19 Jun 2009

Lord of the Drawings

There are many great artist and illustrators that have translated Tolkien's stories into images. Today I want to spend a few words about Oscar-winning illustrator and artist ALAN LEE . Alan Lee is based in Dartmoor, Devon, United Kingdom and revealed in past interviews that he uses the beauty of Dartmor as inspiration for his Tolkien-themed art.


"I just thought I could spend a life actually drawing all this (Dartmoor)...it seems the stuff of legends."
(Alan Lee)

It is not hard to imagine him in his little cottage, surrounded by drawings and painting, he is translating the work of JRR Tolkien in colors. It's not just his job...it's his life. Like me and many others, Alan Lee caught the 'Tolkien bug' when he was 17 years old and read the Lord of the Rings for the first time. It was a natural progression as an illustrator to want to transform Middle-earth into art. Few years ago Alan Lee's life changed forever when a postman delivered a parcel with 2 videos and a letter from a certain Peter Jackson from New Zealand that was using some of his illustrations as an inspiration for a movie on the Lords of the Rings. The rest is history! Alan Lee moved to New Zealand and worked on the Trilogy for over six years together with an other famous Tolkien's illustrator, John Hove. You will be pleased to know that Alan Lee is currently working on The Hobbit movie and is back in New Zealand. I just received news that Alan Lee will be signing books at the WETA CAVE Wellington, NZ tomorrow (Saturday 1-3PM). You lucky New Zealanders Hobbits :)

"To draw a tree, to pay such close attention to every aspect of a tree, is an act of reverence not only toward the tree, and toward the earth itself, but also our human connection to it. This is one of the magical things about drawing -- it gives us almost visionary moments of connectedness." (Alan Lee about art)