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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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Our theme for May and June is Customs. They are defined as cultural ideas — a patterned way of behaving that is considered characteristic of a social system. Customs regulate social interactions. Do you shake hands, bow or kiss when greeting someone?

Customs or traditions are unwritten ways of doing things, handed down from one generation to another. They vary from society to society and differences in customs can create confusion, unintentional faux pas or even conflict.

How do customs figure in Tolkien’s work? The Hobbits have a custom of giving gifts on their birthdays, rather than receiving them. Faramir and his men take a moment of silence and look to the West before meals. Dwarves do not share their secret names with others. Finwë’s uncustomary second marriage set off a sequence of events that eventually led to the Exile of the Noldor.

How do customs vary among the races and cultures of Tolkien’s world? What are some obscure customs that might surprise us to learn? Are some customs shared among the inhabitants of Arda? Do some customs lead to humorous confusion or embarrassment in those that are unfamiliar with them? Or do they lead to conflict and misunderstanding?

How did these customs develop? How or when did some custom first start? How might one society’s custom be misinterpreted by another?

The possibilities are endless — show us how customs differ among the inhabitants of Middle Earth. Or how they are the same. Or how some of our beloved characters may have offended and incensed those around them. Or caused great confusion or hilarity. It’s your choice!

Thanks to Scribe of Telcontar for the suggestion.

And the winners are:

Clothes Maketh the Man by Finfinfin 2nd place :trophy:
In the Eye of the Beholder by lotrfan 3rd place :trophy:
Starry Firmament and Seafoam by My blue rose 2nd place :trophy:
Two Kings Come Calling by Mirrordance 1st place :trophy:

If you would like to illustrate any of these stories, you can take part in our special all-year-round artistic challenge!

The Teitho archive does not allow reviews, but as soon as the stories are posted somewhere else online, we will update the stories with a link. Follow us on facebook, tumblr or twitter to get a notification about this!

And this is the winner and participation banner for this challenge:

Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!

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

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Talks with Tolkien artists: CKGoksoy

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 14, 2018, 3:35 AM


Prepare for a dose of epicness with this talk! There will be battles and dragons, since those are the favourite topics of a great turkish digital artist Çağlayan Kaya Göksoy :iconckgoksoy: - CKGoksoy. You can find more of these in his Middle-Earth gallery:

Spirit of Fire by CKGoksoy
Bridge of Khazad-dum by CKGoksoy Lament for Boromir by CKGoksoy
By the Gates Of Angband by CKGoksoy
Ancalagon the Black by CKGoksoy
Glaurung The Deciever by CKGoksoy

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

- Hi! I'm Çağlayan Kaya Göksoy, I know you can't spell that so no worries :D (Big Grin) I'm a self taught artist from Turkey, currently "studying" graphic design but not really. As most of you I have been painting, drawing stuff since I was a child and decided that I didn't want a regular job so I clenched my teeth and grind through years. Hopefully I'm a bit more professional than before :) (Smile)

2. What brought you to deviatArt and how did you pick your username?


- I joined to Deviantart in my early highschool years -oh wow it's been 8 years already. I was mostly drawing superheroes, video game characters etc. on the backs of my notebooks and stumbled upon this site and I was like "Oh yeah people would definetely want to see my amazing drawings!" Ah, so naive... :D (Big Grin)

My previous user name was "Skyrace" which is roughly my name surname in English "Göksoy". CKGoksoy looks more formal and easy to remember so I changed it last year I think.

3. How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?

- Ah, so when The Fellowship of The Ring and The Two Towers came out I was like 6-7 years old and didn't have the chance to catch those, but my father took me to theatre to see The Return of The King a year later. No need to say, I was blown away. For an 8 year old kid that experience was spectacular. I tried to draw everything I remembered as soon as I got home and didn't stop for days. Ofcourse most of the important details flew over my head as I was mostly focused on the spectacle :D (Big Grin).

