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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
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🔸 LinkedIn.

Journal History


Karlov Church in Prague
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St Charles the Great in Prague

A beautiful Gothic church built in 1350-77 by Emperor Charles IV and dedicated to his famed predecessor, Charlemagne (or Charles the Great). It was later rebuild and extended in Baroque style and it is still one of the most beautiful churches in Prague (although a little outlying and forgotten by tourists). It is interesting and unique in many ways:
  • As far as I know, it may be the only church in the world dedicated to Saint Charlemagne. The Catholic Church officially do not recognize him as a Saint, only as a Blessed, but for historical reasons his veneration as a Saint is allowed here in Prague and in Aachen in Germany.
  • The church has an octagonal nave – such central floor plan is very uncommon and seldom used in Gothic architecture. (It echoes the design of the Palatine Chapel in Aachen, built some 550 years earlier by Charlemagne himself.) The nave also an impressive and beautiful Late Gothic vault.
  • It was built on the highest point of the New Town of Prague – the new district of Prague, just founded by Emperor Charles IV. Together with four other churches founded by Charles IV in the New Town, it forms a regular cross on the map.
  • There is a famous Baroque altar picture of Our Lady of Karlov, showing Virgin Mary pregnant – which is quite rare, too. But this depiction soon became very popular, as a patron saint of pregnant women, and there are many copies and statues based on this picture throughout Czechia.
I painted this picture for the cover of another booklet about this church, another one in the series published by the municipal government.

Perelandra and Malacandra
This is my illustration of the final scene from the book Perelandra (also titled Voyage to Venus) by C. S. Lewis, the second part of the Space Trilogy, where the protagonist, Elwin Ransom, in a sacred mountain valley on the planet Perelandra (Venus), meets the two angelic beings who are the guardians of the planets Venus and Mars:
"And suddenly two human figures stood before him on the opposite side of the lake.

They were taller than the Sorns, the giants whom he had met in Mars. They were perhaps thirty feet high. They were burning white like white-hot iron. The outline of their bodies when he looked at it steadily against the red landscape seemed to be faintly, swiftly undulating as though the permanence of their shape, like that of waterfalls or flames, co-existed with a rushing movement of the matter it contained. For a fraction of an inch inward from this outline the landscape was just visible through them: beyond that they were opaque.

Whenever he looked straight at them they appeared to be rushing towards him with enormous speed: whenever his eyes took in their surroundings he realised that they were stationary. This may have been due in part to the fact that their long and sparkling hair stood out straight behind them as if in a great wind. But if there were a wind it was not made of air, for no petal of the flowers was shaken. (...)

Their bodies, he said, were white. But a flush of diverse colours began at about the shoulders and streamed up the necks and flickered over face and head and stood out around the head like plumage or a halo. (...) The 'plumage' or halo of the one eldil was extremely different from that of the other. The Oyarsa of Mars shone with cold and morning colours, a little metallic - pure, hard, and bracing. The Oyarsa of Venus glowed with a warm splendour, full of the suggestion of teeming vegetable life.

The faces surprised him very much. Nothing less like the 'angel' of popular art could well be imagined. The rich variety, the hint of undeveloped possibilities, which make the interest of human faces, were entirely absent. One single, changeless expression, so clear that it hurt and dazzled him, was stamped on each, and there was nothing else there at all. In that sense their faces were as 'primitive', as unnatural, if you like, as those of archaic statues from Aegina.

Both the bodies were naked, and both were free from any sexual characteristics, either primary or secondary. That, one would have expected. But whence came this curious difference between them? He found that he could point to no single feature wherein the difference resided, yet it was impossible to ignore. One could try - Ransom has tried a hundred times to put it into words. He has said that Malacandra was like rhythm and Perelandra like melody. He has said that Malacandra affected him like a quantitative, Perelandra like an accentual, metre. He thinks that the first held in his hand something like a spear, but the hands of the other were open, with the palms towards him. But I don't know that any of these attempts has helped me much. (...) The two white creatures were sexless. But he of Malacandra was masculine (not male); she of Perelandra was feminine (not female). "

~ C. S. Lewis: Perelandra. Chapter 16
Sorry for the lengthy quote, but I wanted to show you the rich Lewis' descriptions that had always stimulated my imagination and determined my choices in in depicting this scene. Although Perelandra is highly inspiring, it proved to be quite difficult to illustrate. But I really enjoyed especially certain elements about it, such as designing their halos, or the red flowers in the foreground.

I found illustrations and fanart of Perelandra (or the Space Trilogy in general) are quite rare both here on dA and elsewhere on the internet, so I am glad I could add something to honour this less-known C. S. Lewis masterpiece. I hope I'll return to it in the future with some other illustrations.

Have you read Perelandra? And what do you think about my illustration? :-)


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Thank you for the fave:)
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You're welcome! :thanks:
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Thank you for the fave. I really appreciate it! :D
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You're welcome! :-)
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You are welcome. 👍🏻
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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! :-)
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Thanks so much for the fave!
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you're welcome! :-)
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Jelikož nemám skutečnou adresu na tradiční vánoční přáníčko, popřeji zde :

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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
díky! :thanks:
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Happy Birthday! :)
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Thank you! :-)
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Your Welcome! :icondragongrin:
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happy birthday :)
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Thank you! Thanks for everything! 
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