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Alan Lee

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Revision as of 09:52, 31 May 2008

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Alan Lee
Biographical information
BornAugust 20, 1947
StyleRealistic/Romantic
ImagesGallery
LocationDartmoor, Cornwall, UK
WebsiteAlan-lee.com

Alan Lee (1947) is a renowned British artist. He has illustrated numerous Tolkien Calendars as well as books. Lee and John Howe were the lead conceptual designers for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.

Contents

Life

At the advice of a friend, Alan Lee first read The Lord of the Rings when he was 17, and it greatly influenced his professional work. He had at that time never heard of J.R.R. Tolkien or The HobbitTemplate:Ref. Lee was born in London, but moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, Virginia, but have since divorcedTemplate:Ref.

Style

In his paintings, Lee uses watercolour. He describes his style as a combination of Realistic and RomanticTemplate:Ref.

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings

On November 13, 1997, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson sent a parcel containing "Forgotten Silver" and "Heavenly Creatures", and a letter explaining an upcoming movie project, then still for Miramax. Jackson was greatly inspired by Lee, and wanted him to be part of the crew. Lee watched the movies, and phoned back 3,5 hours later to say yesTemplate:Ref. Three weeks later he flew to New Zealand, where he and John Howe joined the Weta Workshop. He would live in New Zealand for six years, before returning to DartmoorTemplate:Ref.

Cameos

Lee has two cameos in Peter Jackson's movies: he appears as the second from the right of the nine Kings of Men in The Fellowship of the Ring, and as a man of Rohan at the armoury of the Hornburg in The Two Towers.

Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit

Lee has expressed interest in working on The Hobbit, "[B]ut it would have to be a pretty special film to match the experience of working on The Lord of the Rings"Template:Ref.

Published works

Books

Calendars

  • The Children of Húrin Calendar (2008)
  • The Lord of the Rings Calendar (2007)
  • The Tolkien Calendar (1993)

Awards

Artwork

Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson's The Two Towers

Peter Jackson's The Return of the King

References

  1. Template:Note Interview, EInsiders.com.
  2. Template:Note Biography of Marja Lee Kruÿt.
  3. Template:Note Interview, HerenIstarion.org.
  4. Template:Note "Disigning Middle-earth", Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition.
  5. Template:Note "Lord of the Drawings", BBC Interview.

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