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  • Mood: Irritated
  • Listening to: My whirring brain
  • Reading: The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  • Watching: Hell's Kitchen
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Custard Pie
  • Drinking: diet cola
Recently read a collection of essays I picked up a while back called "Meditations on Middle Earth." It was interesting and sometimes fun, as well as serious. Several writers wrote about their first encounters with LOTR and the Hobbit; there was even a mention of the then upcoming Peter Jackson movies. This in turn sent me off on a project that has been niggling at the back of my mind for a long time: to read all of the posthumous Tolkien works, that great collection assembled and edited by his son, Christopher. So I started with a rereading of the Silmarillion, which I had read only once before. I'm nearly done and will go on to Unfinished Tales and then tackle the other massive volumes, which I've had for a while and have been sitting unread in one of my (many) bookcases. (I am an avowed biblioholic.)
I've also found myself browsing the Tolkien-related art here on DA. There is some magnificent work, both in technique/style and interpretation. Among my faves is Breathing2004 (I have several prints of his work and plan to buy more, thank you DA). His style is unique and amazing, and as different as it is, I think it brilliantly fits the feel of Tolkien's creation.
And now for a mild rant: I know a lot of Deviants love the Peter Jackson movies. I like them, but have many nits to pick, even more so with the Hobbit movies. (IMHO, the best part of the first Hobbit movie was when Jackson stuck very close to the book, such as the "Good day!" sequence between Bilbo and Gandalf, and the Riddle Game.) I think Jackson has done some very good things with these movies (Smaug was wonderful, even if he was made into a wyvern rather than a proper dragon). In general, I think Jackson got the FEEL of Middle Earth correct. But, even with all that, I have a complaint about Tolkien art here on DA: there are too many copies of images from the movies. Not just reinterpretations, but copies. Certain portrait shots are repeated by too many artists. Too many are directly from the movie, showing the characters as the actors who played them (I have never liked who Jackson chose to play Elrond, he's just too plain and almost ugly). I really really encourage everyone who wants to do LOTR and Hobbit art to use more of their own imaginations and the books themselves. Please! Thousands of us love those books, admire Tolkien and his creation. Why subject yourselves to merely copying one man's interpretation? We all have images in our heads from the books—at least I hope so—and to me it's much more interesting and a better tribute to Tolkien to try to show what's in our heads, not just what we saw on screen.
To all of you who have given us your own images inspired by Tolkien's works, thank you! I truly appreciate them.

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Amy Bradley
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
Current Residence: The Emerald City, West Side
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Favourite genre of music: Celtic Rock
Operating System: Mac OS Snow Leopard
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Favourite cartoon character: Marvin The Martian
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  • Mood: Irritated
  • Listening to: My whirring brain
  • Reading: The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  • Watching: Hell's Kitchen
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Custard Pie
  • Drinking: diet cola
Recently read a collection of essays I picked up a while back called "Meditations on Middle Earth." It was interesting and sometimes fun, as well as serious. Several writers wrote about their first encounters with LOTR and the Hobbit; there was even a mention of the then upcoming Peter Jackson movies. This in turn sent me off on a project that has been niggling at the back of my mind for a long time: to read all of the posthumous Tolkien works, that great collection assembled and edited by his son, Christopher. So I started with a rereading of the Silmarillion, which I had read only once before. I'm nearly done and will go on to Unfinished Tales and then tackle the other massive volumes, which I've had for a while and have been sitting unread in one of my (many) bookcases. (I am an avowed biblioholic.)
I've also found myself browsing the Tolkien-related art here on DA. There is some magnificent work, both in technique/style and interpretation. Among my faves is Breathing2004 (I have several prints of his work and plan to buy more, thank you DA). His style is unique and amazing, and as different as it is, I think it brilliantly fits the feel of Tolkien's creation.
And now for a mild rant: I know a lot of Deviants love the Peter Jackson movies. I like them, but have many nits to pick, even more so with the Hobbit movies. (IMHO, the best part of the first Hobbit movie was when Jackson stuck very close to the book, such as the "Good day!" sequence between Bilbo and Gandalf, and the Riddle Game.) I think Jackson has done some very good things with these movies (Smaug was wonderful, even if he was made into a wyvern rather than a proper dragon). In general, I think Jackson got the FEEL of Middle Earth correct. But, even with all that, I have a complaint about Tolkien art here on DA: there are too many copies of images from the movies. Not just reinterpretations, but copies. Certain portrait shots are repeated by too many artists. Too many are directly from the movie, showing the characters as the actors who played them (I have never liked who Jackson chose to play Elrond, he's just too plain and almost ugly). I really really encourage everyone who wants to do LOTR and Hobbit art to use more of their own imaginations and the books themselves. Please! Thousands of us love those books, admire Tolkien and his creation. Why subject yourselves to merely copying one man's interpretation? We all have images in our heads from the books—at least I hope so—and to me it's much more interesting and a better tribute to Tolkien to try to show what's in our heads, not just what we saw on screen.
To all of you who have given us your own images inspired by Tolkien's works, thank you! I truly appreciate them.

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Sol-Tamida Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I wish you had more art for me to see, you seem like a very funny person.  I hate to ask this out of the blue but could you come to my page and see if there's anything that interests you?  I'm trying to find as many people as I can to support and get involved with this Kickstarter project.
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DanGref Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I give you a Llama! Cause why shouldn't I?
Llamas are awesome, so don't ask my "why?"
My watchword is simple - Make Peace, Love & Art!
That's what I wish you from depths of my heart!
Because of your arts which I've just seen,
I sent rhyming greetings - you see it on screen.
Warm greetings from Poland, where dragons still live;
You can find them too, if you'll just believe!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I need to post more art! :)
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DanGref Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To watch some new arts
Is always a pleasure.
For artistic hearts,
That view is a treasure.
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RomaiLee Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the comment on Chizuru Yukimura - Cherry rain by RomaiLee (^_^)

If you're interested please follow my work as a cosplayer here: www.facebook.com/romaileecos

if you use Twitter: twitter.com/KawaiiAliceRoco

I would appreciate it (^^) If it's no interest to you just ignore it ;)
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Steelsoldat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you by any chance make fractals? 
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wish I did! I used to play around with them, on a rather basic but excellent program called Mandelbrowser. Unfortunately it was for the old Mac OS and doesn't work on OS X. I have one or two very simple programs that just don't do much. I need to learn some of the more complex programs, because I am totally in love with fractal art.
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Steelsoldat Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, you should note me if you would like me to try and teach you, i have like 900 messages in the two sections so i can't really keep the response to reply sorry  ;-;
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rathacat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Amy,

Thanks for the comment on the Cubs art.  How long have you been on DA?
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
A few years. Still haven't posted much of my art yet. But I love following some of the artists here and looking at the Daily Deviations—one never knows what's going to show up! And of course I comment too.
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