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The theme for June and July is Songs. Thanks to Shire Rose for the suggestion!

Songs have been used since language was invented, and for a wide variety of reasons. Some songs preserve history, or make it easier to remember a list. A love song can melt our hearts, while a battle song can stir us to action. Others are cautionary tales, and some are purely for entertainment.

There is no end to the ways that songs can be used. Perhaps a Gondorian farmer sings to himself to help keep a steady rhythm as he harvests his grain. Sailors from Dol Amroth might sing a chanty together as they hoist the sails at the start of a journey up the Anduin, to help them coordinate their efforts. An Elvish maid waking through the woods of Lothlorien might sing The Lay of Luthien as she dreams of finding her own true love. A fussy child of Harad might be soothed by the lullaby sung by her father. A young girl of Rohan might sit by a roaring bonfire as she listens to the Riders singing of glorious battles of old.

We invite you to put on your favorite playlist and let it inspire your imagination!

And the winners are:
Consign Me Not to Darkness by Lotrfan 2nd place :trophy:
Rain Dance by Altariel 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!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: JayEyBee

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 12, 2018, 5:19 AM


This week I talked with :iconjayeybee: - JayEyBee. Her gallery has a lot of art with Tolkien's characters, with an emphasis on Elven and Valarin couples and families. Take a look!

Thingol + Luthien by JayEyBee Galadriel and Celebrian by JayEyBee
Varda Elentari + Manwe Sulimo by JayEyBee Irmo x Este by JayEyBee
Earendil + Twins by JayEyBee Glorfindel and Ecthelion by JayEyBee
Feanorian Week - Maedhros 1 by JayEyBee Lieutenant Mairon and the Dark Lord by JayEyBee

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

Hi! Hi! I’m a 25-year-old gal and a graphic designer by profession.

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

My step-brother was a DeviantART user before I got interested in joining, so I think it started there. My username has changed over time, but the current one I have is a play on my initials.

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

Hmm, good question! I think my interest was a little gradual, of course starting with the LOTR movies, then the Hobbit book which we had to read in High School…then the movies came out and I started digging a little more into this amazing fantasy world, which I gotta say leaves a lot of room for imagination!

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?

I’d say it’s a mixture of all of those, plus occasionally role-playing in that fandom helps a lot too. It probably remained the same overtime, but perhaps with a little more influence from the artists on tumblr and whatever interesting info I can find online or through the books, but the visuals I get come mostly from the movies.

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?

Sure! That is…when I have the will and patience to read it, lol. Yes it can be pretty hard for some to digest the historical books on Middle Earth. Take “The Silmarillion” for example; it can be a bit of a challenge getting through the narrative that I think is quite different from the sequel books. I myself took YEARS to read that through entirely (had to start over a couple times). Since finishing that one I’ve tried reading a few things here and there from the other books I purchased. I got through most of the “Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle Earth” but have yet to get even halfway into “The Book of Lost Tales.” You gotta be committed to it Nod

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Oh god, there are so many! I guess if I had to pick one I’d say King Thranduil from “The Hobbit.” He’s just so interesting, both in the movies AND book version! Of course other sources have lot to do with the character’s likability too; fanart, fanfics, role-play, that sort of thing.

7. 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’d like to say professional artist, but my profession doesn’t really deal with illustrations much so I guess it’s turned into a hobby now. I occasionally offer commissions, though. I started art-sing when I was a youngin’, and a lot of my influence comes from animes that I’ve watched over the years. I think “Naruto” has influenced my style a lot since I’ve spent quite a few years obsessed with that fandom Meow :3

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

Sometimes it just comes to mind, other times I take suggestions from my Tumblr peeps.

9. The topics in your gallery vary from light and humorous to serious themes, but one - the Birth of Feanor comics seems to be standing out with the seriousness of the idea of a childbirth trauma and postpartum depression, which is actual in current society as well, although not much discussed. Can you tell us more about he idea behind this comics?

