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Myth and Magic.
on 10 February 2013
John Howe is one of the most revered and popular artists working in the fantasy genre; best known for his now classic illustrations realising Tolkien`s world of middle-earth, this often tends to eclipse his illustration work for many other fantasy authors as well as board and computer games.
This excellent volume presents a fairly comprehensive overview of the artist's output featuring over 250 examples of his work - including rarely seen early projects - up to the date of publication (2001).
The book is in full-colour throughout; the illustrations are of a suitably high standard, imaginatively laid-out and accompanied by informative texts. There is a foreword by Peter Jackson and an appreciative afterward by another great fantasy illustrator, Alan Lee. Obviously, the book was released to coincide with Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy as both Howe and Lee worked on the concept design.
My one gripe is the absence of any technical information on the work - no sizes are given, no medium stated - although most of Howe's work tends to be executed in watercolour, so it isn't a huge oversight.
A very nice book to have; inspiring if you are artistically-inclined, a nice diversion if you just admire fine fantasy illustration.