4. How much did the movies influence your imagination when reading the books?


- To my shame, for some reason I read the books completely much later. Probably I needed more brain power to process all of the stuff going on. While I was reading most of the characters, voices and set pieces were like their movie counterparts. I think Peter Jackson did an excellent job on creating the Middle-Earth and on casting. Ofcourse having an awesome team of creators and artists is the most important aspect of this success I believe.

5. Some of Tolkien's books can be hard to read, being more of history annals than beletry. Do you enjoy the scholarly side of studying Tolkien's world as well?


- That aspect was the hook for me actually, the world was written in a way that it felt lived in. It is full of details, shadowy corners and in the same time open to roam in. I spent countless hours on reading the appendices, letters and studies regarding Middle-Earth. And most likely I still have a lot more to read! :) (Smile)

Vinyamar by CKGoksoy

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

- Ah man... It has to be Samwise. I mean it's actually hard for me to choose one because I have several favourite characters from different time periods like most people I imagine. When it comes to Sam however, I think it's because he is the friend we all want and need, he is a great role model. Be like Sam. -2 and 3 would be Tom Bombadil and Glorfindel.

7. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? You are a professional artist; how did you decide to pursue this career? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?


- My art... Hmm. Well I decided to pursue art as a profession in the last year of highschool. I was more or less expected to study architecture or engineering, and when the time has come to decide on which university and such I realised I just wanted to paint, so I went for graphic design.

As for working on a professional level, it's fairly new. I have been working as a freelance illustrator for only 2 years. I was pretty shy about taking jobs since I didn't feel confident in my art, so I grinded as much as I can, I'm still not really confident haha.

When it comes to the influences, I can't really give you a specific answer since everything I read, watched, played, listened have some degree of influence on what I think and create. As with all of us, we are our experiences. Ofcourse there are great artists, directors, writers that I can name as much as I can that gave me "Woah!" moments, and certainly artists like Ted Nasmith, John Howe, Bob Ross, James Mccarthy and many I can't remember the names of sadly showed me what one can achieve with colors but in the end even simple conversations with friends influenced most of my paintings.

8. Your pictures mostly depic epict battles or dragons. I suppose drawing idyllic landscapes does not suit you? :D (Big Grin) What draws you to draw these dynamic scenes and how do you choose the themes and characters?


- Well landscapes are nice and all but I don't possess the ability to make a landscape interesting and make it tell a story :D (Big Grin) I'm more driven to characters and their interactions. I enjoy the stillness of a frame in chaos. That little "calm" moment in the movies, books etc. is what I'm interested in, so I try to convey those as close as I feel.

Shieldmaiden of Rohan by CKGoksoy

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

- Hmm... Star Wars is definetely one of them :D (Big Grin) I actually have a folder full of fanarts that I started to paint but never had the time to finish them. I have at least a couple of paintings for most of the books I read recently, Kingkiller Chronicles, The Expanse and Gentleman Bastards are the ones that first came to my mind. Basically if there is a nice story whether it's a movie, book or video game, I definetely have some sketches for it :D (Big Grin)

Dragon Lair by CKGoksoy

10. There is a poll on your page saying that you are almost done with the overall script of the comic and the universe. Would you mind telling us a bit more about this comic?

- Ah yes, the comic that I can't finish. Around 7 years ago I started to write down short stories about The Cauldron -that being the fictional world I created- over time I kept building this universe. 2 years ago I decided that I should take this lore and put it in use, so I began working on it with a serious intent. Needless to say, the lack of proper knowledge on how to manage a script and story proved stressful. Many alterations were made but I think now I'm in a good place regarding the story.

The Cauldron isn't really set in one time frame such as medieval fantasy or future. Right now the comic mentioned is set in more of a victorian era, I enjoy steampunk and fantasy so I said why not both :D (Big Grin) Since the past and the future of the universe is already written, I'm trying to write this particular one as a stepping point for people to get into the universe. Hopefully it will turn out ok :D (Big Grin)

11. As a professional artist, do you have as much time to draw what you want as you would wish? Were you able to keep the passion for art that is typical for hobbyists?

