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|Friday, December 28th, 2007|
|My Salgant isn't alone anymore
For a long while I owned an orginal Tolkien elf exclusively, artwise at least: Salgant, Lord of the Harp, an elf from Gondolin. http://www.elfwood.com/art/d/a/dagmarjung/salgant_k.jpg.html
In every Google picture search, my little portrait of him was the only one that appeared. In a fandom where every elf that was ever mentioned in Tolkien's works (and some that weren't) has multiple fanclubs, I always felt that was a rare privilege. The fact that Salgant is the only elf with canonically proven overweight has probably much more to do with his unpopularity than his doubtful morale. Being a traitor or villain has never stopped Maeglin or others from being fangirl dream material.
However, those days of exclusive ownership are over: here, at last, is Salgant #2 on the internet:http://homepage2.nifty.com/waraizizou/cgi_sunclip/img/107.jpg
Although I'm not sure where his canonical pudgyness has gone. Either he has been living on a strict diet for years now, or Glorfindel has finally managed to cut off his sweatmeat supply, or (I tend to believe in this last theory) this is a picture of Salgant's long gone youth before he ever set on weight. Current Mood: relaxed
|Monday, October 29th, 2007|
|Thursday, October 25th, 2007|
|Aunt 2007 - the License to Spoil
Since Oct.23, I'm officially aunt. My brother and his dear lady have a little baby son. Needless to say, there is great exitement and joy in my whole family right now.
Now I wish I'd live closer to my brother than 500 cilometres apart, so I could visit more often and be a part of my nephew's life rather than a rare event. Well, at least I look forward to spoil him rotten, as is an aunt's priviledge.
These last days, I spent a lot of time in book stores, toy shops and baby supply shops searching for suitable gifts for my nephew and his parents. Since they already have bought everything that is needed and useful like clothing and baby bed, I felt free to look for a little extra that hopefully even a newly born child can enjoy, like a book of lullabys for his parents to sing for him, or a book about baby massage, which again leaves the actual work for the parents, but it's the thought that counts.
Doing this, I wondered about the design for *all* baby related things, which is pastel colours combined with cute animals. I mean, it's not only on things destined for use *by+ babies, like soft toys, but also for things to be used by adults, like books about baby care. It seems as if new parents are supposed to develop a sudden babyish taste for pastels & cute animals as soon as their child is born. Must be a hormonal thing. Also, I notice that most books related to baby care related topics seem to think that new parents are pretty dumb.
|Tuesday, September 18th, 2007|
|Is everything okay with Claudio?
... aka Elvses aka A.Noldo? He used to post quite often, but I've heard nothing from him for a long while now. Did he move his blog from Livejournal to another site maybe?
|Monday, August 13th, 2007|
|To the Sea, to the Sea!
... the white gulls are crying...
I'm going off for vacation for the next twelve days. Internet access will be limited to a short visit the the local library everty now and then.
See you later!
|Friday, July 27th, 2007|
|Shelob the Silent Movie Star!
(this entry is dedicated to Maggie Honeybite, for obvious reasons)
At the Tolkien Thing two weeks ago, a contest was held. Years ago in their youth, someone made set of poseable dolls of the Fellowship, based on the old Bakshi film. You could take these dolls for one hour, set them into scenes, make photos and create a funny photo story.
This contest was held last year and when I saw the dolls then, very cute and naively made, I thought I d'have the perfect addition in my possession, a 'made in China' Halloween decoration giant spider. So I brought my charming 'Esmeralda' to this year's contest, safely hidden in a big plastic bag, because she stands as high as a Cocker Spaniel at the withers and can really frighten people. And now I am the proud owner of a veritable Queen of the Screen! ( Read more...Collapse )
Don't miss this Oscar-worthy masterpiece! Current Mood: bouncy
|Friday, July 20th, 2007|
|What Tolkien really thought about Fanfiction
I got myself a copy of Tolkien's 'Letters' at the Tolkien Thing. A fascinating read that gives a lot of background. Just this moment I stumbled over this one. Here's to you, fanficcers!
(The letter is from 12/12/1966 to publisher Allen & Unwin, about a proposed sequel to LotR, written by a fan.) ( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, July 12th, 2007|
|Ted Nasmith at Tolkien Thing
It's Tolkien Thing time again! Next weekend, the German branch of the Tolkien Society will meet in Diez in a castle - nowadays it's run as a youth hostel. After Alan Lee last year, this year's special guest is Ted Nasmith.