This comic idea surged from my milestone reach of 1,000 followers on my Tolkien Tumblr account, vardathebeloved. While I was thinking up different themes for the comic, it just sort of sprung to me how I haven’t really seen any work depicting that moment. It’s a very delicate topic, but I guess I chose it because it’s also very relatable to real life and it did stand out from the ever-seemingly-perfect elven culture by being the only instance that a mother has died (albeit gradually) from giving birth. It’s more complex than that, of course, and it depends a lot on how people interpret it.
Speaking of which, I think I might add another page to it sometime in the future; don’t feel as if it’s quite complete yet. We’ll see!


10. You do not avoid erotic themes in your art either. What do you think about the esthetics and public perception of this kind of art?

Sometimes eroticism is intriguing and attractive. I also use it as an excuse to practice anatomy. While I do dabble a little in my art, there’s not a whole lot of it. It really depends on how people perceive it. There are some erotic art that people find awesome, and some that they don’t really like or find it offensive and I can be like that too. Again, it’s a complex topic.

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

Aside from Tolkien books? There are the Harry Potter series, some TV shows I guess, Anime in general, and other people’s artwork also helps with the inspiration; it’s a web of sources, really. I suppose the fantasy aspect is what attracts me to draw these fanarts. Oh and music! Music always helps set the mood too.

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 just love love love manga/anime style, it’s basically where I got started, trying to mimic that crisp-looking art (and failing a lot of times). I wish I’d experiment more, especially when painting sceneries. I’m just not all that patient Sweating a little... and that can set me back a lot.

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

This isn’t really a trick but–sketch it out! When I was young, I used to be stubborn about using those guidelines with the circle head and the markers for the face and the mannequin-type body, you know? I thought it was a waste of time and would just wing it on paper. Over the years I’ve found that it really helps to set up the basis for my drawings, especially now that I’ve done mostly digital and being able to work in layers is the best thing ever.

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

Feanorian Week - Nerdanel + Feanor by JayEyBee
This piece which I did for Fëanorian Week on Tumblr.

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

Vote Harley (single frame no BG) by JayEyBee
Super proud of my Harley!

- picture fits your current mood?

Thuringwethil Sketch by JayEyBee
Gloomy because my tablet stopped working Grr.

- picture was hardest to paint?

Maedhros + Glorfindel by JayEyBee
A lot of others like this, but I chose it because of the scenery. Sceneries are so hard for me, even if I use pre-made brushes.

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

Irmo by JayEyBee Feanorian Week - Caranthir by JayEyBee Celebrian by JayEyBee
These because I'm also proud of them


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.

I’m always grateful for my family & friends’ support, as well as my followers & watchers Heart

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?

None that come to mind right now that aren’t CRAZY good and have plenty of attention already, haha.

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

First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone for supporting and liking my art. It really means a lot to an artist to know that their work is appreciated in any way. Also, Tolkien Fandom FTW! :hooray:

Thank you for your time and answers!


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Talks with Tolkien artists: Crocorax

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 4, 2018, 5:08 AM


:iconcrocorax: - Crocorax is a Slovak digital artist. If you look at the thumbnails of his pictures, you will see beautiful dramatic landscapes. But look more closely, and you can see the characters, equally important in the picture, and giving you a perspective and focus point. You can find mostly Gandalf's journeys documented this way in his gallery, but also other characters and topics:

Over the Misty Mountains cold by Crocorax Of the Gray Pilgrim's Life by Crocorax
Forbidden love - Turin and Niniel by Crocorax Hope Elrond will join us by Crocorax
Stalking the wizard by Crocorax Grey wanderer by Crocorax
Bolg the Commander by Crocorax Somewhere in the the Misty Mountains by Crocorax

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

 First I have to thank you for the interview :) (Smile)
This is very complicated question. Realy hard to answer. :) (Smile) (better to ask my friends) :D (Big Grin)
Where should I begin. So we can say, I am passionate. When I am doing something I like, I would like to enjoy it as much as possible. I love nature and fishing and if I have a free time, I spend it in the nature :) (Smile)

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

Deviantart. Simply - the amazing source of marvelous artworks of outstanding artists and the amazing source of inspiration especially.
My username. Why Crocorax? Simply to remember (for the others) and hard to explain (for me) :D (Big Grin) It is derived from the Corvus corax (the common raven). It is mighty and clever animal with realy strong voice (it helps to create the amazing scary atmosphere of dark scenes in many movies :D (Big Grin) ).

