"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."
Most authors dream of having their stories illustrated.
- Linda Hoyland, fanfiction author
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
OUR GALLERY FOLDERS:
humorous and crack fanfics
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)
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.)
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.
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)
The rest of Arda: because I hate declining pictures...
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.
Please, no Mary Sues in pictures or stories!
SOME OTHER FANFICTION ARCHIVES WHERE YOU CAN LOOK FOR INSPIRATION:
fanfiction.net - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
Stories of Arda
The Silmarillion Writers' Guild
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?
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.
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.
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))
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?
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.
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.
And finally, when I started draw digitaly, I learned a lot of stunning contemporary artists painting digital art.
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?
What other book or movies (or anything else) inspire you to create fanart, and why?
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.
- Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
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?
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?
Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?