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1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst!, 20 Dec 2012
This review is from: A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to accompany The Lord of the Rings (Hardcover)
I have been a fan of JRR Tolkien for longer than I can remember and have seen many examples of art inspired by Middle-Earth.
This has to be the worst I have ever seen. If you love the art of artists like John Howe and Alan Lee, then don't go anywhere near this as you will be very disappointed.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2013 15:18:53 GMT
Mrs Wibble says:
If you don't like the artist's style, I'm confused as to why you bought the book because the artwork is right there on the cover. If the book is bad, though, I would be grateful if you could expand your review because I love the whole idea of it and am about to part with a tenner. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2013 16:07:24 GMT
Jim Kirkwood says:
Yes, you are right. I rush into things! I'm a bit of a Tolkien nut. I tend to collect stuff! Art of course, and what we like and don't like, is a very subjective thing. I really like the work of Alan Lee and John Howe, Ted Nasbith. Their work has a realism to it that takes me into the Middle-Earth I love. This is nothing like as good, in my opinion. But it is only my opinion. I can't advise you beyond this I'm afraid, that if you like realism in your art and you are not a collector, then I would advise you spend you £10 on something more worthwhile.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2013 16:49:06 GMT
Mrs Wibble says:
Thanks for the swift response, Jim. I do like the crazy little creatures on the cover of this book, but I've just had a look at the three artists you recommended and I was really taken with Alan Lee. I think I prefer him using the less saturated colours because his drawing skill is incredible and I like being able to see all the lines and detail clearly. Is there a definitive book you could recommend, with nice big pictures, mainly of his landscapes and pencil drawings? I love the scenery and his buildings are out of this world in every sense.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013 08:32:18 GMT
Jim Kirkwood says:
I really liked the work he did in the Illustrated edition of Lord of the Rings. I also recently bought the LOTR Sketchbook/portfolio which I really like too. Most of his work seems to be co-written with other authors, like Froud, the faery artist, and Adrian Mitchell. He also illustrated a version of the Mabinogion by Lady Charlotte Guest which is definitely worth a look. I don't know how available his earlier works will be. Hope this is helpful.

Jim

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013 23:02:48 GMT
Mrs Wibble says:
The "Look Inside" feature is available for the sketchbook on Amazon.com and I think it's perfect for someone like me, who loves to look at drawings of fantasy buildings. The link, in case anyone else wants to see what we're discussing: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0261103830/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Meanwhile, if anyone is thinking about handing over the coin for the posh version of the Cor Blok book, there are some more pictures here: http://site.douban.com/126141/widget/notes/5424437/note/192855891/

I've got the Alan Lee sketchbook, and the cheaper version of the Cor Blok book ordered. I will look up those other ones you mentioned, Jim; thanks *very* much indeed for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 08:34:36 GMT
Jim Kirkwood says:
You are welcome. I hope you enjoy all your purchases.
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