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Greetings All.

I've been away from the deeves for a while now, and have been recieving some (actually quite touching) "where are you and are you okay" notes. yes I'm very well, thank you, everyone who asked, but i've been bogged down with non art related work, issues, and just plain old summertime laziness. I'm also currently attempting to get serious about learning how to paint, and hopefully before too long i will have some of the fruit of that endeavor finished and up for display. also i havent forgotten about the "middle earth historic costume" book, and hopefully will be posting some more plates for that in the near future. In the mean time, I'm going to be uploading a lot of work i did back in 2012-13 for a Novel called "black jack" by Andrew Witham. the "book" was released exclusively in digital format, and featured moving illustrations (think the constantly moving photographs and paintings in the Harry Potter universe) by yours truly. check out my new section devoted to the project… also, if you like what you see, check out the official website at (there's a pretty cool trailer and everything) I'll be adding to that gallery over the next few days, and hopefully you will like what you see, atleast until more orcs and dragons and dwarven war-masks are forthcoming ;)


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James Turner Mohan
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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.


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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
 Master Mohan, I hope that your are well and also bring a gift beyond my habitual goodwill; Master oznerol was kind enough to point me in the direction of these works and I thought you might enjoy viewing them yourself.

 The artist is rather good, but his works aren't as good as yours! (especially when it comes to depicting the non-Humans).
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Master Mohan, if you miss 'The Silmarillion for Noobs' you might enjoy reading through the Liveblog of 'Beren and Luthien' commentary one can find on the 'House of Haleth' tumblr account at this very moment - it's rather amusing in some places.
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
 Master Mohan I hope that you have been well, that you are well and that you will forgive me for asking a potentially unhelpful question; may I please ask if you would find it helpful for me to add anything further to the remarks concerning Gil-Galad which I posted you when we were discussing that commission?

 I must admit to having had something of an epiphany concerning the character in recent days (mostly finalising my personal beliefs concerning his place in the House of Finwe, but also coming to the conclusion that he was fundamentally ELVISH rather than Noldor in terms of culture), which I hope will help you bring the character even more vividly to life!
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
yes it seems like the elves of the second age, coming out of beleriand, really did become "the elves," forming a more or less homogenous culture compared to the variety that i imagine would have existed with the first age (and pre first age) light, deep, sea, grey, green, dark, ect. elvish identities. the same thing seems to have happened to the first age edain (there seems to be some regional identification of people in numenor of being more beorian or hadorian, but generally, the "men of the west" seem to be just that, It's similar to how, here in america, if you're "white" it doesnt really matter where in europe your family came from)

yes I'm just fine, thanks for asking, I've been pretty quiet lately but hope to amend that soon
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
 I'm glad to hear that you're well Master Mohan!Nod 
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
 Is the idea of The Silmarillion being turned into an operatic cycle* genuinely attractive or am I just susceptible to the lure of my own bright ideas? 

(*Henceforth to be identified as 'Morgoth's Ring' because old 'Damnably Catchy Dick' Wagner has been dead for so long that one need not fear lawsuits … unless some of those lawyers really ARE bloodsuckers).

 In defence of my crackpot theory, I can only offer this argument:

 Music is the paramount power coursing through the Creation of Arda, Everybody uses a strange, foreign tongue AND Everybody dies (well, almost everybody interesting); how much more operatic can you get?;) (Wink) 
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
opera as a medium is too caught up in romance tradition to match what I beleive to be the intended tone of the silmarillion (which I think is probably closer to this… besides, it's one thing to treat stories from real-life ancient mythology (or the bible for that matter, ala those DeVille-era biblical epics) with the kind of humorless reverence that the Silmarillion seems to demand for itself, but for a twentieth century fantasy-fiction (that is, all things considered, not even all that well known) involving elves, orcs and other creatures most familiar to the general public from 21st century action geek movies, it seems a bit heavy handed and not really "earned"

if my response to such a prospect is grim it's only because I've been of the mind these days (probably on account of watching the also inauthentic but very cinema-friendly 'Game of Thrones') that the silmarillion (and all tolkien's posthumous fleshing out of middle-earth) probably will not, and possibly should not, ever be more than what it is, a book.
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
 Ah well, I admit that the question was as much whimsical as serious (although 'Les Miserables in Middle-Earth' is an approach to an adaption of The Silmarillion that I would actually rather love to see taken by some kindly creative genius!) and I suspected that you might be less enthused than I at the prospect of seeing Arda brought to life in song … again.;) (Wink)  

Master Mohan, I suspect that while we both love Professor Tolkien's mythic cycle, I'm not as good at being serious-minded about it as you are - it must be that comfortable tummy of mine bringing out my inner Hobbit!:D (Big Grin)  
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
this person's a pretty tremendous pencil artist, and their work looks so much like those late 19th century illustrations you'd see of germanic myths. they have that great wagnerian-opera feel to them, the costumes, the drawing style, even the way the figures are composed. it works so well for the silmarillion, makes it feel all the more like something out of that 19th--century-take-on-ancient-teutonic-mythology genre (into which i think the silm fits much more easily than the LOTR with it's anachronistic hobbits and WWII-influenced feel) I would love to see an Illustrated edition of the silmarillion with these, it would give anything alan lee's done a run for it's money.

where did you find these? do you know the artist's name?
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