A first look at one of our "Out of the Shire" artist, Jeremy Wilson's, awesome contribution! This is still a rough sketch but the solemnness in this Rohan warrior's expression is flawlessly depicted. Can you imagine what he might be thinking about in these last few minutes before going to battle?
One of our esteemed artists in the "Out of the Shire" exhibit, Donato Giancola, has submitted a sneak peek for us to ogle at!
These are only two of the four pieces we will have at the exhibit. For those who haven't heard of Donato...where have you been?!
Born in Vermont and now residing in New York City, Donato has taken the art world by storm and describes his work as "classical-abstract-realist working with science fiction and fantasy". His paintings have been used as the covers for many books, including the Science Fiction Book Club’s combined edition of The Lord of the Rings.
Check out this new artist submission from LOTR fan, Archer Dougherty, titled "The Witch King of Angmar".
Gives you goosebumps doesn't it?
We asked Archer a few questions about her inspiration behind this piece and the theme. Here's what she had to say!
1. How long have you been a LOTR fan?
Well I tried to read LOTR after I read the Hobbit in 7th grade but it was a bit beyond me. I tried again freshman year in college and loved it, particularly because I was taking a Norse Mythology class at the time, and realized just how much Tolkien drew from that particular culture. It was like reading the books that went along with the class! So I re-read them when the movies came out and must say, my LOTR fan status has just been growing ever since, especially now the Hobbit movies are being released!
2. What does your artwork depict?
My illustration is of the Witch King of Angmar, commander of Sauron's armies and Lord of the Nazgul. He looms over an elf warrior, the creatures whom fought against him first in battle, thousands of years before, when the Sauron was defeated by Isildur and the ring taken.
3. Why did you choose this particular character/ scene?
As my work tends to be symbolic narrative, I enjoy using negative/positive shallow spaces in my work and playing with composition. I wanted a visually exciting character, and one that was mysterious and perhaps a bit threatening. I also wanted to put my own twist on how people have come to see the Witch King, and create a relationship in the piece that was both domineering but courageous.