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18 deviants said only by subject (e. g. Tolkien's world, landscapes and architecture of Czechia etc.)
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Matěj Čadil
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Czech Republic
I am a traditional artist, focusing on landscapes, architecture and fantasy illustrations. I am especially inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (see Tolkien folder) and I've created many illustrations based on them, but I often paint real-life landscapes and architecture as well. My speciality is decorative border designs, taking inspiration from various historical art styles. I have often used my traditional art in my graphic design projects.

I have a personal website and a site called Angrenost about the world of J. R. R. Tolkien (in Czech) with my illustrations.

You may also find me on:
🔸 Facebook
🔸 Instagram
🔸 LinkedIn.

Journal History


Art vs Artist 2018
As the #artvsartist has been making a comeback recently, I created my own updated version. You can compare it to the first one:
  Art vs Artist 2016 by MatejCadil 

Although I often paint landscapes and architecture, for this purpose I chose mostly characters, I think they fit here better.

Which one of these pictures do you like best? :-) And I wonder, do you see any relation between the artist and the art (hopefully not so much with the bottom right one =D)

Pictures included:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Eldacar of Gondor, Medusa's Sorrow,
Emperor in Exile, Tom and Goldberry's First Meeting,
Message in a Bottle, Castamir the Usurper of Gondor, Zoog 
The Eye of Glaurung
"As she climbed so the fog grew thinner, until she came at last out into the sunlight on the bare summit. Then she stepped forward and looked westward. And there right before her was the great head of Glaurung, who had even then crept up from the other side; and before she was aware her eyes had looked in the fell spirit of his eyes, and they were terrible, being filled with the fell spirit of Morgoth, his master. Strong was the will and heart of Niënor, and she strove against Glaurung; but he put forth his power against her."
~ J. R. R. Tolkien: The Children of Húrin

charcoal and watercolour

This idea came to me as a sudden inspiration (though it was prompted by the monthly challenge "A princess and a dragon" at Projekt ilustrace) and I immediately knew that this is something I must paint. :-)

I really enjoyed this combination of techniques, I think they fit very well with it: the rough charcoal drawing with bold shading for the scales and the soft watercolour for the eye. I live working with charcoal, it always amazes me, how easily the shading is done with it, I find it great especially for things like this - scales, rocks, stony walls.

So I hope I managed to capture Glaurung's evil eye well. What do you think? :-)

If you want to see more of my art, including some WIPs, sketches and other things I don't post here, you can follow me on
  Instagram New Icon Instagram or Facebook Facebook
Medusa's Sorrow
Medusa was originally a beautiful maiden, a virgin priestess of Athena. She was the aspiration of many suitors and of all her beauties none was more admired than her hair; she even boasted that she was prettier than Athena herself. Her incredible beauty attracted even the attention of the god Poseidon. Delighted by that, she let Poseidon into Athena's temple and slept with him on the altar.
Athena was understandably enraged that her priestess not only broke her vows but did it in her temple, so she punished her by taking away what she was most proud of: She
transformed Medusa's beautiful hair to serpents and cursed her so that everyone who gazed upon her face would turn to stone. So she was forced to flee to a desolate island where she lived as a famed monster. Many brave warriors set out to slay her, ending up as sculptural decoration of her abode, until the hero Perseus (with the help of Athena, among others) finally killed her.
So this is my take on Medusa from the Greek mythology, lonely and grieving her curse, approaching more in sorrow than in anger a man who has just met his fate because he tried to slay her.
I think it is a moving story and even if her punishment was deserved (in some versions she didn't even do the nasty thing willingly, but was raped by Poseidon), I see her as a tragic character rather than a villain.

In fact there are many versions of the myth. And the evolution of it is quite interesting: From what I have read, apparently in the oldest version she was just a dreadful primeval chthonic monster with tusks and brazen claws and a face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. But this later evolved to her being originally a beautiful maiden turned as a punishment into a terrible ugly monster and even later she was seen (e.g. in some depictions) as being still beautiful as well as terrifying – cursed by the mere fact that nobody can behold her and live (well, this and the snakes for hair🐍). But then the modern popular culture has apparently reversed that trend, making medusa into a stock monster in films, games, comics etc., the more ugly and terrifying, the better.

Anyway, in the version of the story I prefer, I think having hair turned into serpents is just enough; no need to make her any uglier. This way I think the tragedy of her story is more emphasized.

By the way, I wonder, whence did the popular notion of Medusa having snake tail come? I mean, I like such fantastical half-human creatures (such as centaurs, mermaids and nagas), but in this case I think it is not really necessary. I suspect the Clash of the Titans film might have played a role in it.

And what do you think of Medusa? Do you prefer her being an evil monster or a tragic character? :-)


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BlueMoonroseDragon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Student General Artist
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inktopia Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave:)
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :thanks:
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MaxFeathers Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you for the fave. I really appreciate it! :D
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :-)
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You are welcome. 👍🏻
If You have the time visit my gallery.
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll surely do! :-)
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Ikarus-001 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
Ahoj! :) It's really nice to meet another big fan of Tolkien's world and such a great illustrator at the same time. Greetings from Poland!
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cześć! Ja się uczę po polsku (trochę) =D
Dziękuję za miły komentarz. :-)
Ikarus-001 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
O, to fantastycznie :) Powodzenia w nauce!
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dzięki! :-)
D-r-e-a-m-Catcher Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the fave!
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome! :-)
MiaErrianIrielynn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
Jelikož nemám skutečnou adresu na tradiční vánoční přáníčko, popřeji zde :

Veselé Vánoce a spoustu štěstí a skvělých zážitků, a samozřejmě hodně múzy celý další rok! 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
díky! :thanks:
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome! :icondragongrin:
garrus368 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
happy birthday :)
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Thanks for everything! 
undevicesimus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday from Belgium! birthday cake Flag of Belgium Flag of Czech Republic 
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