Mae gowannen, mellyn nīn! Pleased to make your acquaintance. My name is Antti and I go by the name of Aranthalion here at the forums. I'm a new guy at the Art Department where I will be working as a conceptual artist.
Some words about me.. Well, I'm 27, from Finland, an architect (well, almost.. will graduate soon, I hope) by trade and I work as a researcher. Art and drawing (and about a million other things..) have been my dear hobbies for as long as I can remember. I found Tolkien's work when I was around 9 and I've been a devout fan ever since. I've read more or less everything he's written - countless times - and I find his work a lasting source of inspiration. I have quite a purist approach to illustrating Tolkien and I'm often rather obsessed with details.. in everything I do.
TLA seems like a magnificent project. I'm amazed of the amount of work - and the exceptional quality of it - that I have seen here. I'm glad to be involved and I hope I can provide the team with something that is both useful and meets the high standards they have set with their previous work. Good to be part of the team!
Here are my first contributions to TLA.. I'm working on the visual look of Fingon. The first one is a concept portrait and I wanted to study his features and hair style. Tolkien wrote that "he wore his long dark hair in great plaits braided with gold" and this is the way I see it. I've noticed in my previous illustrations that without that short part of wild hair all the braids make him look too much like a Native American Indian for my liking. I picture him with a gaunt face, powerful features, distinctive strong eyebrows and bright, sad eyes. I went for a pensive, melancholy expression because I wanted to portray him just after he had heard the news of the fate of Maedhros and started thinking about what to do about it
"..Fingon had been close in friendship with Maedhros; and though he knew not yet that Maedhros had not forgotten him at the burning of the ships, the thought of their ancient friendship stung his heart."
..which brings us to the second picture, an illustration I call "Fingon Prepares for His Quest to Find Maedhros." I was particularly interested in his equipment here and if anyone is familiar with my earlier work they will recognize the weapon designs. I felt he needed to have adequate travel gear, but light enough to be able to go by foot. He definitely took a lot of stuff with him, though.. I mean who would ever set out to the wilderness alone without a harp, right?
I will provide an actual concept design sheet with this equipment in colour and with measurements later.. But this illustration should give the overall image of how I see Fingon. The quote to go with this one is:
"Then Fingon the valiant, son of Fingolfin, resolved to heal the feud that divided the Noldor, before their Enemy should be ready for war..."
"..Therefore he dared a deed which is justly renowned among the feats of the princes of the Noldor: alone, and without the counsel of any, he set forth in search of Maedhros."
He has made two pictures of Fingon
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Edited by NaurwenT, 17 February 2006 - 04:52 PM.