Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
About Varied / Professional Premium Member James Turner MohanMale/Antarctica Recent Activity
Deviant for 2 Years
9 Month Premium Membership
Statistics 204 Deviations 1,004 Comments 16,154 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Favourites

Heyo Tolkien fans! You know what makes drawing easier and more fun? Music. Usually when I'm doing a drawing, I'll try and put together a playlist that I feel matches the mood of that subject (tracks from "Alexander," "the Hunger Games," "The Tudors" and "Braveheart" regularly find their way into my Tolkien playlist, along with a lot of icelandic stuff)

I'm looking for suggestions to beef up my selection a little bit (preferably not from the LOTR soundtracks, as that's well-covered ground, and usually just makes me think of the movies ;))

all suggestions appreciated!

deviantID

TurnerMohan's Profile Picture
TurnerMohan
James Turner Mohan
Artist | Professional | Varied
Antarctica
Howdy Yall,
my name is Turner. I live in the new york city area, and am looking for work as an illustrator/sculptor, I am educated and experienced in these fields, but am still fairly new to the professional art world.
Interests

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconmeisiluosi:
Meisiluosi Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dropped by to thank for the :+fav:, clicked the +watch button almost instantly. Awesome, *awesome* gallery, man!
Reply
:iconturnermohan:
TurnerMohan Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks bro, always good to hear a fellow tolkien fan likes my work. Also, your easterlings rule.
Reply
:iconriccodisfaktism:
Hi, James, nice to meet you virtually! My name is Riccardo, and I'm an Italian boy with a lot of passion for LOTR (suffice to say that I'm recording an unabridged audiobook of TTT as I write these lines to you). I've watched all your artwork for LOTR on deviantart, and I'm bowing to you. I tend, like you, to associate people of Middle-earth with actual cultures of our history, and our ideas coincide on many points. I've spent some time recently exploring in my mind the less known people of Rhun and Harad (Khand is something apart for me, similar to Medieval India, and its people are famous for their 'khanda', a kind of Indian sword that actually existed in the Rajput culture), and I also agree about your visual ideas for Dunlendings: those guys simply shine of Celtishness from the few hints Tolkien gives us. Your idea that amazed the most was the Numenoreans as ancient Greek/Romans! That's pure genius, I had never thought of it and now I just can't free my head from it. I'd like to see how you envision their Gondorian descendants, and I'd be very curious to see your version of Boromir with his travelling garb (when he was with the Fellowship, just to be clear). I simply can't imagine satisfying clothes and equipment for him (despite having found a perfect face for him: Josh Brolin). I have other ideas about actors who could portray the various characters, I'll tell you if you're interested :)
Reply
:iconturnermohan:
TurnerMohan Mar 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
hello; sorry it took me a while to get back to you. i appreciate your kind words about my work, and am glad you enjoy my concepts.

As for the Gondorian/Numenorean people being like greco-romans, what inspired that was a couple of things, mainly the fact that, as middle earth appears to be a world that is something like a mythological paralell universe of dark age northern europe (very much from the "northern" anglo-centric perspective) the gondorians come off like how the post imperial, christian romans of the 500's-1000's must have seemed to germanic peoples in the north; this great old venerable civilization, long since it's prime and kind of on it's last legs, but still bearing that dignity and authority of it's great history. there's a lot more to it than that, and I think tolkien dropped alot of evidence that that was basically what he was shooting for, but that's the general gist of it.

Boromir's gear (and the raiment of all his people) I see as looking classically dark-age; tunic, hoes, ect, though perhaps with that more formal look asscociated with justinian-era byzantine fashions (as i see minas tirith at the time as a very constantinople-like city) than say the rohirrim, who are pure anglo saxon. really I dont think you could do much better for boromir, both in clothing and casting, than he was done in the LOTR movies, which is pretty much how I picture him (moreso than most of the actors in the films)

