The Lord of the Rings: The Art of the Two Towers Hardcover – 17 Mar 2003
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From the Back Cover
With complete access to artwork created over a five-year period, this authoritative and insightful book illustrates the creative development of The Two Towers. This official book contains over 500 exclusive images; from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to magnificent paintings 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 is among twelve contributors who explain the background to the images.
The book covers most aspects of the eagerly awaited sequel to the enormously successful Fellowship of The Ring, 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.
As well as the wealth of artwork there are also photographs showing the realisation of the creative process and some stills from the film.
In addition to considering all the elements that have made it into the film, this book also looks at fascinating ideas, proposals and posters that were, nonetheless, ultimately rejected.
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 the launch of the video and DVD, this is the second of three books in that will become a collectable set to accompany the film trilogy.
About the Author
Gary Russell is a freelance writer, magazine editor and author of nine novels. He has worked as an actor and currently co-runs an audio production company, Big Finish.
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In it, Gary Russell handles many different aspects of the movie sets and costumes, no matter how tiny they are. Here you'll find different places: sketches of the Black Gate and Dead Marshes, different Golden Halls of Rohan (right down to the medieval tapestries on the walls, the ornate chairs, cups, and even the door knockers!), Isengard, Fangorn forest (and the way different light made it seem), the glittering caves (only shown briefly in the movie) and many other places.
Costumes include unused Arwen armor and her more-dresses-than-she-has-scenes wardrobe; Theoden's battle armor, Eowyn's dresses (ranging from regal to homespun), and the new, more regal outfit of Gandalf the White. And for the weirder, there are different kinds of wargs (one looks almost wormlike), different extinguished Balrogs, and many different kinds of Ents, some of whom will be recognizable from the movie.
There are paintings, pencil sketches, exquisitely-detailed clay models from WETA Workshops, and photographs of the finished products. "Art of Two Towers" is, like the previous book, a must-read for those who enjoy seeing how movies evolve. The little comments beside most of the pictures add extra insight as to what the brilliant people who did all this were thinking. (They can also be very funny, such as the dying-Balrog discussions -- how often do people say "creature of slime" so seriously?)
This book is not flawless, however.Read more ›
Every LOTR fan should own this book and the other two in the trilogy. You won't regret buying it. I'm so glad that I now have it on my bookshelf for years to come.
I bought the fellowship of the ring version of this book and was so impressed that I also bought the two towers one.
This book goes into great detail about the types of art used in the film and just how they incorporate it into the film, there are pictures of earlier sketches by the film artists and as you read the book you can see how these early sketches develop into the scenes we see in the film. The book goes into great detail about certain moments in the film and how for example they could produce a painting and using computers incorporate it into the scene to achieve the effect that this scenery is actually there when really it is just a simple location shot combined with a fantastic painting.
There are interviews with the artists about what they are trying to convey through their work and on set photos with location shots.
This book is a truly interesting read and a must for big fans of the film and tolkien readers who are interested to see just how the artists of the film have made tolkiens Lord of the rings come alive.
I wouldn't recommend this book to readers who want to find out more about the cast and story of Lord of the rings as this book purely concentrates on the art side of the film, but to any fans who are simply blown away by the stunning sets and scenery then this book is the book for you!
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Bought for my daughter whilst doing her first degree in animation and illustration. This proved very useful for her and was even more so when she met one of the artists.Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by Alan
Some beautiful, large still images, drawings, etc from this absolutely wonderful series of films, glossily bound, make up this book. Read morePublished on 29 May 2003 by H. Callaghan
This book is a great read whether your a fan of the Lord Of The Rings films, a fan of the books (isn't everyone) or a fan of the artwork by John Howe and Alan Lee for this book. Read morePublished on 21 April 2003 by Claire