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

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Post by Merry » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:22 pm

Agree on all accounts: I like his palette, I don't like Bilbo's nose, and the style seems appropriate for The Hobbit. Fun! One of his titles has 'dwarfs' as the plural of 'dwarf', though, which Tolkien would have disputed!

I have a feeling that PJ's vision for the movies will be more realistic, though. It would be good for artists to set their vision of it all before being overly influenced by the movies.
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Post by Iolanthe » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:38 pm

I've seen his work before somewhere, but not so much of it. I especially love his illustration of all the dwarves at Bag End. And he's made Gandalf's hat blue, just as it should be for The Hobbit! Very good work.

Thanks for the extra links, Marbretherese :D .
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Post by geordie » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:39 pm

I bought a copy of the three-volume paperback graphic novel soon after it came out; that would be about 1990, I think. Then followed a copy of the one-volume paperback, and (because I like hardbacks) a copy of the one-volume h/b, with a very nice gilt decoration on the front board.

The picture of Smaug vs. Thorin and co. appears on the covers of the third p/b volume. It's a wrap-around illustration, and very effective. Of course, this scene doesn't appear exactly like this in the book; and in the graphic novel we see the dragon spouting fire onto the mountain-side just after the dwarves and Bilbo have gone inside. The ponies are seen running in fear.

I recommend this book; as an adaptation of Tolkien's story it works very well, with great chunks of Tolkien's writing in comic strip form. Thanks for reminding me of it, and prompting me to get these books off my shelves.
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Post by marbretherese » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:46 pm

I might have guessed that you'd have a copy of the graphic novel, Geordie! thanks for the information.
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Post by Iolanthe » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:35 pm

Thanks Geordie! I didn't even realise this graphic version existed until Riv highlighted the artist.
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Post by Merry » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:39 pm

Here's a link from TOR.n that might inspire our artists in regard to Hobbit art:


http://diterlizzi.com/blog/books-there-and-back-again/


A Sendak version would have been wonderful! I particularly like the Bard picture in this.
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Post by Philipa » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:44 pm

Wow Merry what a find. I love Michael Wm. Kaluta's work and I've never seen it before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :D
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Post by Iolanthe » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:14 pm

:lol: I've just come here to post the same thing - I like his own work too! I've never come across it before.
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Post by Philipa » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:26 pm

Iolanthe wrote::lol: I've just come here to post the same thing - I like his own work too! I've never come across it before.
I have the Lost Tales edition with his Bilbo but of course never knew the artist. It's nice to connect the name to the piece. :)
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Post by marbretherese » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:57 pm

Great find, Merry - thanks!
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Post by Parmastahir » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:48 pm

Hi from the Great White North -

Updated the Calendar of the Month for February at:

www.tolkiencalendars.com

Hope you enjoy this one.

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Post by Philipa » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:42 am

Ah a nice memory lane trip. And that Forbidden Pool looked so inviting. :) Thank you Parm.
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Post by Iolanthe » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:02 pm

Something a bit different! I love the Wilderland photo (December).
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Post by Iolanthe » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:28 pm

TORn have picked up on this new book of the art of Donato Giancola called 'Middle-earth: Visions on a modern myth'. You can see the book here on Amazon.

If you're not familiar with his work, here's his website:

Donatoart.com
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Post by Philipa » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:36 am

I love everyone is finding new artists. Thanks for sharing. :D
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