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About Varied / Professional Core Member James Turner MohanMale/Antarctica Group :icontolkien-voronwe: Tolkien-Voronwe
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I was thinking something of the numenorean variety, but any suggestions are welcome (and please offer any small, easy-to-miss details about the city you recommend)


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James Turner Mohan
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my name is Turner. I'm a fantasy illustrator living and working in NYC. I work mostly in pencil and pen, but have been trying to get into watercolor aswell.
(I also make medieval armor, in case anyone's interested :) )

come take a look, leave a comment. I'll be happy to hear from you

Turner Mohan


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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
 Master Mohan, I've been meaning to suggest this to you for ages but have only just worked my way around to doing so:-

 Since you seem to be a fan of the Ripping Yarn (and are ever in search of inspiration) I thought that you might enjoy a TV series known as THE LAST KINGDOM, which is based on a series of novels by Mr Bernard Cornwell (set during the Viking Age, depicting the Anglo-Saxon reconquest of England from the viewpoint of a Saxon raised by the Danes) which I can also recommend with equal enthusiasm to any enthusiastic for the life and legends of the Old North.

 Here is a link to a trailer, but please allow me to assure you that the Series itself is even better (in truth better by far) than the Trailer. 

 Stay Well Master Mohan and may all your projects proceed apace!:) (Smile) 
Albek42 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015   Digital Artist
Stunning work! I love the subtle tone variations you get with your hatching - gives great atmosphere.
TroyandFriends Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Turner, do you think an Orangutan would make a good reference for the Great Goblin? I couldn't help but get a King Louie vibe from the character.

Also, I know you don't like WETA's orcs (Or are you ok with them?) but what did you think of the Gundabad Berserkers in the third Hobbit movie? Did you think they were closer to Tolkien's depiction?…
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Troy, i seem to recall you asking me about an orangutan influence for the great goblin before, though for whatever reason i never got around to responding, but yes i think its a great idea, big male orangutans have that great visual combinatin of tremendous physical strength in their long arms and hands and the look of having gone to seed with those great fat bellies, inflated faces and neck waddles, that would be perfect for the great goblin.

also yes of all wetas orcs, those guys came the closest to my own mental image. Good call
TroyandFriends Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Btw, I found this pic. Sort'a similar to the Great Goblin in the movie, instead it's a gorilla.…
TroyandFriends Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I thought those guys were pretty cool, more simian but not too simian. Only gripe of course is that the cgi is not as impressive as with other creatures, didn't feel as real as the traditional special effects orcs (Men in costumes)
LaurentusVonSenin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
How come I didn´t find You before?
Just awesome stuff You´re doing!
pilsator Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What you're doing is enormously interesting.

I stumbled upon your profile by chance, since - as you can see - the only stuff I draw these days are extinct archosaurs, but as someone who is familiar with the published works of Tolkien including the posthumous stuff (unless it's locked away in a fringe journal), and as someone who tried to illustrate characters and scenes from the published Silmarillion in my early teens, your gallery looks - and especially reads - like a treasure trove. Very insightful, refreshingly devoid of fanboy/-girlism, and broad in scope of discussed topics. Your rational, systematic approach and knowledge of pertinent subjects makes you stand out from the majority of other people who illustrated pre-3rd Age scenes.

I'm pretty sure I will come back to individual drawings and comment on these or some of the underlying rationale some time, so brace yourself ;) Clicking on "Watch" hasn't felt as satisfying in ages.
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well i guess i was right to save all my androgynous anime elf drawings and incestuous slashfic stories for my own personal use then :P
really thank you friend, yours is the kind of comment and the kind of response to my work that  i most enjoy from a fellow tolkien fan, makes me feel like i'm on the right track with my interpretations of middle earth.
I await any further comments you might have for me  eagerly, it's great to know your work is so appreciated.

by the way, your archosaur drawings are very good, perhaps just a little more use of the lights and darks to convey volume, but ver well drawn and very inspiring concepts for feathered dinosaurs (a subject that has always greatly intrigued me, and which i might have to take my own stab at at some point)
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