HarperCollins, 2011. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated.
This brand new full-colour art book reveals in sumptuous detail more than 100 paintings based on The Lord of the Rings by acclaimed Dutch artist, Cor Blok, many of which appear here for the first time.
Fifty years ago, shortly after The Lord of the Rings was first published, Cor Blok read the work and was completely captivated by its invention and epic storytelling. The breadth of imagination and powerful imagery inspired the young Dutch artist, and this spark of enthusiasm, coupled with his desire to create art that resembled a historical artefact in its own right, led to the creation of more than 100 paintings.
Following an exhibition at the Hague in 1961, JRR Tolkien’s publisher, Rayner Unwin, sent him five pictures. Tolkien was so taken with them that he met and corresponded with the artist and even bought some paintings for himself.
The series bears comparison with the Bayeux Tapestry, in which each tells an epic and complex story in deceptively simple style, but beneath this simplicity lies a compelling and powerful language of form that becomes more effective as the sequence of paintings unfolds.
The full-colour paintings in this new book are presented in story order so that the reader can enjoy them as the artist intended. They are accompanied by extracts from The Lord of the Rings and the artist also provides an extensive introduction illuminating the creation of the series and notes to accompany some of the major compositions. Many of the paintings appear for the very first time.
Readers will find Cor Blok's work refreshing, provocative, charming and wholly memorable – the bold and expressive style that he created stands as a unique achievement in the history of fantasy illustration. Rarely has an artist captured the essence of a writer's work in such singular fashion; the author found much to admire in Cor Blok’s work, and what higher accolade is there?*
HarperCollins, 2011. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated. Signed by Cor Blok.
Walking Tree Publishers are pleased to announce the publication of a luxury edition of the 'Dragon Episode' from Beowulf. The book presents the Old English text and Modern English translation side by side. It is illustratied in black, white and red by Anke Eissmann, who has worked with the Walking Tree Publishers on numerous occasions in the past (including the cover illustrations of many of the Cormarë Series books). The foreword was written by the celebrated Tolkien expert, Tom Shippey.
1st edition. Oblong hardback (no dustjacket issued).*
A Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art
New York, 2001
This book deals entirely with their Tolkien work. With studies, photo's, sketches etc. With a fold-out poster, exclusively to this book: "The Siege of Minas Tirith". 56 plates in colour, 97 sketches, 127 photo's. 1st edition. Paperback. Signed by both brothers on the cover.*
HarperCollins, 2001. More than 100 plates by Howe, plus pencildrawings and photo's. With a preface by Peter Jackson. Hardback.*
Published for the new millennium, this superbly illustrated showcase of the best in fantasy and SF art demonstrates the wealth and diversity of talent in this popular art form.
Dick Jude explores the range of fantasy, horror and SF art with 10 of the leading practitioners of the genre. Some of the brightest talents in the business provide a behind-the-scenes view of the creative processes involved, discuss their inspirations, frustrations and joys, and reveal how they bring their ideas to fruition. Whether created in watercolour or acrylics, with an airbrush or digitally with a computer, the results are stunning.
Fantasy Art of the New Millennium illustrates a broad spectrum of subject matter and technique – from the lyrical Tolkien landscapes of John Howe and Alan Lee, to the digitally created art of Steve Stone and Fred Gambino, and the spectacular science fiction images of Jim Burns.*