Talks with Tolkien artists: evankart

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By MirachRavaia

:iconevankart: - evankart is a talented korean artists whom I had the pleasure to interview for the latest issue of "Talks with Tolkien artists". After feasting your eyes on her pictures here you can read her answers about Tolkien and art, and if you want more, go check her gallery!

Aragorn by evankart
Thorin and Thranduil by evankart
Thorin Oakenshield with wind by evankart The Hobbit comics: Snow day - part (1) by evankart
Legolas with his bow by evankart Curufin- son of Feanor by evankart

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

Hello, call me 'evan'. I'm from S. Korea, a professional comicbook artist and also art teacher. English is not my first language but I will try to answer the questions in earnest :) (Smile)

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

It was the greatest story I've ever read. I didn't like the genre of Fantasy novel and still don't like it except Tolkien's works. But when I met Middle-earth for the first time I loved the questions about moral law and choices of fascinating characters. Also, Tolkien was a great visual artist. He described the his world very well, every scene could be imagined easily.

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

No I don't. I just have read 'LOTR', 'the Silmarilion', 'the Hobbit' and 'Children of Hurin'. Other books haven't been translated into Korean yet. Also sometimes I am confused about the time-line of the stories or character's name, and the names of places.  

4. 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'm a professional artist :) (Smile) I was 13 when I went to my first artclass. My drawing style was influenced by my mother and sister. They are also professional visual artists and a calligrapher. I majored western art in university but their oriental art style and tools always gives me some inspiration.

5. Alright, I will ask it directly: how is it possible that the characters in your drawings look so real, and yet 150% more hot than in reality? :) (Smile)

Ah really? I didn't intend to draw them more hotter than reality. Maybe it because I picked some pictures which they look very hot :) (Smile)

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

There are some points what I would draw. Like a beautiful scenery of Mirkwood, Thorin's hair, Thranduil's face...It depends on inspiration I get day by day.

7. 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 prefer to draw with traditional tools like paper, pencil, ink, brushes, watercolor. But I'm trying to be familiar with CG drawing recently.

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

the Company of Thorin Oakenshield by evankart
- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
winter soldier by evankart
- a picture that fits your current mood?
Who the hell is Bucky? by evankart
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Thranduil for mirkwood event by evankart
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?…

Recently I'm trying to draw a story of a drifter who is walking across middle earth. I will keep drawing this until end of the journey.

11. 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?

Thranduil and young Legolas by harmonia3784

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

Always thank you for watching my drawings! I'm looking forward to see the third hobbit movie and will love Tolkien's world for a long time. I hope you guys will be there with me :) (Smile)

-----------------------------------------------Thanks!! Have a good day!!

Thank you as well for your time and answers!

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HobbitFan14's avatar
Awesome interview! Cheerleader 
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Lyriel-MoonShadow's avatar
one of my favorite artists! wonderful interview :)