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A superb glimpse at Lee's work,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook: Portfolio (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.