Apr 25 2009, 6:13pm
Though I had been a Lord of the Rings enthusiast since I was a little girl, I never dreamed I would one day grow up to illustrate something that has become such an important part of my life.
Love to all and thanks!
I stumbled upon the TORn website years ago before the first film came out, and was delighted to meet a number of people from TORn at a San Diego Comic Con where several of my publishers were promoting my work. I stopped by to watch the TORn crew set up before the convention officially opened, and Garfeimao recognized me and brought me into the fold. She kindly introduced me to other TORn types, and some of the cast as well, who were also hanging about before the show, including Sala Baker and Lawrence Makaore. Then I was taken aside and introduced to Richard Taylor and Daniel Falconer.
This generosity was not only most appreciated, but the kindness and interest of the people at TORn helped to bring my work to the attention of some of the official LOTR licensors, who later hired me to do work for them. So, not only was it a great experience to meet so many new people here, and to have found so many new friends, but being a part of the TORn family has helped me to realize a lifelong dream: to illustrate scenes and characters from The Lord of the Rings. Coolest job ever!
The LOTR fans are the most generous and friendly fans I have ever met. Downright hobbity. Good food, good conversation, good fun. Of all the conventions I have ever attended, it is the LOTR conventions that I most WANT to attend. They feel like family reunions.
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(This post was edited by Colleen Doran on Apr 25 2009, 6:15pm)