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Unexpected Joy!

Daughter of Nienna
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Feb 19 2007, 11:19am


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"An Unexpected Party" (1976)
I must say this one bring joy to my heart after a week of heavily weighted, stagnant, over-posed, poorly adapted paintings. I agree with Linkin-Artelf: <i>“very lively and charming. A lot is being said with each of the poses. The smoky atmosphere is wonderful as is the lighting and play of shadows. Finally one I really like.“ </i>

Yes, finally one I really like, too!

Here’s why:
Compositionally: It’s circular! Circles are warm and welcoming, encompassing, friendly, shapely, softer, enveloping, and generally kind on the eyes.

Also, and of equal importance to me, (put next to their other work), there is not that horrid heavy weight in the front of drawing. And, the composition is not formed by a hard square or rectangle.

The normally heavy front plane is broken instead by a <a href="http://www.theonering.net/rumour_mill/rpg/viewer/readingroom/45D7718F00026BC5.html">“triangle”</a> of light, contrasting nicely by 2 triangles of shadow adding great visual interest (as contrast will). These wonderfully dynamic shapes in the center of the image, beckoning the viewer right into the center of the circle to join the party. Who would not want to party with Bilbo and some dwarves, as pesky as they seem at first. Makes me ready to go on the adventure with them.

The colors of golds and brown’s are just right, not over-bearing in their intensity, and very appropriat to the scene.

Contextually: The dwarves look quite appropriate to Tolkien: not cartoonish, childish or plastic. Bilbo is a bit young but no child. And Gandalf is even blowing a smoke ring!

As a Tolkien fan, I can get lost in the wonderful details of the props, furnishings and beamed ceilings of Bilbo’s home.


"The Siege of Minas Tirith" (1977)
This one is OK. It doesn’t have a heavy front plane, which is good for me. There are lot’s of angular lines adding energy and tension. I think the best part is that they took a shot out of the <a href="http://www.classicmoviefavorites.com/berkeley/innovate.html">Busby Berkey</a> camera shot book: a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busby_Berkeley">“top sot”</a>, looking down at the action, instead of their usual ‘squared-off” frontal shot.

Contextually: the drama is exciting. The orcs are not such piggy-wiggys, either, also good.

All in all, this doesn’t ring my bell, though. I think that is simply a personal aesthetic…battles and such things generally don’t do much for me.


"A Journey in the Dark" (finished in 2000) At least Arwen doesn’t have bare leg showing like in the Star Wars post of your first post. As a stand alone image, tolerable. As a representation of Lord of the rings: out of the question. I can not believe that in 200 an image for Tolkien like this was considered. The ‘70s have some excuse of ignorance and naivety.


“Black Riders in Bree”
This one is no too bad. The Black Riders look like a fair representation of Ring Wraiths. Though there is a heavy front plain, it is broken up by the light forming a triangle and has texture for visual interest. Once again it is a frontal view, but it is not stagnant. There a many angular shapes. I especially like ht effect of the moon in the back of the Ring Wraith…this ad wonderful contrast and visual interest.

What does not work for me is that the image reverts to their cartoon-like roots, zapping all the terror out of the Black Riders. If only they used more of that realism that they used in "An Unexpected Party".


"A Journey in the Dark"
I don’t really want to discuss it though except to say: in 200 they are out of excuses for not representing Tolkien’s work more closely.

Subject User Time
Tolkien Artists, The Bros. Hildebrandt: Loose Ends and That's All Folks drogo Send a private message to drogo Feb 17 2007, 10:04pm
    Arwen Joins the Quest Reera the Red Send a private message to Reera the Red Feb 18 2007, 12:11am
        Well, that does explain Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Feb 18 2007, 12:20am
        Oh, I like that one! Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Feb 18 2007, 12:27am
            No story that I know of. Reera the Red Send a private message to Reera the Red Feb 18 2007, 12:38am
                Re: [Reera the Red] No story that I know of. drogo Send a private message to drogo Feb 18 2007, 12:55am
                    Re: [drogo] No story that I know of. Nerdanel Send a private message to Nerdanel Feb 18 2007, 11:58pm
                        "breathes life into Tolkien" N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 23 2007, 11:23pm
                    The cover of the original Grotta bio! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 20 2007, 3:56pm
                        mine has two Hildebrandts on the cover a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Feb 21 2007, 1:10am
                            Yes, yours is a decade newer dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 22 2007, 4:56am
                                mine has an Epilogue chapter a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Feb 22 2007, 12:17pm
            Tolkien the time-traveller? N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 23 2007, 11:19pm
    Re: [drogo] Tolkien Artists, The Bros. Hildebrandt: Loose Ends and That's All Folks Sandicomm Send a private message to Sandicomm Feb 18 2007, 12:28am
    Re: [drogo] Tolkien Artists, The Bros. Hildebrandt: Loose Ends and That's All Folks a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Feb 18 2007, 12:31am
        dang I keep forgetting to change my subject line!! [nt] a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Feb 18 2007, 12:31am
        Alas for the loss of Mod... loved it. Cirdan the Shipwright Send a private message to Cirdan the Shipwright Feb 19 2007, 9:06pm
            thanks, originally a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Feb 19 2007, 11:29pm
    Re: [drogo] Tolkien Artists, The Bros. Hildebrandt: Loose Ends and That's All Folks Beren IV Send a private message to Beren IV Feb 18 2007, 12:47am
        This of course has been much discussed, Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Feb 18 2007, 1:17am
            Re: [Aerin] This of course has been much discussed, Beren IV Send a private message to Beren IV Feb 18 2007, 1:39am
                That's another good point, as well. Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Feb 18 2007, 6:40am
                    Not completely unique Beren IV Send a private message to Beren IV Feb 18 2007, 6:56pm
                        True, women of Haleth Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Feb 18 2007, 9:51pm
                            Another historical note Beren IV Send a private message to Beren IV Feb 18 2007, 11:51pm
                                Re: [Beren IV] Another historical note Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 19 2007, 12:43am
                                See Elizabeth's note, plus Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Feb 19 2007, 6:45am
                More Arwen in the books than most readers catch. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 23 2007, 11:40pm
            Re: [Aerin] This of course has been much discussed, Sandicomm Send a private message to Sandicomm Feb 18 2007, 6:16pm
                I think the movies came close to Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Feb 18 2007, 10:09pm
    Some unexpected brilliance linkin-artelf Send a private message to linkin-artelf Feb 19 2007, 3:09am
        "Journey in the Dark" is the chapter title dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 20 2007, 4:07pm
        Orcs did wear cloaks. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 23 2007, 11:34pm
    Unexpected Joy! Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Feb 19 2007, 11:19am
        "a heavy front plane" N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 23 2007, 11:44pm

 
 
 

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