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DanielReeve
The Shire


Apr 26 2009, 5:00am

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Tuatara [In reply to] Can't Post

This is actually quite a big painting, painted with a palette knife. Up close it's loose smears of paint - it gets more photographic the further away you view it from, of course. You're right, there aren't many colours here. As I usually do, I tell most of the story in tones: the all-important light and shade.

Here's the tuatara is on my wall (I like the imperious, almost disdainful gaze of this guy, and painting him larger than life increases his majesty and presence), and also on the cover of the Systematic Biology journal from a year or two ago.




DanielReeve
The Shire


Apr 26 2009, 5:08am

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Lurking [In reply to] Can't Post

LOL, well, I suppose I've been around (sneaking, Precious) for quite some time - but actually not very often. As I've said, TORn is actually a great source of information for those of us who work on these films - but it would steal too much of my time to make a habit of lurking (love that word!). But I think you can be comforted that I've lurked, in good Smeagolish fashion, for several years... ;-)


Kelvarhin
Half-elven


Apr 26 2009, 5:11am

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LOL [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh well looks like I get to hold onto my title of longest lurker then Laugh But I'm in fairly good company Sly

You do know that once we leave Lurkwood we're not allowed to go back, don't you *grins*

*huggles*
Kel x




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One book to find them
One book to bring them all
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stacyrobyn
Registered User


Apr 26 2009, 5:33am

Post #129 of 326 (6514 views)
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What a great time for all! [In reply to] Can't Post

You never fail to put a smile on my face. Thank you for everything. Wishing everyone at TORn and Weta all the best and I can't wait for all that is still to come.


Aerin
Grey Havens


Apr 26 2009, 5:52am

Post #130 of 326 (6304 views)
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Too cool! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Hobbit Family Histories


stormcrow20
Gondor


Apr 26 2009, 6:24am

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How FANTASTIC is that?! [In reply to] Can't Post

To all at Weta......you guys ROCK! HeartCoolHeart

A thousand thanks to Weta and everyone for the awesome messages! TORn is definitely a community of special magnificence.

Happy TORniversary to everyone! Cheers, my friends!

"Expect me when you see me."


Rosie-with-the-ribbons
Forum Admin / Moderator


Apr 26 2009, 7:15am

Post #132 of 326 (6723 views)
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What a great job [In reply to] Can't Post

The Valaquenta you made is really beautiful, thank you for taking the time to make it. And it is great that you take the time to talk to us these days. As you say in a later message, how do we get things done. Well this weekend, I don't. I've spend almost the entire weekend behind the computer. There is so much to read and so much to see (and to scream and jump around when something great shows up again, your work brought tears to my eyes (there went another 10 minutes without being able to do anything)).

I have one small question. I heard from a friend that you first wanted to make the maps for Narnia in blue tones. Is that correct? I would have loved that, now they looked a bit to much like the ones for LOTR. And I think the blue tones would so much have fitted in with the ice-age.

Thanks for all your work!


Tehanu
PTB

Apr 26 2009, 7:26am

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Lovely to see you here Greg! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been out of the loop for a while - it's lovely to see you around and see all your triumphs as a writer. Go you!


Tehanu
PTB

Apr 26 2009, 7:34am

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Email Vic about that... [In reply to] Can't Post

My colleague and leader on the Red Carpet side of things is Vic James, who deals with all the nuts and bolts of getting tours organised. So email him on the Red Carpet website if you are serious about doing a sketching tour!


Tehanu
PTB

Apr 26 2009, 7:47am

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Hey Lady, wonderful to see you! [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope you're loving the library work....gotta be better than the helljobs you had when we knew you in San Francisco. If anyone deserves a break in that regard, it's you, so I'm thrilled to think it's working out for you.
Look me up on Facebook if you have it - I'm there.


DanielReeve
The Shire


Apr 26 2009, 8:16am

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Narnia Winter Map [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the compliments Rosie-with-the-ribbons!

Here's the Narnia map I made first. The 100 Year Winter. Always Winter, never Christmas. Narnia the way we first encounter it.

But it wasn't to be. Although Andrew Adamson liked the map, he said it celebrated the Witch's view of the world; so.... could we lose the snowflakes...? Arrrggh!! And that's why the official version is the brown one you're familiar with.




Rosie-with-the-ribbons
Forum Admin / Moderator


Apr 26 2009, 8:38am

Post #137 of 326 (6924 views)
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That one is beautiful [In reply to] Can't Post

I can understand why they didn't want to use it, of course the Narnians wouldn't give into the Witch and create a map from her world. But I do love the colours and the snow flakes. Thanks for sharing.


Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Apr 26 2009, 8:42am

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Welcome to the family! [In reply to] Can't Post

*pops cork off of a bottle of Old Vinyards* 1296, too!

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Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Apr 26 2009, 8:45am

Post #139 of 326 (6734 views)
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That is wonderful. [In reply to] Can't Post

I still regret not having cash on me when I stopped by your book at a booth at last year's Comic Con. I'm hoping that this year I'll finally be able to pick it up.

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NARF since age 8, when I refused to read the Hobbit because the cover looked boring and icky.


Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Apr 26 2009, 8:48am

Post #140 of 326 (6926 views)
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It's wonderful to see you here. [In reply to] Can't Post

Your work is absolutely superb and it is an honor to consider you a fellow TORNsib.

