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Lord of the Rings Sketchbook, the Hardcover – 1 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618640142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618640140
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,679,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Alan Lee’s artwork has a beauty and lyricism about it. His art captured what I hoped to capture with the films.’
Peter Jackson

‘Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the 20th century.’
Sunday Telegraph

‘An extraordinarily imaginative work, part saga, part allegory, and wholly exciting.’
The Times

‘A grand piece of work in both conception and execution.’
Daily Telegraph

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About the Author

Alan Lee was born in Middlesex in 1947. His illustrated books include Faeries (with Brian Froud), Castles and Merlin Dreams, and has worked on such prestigious films as Erik the Viking (Terry Gilliam), Legend (Ridley Scott), and the acclaimed NBC miniseries Merlin. He is best known however for his work on the books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and now the film version.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:21 Mins
The description from the book jacket is rather accurate and I'll quote it here:

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In The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook Alan Lee reveals in pictures and in words how he created the beautiful watercolour paintings for the special centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings. These images would prove so powerful and evocative that they would eventually define the look of Peter Jackson's movie trilogy and would earn him a coveted Academy Award.

The book is filled with over 150 of his sketches and early conceptual pieces to show how the project progressed from idea to finished art. It also contains a selection of colour paintings reproduced in full-page glory, together with numerous examples of previously unseen conceptual art produced for the films and many new works drawn specially for this book.

The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook provides a fascinating insight into the imagination of the ma who painted Tolkien's vision, firstly onto the page and then in three dimensions on the cinema screen. It will also be of interest to many of the 100,000 people who have bought the illustrated The Lord of the Rings as well as for budding artists interested in unlocking the secrets of book illustration.
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Full coloured paintings are few actually. But this book has an amazing collection of pencil sketches. The chapters are sorted by places that appear in the book, in chronological order.

With the author's comments, it makes this book sort of a "Making of" book together with it being an "Art of" book. So that's really a plus.

It should interest concept and fantasy artists. Oh, and also Lord of the Rings fans.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The first thing to know about this book is that it is about Lee's artwork, not Lee himself. It contains very little text, other than that necessary to place the artworks in context. Nor does Lee explain how he works, or what tools he uses. That is not the purpose of this book - it is quite literally a SKETCH book, and a very nice one too!

For admirers of Lee's work, this book is wonderful. We get page after page of his beautiful, meticulous and delicate sketches, each one seeming to emerge from the page, as he experiments with shapes and forms, and settles more firmly on those that he likes most. Although there is little text, he writes modestly about his work, even claiming that he finds horse difficult to draw - his horses look delightfully drawn to me.

As a keen amateur artist, I found this book well worth leafing through. His very delicate style is not mine at all - I find his work a little bit ghostly and ethereal on the page for me, but the quality of his work is beyond reproach. He is an outstanding artist at whose work one cannot help but be awed. Why he has not been awarded an OBE, MBE or something for representing Britain in art is beyond me.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul Macdonald on 27 Oct. 2005
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Alan Lee, along with John Howe and Ted Nasmith is a very talented artist and depicts Middle-Earth brilliantly and with ease. This book is littered with astoundingly masterful sketches and a few incredible watercolours taken from the edition of the Lord of the Rings which he illistrated about fourteen years ago. The book deals with how he illistrated the book and, with the help of Howe and other talented artists, designed the Lord of the Rings films. The sketches are massively inspirational, and demonstrate just how good an artist he is. They are sensitive and detailed, some are highly refined some are very sketchy but all are beatiful. His detailed drawings of the realms and peoples and of course creatures of Middle-Earth are great to look at.
Alan Lee also writes an interesting text to accompany his excellent artwork, which is informative and insightful.
The only thing I would say is that it would have been nice if he would have focused more on telling the reader about illistrating the book, rather his work on the film. I say this because we can find out about that on the extended edition DVD's and in neumorous other books (such as Gary Russles equally brilliant 'Art of lord of the rings books')
Also the format of the book is rather on the small size and it should have been bigger.
However, this is an unmissable book by a extreamly talented artist whom without not only would we be without a fully illistrated Lord of the Rings, but also the films wouldnt be so visually impressive.
P.S sorry for any spelling mistakes.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Cunha Silva on 6 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Alan Lee is a wonderful man and a pencil genius.
What Alan achieved with his drawings is what Peter Jackson achieved with his movies.
I was extremely pleased with this book - although a little smaller than I thought but beautiful - the drawings are very well printed on the paper. The typesetting are gorgeous.
Marvellous forward by Sir Ian McKellen.
The intro pages with his drawing of Middle-earth are very beautiful. WONDERFUL WORK! If you are a Tolkien/Lee/Jackson fan or like very good drawings, I mean Very Good Drawings and Illustrations, please do not hesitate - This book is for you. Enjoy it as much as I do.
I really wish I could meet Alan one day...
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