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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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: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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Talks with Tolkien artists: FrerinHagsolb

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 20, 2018, 4:24 AM


The interviews got a bit less frequent lately, as I ran out of those prepared in advance, but don't worry about them stopping! (I just hope the new site design doesn't mess up the journals too much...). So here is the next in the series, a talk with a young German artist :iconfrerinhagsolb: - FrerinHagsolb. You can see a few examples of her art here, but check also her full J.R.R.Tolkien gallery!

Rising of the Night by FrerinHagsolb
Beleg's Death by FrerinHagsolb Hotbed of Darkness (Angband) by FrerinHagsolb
Weakness for Power  [15] by FrerinHagsolb Dragon Sickness by FrerinHagsolb
Lull The Black Foe (Luthien and Morgoth) by FrerinHagsolb Well, It was a Try...  [31] by FrerinHagsolb


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

Hello!
My name is Floris (or also Frerin online), and I'm an 19-year-old girl from Germany, currently doing my last year of Abitur (school). I always loved to draw and create things and I spend most of my free time beside school on it, dreaming of including art in my profession later.

Why Thorin's brother as a username, and what is the meaning of Hagsolb?

My whole username is actually an anagramm.
Since I began to keep myself busy with Tolkien's stories, dwarves had a big effect on me. It is hard to tell where it exactly comes from, but they intrigue me. Maybe because their history lets a lot of question open. It was similar when I had a look at the family tree of Durin for the first time and saw Dís' and Frerin's names. I wondered why not more was said about them said, although they actually would be important in their milieu.
Then we had a school project, the first task was to create a new name out of our own one. I had a lot of problems with mine, I don't have the most pleasant letters for that. :D (Big Grin) But then I saw I was able to form 'Frerin'. I was glad about that, it was a hint at my interest for Tolkien and especially for dwarves at the same time. So, 'Hagsolb' are, except for one letter I omitted at the time, the remaining letters. It is definitely not the most beautiful name, but it has its reasons. :D (Big Grin)
A short time after I decided to create an DA-profile and the anagramm was a good possibility to use something different than my common name.

That's cool! :) (Smile) When was it, that you I began to keep yourself busy with Tolkien's stories? What was your first glimpse into his world and what impression did it leave in you?

Not a very long time ago, actually.
I heard of Tolkien's work before, most time through some class mates who talked about 'The Lord of the Rings' or by reading the spines of my dad's books, but I didn't care much about it at the time, although I remember it quite well now.
But when it really began for me was when I started reading (or listening to) the books, of course. It was when they said they would film 'The Hobbit'.
We keep the motto not to watch movies without reading the books before, at least most of the time. My dad came to my brother and me and said 'This is a good moment to bring you into the genre.' And so we sat down every evening and read 'The Hobbit' together. I totally fell in love with the story, it was a wonderful time with the family and I connect many positive moments with it, despite the tragic parts in the stories. Well, after 'The Hobbit' 'The Lord of the Rings' followed the same way and my interest in Tolkien's work grew every day. After this time, I started to read 'The Silmarillion', 'The Children of Húrin' and several times 'The Hobbit' by myself.
I was (and of course still am) fascinated of Middle Earth and the stories, tragic and beautiful at the same time. Tolkien's ideas and his way of writing opened a new world for me.

I approve of your dad :D (Big Grin) What creates the image of Middle-earth in your mind now, after you both read the books and saw the movies? Is it more influenced by the books or movies, or maybe other artists, and did it change over time or remained the same?

