The Hobbit Sketchbook by Alan Lee
Hand Signed by Alan Lee to the Title Page
Hardback 1st Edition
New & Unread
This richly illustrated book celebrates in words and pictures the beautiful work that award-winning artist Alan Lee produced for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and includes dozens of brand-new paintings and pencil drawings exploring the world of Bilbo Baggins. Since The Hobbit was first published in 1937, generations of readers have fallen under its spell. That magic was reignited sixty years later, when Alan Lee was commissioned to produce a special illustrated edition, and his delicate pencil drawings and beautiful watercolour paintings have become for many the definitive vision of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. In this sumptuous, large-format hardback Alan Lee reveals in pictures and in words how he created these images, which would prove so powerful, matching perfectly with Tolkien’s own vision, that they would eventually define the look of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations and earn Alan a coveted Academy Award.
The Hobbit Sketchbook is filled with more than 100 of his sketches and early conceptual pieces that reveal how the project progressed from idea to finished art. It also contains a wealth of brand-new full-colour paintings and sketches drawn specially for this book, which unlock the secrets of how Alan creates his own magic and provide a fascinating insight into the imagination of the man who breathed new life into Tolkien’s vision.
About the Author: Alan Lee is the illustrator of the highly-successful centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings and diamond edition of The Hobbit. He studied graphic design and the depiction of Celtic and Norse myths and has illustrated a wide range of books, including Faeries, Merlin Dreams and Castles, and was conceptual designer for Terry Jones’ film Erik the Viking. He was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrated edition of Black Ships Before Troy. From 1998 he worked as Conceptual Designer and Set Decorator on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and he received the 2004 Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on The Return of the King. In 2007 he was commissioned to provide paintings for The Children of Húrin, one of the ‘Great Tales’ of Middle-earth written by J. R .R. Tolkien and edited for publication by his son, Christopher. The following year he provided pencil drawings for a new edition of Tolkien’s collected shorter works of fantasy, Tales from the Perilous Realm. In 2009 he returned to his post in New Zealand to work on Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit.
Format: Hardback Edition
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