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J.R.R.Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator Hardcover – October 31, 1995
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From School Library Journal
YA?A fascinating glimpse into the life of the writer and artist. Over 200 reproductions of Tolkien's paintings, drawings, and sketches fill this engaging title. Basically arranged chronologically into six sections, the book explores the man's early work; visions, myths, and legends; art for children; The Hobbit; "The Lord of the Rings"; and patterns and devices. In a readable style, Hammond and Scull weave their subject's writing career with his love of art. Tolkien's use of inks, washes, watercolors, and pencil is examined. Many previously unpublished illustrations are included and preliminary sketches show how they developed. Excerpted text shows the art within the context of its completed work.?John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Along with maps, Tolkien self-illustrated many of his works, and a large portion of his artwork is included in this volume with comment by the authors.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Let me address the questions posted by Amazon included in this review; it is somewhat an autobiography, illustrations, and the content is purely more of the creative interest rather than describing an adventure, characters, and story. Since I have to choose a non-relevant description, do not pay attention to it since it has nothing in particular to do with the book. Now, this book is entirely dedicated to the creative process, artists illustrations, creative rendering, and the careful artistry to reach the essence of storytelling. First of all, I'm a JRR Tolkien fan and loved his books. Not only was he a genius in his writings, he wasn't bad as a conceptual artist. If Einstein is for math, Tolkien is for arts. Having delved into this book, Tolkien earned my highest respect. It is not easy to write a book, much more to add conceptual artwork, and the complexity of the whole middle-earth series. The book is a must for an artist and who loved Tolkien's work. A collection worth keeping due to its rare contents of exquisite artwork. The eerie part of this is when 2000 years from now, the future will dig a copy of this and a copy of the Lords of the Rings and a new religion will be born. Just saying.
He did art too.
YES! AWESOME ART! While he never trained professionally as an artist, it ran like a quiet river through his life. Here are collected wonderful watercolors, ink sketches, landscapes, places that no longer exist, places (Middle-earth) that only existed in Tolkien's fervent imagination, and other goodies. Not to be missed by any fan of the Professor's work.
Additionally, this work contains many non-Middle-Earth-related works. The section on his early works help clarify his other paintings by providing an artistic sense of the world around him, and the section on artwork for children is helpful too (includes pieces from "Roverandum" among others).
This is not just finished art though. There are sketches on letters or notes, for example, and one case of color doodles on a newspaper classified section (I found this one particularly amusing).