood. And, I'm sure, will change further.

Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Most of all I love Gandalf. He is a terrific character. He is an ancient, powerful magician and a very clever manipulator. He is optimistic, kind and gives people hope. I also like all the heroes of the Fellowship of the Ring. Their characters are qualitatively and deeply spelled out.

Are there some other topics in Tolkien's works that you are particularly passionate about (or just would like to talk about)?

I really like ents. These are the creatures closest to me in spirit. Seriously. I admire their eternal leisureliness and wisdom.
Perhaps, in addition to admiring the depths of the world, I can only add that Middle-earth will always remain a tempting place where I really want to visit.

How and when did you decide for a career in art and who or what influenced your style?

I decided to become an artist since childhood. At 5 years old I was sent to an art school and since then I have had no doubts about the future.
Regarding the influence in my style, answering this isn't so simple. 
At first it was my teachers at my art school and my friend (yes, the one who told me about Tolkien).
Then I found out about Vrubel. This artist amazed me. Further, the Pre-Raphaelites influenced me (They still remain my favorite artists.)
And finally, when I started draw digitaly, I learned a lot of stunning contemporary artists painting digital art. 
Among them: Ruan Jia Wei Feng Valentina Remenar 우진 오 
These are titans of art on which I want to equal.

How do you decide what to draw and what's your creative process from picking the theme to finishing a picture?

I find strange ways... I usually draw sketches for new art in the subway or at festivals. It works best for me on the road or in crowded places. A few very rough notes are enough for me to draft an idea. Next, I come home and do a color sketch in Photoshop. If the idea is still burning, I draw on. Ideas in my head come from the depths of fantasy. I rely on my favorite stories and images, and also think about how to combine this with the projects that I'm currently working on. In the end, the artwork can be very different from what was intended at the beginning. But this is good, this is the creative process.

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

Now there are more and more such things every day. It can be books, series, manga, films, anything. But recently, I was scared to draw fanarts. The reason is simple: no one will make a character better than the author. Now this barrier is over. 
My fanart list includes Harry Potter, the Versailles series, the Good Omens series, and the chinese novel Mo Dao Zu Shi (the grandmaster of demonic cultivation). Oops, it can be a spoiler)
A variety of characters inspire me. And I’m interested in showing my vision, new moments behind the scenes. 
Fanart helps not only entertain the viewer, but also convey important thoughts to them.

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

I think one of the most important tips I can give is to believe in yourself. Be curious, there are a lot of interesting things in the world. Admire the beauty. Be free. And the rest will come by itself)

Could you tell us, which
- Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Melkor And Sauron by Rami-fon-Verg

This one. I drew it quickly and with big feeling)

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

 Thanatos by Rami-fon-Verg

Maybe, this one.Thanatos. One mythology fanfic (is in Russian) inspired me, and for several years I kept sketches for it. And then the Mithbook happened (russian artbook). And I drew it.)

- picture fits your current mood?

Hahah, this is not my art, but...

LLxYbuNJ8s0 by Rami-fon-Verg

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

The King of Samhain (because the Samhain is coming)

The King of Samhain by Rami-fon-Verg

Would you like to thank somebody here? What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.

My love, my heart and my favourite artist Telion-Gall
Telion is my best support in this life. Thanks to him, I live as I want and draw what I want. And I'm happy.
I also want to thank my Painting Teacher - Ostapov Yuri Pavlovich. My life forever belongs to art. Thanks to You.
And big thanks for all my followers! You are the best.

- Would you like to use this space to give a feature to someone? 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?

Yes, these wonderful artists:

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:iconlidiash:

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

We are very lucky. If circumstances force us to stand firmly on the earth, we can choose which one.

That's a great thought :) Thank you for your time and answers!


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mysteryreason Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you please draw these stories? The first one involves nudity but not in a sexual context. You can censor it if it's a problem. The other ones should be OK:
www.diaper-dreams.com/index.ph…
www.wattpad.com/69903466-mork-…
www.fanfiction.net/s/10731830/…
www.fanfiction.net/s/11115707/…
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Irsanna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Thanks for the request!
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hushicho Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Call me when you start accepting non-heterosexual content. Cordoning it off into your favourites folder really isn't acceptable, and the whole policy of this group is incredibly heterosexist. Yeah, you'll accept crack pairings and whatever fanfic as long as it's straight, but you have to hide anything non-hetero in a folder in your favourites, not even allowing it in your gallery anywhere when you could just as easily create a folder in that gallery.

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

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

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

Thank you for being an admirable voice of reason here, and thank you as well for your patience with a confessed Middle-Earth lover who was having a very, very bad day in the fandom.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my work :heart:
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BranBolger Featured By Owner May 4, 2014

To anyone who reads this:

do you like to design fantasy characters, or do you simply like to draw digitally?

i need somebody that is willing to design the artwork for the cards and the other elements for the game that i’m making. i can’t pay you for it, because i’m only 14 years old, but if i ever get to publish the game, i will contact you to make arrangements. if you are interested in working with me, contact me atelphirstudios@gmail.com. You can also contact me on my facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Elphirs…) or my google+ (plus.google.com/u/0/b/11604482…)

also, if you know somebody that would maybe be interested, send them there!


the game that i’m making takes place in middle earth, so the style would be similar to Alan Lee’s and Jhon Howe’s, although the characters are not those appearing in the books or films.


a couple of examples of the style that I’m looking for:elifsiebenpfeiffer.deviantart.…

digital-fantasy.deviantart.com…
dleoblack.deviantart.com/art/O…
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HazelNutsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!  I'm looking for someone who knows Tengwar to help me with writing a phrase in Sindarin, just wondering if anyone in this group is familiar with it or knows someone else who is?  Thanks! :D (Big Grin)
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's actually not that hard, there are a few nice tutorials that can help you:
TUTORIAL: How to write Elvish by snurtz A Guide to Tengwar by Akinyi-Mojiko
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HazelNutsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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