Talks with Tolkien artists: ForeverMedhok

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:iconforevermedhok: - ForeverMedhok is an Indonesian artist who's not only drawing Tolkien fanart, but also taking commissions in this style (so if you would like someone to paint your vision of a Tolkien character, she is there for you :))

A note about language: Since English is not her first language, I had to correct the grammar in several cases. I tried to do so without changing the meaning of her answers in any way. English is not my first language either, so please forgive any remaining mistakes. (Also, in case you are unfamiliar with the expression like I was, "tbh" = "to be honest" :))

Tauriel Childhood by ForeverMedhok Rian by ForeverMedhok
Commission : Nolofinwe Arakano by ForeverMedhok
The Happy House of Fingolfin by ForeverMedhok
Haleth by ForeverMedhokBeor by ForeverMedhok

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

Hello I’m a 24 years-old girl who lives in Indonesia ^^

2. It is interesting to find out the stories behind people's usernames. What is yours?

Oh, my username is really a random name I always pick for my account, and I regret it and want to change it >.> I picked it because “Medhok” itself is a Javanese word that means something like ‘people who talking in Javanese accent’ and I felt that I’ll forever speak in that style. So it is Forever Medhok.

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

Tbh in 2003 when LOTR movie ended, my friend bought the LOTR books and I read it a little, but the best impression that it left in me it is when I read the Silmarillion books in 2012. It is a very good impression, such a beautiful but tragic story and all my fave characters are all dead. Best fantasy book I've ever read but still, my faves dead :’) .

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

No that expert, I just don't have that much knowledge about Tolkien universe tbh because I just read the trilogy, and for the Silmarillion, since there is no Indonesian translation available then, so I read the English version but my English isn’t that good >.< (I’ve barely read HoME and just know few of their infos from tumblr)

5. Did you read the books, or see the movies first? How much did the movies influence your imagination when reading the books?

Tbh I saw the movies first. 70% maybe, but it’s just the characters' appearance and the places like Minas Tirith and Mount Doom

6. 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?

Just a hobby, I starting to draw when I was in middle high school, and it is manga/anime that influence my style very much,

7. Many of your pictures have been painted as a commission. In that case, how much of freedom do you usually have in the character design? Is there something you would do differently, if it wouldn't be a commission?

Maybe 10% freedom because most of them already had the designs itself, but I really enjoy it ^^ maybe things that I would do differently is just the color tone :D (Big Grin)

8. When not doing a commission, how do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?

I’m basically a fangirl and I choose to draw my OTP in any scenes, mostly in romantic scenes, or in Tolkien fandom, I like to draw unpopular minor characters and try to design them as attractive as I can, with a hope that people would recognize them more.

9. Who is your favourite Tolkien character?

Omg this would be a long list of characters… Maedhros, Fingolfin, Feanor, Fingon, Aredhel , Galadriel, Finrod, okay almost all the Noldor but I love House of Fingolfin the most, I like Thranduil and Legolas too and some Edain like Turin, Haleth, Hador, Morwen, Aragorn, Eowyn, also for other races maybe Thorin, Kili, Fili, and Bilbo, too many tbh.

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

Movies are Marvel, and BBC Sherlock. Also some anime like Hetalia and Naruto

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 like my painting method tbh, but if my laziness strikes, I’ll tend to use doodling style and doing simple cell-shade one. Maybe I kinda kept it but sometimes I try some new techniques and doing some experiments ^^

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

I consider that there are much better artist than me here, so maybe my tips and tricks would sound so simple that everyone already knows that, but since I do digital art, I love to put an overlay layer in warm color above the sketch layer to make the art more pretty. Also I add luminosity layer to be an additional light source.

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

House of Finarfin by ForeverMedhok

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

Uchiha Sarada by ForeverMedhok

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Badass Trio by ForeverMedhok

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Commission : Feanor and Celebrimbor by ForeverMedhok

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

NARUTO : Bonzai Master by ForeverMedhok
I dunno but this dude kinda fit my headcanon for young Finoglfin or Fingon ^^

14. 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 inspiration are mostly artists here at DA *_* And the people who supported me are all my watchers here in DA :D (Big Grin). Especially aNamoELYa and hereff have been so amazingly supportive to me (they also my irl friends) ^^. Because sadly there are just a few people in my real life that really appreciate art or even an artist.

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

Keep loving Tolkien's works (and for you who haven’t read the Silmarillion and Children of Hurin, go read that) XD

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

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Wasserwaldnymphe's avatar
You English must be above average, if you can read and understand the Sil in Englisch :D
spicedwinefanfic's avatar
ForeverMedhok is lovely :) She's done commissions for me and they're wonderful. (I must get another one, soon!)
MirachRavaia's avatar
That's great, I didn't know you have inspired some of those nice pictures :)
spicedwinefanfic's avatar
Oh, I didn't inspire them, lol. But I saw them, and that she was accepting commissions and so I commissioned her to do a couple of my OC's :)