(Edit: Sorry I didn't cut this post! Didn't mean to clog your f-list.)( Read more...Collapse )
Ted Nasmiths website is: tednasmith.com Current Mood: tired
|Monday, July 2nd, 2007|
|Monday, April 30th, 2007|
|Hobbits - miniature and otherwise
My Visit to the LotR movies exhibition in Berlin has encouraged me to finally pick up the idea again to make some LotR miniature dolls. Or rather, the merchandising booth at the entrance did it, which sold, among other things, a wide range of figurines which I mostly found easy to resist buying. ( Read more...Collapse )
Talking of hobbits, where have they all disappeared? I was checking my folder of links to hobbit-themed websites, and at least half of the links were dead. Of the remaining rest, some have changed to actor fansites, which are of no interest to me.
I'm aware that the big wave after the movies has died down by now, but still I wonder, because it seems to me that in comparison, the elven side of the fandom is still more active. If someone can give me links to still active hobbit sites, with art or fanfiction, I would be ever so thankful. Current Mood: fiddly
|Thursday, April 26th, 2007|
|Lord of the Rings Exhibition in Berlin.
Yesterday I made a trip to Berlin to see the exhibition of film props done for the LotR movies. Again I was overwhelmed by the endless devotion of all those artists, conceptual designers and craftspeople to get everything not just right, but perfect. I have several book about the making of LotR, but it's different to see the things in original. ( Read more...Collapse )
|Friday, April 20th, 2007|
|Ecthelion and Glorfindel - the story so far - Part I
I'm now going to fullfill my threat/ promise to unleash some half-baked sketches of Ecthelion and Glorfindel to the world at large, a promise that I made a week ago in Tehta's livejournal.
Anyone who is not interested in a dozen headstudies of elves would do better to skip the rest of this post. For the rst of you, on with the show!( Read more...Collapse )
And lastly - a very Happy belated Birtday to Claudio! I hope your muses cooperate better than mine. Current Mood: awake
|Sunday, January 14th, 2007|
|Unusual Perspective of a Bird
Since LJ is traditionally *the* place to spam with photos of your pets, here is one of my ringneck doves: ( Read more...Collapse )
I placed him on the scanner, and he was confused or patient enough to stay still for the scanning process. His name is 'Prinz', because he is such a paragon of doveish maskuline beauty. Well, maybe not at the moment, since he is moulting and his feathers are not in prime condition.
|Thursday, January 11th, 2007|
|My Little (Graphite) Pony
This time I challenged myself to avoid all pencil lines and do the whole thing with only graphite powder and eraser, to get a more painterly than graphic effect.
Cuteness warning!( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: artistic
|Wednesday, January 10th, 2007|
|Fun with my new art toy
Recently I got my long-awaited graphit powder and started experimenting with it. It's fun, like going back to finger paints. Sadly, my kindergarden time was before finger paints were in vogue, so I missed that when I was a kid. Well, sometimes life gives you a second chance! :-)
You can apply the stuff with fingers or a brush or paper towels or whatever srtikes your fancy including the feet of your pets (my ringneck dove left some neat footprints on a paper when I wasn't looking) and remove again with a kneadable eraser. It gives nice soft hues.
I tried to work mostly with graphit powder and eraser and added as few lines as possible with graphite pencils.
Pic spam alert! ( Read more...Collapse )
|Saturday, December 23rd, 2006|
|Hobbit Pic for Christmas!
I surprised myself with starting this drawing on Thursday and getting it finished today in time for Christmas. Or at least almost finished, I will probably tweak some details a bit more. ( Read more...Collapse )
'...And people will say: "Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring!" And they'll say: "Yes, that's one of my favourite stories. Frodo was very brave, wasn't he, dad?" "Yes, my boy, the famousest of the hobbits, and that's saying a lot!" '
'It's saying a lot too much,' said Frodo, and he laughed, a long clear laugh from his heart.
(JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings)
A happy Christmas, a blessed Chanukka, and wonderful Holidays to you all!
Edit: I forgot to mention that this is not completely finished. Critical comments are welcome! Adding a little more background on all sides and working on the folds of the sleeves is already on my to-do list.
|Sunday, December 3rd, 2006|
|Saturday, December 2nd, 2006|
|Saturday, November 18th, 2006|
|LJ help, please?
How can I do this little thing with the head if I mention other LJ users?
I mean instead of just 'Dagmar' there appears this little head with 'dagmarjung' in fat font and if you click on it, you are on this users LJ. I couldn't find it in the FAQs.
Please help an LJ dummy!