Morgoth's Forces before Gondolin
Art by John Howe
Hey, Steemizens. In celebration of reaching 200 followers and 2 art curations, I thought I'd do a series on the magnificently talented artists that have inspired my art journey. Also, I seriously need to post something other than contest entries cough, cough. Regardless if this series becomes popular or not, I feel I need to make some sort of tribute to the artists that have helped me not to totally forsake art. So here goes.
Before anything else though...
Let's not make this just about votes and popularity. Encourage one another to grow.
Now, to the artist and his work...
Frodo and the Nazgul by John Howe
Gandalf the Grey by John Howe
If you've been living under a rock for the past two decades, Middle Earth is of course the fictional land where the Lord of the Rings Story takes place.
In fact, long before the year they started working on the movie (circa late 90's), he was already drawing scenes from the books, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion all by author JRR Tolkien, father of Middle Earth.
Many of his artworks, including Gandalf the Grey and Bilbo's Front Hall were made prior to working on the major motion picture. Incidentally, these two artworks were copied almost exactly for the big screen at the request of Peter Jackson.
Right: Bilbo's Front Hall by John Howe
Left: Movie still from the Fellowship of the Ring
To the left is his 1995 cover illustration for The Hobbit and on the right is Bilbo's front hall featured in the first Lord of the Rings movie.
Other works of his are illustrations and cover art for many authors. This includes art made for George RR Martin, creator of Game of Thrones. Check out his Castle illustration for Mr. Martin's book, A Clash of Kings.
"Castle" and "The White Witch" by John Howe
Like me, he is powered by, hmmm, let us say generous amounts of coffee while working on his projects.
The build up of coffee cups is the mark of a dedicated artist
Credits to the artist's facebook
Credits: Facebook, John Howe
He still speaks in artist conferences and seminars in various countries. There are also gallery shows of his works.
When not travelling, he resides in Switzerland with his family.
He has a website which archives all of his works, old and new. He writes on art topics every now and again. There is a forum for artists here and Mr. Howe interacts directly with them, discussing topics of interest or otherwise, giving art advice.
You can drop by the forum and chat along. Update: so far I've been too shy to say hi. Ahaha.. Ahem... Moving on.
Visit him at www.john-howe.com
Glorfindel and the Balrog
I've been a massive Lord of the Rings fan since I was 9 years old, which is when I saw the first film. Fast forward many years later in my 20's, I discovered he was one of the men who helped conceptualize the images of Middle Earth.
I was amazed that I actually completed it, a triumph inspired by his art.
The piece is entitled: The Ravine.
He works with watercolor too and is able to make hyperrealistic paintings. A feat I want to accomplish as well. Here is a picture of his work tools and a piece of his art with it. Just looking at art materials makes me happy.
Credits to the artist's facebook
That concludes my first ARTSPIRATION: My Art Heroes article. I hope you were inspired by his works as I certainly have been and am still. I will post another one featuring a different inspirational artist soon.
Do you have an artspiration too? Let me know in the comments below so I can look them up!
Fine Print stuff
All credits for Mr Howe's artwork goes to his website, www.john-howe.com and his facebook page, John Howe
Photo Credit for Fellowship of the Ring movie still is from tumblr here
Doodles by me, @noellesevilla :D
See you next time,