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NARF since age 8, when I refused to read the Hobbit because the cover looked boring and icky.


Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Apr 26 2009, 8:53am

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That was absolutely wonderful! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you so much! It was wonderful to see you all in that video- I am very proud to be a Weta Fangirl :D

My LiveJournal ~ My artwork and photography

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NARF since age 8, when I refused to read the Hobbit because the cover looked boring and icky.


Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Apr 26 2009, 8:56am

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Hello Daniel! [In reply to] Can't Post

I get to ask a question? That sounds fun! I have yet to read the rest of the questions, so apologies if this is a repeat.

What advice can you give to those who want to do art as a living?

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Garfeimao
Rohan


Apr 26 2009, 9:01am

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Hugs and Kisses [In reply to] Can't Post

to you too, Colleen. You've been brilliant at our conventions and will always be welcome. After all, who else am I going to gossip with?

Peace, Love and Rock & Roll,


Garfeimao
The orange stripey One

Cruise to Middle earth


Garfeimao
Rohan


Apr 26 2009, 9:17am

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Oh dear, that video was funny. And to think I was holding some of those props just a few months ago.

Much love to our brethren Down Under.

Peace, Love and Rock & Roll,


Garfeimao
The orange stripey One

Cruise to Middle earth


Garfeimao
Rohan


Apr 26 2009, 9:37am

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Greetings Daniel [In reply to] Can't Post

So nice to see you hanging out around here. Can't wait to see what you contribute to The Hobbit, that map is so integral to the story.


Speaking of Real World maps, I have a question.

With maps of real places, there must be some consideration for scale and measurement to accurately portray distance. So with all these Fantasy lands you map, how do you figure distance and relations to each other? Tolkien, at least, did some drawings that showed where things were, but you still had to go in and add distances, how was that researched or did you just sort of wing it? And with some of the other fantasy worlds you worked in, those with even less reference points, did you just create the lands and distances and directions that were incorporated into your maps?

Peace, Love and Rock & Roll,


Garfeimao
The orange stripey One

Cruise to Middle earth


Garfeimao
Rohan


Apr 26 2009, 10:10am

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Comment from John Noble at Newport Beach Film Festival [In reply to] Can't Post

I volunteer for this film festival and ran into John Noble there tonight, since he's our special guest this weekend. Anyhow, I mentioned I was Staff for TheOneRing.net and he actually remembered me from ORC when he was a guest there. I mentioned to him that this weekend was the 10th anniversary for TORn and he said something about how is such a great place, a big place. I'm hoping I can get some more comments from him tomorrow, since I'm sure to see him when he goes to the theater, I'm the venue coordinator after all.

Peace, Love and Rock & Roll,


Garfeimao
The orange stripey One

Cruise to Middle earth

(This post was edited by Altaira on Apr 26 2009, 3:09pm)


DanielReeve
The Shire


Apr 26 2009, 10:28am

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Distances on maps [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey Garfeimao, great to hear from you!

Luckily, others before me have researched Tolkien's lands, which as you know were well described by JRR and adequately mapped by Christopher. So where necessary, I made use of the research done by Karen Wynn Fonstad and Barbara Strachey and published in their books.

The clues for Narnia were a bit sparser, but were still there to be found. And in both Middle-earth and Narnia, it's handy to be able to use leagues as ths scale key, since they're a handily ill-defined measure! :-D

I remember discussing the dimensions of Skull Island with Dan Hennah, and making sure everything was placed at appropriate distances - as well as giving the island a true position on the Earth (and in doing so I was careful to avoid plonking it on the epicentre of the Boxing Day tsunami off Sumatra).


DanielReeve
The Shire


Apr 26 2009, 10:32am

Post #148 of 326 (6750 views)
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Narnia [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, everyone who's seen it opines that it has more magic to it than the official one. I'm pleased with both of them, of course, but would love to have seen the snowflake one used. I actually made one for Prince Caspian, too, but I've never seen it in use. It's a shame, because that one is very nice also.


Rosie-with-the-ribbons
Forum Admin / Moderator


Apr 26 2009, 10:48am

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And you couldn't [In reply to] Can't Post

perhaps, sneak a peek of the one you made for Prince Caspian here? Please Angelic *smiles with her cutest smile*.

I love both LotR and Narnia. Watched the first Narnia while touring New Zealand on a Lord of the Rings tour. So those two are nicely intertwined for me.


DanielReeve
The Shire


Apr 26 2009, 10:48am

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Art for a living [In reply to] Can't Post

Ainu Laire - how cool to hear from you!

One of the best lessons I learned was this: Paint what I want to paint, the way I think it should be painted, rather than being swayed by the advice of others. (For "paint", substitute "draw", "sculpt", whatever). Because this way you get the undiluted essence of what you do; the strongest result. And the fact is, if you like what you paint, some potential art buyers out there will too. Some people's aesthetic tastes and art opinions will coincide with your own, and others won't. 100 people might walk past your work in a gallery, but the 101st person might fall in love with it and buy it.

So, in a nutshell, be true to your own artistic vision.

After that comes the more mundane, practical advice that others are probably more qualified to give, since mine was not a standard path into and art career, but things like having a website helps, getting the right people to see your work, arranging yourself a lucky break, etc... ;-)

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