Images and illustrations from Middle Earth

Vignate, Lombardy

Announcement    Benvenuto in questo angolo di Terra di Mezzo.
Qui troverai i miei lavori in tecnica mista ispirati alle opere di JRR Tolkien.
Porta sempre con te un po' di Terra di Mezzo!


Last updated on Nov 6, 2015

Benvenuto in questo angolo di Terra di Mezzo.
Qui troverai i miei lavori in tecnica mista ispirati alle opere di JRR Tolkien.
Porta sempre con te un po' di Terra di Mezzo!


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About DiegoMiddleArt

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A fantastic reality

Hi my name is Diego Martinelli.
I am a freelance art director, passionate about photography, reading, travelling and anything that makes me feel alive and free.

My studies were at first scientific then a bit more artistic and I started my work experience after graduating as a photographer, as an assistant for an artwork reproduction study. Now I work as UI and UX designer for software interfaces and as freelance consultant in the web advertising, a kind of creative job linked to new technologies, new media and unfortunately to the trends of the “month”.

Since ever I love watching the gorgeous scenery that nature offers us, I could stare in amazement for hours:
our planet is a spread of color, noise and passion.
What I like the most is to look behind the real world we can see with our eyes.
What am I looking for? Well I try to see something “fantastic” in the world around us.
Referring to my works inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien I use to say that Midlle Earth is where you want to see it, in fact at the origin of my works is the concept that imagery world is a reflection of reality. As a photographer I shoot the real world, then I elaborate and manipulate reality to bring out something that stand in the “middle” (that’s why I choose the name DiegoMiddleArt for my etsy shop).

This is the reason why I use mixed technics too: photography (true world), digital painting and hand drawings (imagery world)
The meeting with J.R.R. Tolkien was at the same time a revelation and an inspiration of this “combination” of techniques, for the way it occurred.
It was 1982 and my brother and a friend of him had bought the game of “The Hobbit” for the Commodore 64;
packed with the game there was the paperback version of the book to help players to better understand the various adventures of the Game .
Smaug drawed by the Brothers Hildebrandt winked at me from the cover, inviting me to read.
My knowledge of Tolkien’s works began in this way and it has been natural for me combining my work experience with the passion for travel, photography and, next, for Illustration.

Since 1999 I started using photography, some digital and manuals techniques, traditional and Innovative materials for building a bridge between present and past, between Reality and Imagination.

The reality around us hides more than what we see , and if someone looking at one of my works smiles and says :
but this is the woods behind my house ;
well then your journey begins.

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  • Diego Martinelli


    I had a scientific background, and then dedicate myself to photography and graphics. Now I am a freelance art director and I deal with web, software interfaces, and, as you will see, even with what is just beyond the reality around us.

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  • Laboratorio per la stampa su materiali plastici

    Naples, Italy

    GLOBALCASEONE personalizza con le mie illustrazioni cover per quasi tutti i modelli di smartphone.

  • Tipografia online Pixartprinting SpA

    Quarto d'Altino, Italy

    Ho scelto di affidare la stampa delle riproduzioni dei miei lavori a Pixartprinting Spa poiché eseguono stampe di alta qualità e utilizzano materiali innovativi. Inoltre sono affidabili nei tempi di lavorazione, spedizione e nel servizio clienti.

  • Syros S.a.s. di Franchetti Umberto & C

    Vignate, Italy

    Mi sono trovato subito bene affidando la stampa serigrafica delle mie t shirt a Syros. Qualità elevata della stampa e personale specializzato e cordiale sono i motivi principali della mia scelta.

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