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Alan Lee

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Alan Lee
Biographical information
BornAugust 20, 1947
StyleRealistic/Romantic
ImagesGallery
LocationDartmoor, Cornwall, UK

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.

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Life

Alan Lee was born in London, and attended the Ealing School of ArtTemplate:Ref. At the advice of a friend, he 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. He moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, VirginiaTemplate:Ref.

Alan has suffered many deaths in his lifetime, including his father's when he was only 13 years of age.

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

Alan is a quiet person. He usually locks himself in his studio, and its where he spends most of his day. He even has a matress there because he sleeps there when he works late. Poeple in his neighborhood claim him to be such an imaginitive person, talking about mythical creatures a lot and rarely talking about the current way of the world. News such as a new war will reach him months after it started, for he doesn't read the newspaper or even have cable. The only time the television is used is to watch fantasy movies. He is a calm and peaceful person living in his own mythical world, as does his wife.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes: Reading, Daydreaming, Drawing, Wndering, Listening to Nature

Dislikes: Drinking, Drugs, Sleeping, Politics, Reality, Television


Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring

Two pieces of artwork were used in the epilogue of this game; one with Frodo and Sam, and one with Gollum. He does not appear in the game's credits.

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. His daughter Virginia also worked on the movie; one of her contributions was woodwork for the throne of ThéodenTemplate:Ref

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.

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 artwork

Awards

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