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The Art of The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings) [Hardcover]

Gary Russell
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5 Jan 2004 The "Lord of the Rings"

The official guide to the design of the final part of the award-winning film trilogy, featuring over 600 exclusive images that illustrate the creative development of The Return of the King, together with an exclusive afterword from Peter Jackson.

With complete access to artwork created over a five-year period, this authoritative and insightful book illustrates the creative development of The Return of the King. This official book contains over 600 exclusive images; from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to magnificent paintings, sculptures and digital imagery that shaped the look of the film.

Contributing artists include John Howe and Alan Lee, artists who have inspired Peter Jackson's vision of Middle-earth and worked with him to bring the trilogy to the big screen. Peter Jackson himself provides the Afterword in which he discuss the importance of the conceptual art to the film.

The book covers most aspects of the eagerly awaited finale to the enormously successful trilogy, from locations and costumes to weaponry and creatures. The artists who created all of these diverse elements explain how they contributed to the development of the film.

Printed on high-quality art paper this lavish book is ideal for Tolkien collectors and film enthusiasts. It also makes a superb gift. Published to tie-in with release of the film, this the last of three books will complete a fascinating and truly collectable set to accompany the film trilogy.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition Uk edition (5 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007135653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007135653
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Exquisite tribute to the artwork… this impressive portfolio boasts page after page of stunning designs. Ravishing stuff, this should keep fans happy until the release of the DVD.”
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“If you were blown away by the film, prepare to be blown away again”
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With complete access to artwork created over a five-year period, this authoritative and insightful book illustrates the creative development of The Return of the King. This official book contains over 600 exclusive images; from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to magnificent paintings, sculptures and digital imagery that shaped the look of the film.

Contributing artists include John Howe and Alan Lee, artists who have inspired Peter Jackson's vision of Middle-earth and worked with him to bring the trilogy to the big screen. Peter Jackson himself provides the Afterword in which he discuss the importance of the conceptual art to the film.

The book covers most aspects of the eagerly awaited finale to the enormously successful trilogy, from locations and costumes to weaponry and creatures. The artists who created all of these diverse elements explain how they contributed to the development of the film.

Printed on high-quality art paper this lavish book is ideal for Tolkien collectors and film enthusiasts. It also makes a superb gift. Published to tie-in with release of the film, this the last of three books will complete a fascinating and truly collectable set to accompany the film trilogy.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best tome of the three 12 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
Publishing production art from a major movie that demanded a lot of world-making can be a tricky thing - you're letting people get a glimpse of the meanderings of the creative process, and this can, some would say, dispel a bit of the mystique. People might even like some of your rejected concepts better. As for the first bit, I've long since discovered that knowing the inner workings of the cinematic medium actually enhances the enjoyment. And as for the second - well, everyone's idea of Middle-earth is a tad different from the next person's; I just drool every time I see a Daniel Falconer design, including his discarded ones...
What's important is that this book is the best repository of the production art done for a LotR movie so far. It doesn't have the layout that hampered The Art of Fellowship; and it covers things like Gondorian Armor, Fell Beasts, and the Tower of Barad-dur, which should have been included in The Art of Two Towers, as that book had considerably less ground to cover. But none of those items feel short-shrifted, fortunately. And even though Alan Lee spent by far the most time designing the film yet again, this finally feels like a true collaboration between him and John Howe - who was mostly charged with designing the Mordor stuff in the trilogy, and was thus a rare visitor before. The previously-not-featured designs from Dan Hennah and his art department are a real bonus, so that by the end of it you feel that no stone has been left unturned in the design process. And even though any 'Art of' book has to exclude much by default, this one feels thorough; for every piece of production art you get a sizable blurb by the artist involved, and those are longer and more detailed than in the previous two.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book to finish the series 29 Jan 2004
By mutlien VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Point one - I adore these films. Point two - I love art.
An awesome achievement, painstakingly studied, re-studied, a fantastic job. This series of books is an utter must for fans of the film who want to see the whole design process. A perfectly designed companion to the great minds that worked on bringing tolkiens characters and places to life. Buy it, you will not be dissapointed. Glorious full colour pics and a real sense of achievement. Well done PJ and crew.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 27 Sep 2004
By gwilimo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautiful sketches throughout the whole book. Especially the ones of Minas Tirith. Exquisite detail of the whole city from angles. You could sit for ages and just stare at each picture.
I also find the digital paintings in this book excellent as well.
It just makes you realise how important these artists and designers are to a film; with drawings of props, swords, costumes, chairs etc.
With each sketch, painting, design, or concept comes detailed analyses and explanations by the artists themselves. Brilliant.
An excellent addition to any LOTR fan's collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds Depth and Appreciation to LOTR: ROTK 11 Mar 2004
Format:Hardcover
Impressed by astounding cinematography of LOTR? I am. "The Art of The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings)" by Gary Russell shows the amazing art behind the movie is more than pretty pictures.
From "The Siege of Gondor" to "Shelob's Lair," Russell walks us through the stages of design that created a real and surreal world of Middle Earth.
With Shelob, for different artist's reasons for the balance of spider- and crab-like characteristics. Part of the problem was in trying to stay as close to Tolkien's own version while bringing plausible life to Shelob that would work in a movie.
Some of the pictures are pencils. Others are full-color, finely detailed views. Various angles are provided as in the many scenes of Mordor. There are photos of early models, both colored and plain, giving a 3D perspective of what the artists were thinking.
The insight here will intrigue nonartists like myself who are amazed at how complex the making of LOTR was, and serve as a primer for character and building studies. There are elements of technical discussion, but I felt I learned about the relationships of style and message.
I fully recommend "The Art of The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings). It is a beautiful book, with interesting text. Having recently watched the movie, I appreciated both Tolkien and the makers of the movie so much more.
Anthony Trendl
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Art 10 Aug 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is packed with gorgeous illustrations, photos, concept art and artwork. The artists involved add descriptions and explanations to their work in little 'sound bites'. It doesn't give much insight into the process of film making, the actors or the story as such, but it provides a fascinating insights into the work that goes into those things which make the film 'feel' real. I recommend it for anyone who is a LOTR completist, or has an interest in art or prop design. It's not a film guide, and contains few shots from the film itself. It's essentially a book about art, and if you're into that, I recommend this 100%.
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