Oh, these are always the most difficult questions...it is just difficult to answer, there is so much that counts in. :D (Big Grin)
It is definitely a mixture of all things.
I had few different imaginations when we read 'The Hobbit' which was replaced by the movie versions, maybe the funniest example: Thranduil. It is not that I imagine Thranduil just like the movies now, but it changed my basic idea of elves. There is the scene in the book when it is said that the Woodland King has a favour for wine and - it didn't matter if it was written before that elves are beautiful, I totally ignored that - I imagined him as fat and ugly guy, maybe also because of the fact he imprisoned the dwarves. :D (Big Grin) I really had to laugh when I saw Lee Pace's design in the cinema.
The first movie of 'The Hobbit' was the very first visualization I saw of Middle Earth and so the movies definitely had a lot influence on me. I bought the art and design chronicles they published and those concepts (mainly impressed by John Howe, Alan Lee and Nick Keller's illustrations), the movies and the imaginations I had when reading the books were the basic for the following stories. But the more I read of the stories, the more those images developed, often just by small sentences.
Still, it was difficult for me to come along with own drawings, and I mostly did fan art things of 'The Hobbit' movies. Which is not bad, I still enjoy doing it. :D (Big Grin) But I think I was a bit awed by all the amazing official illustrations that already existed. It were all the wonderful artists on DA then, which showed me that it is possible to get to the stories through many own ways, I think.

The next question will be simpler then (maybe :D (Big Grin)) Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

I should take back what I said. :D (Big Grin) But it is a bit easier...
When it comes to a search for a travelling companion, surely Sam. He proved this more than enough, in my opinion.
But also Túrin and Thorin. I don't think travelling would be the best thing with them (they also proved that), but they are very interesting because of their difficult stories and problems, more or less caused by themselves. Still, they are no bad guys and both realize that some things went really wrong, which makes it quite tragic. I know there are more characters for whom the same is valid, but the two are still my favourites.

Are there some topics in Tolkien's works that you are particularly passionate about?

I often feel like I know nothing about the works...not in the literally sense, but there is always something to learn more about, in my opinion I'm still at the beginning. Although I read 'The Silmarillion', I just did it one time, the same with 'The Lord of the Rings'. I think it needs closer looks again after reading the 'main works', to understand different connections, relationships and characters better. That Tolkien's Middle Earth works hang together and include many different parts and individual stories is something that passionates me in general.
But also, as I already said, dwarves and their culture.

And what about you and art? How did you get to it and do you plant to pursue it as a career?

I always loved drawing, painting and trying different materials in these sections, also including ceramics. Art and creating was a fascinating thing for me and something with what I always had an activity whereever I was and a way to express myself. That's what I love about drawing and painting, it actually doesn't need many or expensive materials to do it.
I started with traditional drawing and painting as a small kid, but few years later, when my mom bought a drawing tablet for her work, I tried some things with it, too, but it was always more playing around. It was about 2 years ago I started to take digital art more seriously for myself, but still the traditional way is something I do more often than that.
So I can't name a special date or year when I started with art, but I had the carrer aspiration to work in an artistic way quite early, since the 4th year of school, I think. And it stayed. I'm really interested in comics, graphic novels as well as Illustration in general and concept art, I love the way the things tell stories through pictures. And this is also something I'd wish to do later. But first, I'm searching for Universities. :D (Big Grin)

What's your creative process from picking the theme to finishing a picture?

It actually always starts with a spontaneous feeling or thought on different things- and I sketch it. It doesn't look really beautiful, but it is for the idea. I have tons of such rough sketches, but not the time or strength to realize all. So, some get abandoned over the time, others lay aside to get developed further/spend more thoughts on the basic idea and some get realized immediately. When it comes to the 'real' product, I always make a rough sketch again, refine it more, and then come to the main material - may it be ink, watercolour, or digital.
Most times, I draw or paint on instinct and often keep experimenting and in every stage other ideas come to the work or things get modified. How much it changes over the process is often associated with the materials and time: ink for exmaple is something I can work quite fast with, watercolours need more time and thoughts because of the colours.
For example, the whole process for the pictures were extending over 4 days for the ink work, and few weeks for the watercolour:
The final work looks often different than I thought of it in the beginning. :D (Big Grin)