- I can't really find time for personal projects lately but while I paint for other people I try to accept the jobs that resonates with me and sounds fun. So that way while I'm painting I don't really feel like working. Ofcourse there were times that I pull my hair and such but luckily I had nice clients more than bad ones :D (Big Grin)

12. 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 really like oil painting and wanted to practice it myself, I have been working almost all the time on digital media for the past 3 years. As far as it goes I'm trying to implement 3D into my work, but again that takes time.

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

- The only valid advice I can give is to be patient and practice as much as you can. There are no shortcuts so the skills you need to learn have to be learnt and kept polished. I did the mistake of getting ahead of myself and jump into advanced stuff, that lead to a painful realisation of when you are a beginner artist you have a raw ego which must be destroyed in order to improve. So learn from other's mistakes too. Starve the ego, be humble and you will improve faster and be healthier.

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

Shieldmaiden of Rohan by CKGoksoy

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

Episode VIII by CKGoksoy

- picture fits your current mood?

Must be this one :D (Big Grin)
Paladin by CKGoksoy

- picture was hardest to paint?

I think I won't be able to share the hardest one yet, NDAs... But from the ones in my gallery:
The Hunter's New Grounds by CKGoksoy

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

Enter Smaug by CKGoksoy
This one is fairly simplistic compared to most of my works but I really enjoyed paintings this one.

15. 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.

- Well I should definetely thank to my parents, as they managed to keep up with my unconventional decisions through the years :D (Big Grin)
Also the fantastic people here on DA that gave me critics and commented on my works, you are awesome!
There are many great artists on DA I want to mention here but it would take too much space :D (Big Grin)

16. 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?

- Almost all of my friends are more known than me so it's hard to find one :D (Big Grin)

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

- You guys are awesome, please keep up the spirit of fantasy and create your own art! There are so many stories to tell, to paint, to sing. And if you like my art, I humbly thank you for your support, if not I hope I can improve myself more in future :D (Big Grin)

I wish you all a nice and happy day!

Thank you for your time and answers!


Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire

Talks with Tolkien artists: dieroteiris

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 7, 2018, 1:27 PM


:icondieroteiris: - dieroteiris is a minimalist - her pictures tells stories with just a few lines. She also has Dwarves and dragons wandering the walls of her flat! Take a look at her gallery - you can find her Tolkien-related pictures in three folders: The Hobbit, Mightiest and Fairest of all F-Elves' :) and Tolkien - Other. Here are just a few examples:


Of Niniel and Glaurung by dieroteiris Of the Sun and the Moon by dieroteiris
Of the Burning of the White Ships by dieroteiris Farmer Giles of Ham II by dieroteiris
East End by dieroteiris The Black Rider by dieroteiris
Of Beren's and Luthien's Arrival at Thangorodrim by dieroteiris discovering pipe weed by dieroteiris

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

Hullo,
I'm Claudia aka Die Rote Iris. I'm around 30ish and I'm living in the south of Germany. My hometown is in the vicinity of  Munich which some of you maybe know.
I'm an amateur artist, I've been drawing ever since ... kindergarten. But I'm also a dietician and a gardener. Currently I’m working for the 'Deutsches Museum München', which includes a lot of commuting and a lot of reading.
I'm a big Fantasy and Science Fiction fan, but I'm also in love with nature, minimalism and art nouveau, which I think you can tell from looking at my pictures.

What brought you to deviatArt and what has been your experience with it?

I've known deviantArt for man years before I joined. But it was always something other people did.
Also I was quite sensitive about my English skills.
But someday around 2014 - I had just started a new job and everything felt like new beginnings - I joined. Without any long planing or wanting to. Just did.

My overall experience is very positive. I've discovered a great many amazing artists, made a few new friends and rediscovered some old ones.
I love the diversity here on deviantArt. There really is something for everybody - be it traditional watercolour city scapes or digitally rendered space ships. Also I'm delighted about how geeky everybody here is!

How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?

