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Who's your favorite Tolkien artist?


Poll: Who's your favorite Tolkien artist?
John Howe 4 / 15%
Alan Lee 11 / 42%
Ted Nasmith  3 / 12%
Other (please specify) 8 / 31%
26 total votes
 

ange1e4e5
Rohan

Nov 1 2016, 2:02am


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Who's your favorite Tolkien artist?

 

I always follow my job through.


ange1e4e5
Rohan

Nov 1 2016, 2:14am


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I grew up with the illustrations of Alan Lee, as well as his work for Black Ships Before Troy.

I also have a liking for the character drawings of Jenny Dolfen.

I always follow my job through.


Ingwion
Lorien


Nov 1 2016, 11:15am


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I think I have to go with Alan Lee

But it was a close call between him and John Howe


It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither. - Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens.

It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen. - The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien


OldestDaughter
Rohan


Nov 1 2016, 12:21pm


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Alan Lee,

but I love John Howe's and Ted Nasmith's works as well. But I also love seeing other artwork posted on the Tolkiengateway website!




"Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and the song of Lúthien released the bonds of winter, and the frozen waters spoke, and flowers sprang from the cold earth where her feet had passed."


Meneldor
Valinor


Nov 1 2016, 12:56pm


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I voted Nasmith for his landscapes and architecture.

HIs characters are hit or miss, some of their poses look unnatural. I'm willing to overlook that because of his sublime landscapes and glorious architecture.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. -Psalm 107


Darkstone
Immortal


Nov 1 2016, 4:23pm


Views: 1200
Tolkien

Wish he'd done more.

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Fimbrethil, Warrior Entwife



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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Nov 1 2016, 4:29pm


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What? The Brothers Hildebrandt aren't on the list? Or Ezpeleta?

Angelic


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Darkstone
Immortal


Nov 1 2016, 4:40pm


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Did someone mention...

...Ezpeleta?



As for The Brothers Hildebrandt, for the longest time it seemed their calendars were the only vision of Middle-earth....

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Fimbrethil, Warrior Entwife



dormouse
Half-elven


Nov 1 2016, 4:43pm


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Tough call....

Had to be Alan Lee in the end, because I've loved his illustrations for so long and was thrilled to bits when I saw the centenary Tolkien - an Alan Lee Tolkien was something I'd dreamed of. I din't know John Howe's work then: now I do, I love it pretty much the same. I'd love to see a Silmarillion illustrated by them both.

Ted Nasmith is good and I do love some of his landcapes. But I'm not keen on a lot of his figure drawing and I think sometimes he's too precise - Alan Lee knows when to leave things misty and mysterious - at leat, that's just my take on it!

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood and every spring
there is a different green. . .


malickfan
Gondor


Nov 1 2016, 5:53pm


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Ted Nasmith

I admire Alan Lee and Jenny Dolfen's artwork as well.








OldestDaughter
Rohan


Nov 1 2016, 7:00pm


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I love the Brothers Hildebrandt!

I totally forgot about them, but I love their artwork!




"Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and the song of Lúthien released the bonds of winter, and the frozen waters spoke, and flowers sprang from the cold earth where her feet had passed."


Silverlode
Forum Admin / Moderator


Nov 1 2016, 11:28pm


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Stop that!

You deserve five lashes with a wet....whatever those ropy things are; Doberman tails, elf hair, random water snakes.....for posting that.

Ezpeleta's main crime in my book is begging too many questions beginning with the phrase "What is that...." that I really don't want to know the answer to.

Silverlode

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.




Starling
Half-elven


Nov 2 2016, 5:18am


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Yes exactly

I can never unsee those strange, stunted, green-meshed legs. Shocked




Annael
Immortal


Nov 2 2016, 2:49pm


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Catherine Karina Chmiel

because she draws the characters close to how I would draw them, if only I could, and she imagines their stories beyond what Tolkien wrote about (the Boromir-Faramir childhood drawings are wonderful).

http://kasiopea.art.pl/en/home

Lee is too colorless for me and the Hildebrants are too twee. Of the choices you gave, I'd go with Nasmith - his scenes are so gorgeous. But if another animated movie happened, I'd want him to do the matte backgrounds and Chmiel the characters.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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(This post was edited by Annael on Nov 2 2016, 2:51pm)


Gianna
Rohan


Nov 2 2016, 7:02pm


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Elena Kukanova

with Jenny Dolfen close behind. Their work is vivid.

"The men of the East may search the scrolls,
For sure fates and fame,
But the men that drink the blood of God
Go singing to their shame."

-G.K. Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse, Book I

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My fantasy novels


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Nov 3 2016, 2:55am


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I've been a Hildebrandts fan since 1976

despite their obvious faults.

A local restaurant here named Avogadro's Number had copies of their paintings on their walls (now mostly painted over with other scenes). There used to be a life-sized Goldberry, alas gone now, but there are still a few images on the outside of the building:  photo Photo005.jpg

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Nov 3 2016, 11:35am


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I did like their depiction of Galadriel. //

 


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


OldestDaughter
Rohan


Nov 3 2016, 12:13pm


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I love their Goldberry!

She was so pretty.


I also love their depiction of the Houses of Healing. It was very beautiful.




"Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and the song of Lúthien released the bonds of winter, and the frozen waters spoke, and flowers sprang from the cold earth where her feet had passed."


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Nov 3 2016, 8:22pm


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Ooh, those are lovely!

I hadn't seen them before. Thanks!

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Annael
Immortal


Nov 4 2016, 12:49am


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thanks for telling us about them.

Elena's work is similar to Catherine Chmiel's.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967