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I really like Nasmith's landscapes and panoramic views. A lot of his character close-ups look odd to me, though.


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Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
Unlike, PtB, I'm a big fan of Nasmith's Middle-earth art (I was even before he contacted me to tell me how much he liked Arda Reconstructed).


Sorry I wasn't clear. I like Nasmith's artwork quite a bit (especially his panoramas, and most of his structures)! Sometimes he is absolutely spot on. I just don't think he's the best out of a talented bunch. For my tastes, Alan Lee and Cor Blok are at the top of the heap.

For me, Nasmith falls down a bit with his close-up character portraits. Something off about his faces, and his costumes. For example:

http://tednasmith.mymiddleearth.com/2012/07/05/eowyn-and-faramir/


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I don't really try to chose among them. I agree that Nasmith is better with landscapes, panoramas and architecture than he is with character portraits. And I don't at all care for Cor Blok, though I know that Tolkien did.

However, I'll contradict myself by saying that my two favorite Tolkien illustrators are Pauline Baynes and J.R.R. Tolkien. :)

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I agree that Tolkien's illustration style is perfect for his own stories, and I'll take his work over my non-Tolkien favorites as well. And I think Baynes' drawings are delightful, if sometimes a little twee.

Blok evokes dark age, pre-perspective, pre-Renaissance European art forms, which I find very appropriate for Middle Earth. Next to Tolkien, he's the best, IMO.


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Most Tolkien artists have their various strengths and weaknesses, including Tolkien, though I love his drawings very much, ( we have a long-standing thread in Shibboleth for anyone who's interested) and I think we're all agreed on what Nasmith's are! That painting has always been a favourite of mine, so I'm glad I was able to bring to those who haven't seen it before. :)

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Elen....... congratulations on your completion of the epic work translating the SILMARILLION into cinema. When I think of those who fell to the wayside along the way but you were always there leading the charge - you indeed are a hero worth of Fëanor battling the Balrogs.

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Now that my life is back to myself and I am in my second retirement, one of my goals is to read your work and catch myself up on what I missed out on.

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sf, you should definitely be proud of your contributions to this massive effort.

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Is it really over? :cry:


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Elen....... congratulations on your completion of the epic work translating the SILMARILLION into cinema. When I think of those who fell to the wayside along the way but you were always there leading the charge - you indeed are a hero worth of Fëanor battling the Balrogs.

:bow:

Now that my life is back to myself and I am in my second retirement, one of my goals is to read your work and catch myself up on what I missed out on.


I may have been leading the charge but you were always there supporting and encouraging everyone in your effusive and generous manner, and as V rightly says, your contributions were monumental in conceptualizing the darker side of M-e, as well as your keen eye for set design and large-scale action set pieces (a kind of Dan Hennah/PJ rolled into one) - we couldn't have done it without you! :hug:

I certainly hope you will be able find the time to indulge in catching up on the seasons you missed - and the earlier ones to relive some happy memories!

I should also give a mention to Ethelwynn who stood by my side the longest, gave us the benefit of her SCA experience, and provided the human touches that kept the rest of us grounded! Her knack and talent for characterization is most admirable and I hope that she will continue to enjoy her creative writing in the future as she recuperates from major surgery. :hug:



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Is it really over? :cry:


That's up to you guys - if you want to take on another project yourselves, I'd be interested in supporting you, but I think I've earned my retirement! :whew:

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Congrats Elen! I look forward to reading the entire series at some stage. :)

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:cheers: Al!

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Do you have a Word doc of the complete piece that I could convert for my Kindle?

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Alatar wrote:
Do you have a Word doc of the complete piece that I could convert for my Kindle?



I want that, I do! :D

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Alatar wrote:
Do you have a Word doc of the complete piece that I could convert for my Kindle?


Yes, I can send each episode individually or in chunks - I thought I had already sent you Seasons 1-4 a couple of years ago? :scratch:

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You had, but I wasn't sure if they had been updated! If you want to send me in episodes or chunks, I can combine indo one Doc and convert to a few Ereader formats if anyone else is interested?

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Elentári wrote:
sauronsfinger wrote:
Elen....... congratulations on your completion of the epic work translating the SILMARILLION into cinema. When I think of those who fell to the wayside along the way but you were always there leading the charge - you indeed are a hero worth of Fëanor battling the Balrogs.

:bow:

Now that my life is back to myself and I am in my second retirement, one of my goals is to read your work and catch myself up on what I missed out on.


I may have been leading the charge but you were always there supporting and encouraging everyone in your effusive and generous manner, and as V rightly says, your contributions were monumental in conceptualizing the darker side of M-e, as well as your keen eye for set design and large-scale action set pieces (a kind of Dan Hennah/PJ rolled into one) - we couldn't have done it without you! :hug:

I certainly hope you will be able find the time to indulge in catching up on the seasons you missed - and the earlier ones to relive some happy memories!

I should also give a mention to Ethelwynn who stood by my side the longest, gave us the benefit of her SCA experience, and provided the human touches that kept the rest of us grounded! Her knack and talent for characterization is most admirable and I hope that she will continue to enjoy her creative writing in the future as she recuperates from major surgery. :hug:



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Is it really over? :cry:


That's up to you guys - if you want to take on another project yourselves, I'd be interested in supporting you, but I think I've earned my retirement! :whew:


Many thanks for the kind words to both you and Voronwë. I guess I did find my niche in the darker side of Middle-earth. I wonder what about that attracts me?

But it was you Elen - it was you who pulled this off and you should be very proud.

And I will read everything!!!!!!

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sauronsfinger wrote:
But it was you Elen - it was you who pulled this off and you should be very proud.

And I will read everything!!!!!!


And you helped me find the motivation and inspiration - thank you, my friend! :kiss:


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You had, but I wasn't sure if they had been updated! If you want to send me in episodes or chunks, I can combine indo one Doc and convert to a few Ereader formats just in anyone else is interested?


I don't think anything was changed any further back, but I'll resend Season 4, just in case, with the latest two - Thanks. :)

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I am intetested!

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I am still interested in the work! :)

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Sorry! I promise I will get to it. RL (TM) has been taking all of my time!

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