I kind of stumbled upon Tolkien by accident. I was part of a group that dressed up and went to renaissance fairs where I met my future husband and his peer group of fantasy nerds. They were all huge Tolkien fans (still are) and organised monthly Tolkien moots and the like.

Obviously I felt compelled to read the books. I confess I struggled with them at first. They seemed slow, outdated and went on and on - with this stupid ring still not destroyed ... But someday it was like the flick of a switch and something changed. Suddenly there was this complex and rich world before me with so much to discover, so much detail, so much history ...
And the parts that seemed slow before are now my favourites!

Today I'm a member of the German Tolkien Society (www.tolkiengesellschaft.de) and try to make a habit of reading the books every other Christmas.

So did your interest in Tolkien become scholarly as well, like it happens to many fans who delve into the world too deeply?

Just a tiny little bit, but not really.
Though I have friends who immersed themselves deeply into Tolkien's world an can tell you the exact details of the evolution of the elves or quote Tolkien's letters from heart. I've also attended some Tolkien conferences and found them extremely fascinating.

For myself I'm interested in cuisine, farming, plant life and the climate of various regions of Tolkien's world. I like to think about what the are growing and eating in the different regions of middle earth and try to match them to cuisines in our world.

What about the movies? Did they influence your imagination of Middle-earth and Tolkien's characters?

Not much I hope!
To be honest I'm not really a fan of the movies (especially the Hobbit-trilogy - I didn't even watch the last one of those).
True, after the 2001 middle earth just looked like New Zealand for a while.
But I think I've managed to keep that influence for myself to a minimum. 
Luckily there are many great Tolkien artist out there who inspire me and help me form my own pictures about the middle earth in my head.

Who are the most inspiring Tolkien artists to you, then?

Well, there's Tolkien himself of course! I especially love his drawings of Mirkwood.

I really like Cor Blok (his minimalistic style), Ruth Lacon (the colourful, stylised paintings), the pictures of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Rodney Matthews (his insect inspired pictures are sooo strange), German artist Anke Eissmann, old illustrators like Pauline Baynes and Horus Engels and of course the great Alan Lee!

Tolkien artist on DeviantArt I admire are s-u-w-i, faQy, EKukanova, DonatoArts... and surely many more that I've forgotten.

Honorary mentions to the brothers Hildebrand (I don't really like their pictures, but they are so ... strange...), John Bauer (not a Tolkien artist but a huge inspiration of mine) and Paul Kidby (also not a Tolkien artist).

How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate in your minimalistic style? Do the topics have to be suitable for the style, or would you be able to depict any topic in it?

I mostly rely on gut feeling when choosing scenes to draw. My subconscious and I have a fairly good relationship and from time to time it comes up with an idea for me to draw. It's convenient that way.
When I was illustrating 'The Silmarillion' it was not that easy because my goal was to do at least one drawing per chapter. As a result some of the pictures feel a bit ... forced.

I would like to tell you I can draw anything but I fear that’s not true.
I prefer quiet, nature and outdoorsy scenes. Energetic, dynamic ones are harder for me to depict.

Of the Old Dwarven Road by dieroteiris  

A good example for a quiet drawing is 'Of the Old Dwarven Road' which I'm fairly pleased with.
A dynamic scene you can see in 'Of Numenor sinking' which I'm not so proud of.

Of Numenor sinking by dieroteiris

Next to Tolkien, plants are a major topic in your gallery. What is your relation to them, and to drawing them?

As a gardener you don't necessarily have to love nature, but it helps! It helps me anyway.
I'm outside on a daily basis and I love to watch plants grow and change during the seasons of the year.
It's a fascination that permanently increasing.

Many ideas for pictures come from the things that surround me. As I am outside so often, it's plants and flowers and birds and weather ... that inspire me.

Cristallo Di Ghiaccio VIII by dieroteiris

This one for example came from a cold, frosty morning in spring.

Do you have an ambition to stay true to this style, or do you have plans to try some other styles and techniques as well?