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

There is a lot that inspires me, like travelling, nature, landscapes, cultures, much inspiration comes from music in combination with it. But actually at first: People. In any case, may it be 'random' strangers I see on the street or in public transport, my friends/classmates, my family. I love how different people are, in their appearance, character and acting. I never really draw all the things how I see them, but it always inspires me.
But of course also visual art, the sorytelling through art (for example in graphic novels), books and movies.
I love animation and how it is possible to exaggerate a character, I'm in love with Pixar's creations. Otherwise, I often watch action or sci-fi movies, and I also like the critical discussion of future things or human behaviour in books, may it be all-day life, dystopian or something like the robot-stories by Asimov. Anyway, those books and movies are something that doesn't really inspires me to create art directly, it is more thinking about it and those thoughts may have influence on different art pieces.

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?

When I'm working traditionally, I mostly use ink/ ink pens or watercolours, I really enjoy working with it, also digital. Those are the things I've got at home or which are the easiest to work with in this work space, but I always love experimenting and trying out new things.
The one that was the most experimental thing I've done for now was probably painting with cocoa, drawing on wood or, what I do at the moment, painting on glass.
Working with new materials is for me a way to get new challenges and experiences. :D (Big Grin)
And with the use of different materials and techniques the style changes a bit, too, in my opinion. I don't spend much thoughts on style, so it is difficult to assess.

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

Mmh, maybe a general tip I learned over the time: Art takes time. :D (Big Grin) What I mean with it: In between, an artwork can look quite strange, with some mistakes, but this doesn't mean it is lost. For me it helps to put it away and have a look at it later again, but carrying on. I often take photos from the work in progress, and seeing how it developed motivates me for other drawing processes, too.

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

Beleg's Death by FrerinHagsolb
I'm always proud when I finish a work, whatever it is. :D (Big Grin) But in this work I love how it came out. The colours in the original work are better and in general I didn't have much trouble with it.

But also this:
Thorin Oakenshield ('Speedpaint') by FrerinHagsolb
It started as a speedpaint, but went a bit further. In the end, I really liked the mixture of roughness and few details.

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

Knowledge (Tattoo Design) by FrerinHagsolb
'Most proud of' is maybe not the best description, but this was a tattoo design my dad asked for which is in work right now, so it is something special.

- picture fits your current mood?

A Moment of Rest by FrerinHagsolb

- picture was hardest to paint?

Turin's Death by FrerinHagsolb
Probably this. Mostly because of the colours and shadows (not quite happy with them), if they should be warm or cold...but I got great help from a friend.

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

A Way Back (World Sepsis Day) by FrerinHagsolb
Because of the subject matter,

Sketching through Iceland by FrerinHagsolb
as a traveling project: Sketching characters every day

and this guy
Am Ende einer Reise by FrerinHagsolb
as character for a graphic novel I'm working on.

So you are working on a graphic novel? What is it about?

It is about loneliness/solitude and getting lost in the anonymity of a society. The drawings should focus more on the developments of the feeling and the young man getting aware of his situation than on a line of action. I'm still collecting situations/aspects and information (and I think this will never stop), but started to write the script, too. It will be a long project, but I hope to get a result to publish in the end.

Interesting, good luck with that!
You also took part in the Inktober project with a series of 31 pictures, with many from Middle-earth. Was it difficult to keep up with it? Do you recommend taking such a challenge?

Thank you!
For Inktober, I didn't want to specialize on one topic, I wanted to keep different possibilities and ideas open. So I've not only created Tolkien-related works, but some. However, it was definitely an enriching challenge. Although it got a bit stressful for me in the end (because of school), I'm glad I made it in the 31 days. I learned a lot for the working process and coming up with new ideas every day. Maybe the results don't get how they should be in such a short time, but I think with challenges like Inktober there are many personal gains, I think it is worth trying it.


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.

