Welcome back I am sure that with time your old watchers that still like what you will do will stay, others will unwatch and new ones that like your new style will come. A new member I can recommend who also likes LoTR is ~LadyxOfxLight who also has a forum post in the welcome centre
lol i know what you mean about having watchers who began following during a decidedly different (anime!) art phase i've also been away from dA for a good bit, it's nice to meet artists around here again. checked out your gallery and i'm diggin the fantasy traditional works
I'm in the same boat here. I still like anime, but I'm now drawing my own and some pretty Gaia avatars and don't get much comments either I'm still planning to add them here, once I can get over this damn art-block >_< I think those Middle Earth, Eon and King Arthur era-like pictures are like you You have an amazing talent; you can make really lively characters, something I can still only dream of doing. Keep it up, draw what you want to draw^^ I once drawed pretty much each and anything that people wanted resulting that my gallery become less and less like me. Now I'm drawing what I want to draw and it gives me a great satisfaction, even thou people don't comment them at all.
I have been away from dA for quite some time, since I really didn't feel like drawing...+ being all stressed with school and that gave me an art block *__* It's over now, and I'm more active now, Thank God xD hehe
It's good that you're drawing what you want as well It's the only way forward ^__^ ! And the only thing that matters is what YOU think of it, not anyone else ^^ ! *hug*