Surely I will chance. I don't feel the need to repeat myself over and over.
I'll go where the road takes me.

The last few years I had a phase where I matched drawings of plants with tiny stick-figures.
(There are a lot of pictures in my stack that I haven't published yet. Shame on me)
Like that one for example (not a Tolkien one):

Tiny by dieroteiris

I also like to try new techniques. The focus on ink and watercolours is mainly due to circumstances.
(Tiny flat, little working space ...)

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

Be open for new ideas and trust your gut feeling.
Stay curious and if you have the chance learn new things.

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

This is a triptych showing the dwarves and Bilbo (and Gandalf) on their way through 'Mirkwood forest'.
It's one of the first pictures which turned out the way I wanted it to. I'm really proud of it.
Also it's heavily inspired by John Bauer.

I've even won a prize for it (from the Spanish Tolkien society) so others seem to like it too.

Down The Road by dieroteiris


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

They are both from a phase in 2009 (dear god that’s over ten years ago!) when I was drawing these trees with eyes in them and goblins with leaves as hair. I still love them!

jet to be named - suggestions? by dieroteiris   Hobgoblin by dieroteiris


- picture fits your current mood?

My vacation is coming up and it's high time.
I'm looking forward to going cycling and spending the midday heat somewhere in the grass daydreaming and listening to the birds.

Tagtraum - Daydream by dieroteiris


- picture was hardest to paint?

That one.
Took me a whole weekend to paint - was worth every minute!

Grantchester Meadows by dieroteiris


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

Not one but three picture.
I've made a habit of painting little pictures on the walls of my flats. Here are three Tolkien ones. The 'Hither Shores' in my bathroom and the Dwarves on their way to 'Mirkwood Forest' with the 'Lonely Mountain' just behind the bedroom drawer.
Why? Because they were fun to paint and I think it's a nice way to decorate ones flat.

Anderswelt - Hither Shores by dieroteiris
Anderswelt  - the Dwarves on their way to Mirkwood by dieroteiris Anderswelt  - The Lonely Mountain by dieroteiris

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.

I'd like to thank all of you at dA for being so very, very creative and inspiring.
And for your open welcome especially DavidStaege for being a great guy and Art-and-books for printing many great cards for us (including our wedding invitations!).

There wasn't really any key person in my life - but a lot of people who have been very sportive of all the strange notions of mine. First and foremost there are my parents and my husband. But also some very dear friends who encourage me, hang up some of my pictures and in some cases let me paint part of their walls. Special thanks go to my brother who provides me with a wall in his home for my latest project.

Wall of Geek - WIP by dieroteiris

Concerning inspiration, my first one were my grandmothers chicken in our backyard. :) (Smile)
Later on there were many classical fantasy artist whom I adored. For example Rodney Matthews, Amy Brown, Brian Froud and Bruce Pennington...
Today there are a some artists who inspire me: performer Amanda Palmer (for the sheer bloody-mindedness with which she defies convention), writer Neil Gaiman (he has such a strange mind and isn't afraid to show us) and artist Elfi Cella (who makes such fabulous botanical collages). Also a lot of inspiration comes from nature (especially birds, butterflies and native plants), all things concerning Art Noveau (or Jugendstil as we call it in Germany) and the minimalist movement...

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 of your favourite pictures from their gallery?

This is a hard one. There are so many great artist out there and they all deserve more attention!
I've narrowed it down to seven - less was not possible:

Tolkien artists:

Earendil by aegeri  


  Luthien Tinuviel on the way by goraakkaya


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

Tolkien's world is vast and manifold. I'd like to see in imagined in every way possible. Please continue to be creative and original - don't let there be one 'officially approved' way middle earth has to look like, which can never change!

To all artists here on dA (myself included) I'd like to say: "Keep on talking!"
Everybody appreciates a Llama or a fav, but it's so much better to receive a question or a compliment.
Ask about our work, tell us what you like, what you don't like, if you think something could be done better, ask us anything ... keep talking - and never stop being creative!

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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