Oh, thanking someone could be an endless list, I think...I'm always afraid that I forget someone. :D (Big Grin) So I would like to say a general thank you to all the supporting Deviants on this platform. Since I started the account I received so many positive and constructive feedback which always encourages me.
But I think there is no greater support than the one I receive from my family and friends. They supported me all my life, may it be physical or mental, with materials, feedback, understanding and interest or just the help in the all-day life so that I still can practice my hobby.

Would you also 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?

I think as some examples for Tolkien artists I'd like to feature :iconephaistien: :iconirsanna: :iconmellaril: :iconmatejcadil: :iconsamo-art: :iconwolfanita:  :iconaegeri: and :iconeirwen980:, I always enjoy their work, they do amazing jobs...But damn, there are so many wonderful artists, so many with little to no attention, it is hard to pick one, although they'd all deserve it. It is hard for me to pick someone.

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

Tolkien's stories open so many different doors to common and personal issues and there are so many ways to go through these. This is not only valid for Tolkien's world, but for everything else as well. Everyone has its own way to see a story and get inspired from it, and the result of all the variety shows this and makes the whole alive. I am a dummy!
This sounded a bit strange, I think. What I meant is just: Keep getting inspired and creating!

Thank you for your time and answers!


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Our theme for November and December is Curiosity.

Curiosity is primarily defined as a strong desire to know or learn something. It is a characteristic we see in the youngest of children and is a concept we carry with us our entire lives.

Curiosity is a keen interest, a spirit of inquiry or inquisitiveness. It can be a child's first exploration of the world around them, a teenager's inquiry into affairs they are not meant to privy to quite yet, a traveler's interest in a new location or culture.

Curiosity can be a benign attribute, evoking encouragement or amusement in those it is directed towards.

But curiosity can also have a more sinister side, when unbridled inquisitiveness becomes intrusive or delves too deeply into secrets or situations better left alone. Sometimes our curiosity gets the better of us and we end up discovering something we were not meant to know. Or finding ourselves in awkward situations of having overstepped boundaries or betraying a trust. Curiosity can result in finding oneself in unsavory circumstances.There is yet another permutation of curiosity—defined as a strange or unusual object or fact.

Will your story invoke the unquenchable curiosity of a young hobbit? Or a Wood Elf's yearning for more understanding of the greater world? Are secrets uncovered by a solitary Dwarf that would have been better left alone?

Does your story take a character along a line of questioning that benefits them or leads to misunderstandings?

Did the residents of Hobbiton think Bilbo's mementos from his travels were mere curiosities of no consequence?

Whatever you decide to present - curiosity as a pursuit of knowledge, or as a prying irritation or even as an unexpected object or realization - please show some curiosity and review our rules for submission.

The deadline for this challenge is 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.

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Talks with Tolkien artists: sstefiart

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 16, 2018, 3:29 PM


It is my pleasure to present you a talk with :iconsstefiart: - sstefiart, who only joined deviantArt a few months ago, but in that time managed to capture our attention with her beautiful pictures:

Turgon, King of Gondolin by sstefiart Silmarillion - prevision by sstefiart
Morgoth by sstefiart Spring in Arda by sstefiart
Finrod Felagund_Leaving Aman by sstefiart
Thranduil (Lee Pase) by sstefiart Varda Elentari by sstefiart

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

– Hello!
First of all, I would like to thank you for the interview.
My name is Stefka. I’m born and live in Sofia, Bulgaria. A lovely country with centuries-old culture. I’m an impulsive person that loves humor, the smile in people’s eyes, the silence of nature, the color blue, stars and horses.

Horse by sstefiart

2. You only joined deviatArt three months ago. What brought you here and what has been your experience with the site so far?

– My first urge to register here was to present my artwork to a larger circle of viewers.

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

– My first touch with Tolkien’s world was trough the movie trilogy. For me, the fantasy genre has always been alluring, but the first movie was love from a first sight, Yes, that’s how I fell in love with the world of Tolkien! After that I waited with anticipation the following movies. Meanwhile I’ve read “The Hobbit”, “Silmarillion” and “The children of Hurin”. I made parallels between the books and movie adaptations. Well, the literary part took precedence. For me Tolkien’s world is complex and multilayered. Based on the eternal conflict between good and evil, it is a fusion between a fantasy world and eternal human values. It can be overseen from different points of view and the viewer will always find something new.