I'm always interested in a little fantasy casting.
Reply
:iconriccodisfaktism:
Thanks for answering, James, and no problem about it being a belated reply ;)
Your idea of Gondorians resembling Romans in the last period of their history is really spot on, especially from the perspective of the Rohirrim "barbarians", and yes, the idea of Minas Tirith as a sort of Byzantium has always struck me! Actually I must say we share many ideas on how the various peoples of Middle-Earth look in comparison to their real-world counterparts.
About my casting ideas, I'll give you just some. James McAvoy as Frodo (I find he has a very hobbit-like adorableness about him, while still having a certain "elvish" air, which is just fine for Frodo, fairer than most hobbits), Mark Strong as Aragorn (he has the strong, noble features, but at the same time he looks like someone you wouldn't immediately trust, someone who "looks foul but feels fair"), Rutger Hauer as Théoden (more or less as he looks like in that cheesy 2009 movie "Barbarossa", where he portrayed the title role), Chris Hemsworth as Eomer (I mean, he's Thor, I don't need to say anything else), Donald Sutherland as Denethor (he looks and is just perfect for the part, and I heard he was even considered for the role before John Noble got it) and Orlando Bloom as Faramir (I think of him in "Kingdom of Heaven" and I think he'd look just fine for the part).
As for Gandalf, of course I find Ian McKellen simply perfect, but I've had for some time an idea in the back of my mind, since I found out how John Huston (who voiced him in Rankin-Bass' "The Hobbit" and "The Return of the King") would have been awesome as everyone's favourite wizard, especially his grey version.
Make me know what you think of these ideas :)
Reply
:iconturnermohan:
TurnerMohan Mar 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
the actors in the lord of the rings movies were pretty spot on for me, and moreover even the ones i wasnt crazy about are basically enshrined by nostalgia at this point, so it's hard to see other actors in those same parts, although james mcavoy is probably a lot closer to what i pictured in my mind for frodo baggins than elijah. I loved karl urban as eomer (really moreso than i have any good reason for, he just captured something about the noble and brave but impulsive and still semi-barbaric level of the rohirrim's cultural development) but I have little doubt that chris hemswoth is a bit closer to what tolkien had in mind. Max von Sydow was always pretty close to what I had in mind for theoden (or these days Stellan skarsgard, who is basically von sydow's heir in the film world, and played the hell out f Hrothgar in "beowulf and grendel"). It's hard for me not to see patrick mcgoohan (specifically from braveheart) as my model for denethor; he was just so damn regal and tall had those handsome bones and cold, dragonish way about him. i would have loved to see all of that played for a tragic (if not quite simpathetic) character like denethor (I was a fan of john noble though)

Viggo mortensen, though there were things about his performance that I enjoyed, was probably the farthest, both in how the character was written and acted, from what I pictured while reading the books, and takes a pretty definite second place in my mind to john hurt's portrayal of the character in the ralph bakshi cartoon. I think aragorn was a part for on of those "big" actors from an earlier generation, like gregory peck or charlton heston (liam neeson, though i've never been a huge fan of his acting, is alot closer to conveying that feeling)

it is hard to see anyone else as gandalf, but I always loved john huston's performance in the hobbit and even in the god awful return of the king. that said gandalf is one of those chracters who I've loved so much from such a young age that he really just exists in my mind separate from any actor (not so separate that I've ever thought he required a drawign from me, though)

I'd be interested to see your thoughts posted on some of my individual pieces, as you say that our ideas concerning the people and cultures of middle earth are very close. i'm curious to know how :)
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconlibra1010:
Libra1010 Mar 16, 2014  New member
Master Mohan, I would like to salute you for an entire series of fine works, congratulate you on your recent interview (may it lead only to good things!) and express complete confidence that your forthcoming depiction of Tom Bombadil will be as memorable as the other portraits in your ever-expanding 'Tolkien' gallery.
Reply
:iconturnermohan:
TurnerMohan Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
good to see you on the deeves, I hope you continue to enjoy the gallery, which I will continue to add to (bombadil's actually finished, i just need to find a large format scanner for him)
Reply
:iconlibra1010:
Libra1010 Mar 17, 2014  New member
 Master Mohan, thank you for the kind welcome and please rest assured that I have every confidence of continuing to enjoy the works collected in your Gallery (not least thanks to my repeated viewing of same!); I especially look forward to seeing how you have given dear old plot-derailing Iarwain Ben-adar his due (hopefully avoiding the slightly unsettling glint Master John Howe somehow added to the eyes in his own depiction of the character!). 
Reply
:iconturnermohan:
TurnerMohan Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I cant fault john howe for the subtle creep factor. whether you think he's god, the witch king, or pedobear transported to middle earth, there's diefinitely something creepy about the guy.
Reply
(1 Reply)
Add a Comment: