Talks with Tolkien artists: elencarnil

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By MirachRavaia

This week I bring you a talk with a spanish artist :iconlin-0w0: - Lin-0w0. If you take a look at her gallery, you will see that she is not afraid to undertake projects that require a lot of determination and patience - like drawing the Silmarilion in the form of an illustrated manuscript or comics and tackling the challenge of Inktober with Tolkien illustrations:

Silmarillion pages 01-02 by Lin-0w0
Orome by Lin-0w0 Vana by Lin-0w0
Silmarillion. 01 Valaquenta PAG 11 by Lin-0w0 Silmarillion 02 PAG20 by Lin-0w0
Inktober day 2 DIVIDED: Nauglamir by Lin-0w0 Inktober dia 29 UNITED by Lin-0w0

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

Well, I'm a Tolkien fan from Spain. I work as designer and I love to draw since I was a child.

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

I wanted to find an original name and make the elvish translation of it. It's a little embarrassing but I was inspired by the logo of a well known beer I searched the translation of "red star" in the Silmarillion's dictionary and I found that there exists a star called Carnil, that means red light. And Elen Carnil - red star - had become my nick.

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

It was in the primary school, when I was 12. In the library of the classroom they had the books of the Lord of the Rings. I read them and I loved them. I already knew and also like the faerie tales and the greek myths, and for me the universe of Tolkien in that moment was like a great combination and evolution of all these things, besides the fact that tt was too a novel well writed and with characters that you could feel close to.

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie.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?

Yes, that happened too me, and for some characters it is good, the casting, the dresses and all the details that were designed in the film are great; it is very diffilcult now to magine characters as Gandalf and Saruman diferently. But when I reread the hobbit and LOTR, I force myself to imagine different characters, details and landscape, because every time you read something again, it is fantastic to discover that your mind can imagine different things, and you enjoy the reading with new interpretations.

5. Some of Tolkien's books can be hard to read, being more of history annals than beletry. Do you let that discourage you or not? How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth?

Yes, Silmarillion for example is hard if you expect an usual novel. But it has a style that reminds of old myths that I like. I've read the Lost Tales and the Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle Earth, the Niggle Leaf and The Hobbit. An one day I will start with the books of History of the Middle Earth, but I think those books are more intense and that stops me a little.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

I don't have a favourite, because there are a lot! But I like Gandalf, he is a good person with great ideals, but also rebellious and a little bit cheater.

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 work as professional artist (designer) but what I do it has nothing in common with what I'm doing with Silmarillion. For me doing that is like a hobby; I started with the idea of doing drawings that remind on medieval manuscripts and the art of Jian Guo. Now I also feel admiration for the drawings of Yuko Shimizu and old illustrators as Arthur Rackham.

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

I read the page of Silmarillion that matches with order, and I imagine a scene with all the things that appear, and I try to make some kind of mosaic with them, as a visual story with chronological order. Knowing what I know about the rest of the story or the character I try to illustrate something more than a fact; like his nature or what he likes or wants.

9. You took part in the Inktober project with a series of 31 pictures from Middle-earth. Was it difficult to keep up with it? Do you recommend taking such a challenge?

Yes, very difficult but good. I totally recommend it, because it is good for imagination and your skills to draw random things each day and see what other people did in instagram, deviantart, etc..for the same topic, you can meet the art of more people that are doing great things.

10. Speaking about challenges, you Silmarillion comic is also quite one. Do you have time to draw something outside of it too? Do you think you will finish it? And do you plan to translate it to English sometimes?

Yes, it is a big work that I will probably never finish; but finishing it is not my goal; I only want to draw what I like following the story of Silmarillion.
Maybe I will translate the first Valaquenta that I did to english, but the Silmarillion that I'm doing now will be in elvish Wink/Razz with a little quote or description in english and spanish to indicate which part of Silmarillion matches with it.

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

In general, fantasy worlds of videogames, role playing, movies...I like Game of Thrones 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 started this project of Silmarillion with the idea of experimenting again with ink and watercolor. In the last years I worked only with digital techniques and now I want to return to paper, and play with nibs, ink, brushes and water. I also like to mix the results of traditional techniques with digital effects; but it's difficult to do that and sometimes things that I tested didn't work very well.

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

I would like to! But I can't say much. A trick that works is to take a rest if things are not working, and look it later with other eyes. Tantrum

14. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Inktober dia 28 FALL by Lin-0w0

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Inktober dia 24 BLIND by Lin-0w0

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Inktober day 10 GIGANTIC by Lin-0w0

15. 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 direct family and close friends, specially my mum! Hug despite bad results they always support my passion for drawing.

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?

:iconegobarri: Egobarri (Celia), their characters are fresh and funny:
Short-sighted doggy by Egobarri Prompto selfie by Egobarri Modern AU Maedhros by Egobarri

:icondracarysdrekkar7: Dracarys Drekkar, I love the details of his illustrations:
The great kingdom of Doriath. by DracarysDrekkar7 Siege of Angband by DracarysDrekkar7 MINAS TIRITH (TOL SIRION). by DracarysDrekkar7

:iconblaakk: Bruno Formagio, who has a special style:
Mage by blaakk Evil's Face by blaakk
and I could say much more, but I don't want to make this too long!

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

Well, I'm happy of being a part of these groups of artists that make every day new art inspired in Tolkien, it is great to see different interpretations and versions of Middle Earth.

Thank you for your time and answers!

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
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Lin-0w0's avatar
thanks a lot for your words MirachRavaia!! Glad you like my drawings  :*** 
greenapplefreak's avatar
wow! this is so pretty! and it's an artist I haven't seen before!
now I need to see all their gallery!
MirachRavaia's avatar
Then I succeeded in my task :)
Snow-Monster's avatar
Glad you post these interviews. I look forward to them every weekend.
Eldr-Fire's avatar
Interesting read! I enjoy these interviews.
MirachRavaia's avatar
Thank you, I'm glad to hear that!
the-evil-legacy's avatar
really beautiful ! ^^ 
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