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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
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
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
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
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.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013 23:02:48 GMT
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=r
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/note
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
You are welcome. I hope you enjoy all your purchases.
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