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Garlands of Fantasy: The Art of Linda and Roger Garland [Paperback]

Roger Garland , Linda Garland
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Book Description

17 Nov 1994
The first collection of the fantasy art of this husband and wife team, which features around 100 of their paintings which are a blend of myth, folklore and legend. Text by Nigel Suckling.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Tiger (17 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850283443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850283447
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,904,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Garlands of Fantasy - superb publication 18 Dec 2003
After searching for this publication for many months, i finally picked one up here on Amazon, and it was certainly worth the wait! Lavishly illustrated in brilliant colour with the wide spectrum of work from both Linda and Roger Garland, it is a fascinating book. It covers Linda's 'Goddess' works, Roger's work on Tolkein and many more beautiful landscapes and fantasy works. It is enthralling both for fans of the Garlands, for fans of fantasy art as a whole, but also for those with no knowledge or previous interest in the subject. Nigel Suckling's textual narration is simple yet personal, and you can feel his love for the subject through his style. I would deem Garlands of Fantasy one of the best books in the Nigel Suckling collection, and well worth searching out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Garlands of Fantasy 18 Dec 2010
Enjoy their drawings and was very pleased as it was secondhand (in good condition) and had their autographs in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Worlds 5 Jun 2005
By Greg Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
This book of fantasy art showcases the work of a husband and wife who met each other at art school in the 1960s. Full of mystical imagery, spirituality and incredibly detailed landscapes, it is often hard to tell who has done what. Before I acquired this book I was already familiar with the name Roger Garland, having seen his work on the covers of a few J.R.R. Tolkien books. The Tolkien images are quite a contrast to those of Alan Lee and John Howe. These are reproduced here, along with so much more.

The paintings in this book, mostly rendered in oils, are richly detailed, showing a strong pre-Raphaelite influence. I liked reading about Linda Garland's experiences at art school, saying how she was scared to admit she liked the pre-Raphaelites for fear of persecution. Art in the 1960s didn't seem to put much emphasis on technique. Even basic skills like figure drawing appeared to have been stamped out in favour of esoteric "happenings".

After art school Linda and Roger both found work teaching art in high school. From the way they describe the job, it sounded like a pretty frustrating time. "Glorified babysitting" was one description used.

However, Roger and Linda both started to get commissions for illustration work, and the rest is history. When reading this book one gets a real sense of how precarious the life of a freelance illustrator can be, especially the financial worries that loom when work dries up, the feelings of guilt about being seen walking a dog in the middle of a working day, and all kinds of other uncertainty.

The paintings themselves are of a very high standard. Many of them are book cover commissions, but there are also designs for board games and playing cards, as well as some private commissions. As mentioned before, one chapter is devoted entirely to Middle-Earth, another chapter is "The Living Zodiac", and there is also a section pertaining to folklore and legend.

Enthusiasts of high fantasy are sure to be spellbound by the works presented here. Overall "Garlands of Fantasy" is a very enjoyable, entertaining book.
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