Fingolfin_sketch by sstefiart Elladan, son of Elrond by sstefiart

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

– Every image which is connected to Middle-earth is a compilation of Tolkien’s book, movies that came to the big screen for the moment and beautiful music. Sometimes a part of nature inspires me to create the image, another time it’s a random person or a conversation. A big portion of my inspiration comes from music. It is the most powerful engine for my imagination. The images, of course, evolve over time and enrich themselves until I reach their final visualization.


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?

– The difficulty with reading Tolkien’s work stops many people at the beginning. I collided with the same problem but I’ve already watched LotR and did not allow myself to stop. I read carefully as a vast world opened in front of me. A world inspired by legends and Tolkien’s massive imagination. Yes, from this point of view, the scientific side with exploring the world of Tolkien interests me.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

– This is a difficult question because I can’t answer unambiguously. I have favourites among all races.
For example – Samwise Gamgee – unselfishly devoted to his friend Frodo, with unshakable faith in good.
The dwarves – Gimli – stubborn, a really good person and recklessly brave. As for the pointy-eared elves – I have a peculiar relationship with them. :) (Smile)

Fingolfin and Anaire_Promises by sstefiart

7. Are there some topics in Tolkien's works that you are particularly passionate about?

– The idea of fantasy writers as architects and creators of universes has always attracted me. And the creation of the Tolkien world trough the song of the Ainur is close to my heart.

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

– I adore art in all of its forms. All human’s and nature’s creations. I started painting since I was little. It’s an internal urge that cannot be resisted, self-expression. I finished “Design” at the Nation art academy in Sofia. Design , as a part of art, has always attracted me more than fine arts. For a long time painting was in the background for me and even with art education I can’t call myself a professional artist. The positive part here is that the creative voice in me is too loud to be silenced. That’s why in my little free time in my tense everyday life, I try to capture a small portion of the incoming ideas. As for my style… it is influenced by realism and my old affection for the impressionism, art nouveau is really close to my worldview as well. I find parts of myself in all these three styles, but I always strive towards something new and unexplored by me in the area of art.

Return of ships by sstefiart

9. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?

– Creativity is an intuitive process. Images and scenes are associative and details are the result of a study of various sources.

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

– I prefer to find inspiration in books, nature and good music. I’m a passionate fen of Terry Pratchett, Markus Heitz and his “dwarves”, George R. R. Martin, early-medieval and Renaissance culture and art, multicultural mythology. I hope that one day I can make illustrations for Terry Pratchett’s universe.

11. 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 feel most comfortable when I do graphics, but the colors give quite another experience when painting. As for color materials, I prefer pencils and watercolors because of the softness they give me as a means of expression.
As for my style – I’m a seeker. I haven’t been able to create my own style of creation.


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

– Search and you’ll find! The universe of the creative imagination is immense.

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

Turgon, King of Gondolin by sstefiart

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

This is a wall painting made for my son (2m-3m). It was a great space for drawing and a great challenge for me, but the result was unexpectedly good and he was very pleased.
World of warcraft - Pandaria by sstefiart

- picture fits your current mood?

Questions by sstefiart

- picture was hardest to paint?

Port on the Isle of Balar by sstefiart

14. 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.

– Primarily I would like to thank Irjikor, the man whose constructive criticism has given me the confidence to continue to seek and create. Also to all artists in DeviantArt, who fill my eyes and soul with their wonderful artworks. And last but not least, I want to thank my family who tiptoes around me while I paint. :D (Big Grin)

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

– I’m sure that every Tolkien fan lives with a small portion of his consciousness in the world of Arda. Never close the door to this wonderful universe! :) (Smile)

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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