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Valar
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Top Artists

What are everybody's favourite LoTR/Fantasy artists? Are there any really good ones you know, that perhaps are less well-heard of? Come share. I love Ted Nasmith and Alan Lee, but there are some other really excellent ones I never heard of before stumbling across them- I'll try and post links to their websites next time I can get onto my own PC.



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Hope Hoover and Anke Eissmann are two of my fav's. I posted links to their Elfwood galleries in the Art Work thread.

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Valar
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Yes, I love Anke Eissmann, her pieces are really beautiful, and her style's something really different from a lot of fantasy artists. I've only had time to take a little look at Hope Hoover in that link, but the things I saw were pretty stunning : )
Especially the Galadriel and Faramir & Finduilas pictures

-- Edited by Lady Yavanna at 20:51, 2006-09-25

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Daniel Govar is also overlooked. Just type his name into Google and you will find several galleries of his work. Very talented.

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I don't really know much about this...but what about John Howe? what do you think about him?

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John Howe, Alan Lee, and Ted Nasmith are the standards. Frank Frazetta did a sketch of Eowyn vs the Witchking, but I think that is the extent of his work in Tolkien's world. If you skim through Rozolo Tolkien you will find quite a few unknowns that are very good.

Maria Ezpeleta does some extremely stylized work that some may not find to their tastes, but she is very good. I suggest looking her up on Elfwood or Rolozo Tolkien.

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thank you for the information, Celethil
I'll be doing that.

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Well, i dont have one..Its because i know nothing of art, and i cant draw at all...Only some sketches of Helms Deep...And they dont look very good either. Just saying that its hardto choose if you know nothing

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Valar
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Catherine Karina Chmiel, she's a really lovely artist too, though more often portraits rather than whole scenes. If you look her up on Google you get some good results, and gallery is here: http://www.tolkien.com.pl/kasiopea/ang/galeria.htm , click on Tolkien : )
John Howe yep, he's a fave well known one. And the Brothers Hildebrandt are quite good, and well known, though I'm not a huge fan... something is just sort of cute about their pictures and I don't like it that much - possibly because the last homely house reminded me of the house in Snow White and the Seven dwarves. 
*is going to go and look for the ones Celethil suggested*


-- Edited by Lady Yavanna at 21:31, 2006-09-29

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I am Yavanna, Giver of Fruits.
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Wow. Thanks Lady Yavanna. I really liked the gallery and have added it to my Tolkien Favs.

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My favorite is John Howe.

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I enjoy several of them, but I have to say that I haven't found one I loved yet. None of them are very similar to my personal vision of the Tolkien universe, and I dislike most fantasy art as a rule. I like a few of the artists people have posted in this thread, like Chmiel.

I really dislike the brothers Hildebrant and Alan Lee. I feel that both of them paint in a fashion that's too surreal and strange. Oddly enough someone bought me a huge photobook of Hildebrant work, knowing I liked Tolkien, but it must be the only Tolkien book I wasn't excited to get (although I appreciated getting a gift).

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For the record, I can appreciate the work of the Hildebrants though I really don't like it much.

Alan Lee and John Howe are both extremely talented and have given us some really great images. They may not appeal to everyones' tastes but they are truly great artists (IMHO).

Daniel Govar is on the cutting edge with his interpretations. Highly recommended.

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Oh, they're definitely technically skilled artists, they just don't appeal to me. Which doesn't mean a whole lot, really. I'm no art critic for sure. I do like this Daniel Govar also.

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Felix Sotomayor. I think I like this guy because his work is focused on the Silmarillion and I just love his shading technique and the lines he uses. And for all you military junkies, he draws weapons with their owners.

I will find a link to his gallery and add it here or you can just look him up on Rozolo Tolkien.

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Alan Lee is very talented as well.


As an artist myself, I constently compare myself to other artists. John Howe does really hard stuff and makes it look easy. I also love the drawlings that he does. Particularly the Silmarillion drawlings. One of my favorites is on of Glorfindel fighting the balrog. It really camptures the darkness in the balrogs and the light in the elves.



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Witchking of Angmar - Rank 10
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I hope I am not being rude but I am curious to see your art work
I suggest perhaps making a thread in Fan Art and showing us some of your drawings. (if you perhaps scanned them)
Anyway, it is only a request, the decision is yours.

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I'm very sorry TM, but I don't have a scanner.



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If you take into account landscape, and protrait then Alan Lee and John Howe would be my choice as they excel in both areas. There are other very good artists who do portraits of Tolkien characters, namely Tuuliky, Filat, Jenny Dolfen(also known as Gold-seven).

Then again Van Gogh is to watercolours as Rembrandt is to oils.

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Bellandor,
You named my two favorites. (Alan Lee and John Howe)
I also like Hildebrant. (not sure of the correct spelling)


I love getting my hands on old Tolkien calanders ... now I mostly download and add it as part of my screen saver ... after buying it or checking its propriety status.
Kind of nice listening to music and watching all that Tolkien artwork slide on by.


Do you collect?



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I found it interesting to learn that Thomas Kincade, who recently passed, was the original artist who worked with Ralph Bakeshi on the animated film entitled: Fire and Ice from the 80's. He went on to be known as the 'painter of light'. I didn't know he had a past working in the fantasy realm. He will be missed but just thought that might interest those who might not have known.

McFarlane, the creator of Spawn is another favorite artist of mine, after Howe and Lee of course.

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Jaidoprism7,

I love Kincade! His holiday stuff, churches, and homes are wonderful.

When Xmas cards come I Always save his work and post it ... I think he is really going to be missed.
I think he captured the spirit and warmth of an earlier more innocent time.

Did he do any Tolkien stuff?



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Sorry about the delayed response but I don't think he (Kinkade) had ever rendered any Tolkien-based artwork. Sad. It would have been cool to see one more perspective...

Cheers friend Bear!

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Ooh yeah! Kincade would do well with Tolkien themed scenes. I can imagine Luthien as subject. Dancing under a starlit sky with Beren asleep at her feet.

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