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

This is sad question for me. I remeber that it was the talking about movie trilogy when it came out what brought me to the Tolkien´s world. I remember how my teacher described the first movie as realy realy impressive. I was young and I did not care about movies very much. But when I saw the first movie in the TV... I was stunned. After I saw "Two towers" I started to read the book trilogy and I was catched... then The Hobbit and so on...

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

I think the movies have created many of my "Tolkien´s characters". So the influence was realy strong. Fortunately, reading The Hobbit was untouched. :) (Smile) But still there is realy huge place for my own imagination of places, landscapes etc.

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?

Hope the readers will not judge me. I enjoyed the story parts of Tolkien´s work more. I love details, I love the journey, I like the path more than the list of results. How to explain it... . In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

I think I don´t have favourite character. I like them all. Sometimes I prefer Gandalf, sometimes it is Bilbo or Aragorn or Elrond... but I think they are on the same line. But I prefer Gandalf in my paintings , for now :) (Smile)

7. 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?

Painting is something what gives me wings. I feel so free. I can paint what I am thinking about. That´s amazing. When I read a book I have many scenes in my mind. So many... It is impossible to paint it all. I know. But If I could paint only some of them I will be proud.
Painting is my hobby, so I am not paid for it. When did I start? I think it is 3 years now.

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

This is realy about how I feel. The idea comes during reading a book or watching a film. Sometimes, I have the picture in my mind for a realy long time (a half year or more - years). But if I don´t have time to paint it when the idea comes, I have to save it in my head for the next time :) (Smile)

9. Pictures of landscapes tend to be peaceful, but not in your case. Even those of your paintings that don't contain any characters are full of tension and express the strong, dynamic and majestic side of nature. Does it reflect how you see nature in reality? Or is it rather a statement about your personality?

I live in a small beautiful country, full of hills and small rivers. Everything looks quiet and peaceful (hope it will stay so). So I think that this is more about my personality. Maybe I just want to paint something I can´t see on my own eyes. Who knows. :) (Smile)

10. Speaking about characters in your paintings, they are often present in the distance or partially outside of the frame, offering a small but important focus point. What led you to this style of depicting characters in the landscape?

Characters in my paintings are very important. They are as important as the place where they are. When I started with digital painting I allways admired paintings which contained majestic landscapes. I allways imagine that I can visit these places sometime (and meet one of my favourite characters). These pictures can bring me to these majestic places and this is what I realy like.

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

For the inspiration I prefer books. I like fantasy, sci-fi and horror genres. If I could be more specific, I realy like Robert Anthony Salvatore and his "Legend of Drizzt" (fantasy), Markus Heitz and his "Dwarves" (fantasy), Arthur Charles Clarke and his "Childhood´s end" (sci-fi), Peter Lengyel and his "Second planet of Ogg" (I´m not sure if it is translated properly, did not find it in english - sci-fi again), Stephen King and many more.... I used to give a chance to every book or movie of these genres. :) (Smile) But sometimes I can find many inspirations on the internet - videos and artworks of many artists.

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?

My favourite technique is digital painting. I tried the traditional way of painting but it was many years ago (I remember I liked it) :) (Smile) I hope I will have a chance to try serious traditional painting with real brushes on a real canvas sometimes :) (Smile) I like to try new techniques but it is still a digital painting.

