To me, the works of - Lamorien always brought the impression of flowing: flowing dresses, hair, light, wind, water, watercolours... You do not have to agree with me though, check her gallery and see what impression in makes on you! I guarantee it will be a nice trip
1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?
I grew up in Michigan, where I attended Kendall College of Art and Design. I got a degree in illustration and moved to Seattle. Fairy tales, fantasy, and sci-fi have always been my favorite genre of story and art.
2. It is interesting to find out the stories behind people's usernames. What is yours?
"Lamorien" was an elf name I made up for myself when I first got really obsessed with Lord of the Rings. (My Elvish surname is "Riverleaf," and I liked to imagine that if I'd lived in Middle Earth, it would have been in Lothlorien)
3. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?
I read the Hobbit around 5th or 6th grade. I fell in love with the expansive story of Bilbo and the Dwarves. I went ahead to read Lord of the Rings, but honestly there was a lot that I didn't fully comprehend with my tiny middle-school mind.
4. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?
Ha! I like to joke that I know more about Middle-Earth history than U.S. history. I've read and re-read the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion, but have yet to get to the Book of Lost Tales and Children of Hurin. Nevertheless, I DID win a Tolkien Pub Trivia contest a couple months back. So. Let's go with near-expert.
5. Did you read the books, or see the movies first?
This is kind of a tricky question for me. TECHNICALLY, I read the books first. But I was young and about 75% of it went way over my head. So, my more memorable experience was actually after having seen the movies. All the characters took shape, the story grew in scale... I remember sitting there, watching in absolute awe, while the Fellowship walked through Lothlorien and met Galadriel. It was a milestone of my life.
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?
I've been doing art since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I was professionally trained in traditional art; I have a degree in illustration. Currently I just do it as a side job, picking up commissions here and then. Eventually I would like to develop a following and start running the Comicon circuits.
Specific artists who have influenced me are Alphonse Mucha, Alan Lee, John William Waterhouse, and Aubrey Beardsley. The Art Nouveau movement as a whole can really be seen reflected in my work.
7. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?
I just really like drawing scenes that stand out to me. I draw a LOT of portrayals of Eowyn. She's my favorite character. She's strong, sensitive, feminine, and independent. Seriously a really fun character to explore through art.
8. What other book or movies (or anything else) inspire you to create fanart, and why?
I'm a BIG fan of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Chronicles of Narnia, Avengers...they've all been big inspirations for my fanart collection.
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?
Watercolor is my go-to medium. I like the mix between extreme precision and letting it do its own thing. I like having a variety of techniques in my arsenal though, so I've tried just about everything including pen and ink, Copic markers, digital, paper cutting, oil paints....
10. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists?
The best thing I can say is: Practice drawing. From life. All the time.
Tutorials are a great way to learn techniques, but observation drawing will help you develop so many skills like composition, shape recognition, flow, and form.
11. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
- a picture that fits your current mood?
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
12. 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 parents have always been huge supporters and always encourage me to do my best and believe in myself. All my art teachers, both high school and college, were great artists themselves and they taught me well, inspired me to be great, and continue to support me with what I do.
13. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?
Just want to say thanks so much for everyone who's liked/commented on my artwork, it really does make my day when I see encouraging comments. I love knowing that people appreciate my work, it's why I do what I do!
Thank you for your time and answers!
Talks with Tolkien artists: saphir93
The first Eclipse issue of Talks with Tolkien artists is with saphir93. To be honest, I had no intention to continue the interviews in Eclipse, because it's terrible for making journals, and I'll probably be looking for an alternate site to host them. So I'll not be asking people to talk with them anymore, but if someone would like to talk with me and be featured here, you're welcome to approach me, like saphir93 did. You can find her gallery here: (https://www.deviantart.com/saphir93) Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself? My name is Giulia Bernardini and I'm an Italian fantasy illustrator. I love fantasy genre and natural landscapes. I like forests, mountains and countryside. Nature has always given me a sense of peace and tranquility and to inspire me creatively, it's marvelous for my eyes. I love to look tree barks, leaves and roots, I love oaks in particular. Another literary genre that I like, even is not on the same level as fantasy, is
Teitho: January and February theme *Relationships*
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Tolkien's Birthday Toast 2020
J.R.R. Tolkien was born 128 years ago, on January 3rd 1892 in Bloemfontein. Together with the Tolkien Society, we invite you to celebrate the birthday of this much loved author by raising a glass at 9pm your local time (or when you can, it's past 9 here already, but I just put my dauhter to sleep). The toast is simply: "To the Professor!", or if you prefer Quenya, "Alasse merendenna i Carmo!"
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Again the time has come for a Joker theme in December & January. Like in a game of cards you can use the Joker card to replace any other, now you can pick any of the past challenges that stir your imagination and write a story or create art for it. You can finally write that story you wanted to write for that challenge once, but didn't have time for it, or write a story for some of the challenges that Teitho had before you even knew about its existence! Please include the title of the challenge you used with your story. If you would like to illustrate for this challenge, you can take part in our special all-year-round artistic challeng