The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook
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The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook

by Alan Lee
Release date: September 2004
Type: other fiction
Genres: non-fiction

A sumptuous large-format hardback containing sketches and paintings from the illustrated Lord of the Rings, together with brand new and previously unseen material. In this large-format hardback Alan Lee reveals in pictures and in words how he created the images in the authorised illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings. These images would prove so powerful, matching perfectly with Tolkien's own vision, that they would eventually define the look of Peter Jackson's movie trilogy and earn Alan a coveted Academy Award. The book is filled with over 150 of his sketches and early conceptual pieces to show how the project progressed from idea to finished art. It also contains 20 colour paintings reproduced in full-page glory, together with numerous examples of his conceptual art produced for the films and brand new pieces drawn specially for this book. The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook provides a fascinating insight into the imagination of the man who painted Tolkien's vision, firstly onto the page and then in three dimensions on the cinema screen.

It will also be of interest to many of the 100,000 people who have bought the illustrated Lord of the Rings as well as for budding artists and illustrators interested in unlocking the secrets of book illustration.

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This is a fantastic book which contains not only sketches and paintings but also comments of Alan Lee. His thoughts and remarks describe the story of Lord of the Rings from a different perspective - that of transferring J.R.R. Tolkiens descriptions and his own imagination into pictures - and further, into settings for the films.
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