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Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, et al
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18 deviants said only by subject (e. g. Tolkien's world, landscapes and architecture of Czechia etc.)
6 deviants said by subject and by technique independently (it is currently this way)
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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


I have a daughter :-)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 4:53 AM

I would like to share with you the big news, that my second child, a daughter named Zita, was born on Wednesday. She and her mother are doing well and hopefully I will soon bring them home to me and her older brother, who is thrilled to have a little sister.

I hope I will still have some free time for painting! =D

2018-03-15 17.02.08 by MatejCadil 2018-03-14 07.58.39 by MatejCadil

Based on a poll I recently conducted, the majority of visitors of my gallery (55%) prefer to have it organized by subject alone and do not care about the technique. So I set out to rebuild my gallery accordingly, using subfolders as well to have it better organized. Thus a new structure emerged:

🔷 Tolkien
   🔸 subfolders First Age, Second Age, Third Age, Kings of Gondor, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Songs and Poems, Humour
(subfolders sorted in chronological order of the events (or approximate time a place could be depicted). This was inspired by the way peet organizes his gallery)
🔷 Other Fantasy Art
   🔸 subfolder Centaurs
🔷 Surreal
🔷 Real-world places
   🔸 subfolders Czechia, Slovakia, elsewhere
🔷  History-related
🔷  Heraldry and maps
🔷  Design and Art for Summer Camps
🔷  Photography
🔷  Artisan Crafts
🔷  Work in Progress

I hope this new structure will make my gallery better organized. :-) Though there are still some problems and things I consider and you could help me:

  • What do you think about the names of the folders? Would you suggest any changes?
  • Have I forgotten any area of my work that would deserve a separate folder?
  • Some folders comprise old things and areas of creation which I have not updated for a long time (Photography and Artisan Crafts), but I couldn't bring myself to delete them outright
  • Should all pictures from subfolders be also presented in the parent folder too? Conversely, should all that is currently in a folder be categorized into subfolders if there are some? (I'm thinking about the Other Fantasy Art, where Centaurs is an obvious subfolder, while other pieces are difficult to categorize)

What do you think?
I'll appreciate any suggestions! :dance:

Tuor Coming to Vinyamar
Now Tuor came to the ruins of a lost road, and he passed amid green mounds and leaning stones, and so came as the day was waning to the old hall and its high and windy courts. No shadow of fear or evil lurked there, but an awe fell upon him, thinking of those that had dwelt there and had gone, none knew whither: the proud people, deathless but doomed, from far beyond the Sea. And he turned and looked, as often their eyes had looked, out across the glitter of the unquiet waters to the end of sight. Then he turned back again, and saw that the swans had alighted on the highest terrace, and stood before the west-door of the hall; and they beat their wings, and it seemed to him that they beckoned him to enter. Then Tuor went up the wide stairs, now half-hidden in thrift and campion, and he passed under the mighty lintel and entered the shadows of the house of Turgon; and he came at last to a high-pillared hall.
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Unfinished Tales: Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
watercolour. A3 paper.

This is another another picture made for Projekt ilustrace monthly challenge, but already last summer, not quite finished for the deadline, then left for several months and at last finished. I returned here to my favourite story from the Silmarillion which I already illustrated several years ago in a complex six-part series (see Tale of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum). I also have to mention my ten years old illustration of Vinyamar, so you can compare the depictions:
Vinyamar by MatejCadil
When I was designing the great hall, my general idea was to take inspiration from two sources: Gothic architecture (Noldorin architecture has to be at least as majestic as Gothic cathedrals) and Art Nouveau (its curvilinear designs are among the most elven-like things I have seen in this world). So what do you think about this design?:-)


Also, in case you haven't read it in my journal, I have recently set up an Instagram account Instagram New Icon , so you can check it out and follow. I put there a mix of older finished pictures but also various sketches and WIPs I don't have here, so you can certainly find some new things there. ;-)


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Gaston3-italia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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! :-)
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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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 
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
sherwin-prague Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vše nej k narozeninám! :-) Ať se vše daří!
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky! :-)
FeynaSkydancer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Birthday cake  icon Happy Birthday!:party: 
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
Menkhar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám Matěji! Přeji Ti hodně štěstí, zdraví, umělecké inspirace a splněných snů! Happy Birthday (2) 
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky moc za přání! :-)
EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday (3) Happy Birthday (1) Happy Birthday (2) 
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