Talks with Tolkien artists: Filat

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By MirachRavaia

After a holiday break in the interviews, I would like to present you one I wanted to do for a long time: with the Russian artist :iconfilat: - Filat :

Luthien by Filat Waiting / Earwen by Filat
Warlord / 2 by Filat Dagor Bragollach by Filat
Eowyn of Rohan by Filat Voronwe by Filat

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

Hello! :) (Smile) My name is Marya, i'm 34. I live in Siberia. This question is the most difficult, so let's proceed)

2. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?

My mother gave me the 'Hobbit' when I was 8 or smth and 'The Lord of the Rings' at my 12-13-th. I remember that I tried to read LoTR, but couldn't get through the first two chapters and thought that it's boring. After half a year I tried once more...and it was the stone that brought down the avalanche. I swallowed the books, closed the 'Return of the King' and opened 'The Fellowship of the Ring' again.

3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?

I used to :) (Smile) I knew where to find the mentioning about the friendship of Angrod and Aegnor with Celegorm and Curufin, or about the green gem that Feanor gave to Maedhros and Maedhros to Fingon. My knowledge was rather one-sided, and I may say I was not Tolkien expert, but Noldor expert :) (Smile)

4. Did you read the books, or see the movies first? When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

I read the books first, but I really don't remember how I pictured some of the characters... not only because of the film, but because of the illustrations in the books.

5. 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?

Unfortunately I never visited art school and learnt to draw by myself. So that's my hobby. I draw since I was 2))) I can proove, my mom keeps some of my childhood masterpieces.

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

I don't. I just read and ideas come to my mind. Or I like how relationships are depicted and try to imagine the best way to illustrate this or that moment.

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

It was only once. Not long ago I read Mariam Petrosyan's 'The House in which' (not sure how to translate the name far as I know the book was translated only to spanish). It just blew me away! The book tells of the relations and life in the nursing home for teenagers who dont's see or have any connections to the world outside. It's kind of hard to describe in a few words in english))

9. 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 love watercolours, and only in watercolours I wish I could do my best. Also I tried watercolour markers, but I think they are good only for quick sketching or doing some details in a watercolour illustration. I'm sure markers, gouche, pastels, etc. would remain only supplementary materials for me.

10. Besides your Tolkien-inspired art, you are also a cosplayer. Can you tell us more about the different Tolkien themed photoshoots and dresses we can see in your gallery?

I can't say that I am a cosplayer. Almost all of my photos are somehow related to role-playing games I used to attend. I hoped that photoshoots would be useful in drawing, but I can hardly remember a situation when they really were)

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

Oh well...i don't think I have any tricks. I'm always ready to tell what colours, pigments? brushes or paper I use, so if you are interested in anything - just ask!

12. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Arakano by Filat

- a cosplay photo you are most proud of

Ranger 4 by Filat

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

Karelian summer by Filat

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Saturday afternoon by Filat

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Embassy by Filat

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

My friend Anna was (and remains) one of those for whom I do all of this stuff. Do not get me wrong! Of course I draw because that's my way to express emotions and thoughts, but it was really important for me to share my visions of the characters with her. And now she and her husband do a lot of hiking in the Caucasus Nature Reserve and take great pictures, that inspire me a lot!

14. 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?

:iconmeneldil-elda: Meneldil was one of those who inspired me about 10 years ago. He has really deep vision of Tolkien's world, and I hope someday he will get back to illustration.

Thank you for your time and answers!

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
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Meisiluosi's avatar
So glad to see Filat finally featured!
peet's avatar
Fiiiiiinally!! :D
SaMo-art's avatar
Thank you for this interview! Filat is one of my fav Tokien artist. Her art is simply amazing ^.^ 
MirachRavaia's avatar
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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