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Art & Artists Inspired by J.R.R.Tolkien

Postby Riv Res » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:18 am

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Postby Iolanthe » Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:55 pm

Review



The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook, by Alan Lee

To be published on October 19th by HarperCollins

I’m one lucky person! I managed to get my grateful hands on a copy of Alan Lee’s wonderful new book The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook at the Recent Fellowship Festival in London and it was signed for me by the man himself. Am I a fan? You bet I am.

For anyone who loves Alan’s wonderful watercolours in the Centenary Edition, his detailed and, quite frankly, awe-inspiring contribution to Peter Jackson’s films and the often overlooked art of pencil drawing, this is a must. It is a beautiful looking book, bound like a well-loved-carry-it-everywhere sketchbook with a silk bookmark and a nice touchy-feely matte cover with raised title and image. It feels special and it really is.

I love Alan’s paintings, but his pencil drawings are, for me at least, even better. He is masterly in the way he conjures up vast landscapes viewed from dizzying heights with soft, broad strokes. He pulls detailed portraits and architecture from soft, wandering lines as though seeking them within the paper. While working on some major drawings his pencil creates faces around the margin as though his hand can’t stop drawing while he thinks.

Most of the text and many of the drawings relate, of course to the films, but the drawings go far beyond what we saw on the screen and there is much else besides. Two exquisite drawings of Goldberry, Tom Bombadil in his jaunty hat, the Barrow Downs, a drawing of what the Witch-King would have looked like coming through the shattered Gate of Gondor with Grond looming above him, an orc crushed in the roots of a Huorn, the Stone of Erech. Even better there are colour plates of some (but I wish there were more) of the Centenary Edition watercolours with the working drawings beside them showing how they evolved and how they might have looked if a different idea had taken flight. I especially love the drawings of Gandalf with Frodo at Bag End where we have two versions, both of which work for me.

The text is informative about Lee’s creative process and full of gems. He admits he is hopeless at using lists and draws what he needs to take on a trip inside a suitcase. And we discover that Kiran Shah, an old friend of Alan's, was his original hobbit inspiration long before he was ever cast as Frodo’s scale double.

I’ve picked up this book countless times since I bought it, looking at the drawings again and again. The book will be published on October 19th by HarperCollins and for those of you who are fans of beautiful art, Tolkien’s breathtakingly detailed world or of this quiet and unassuming man then this is a real treat to brighten up the dull autumn days.

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Postby Merry » Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:18 pm

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Postby Varda » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:21 am

Iolanthe~ SO looking forward to this book!! I met Alan Lee earlier this year and got his autograph in the ART of the RoTK page w/ his sketches of the cast. :D ( Plus my LoTR Symphony poster). He did a wonderful talk/presentation !!!
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Postby Iolanthe » Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:21 am

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Postby lorien » Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:42 pm

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Postby Iolanthe » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:01 pm

He's really lucky, Lorien. I wanted to ask him to do a drawing on my copy but didn't dare!

I understand that a few people who pre-ordered The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook from Amazon have already received their copy, but there are no guarentees of course.
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Postby Philipa » Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:00 pm

He looks harmless in the picture Mar. :D
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Postby Iolanthe » Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:57 pm

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Postby Philipa » Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:09 am

Perhaps Iolanthe he is smiling because you were speachless?
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Postby Merry » Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:51 am

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Postby Iolanthe » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:35 am

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Postby Iolanthe » Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:25 pm

Becky Carter-Hitchin has her own website where you can see all her pictures together with a bit more inforamtion about them, but there is nothing about her, alas!
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