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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:03 pm 
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Feel free to add any that you can think of. I might, as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:51 am 
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I might just put in a few this weekend. Probably mostly the ones I don't know how to spell off the top of my head.

I will also take requests in the "Talk to a Shirriff" thread. :P

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:51 am 
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When I was writing up our screenplay it was the dratted ë that was a pain - particularly for Fëanor... and all the names ending with -ë, including the -wës and the Valar (Manwë, Aulë, Vairë, Oromë)

Other than that, I would agree with adding Éowyn and Éomer for starters. Maybe Éothain, too?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:52 am 
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That may not look a thing like the actual Witch King but it's a pretty striking image nonetheless!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:17 pm 
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Perhaps the artist is trying to say that Éowyn was fighting an inner battle when facing the Wiki. But I am sure she wasn't...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:43 pm 
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I would like to apologize for jumping right into a little controversy in my first posts on the forum.

I was browsing the Tolkien Illustrators thread, and I found some pretty unfair remarks regarding Maria Lombide Ezpeleta and her work. Digging deeper, I found yet more unfair criticism on the forum and was pretty shocked, as she is among my favorite illustrators and I absolutely love her style.

While her execution might be rather psychedelic, and her compositions sometimes feature unwelcome elements (not a fan of certain haircuts, nor of certain character depictions), but from an emotional point of view, she is very, very, VERY good at depicting hidden realities of the Silmarillion. I, for one, resonate on an emotional level with her works more than with the works of any other Tolkien illustrator.

Have you seen her Yavanna?

How about these?

The Kinslaying

Sauron in Númenor

Idril and Maeglin

I mean, taste is taste, and you might not like everyone's style. That's perfectly natural.

But from that to shaming an artist and branding them a defiler of Tolkien's work, I think somewhere Morgoth is laughing and enjoying himself.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:09 pm 
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Hi Shabeel. Thanks for your comments. I am sorry that you were offended by past comments about Ms. Ezpeleta's work. I can't say that I particularly appreciate any of the paintings that you linked to, but as you say, taste is taste, and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. If her works illustrate for you aspects of Tolkien's work that other artists do not capture, that is all to the good.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:08 am 
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That's perfectly fine, no two people are alike. I just found some people went very much overboard, calling her "the worst Tolkien illustrator" and ridiculing her work. It's unfair to treat someone who's dedicated her life to art like that, and it's not like she's getting rich off Tolkien's world or anything.

Anyway, I'm glad I came across this thread. Discovering lots of illustrators I didn't know about :)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:07 am 
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Was I one of them? If so I apologise for any offense, but I have to say I see very few redeeming features in her work as Tolkien illustrations. As generic fantasy art, they are perfectly fine, but they just feel completely wrong to me in a very visceral way as illustrations of Tolkien's work. I also dislike Cor Blok's style, but it's less distasteful to me.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:49 am 
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Has the work of Soni Alcorn-Hender been posted here? I like her style.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:59 pm 
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Oh, BohemianWeasel! Yes, I've enjoyed a lot of her LotR stuff in the past...

Just had to post this recent picture by one of my favourites, Elena Kukanova, on deviantART...she has such a beautiful, delicate touch!

Aegnor and Andreth:
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:18 pm 
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Not how I picture Andreth (one of my favorite Tolkien characters), but very lovely nonetheless!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:30 pm 
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New illustration from Kimberly80 - Ossë and Uinen...

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:51 pm 
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Why does Ossë look like a human and Uinen like a demon?

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Search me! It did strike me as strange, too...I think he ought to have bluer skin, but apart from that I like the designs (you do need to view the larger image in the link to appreciate the drawing better) and it's nice to see a new take on some less commonly seen characters...

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:02 pm 
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Does Ossë have a squid living under his helmet, like Radagast's birds? I wonder what squid scat looks like? :P

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I think it's his hair. In which case, I wonder what squiddy split ends are like?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:11 pm 
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Yes, I'm sure it is his hair. I was making a joke. Not a very good one, probably.

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Squiddy hair is more unsettling than having a squid under your helmet, though.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:36 pm 
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Has anyone come across work by Raoul Vitale before?

I've just stumbled across this incredibly detailed painting of Galadriel...
http://cdn.infectedbyart.com/Images/Category_58/subcat_68/1110132031151.jpg

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