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

Never stop doing what you like (and always remeber why do you like it and why do you do it). I know, this is not trick or tip, but it is important to have it always on your mind, when you feel you are stuck.
Tip - don´t focus on trying new brushes in digital painting. It is waisting of time. There are so many brushes on the internet you can never use them all properly. Choose only few basic brushes and few special brushes you like (texture brushes etc.) and learn how to work with them. You will save a lot of time :) (Smile)

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

I am proud of every painting I made, because every work is a result of a proces and it is valuable experience :) (Smile) But If I should choose one it will be this one:

Expedition... by Crocorax

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

Lets say this one, a World of Warcraft character picture (because this was my first serious work - hard but very important experience)

Tauren warrior: Tank by Crocorax

- picture fits your current mood?

Pursued by the Nazgul by Crocorax

- picture was hardest to paint?

Following the secret path by Crocorax

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

I would like to share this picture because it was my first painting:

Bridge of Khazad-dum by Crocorax

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.

I want to thank all the artists who share their artworks and who share their knowledge especialy :) (Smile) It is realy generous, inspirational and it realy helps to stay motivated (this is very important) and I think I could never be here without their help.

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?

There are many awesome popular artists at Deviantart I admire. But I will focus for digital art (because this is what I am interrested in the most right now) - for example Bayard Wu, ReFiend, 88grzes (Grzegorz Rutkowski), Flavio Bolla. We can find many less popular artists here at dA who are also very talented.

PiotrDura - his landscapes are absolutely stunning - these two are my favourite

Karamissa - very talented artist. I realy like how she works with colors, mood and shapes
GG-arts - love the color palette, composition and the traditional look of his paintings

kynlo - his portraits are superb and feel for poses is outstanding

kiddo428 - simply awesome artist!

and many more. You should only browse the whole dA :) (Smile)

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

I am very grateful for Mr. Tolkien's books and the exciting world he has created. I am so glad that I could ever read his books and see the movies. The another thing I am realy proud of is the community of fans of Tolkien. It is beautiful to have the possibility to share the joy, the pleasure and the enthusiasm I am experiencing by the reading his books, with people who love it as I :) (Smile) And of course I would like to thank all the fans who like my paintings. I am realy proud of every comment, like, or suggestion. It keeps me motivated and makes me happy :) (Smile)

Thank you for your time and answers!


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This month we are delighted to report that voting and submissions are up and that many of you replied to last month’s survey about making the new rules permanent. Here are the results!
One consequence of the survey is that most of the new rules will be kept. Another is that the challenge for August and September will be:

Consequences!

Consequences are usually a result or effect of a particular action or condition, often one that is bad or inconvenient but not necessarily so. A negative consequence could be sleeping in and missing an important meeting. Forgeting to shut a gate and letting an animal get free. Or, more seriously, letting an arrow fly to soon, giving away your hiding place. Feanor, who vowed to not rest until the three Silmarils were back in his family’s hands, could not have foreseen all the myriad consequences of his oath-- that the Noldor would be exiled from Valinor for near an Age, that the light of one would be set into the sky forever out of his reach, and that his second son would be doomed to wander the shores of the world singing a lament.

There are clearly great consequences to simply possessing the One Ring, but Bilbo, who resisted its evil for so long, understood there are even consequences to simple everyday acts. “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door” he said. “You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Consequences can also be fortunate. Like looking down and finding a lucky penny. Suddenly stopping at a market stall and meeting a new friend. Or turning right instead of left and finding an inn with excellent beer (and possibly a few handy Rangers).

Pippin, prompted by his sincere desire to repay a debt of gratitude, impulsively gave his fealty to the Steward of the High King. How poignant a twist it is that in honouring the elder son who died to save his life, he swore an oath that would lead him to save the younger

The consequence of missing the September 30th deadline for this prompt will be we do not get to enjoy your lovely story!

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!

