By Alan Lee
We met Alan Lee in 1984 in
Chicago, during the book tour for his beautifully illustrated book, Castles.
He was already well known for his popular book, Faeries (with Brian Froud),
and an illustrated edition of The Mabinogion. Within moments he graciously
offered to do some illustrations for Avalon to Camelot, saying he'd always
wanted to publish a magazine on Celtic mythology but, "probably won't get
around to it."
(Click on image to enlarge) |"Merlin
in his shamanic guise" |
Poster by Alan Lee,
"Lord of the Rings" book illustrator and Academy Award® winner for
Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Return of the King"
18" x 25"
Signed by the artist
$60.00 (+$12.00 S&H)
Soon thereafter, we used his drawing of Morgan le Fay on the cover of our Women’s
issue, and commissioned him to create his vision of Merlin, for a cover of the
issue on Merlin: The Perennial Enchanter. It begged to
be a poster, as well.
Alan's star has continued to rise, with
the publication of additional books, including illustrations of numerous editions
of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, most recently culminating in
his conceptual artistry on Peter Jackson’s dazzling film trilogy based on the
Tolkein books. (Many of you will have seen him discussing the project in the films’
DVD extras.) A project that began as a three-week excursion to New Zealand to
advise on locations turned into the adventure of a lifetime and an Academy Award®…
both of which couldn’t be more perfectly deserved.