This richly illustrated book celebrates in words and pictures the beautiful
work that award-winning artist Alan Lee produced for J.R.R. Tolkien's The
Hobbit, and includes dozens of brand-new paintings and pencil drawings
exploring the world of Bilbo Baggins. Since The Hobbit was first published
in 1937, generations of readers have fallen under its spell. That magic was
reignited sixty years later, when Alan Lee was commissioned to produce a
special illustrated edition, and his delicate pencil drawings and beautiful
watercolour paintings have become for many the definitive vision of J.R.R.
Tolkien's Middle-earth. In this sumptuous, large-format hardback Alan Lee
reveals in pictures and in words how he created these images, which would
prove so powerful, matching perfectly with Tolkien's own vision, that they
would eventually define the look of Peter Jackson's film adaptations and
earn Alan a coveted Academy Award. The Hobbit Sketchbook is filled with
more than 100 of his sketches and early conceptual pieces that reveal how
the project progressed from idea to finished art. It also contains a wealth
of brand-new full-colour paintings and sketches drawn specially for this
book, which unlock the secrets of how Alan creates his own magic and
provide a fascinating insight into the imagination of the man who breathed
new life into Tolkien's vision.

Alan Lee—The Hobbit Sketchbook

  • 9780008226749