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Talks with Tolkien artists: Attiris-V

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 21, 2018, 1:30 PM


:iconattiris-v: - Attiris-V (Vojtěch Vodička) paints illustrations for the Hobbit with a charming style reminding on the illustrations in children's books. You can take a look at his gallery before reading a talk with him:

Smaug by Attiris-V Spiders in the Mirkwood by Attiris-V
Arkenstone by Attiris-V Dol Guldur by Attiris-V
Woodland Halls by Attiris-V Bard by Attiris-V

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

Hello, I'm a 21 yrs old guy from the Czech Republic, studying a programme of Architecture and Building Structures. I've been drawing since I can remember, actively pursueing it my whole life.

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

I honestly don't remember what have brought me to deviantart, but my nickname comes from a world I've created when I was little for a book I was trying to write at that time.

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

I suppose I've always knew about Tolkien and his world, but at first I despised it a little bit as I was more into wild west books and movies. Then I started to like medieval times which led into reading fantasy books. So I actually got to the Tolkien world after exploring other worlds. Probably the first spark for me was a old cartoon of Hobbit by Ralph Bakshi which my dad showed me.

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

I have definitely came to contact with the movies earlier as it was all around me, in action cards, tv, games etc. but, although it is definitely one of my favourite cinematic works, it didn't left as much influence as I would have expected. Ted Nasmith and Alan Lee [who is probably one of my all time favourite artists] have played much bigger role.

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?

Yes, I do actually. I have read Silmarillion several times as well as Children of Hurin. That's what makes the unique atmosphere for me.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

When it comes to the Lord of the Rings, then it's Samwell, who is the bravest and most loyal and honest of them all. Other than that I love high elven characters like Finrod Felagund, Gil-Galad and others.

7. You have only drawn pictures for the Hobbit. What about other Tolkien's books? They don't inspire you or rather do not fit your style?

Well I feel that my style really doesn't fit the atmosphere of the books which are for me perfectly presented by Alan Lee and in some way his are perfect for me and unbeatable.

8. Speaking about your style, it is very fitting for childrens' books illustrations. Do you draw with that intention in mind?

Well that is definitely one of my side dreams. Illustration is the branch of art which was always closest to me. At the same time I have always had the ambition to write a book, so that would be a perfect opportunity to present my mind completely. As for the style, I have somehow naturally grew into it working with watercolours and trying to avoid the classical watery look, which i find kind of cheesy, when not performed perfectly.

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

I really like to do comic book stuff, as I love the ability of the style to capture movement and action and in that matter is a real inspiration. Other than that I usually create my own stuff as creating them is as much fullfilling as drawing them for me.

10. 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 don't experiment as much with new styles as I would like, only touching oil and acryl from time to time compared to nonstop drawing with pencil, marker or watercolours.

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

I don't really believe in universal tricks which work for everybody. Artist should find their own tricks, which make their works unique and personal.

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

probably Troll Bonfire, which was my first or Gandalf in the Caves

Troll Bonfire by Attiris-V
Gandalf in the Caves by Attiris-V

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

my gallery isn't the largest, but for me its my first picture on this site - Little Prince with the Fox, a picture which fulfilled for me everything I have expected from it

Little Prince - 05 by Attiris-V

- picture fits your current mood?

It depends, there are some spontaneous but sometimes it takes more times to really get it right and then its more of planning and thinking.

- picture was hardest to paint?

probably the one from little prince with the flag on the north pole, i had to try it several times till i got the right scenery and style.

Little Prince - 08/2 by Attiris-V

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

this was one of the spontaneous pictures, which was my response to the Melancholy Hill by Gorrilaz which was my favourite song at the time and it still resonates in me.

Melancholy hill by Attiris-V

13. 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 come from a art/supporting family when it comes to both visual art and music. My dad always supported me a lot. The next important person was my art class teacher who lighted the fire in me to create my own things.

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

I would say that Tolkien for me isn't about the story or the characters, though both of them are amazing. It about the atmosphere and that's what I'm trying to capture. There are many character designs, which are amazing but the hard thing is to present them in the ancient world that Ea is.

Thank you for your time and answers!


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