The greatest sustained illustrators of Tolkien that really brought Middle-Earth to life, are Alan Lee and John Howe. Their numerous oil paintings, drawings and water colours substantially fleshed out Tolkien’s worlds or words and set the visual iconography. Sir Peter Jackson hired both men as artistic directors on the films and much of their work is now embedded in the movie versions and live on in the published books. I would also add Michael Hague, who illustrated the 1984 Guild edition of The Hobbit that masterfully captured Smaug and Beorn visually.
I have already mentioned Alan Lee’s work, particularly the water-colour cover art to the centennial edition of LoTR that depicts the Easterlings, the Hobbits, the Back Gate into Mordor, and Gollum (see article 11 of this series). I will showcase him on Sunday. Tomorrow John Howe.
- (14) (The Illustrators)
- (13) (Corsairs of Umbar)
- (12) (Variags of Khand)
- (11) Peoples & Creatures of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth (Easterlings)
- (10) Are The Hobbit Dwarves Jewish?
- (9) Review: The Hobbit #1 (2012)
- (8) Tolkien’s Best: Riddles in the Dark (Bilbo the Hobbit vs Gollum)
- (7) Tolkien’s Hobbit Trolls
- (6) World Premier Hobbit Pics
- (5) The NZ Post Hobbit Stamps Issue
- (4) Plane Hobbits “Fly You Fools!”
- (3) The Hobbit’s 13 Dwarves
- (2) Tolkien Geek Alert: of real Dwarves, Hobbits, LoTR.
- (1) The Lost Tolkien Hobbit LotR Pictures