Today's theme is Tolkien - and take a look at all these fabulous traditional art pieces! Thanks a lot to *SandraHultsved
for suggesting some artworks for this feature. Apart from this, I decided to extend Creeping Wednesday and include a short 3-questions interview with a person strongly connected to a specified theme. The next theme is a Rat. Let's see what you can find.
3 questions to , a fine Tolkien illustrator!
What is it that attracts you to Traditional Art?
Well, you know, there wasn't any other kind of painting and drawing than traditional back then (the '70s, '80s). I've been drawing and painting ever since I remember; my mother used to say that if you'd given to little Basia some pencils and paper, she could have dissappeared quietly in a corner for long hours
. At the time of technic development I learnt about computers and graphic programs, that evolve really fast; however, I still prefer coloured pencils and brushes... I like the feel of a brush in my hand and mixing colours on a palette by myself. I like a real picture, still smelling with a fresh paint. Besides, people say that my pictures in real look much better than their best scans in the screen.
How did you become interested in Tolkien's imaginery?
I've always liked reading and I've been reading a lot. I stumbled upon fantasy when I was 13-14 years old (U.K. le Guin, The Beginning Place
) and I sank in; I've been reading any fantasy book I could find. I got to Tolkien's pieces rather late (I was about 20); but while reading them I knew, that I want to illustrate that world. My first illustration was for The Hobbit
's first chapter - feasting dwarvs and upset Bilbo, carrying a pile of dirty plates for washing... This picture is long gone - I think I gave it to someone or threw it away, making next, better illustrations in the meantime.
Is there anything particular that you like in his writtings?
These very pictorial descriptions and intresesting plots, effecting my imaginery a lot. While reading JRRT, I see pictures in my head: the Lake city Esgaroth, feast of the Wood Elves, blizzard in the Misty Mountains, boats on Anduin and many, many more. The variety and colours of lands, races, moods... All this wealth makes me unable not to pick a pencil, so my imagination could set free in pictures.