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LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:02 pm

After many years of collecting, I have created LOTR Arts, a site inspired by The Lord of the Rings, to showcase my collection of books, sketches, sketch storyboards, replicas and self-authored books.

This website launched on 3 January 2017 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday:

http://www.lotrarts.com

Although I am a member of the Scoundrel Art Community Forums, where the site was formally launched, I have been encouraged to post this announcement also on The One Ring, where I understand there are many passionate and dedicated Tolkien fans and collectors.

Enjoy!

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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:37 pm

Thank you to all who have visited LOTR Arts, and those who have sent messages and kind words about the site.

I am very pleased to announce that Instalment 1 of The Two Towers sketch storyboard (that is, the collation of script, sketches and screen caps of Chapters 1 to 15), has been uploaded at:

http://www.lotrarts.com

Instalment 2, Chapters 16 to 31, will be uploaded on 26 February.

I hope this storyboard recreates some of the excitement and imagery of the epic book and film.

Also, newly posted Article (2), provides a fascinating interview with artist, Soni Alcorn-Hender (BohemianWeasel).
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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:56 pm

A quick update on the latest development on Image.

Instalment 2 of The Two Towers sketch storyboard (that is, the collation of script, sketches and screen caps of Chapters 16 to 31), has been uploaded at:

http://www.lotrarts.com/cards/storyboard-tt.

We have improved the navigation between the storyboard chapters and a further enhancement will occur in March.
I hope seeing the completion of this Two Towers storyboard brings back wonderful memories of the film.


Coming up in March:
• article (3), provides an intriguing insight into collecting replicas – this will be the first of a series of articles on replica collecting
• upload of a set of recently acquired sketches
• the ‘release’ of The Return of the King storyboard.

I hope you will visit:

http://www.lotrarts.com

and provide suggestions for site enhancements and future articles.
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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:23 am

Another quick update on the latest developments on Image.

In order to provide all the sketch images for the storyboards, where an official Topps sketch was not available, personal sketch cards (PSC) were commissioned from a number of remarkable artists. Three artists undertook to complete the majority of these sketches: Javier Gonzalez from Blackhilt Studios and the dynamic duo of Jason Potratz and Jack Hai. Many of their amazing creations have already been featured in the sketch collection when the site was released in January, however, a number of their PSC were received after this.

This March update showcases eleven of Javier’s PSC. All are poignant and dramatic scenic depictions, three of which are spectacular uncut two-card panels of multi-character scenes, these can be viewed (and expanded for a detailed view of the artistry) at:
LOTR Arts new art.

In addition, the chapter navigation for the storyboards has been further enhanced (with the chapter numbers transferring as you scroll from the top to the end of each chapter). These storyboards can be viewed at:
LOTR Arts FOTR storyboard
LOTR Arts TT storyboard.

Planned for 26 March: instalment 1 of The Return of the King sketch storyboard.
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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:40 pm

March 25 is the Tolkien Society’s international Tolkien Reading Day http://www.tolkiensociety.org/.

To help celebrate this event Image is releasing instalment 1 of The Return of the King sketch storyboard at:

http://www.lotrarts.com/cards/storyboard-rotk.


March has seen many exciting developments on the site and there are lots more to come in April:

• article (4) on the inspiration of The Lord of the Rings on art by the masterful artist Keven Reinke and featuring his artwork

• showcasing some recent PCSs from Jason Potratz and Jack Hai

• instalment 2 of The Return of the King sketch storyboard

• adding more elements of Howard Shore’s entrancing LOTR musical themes

• configuring the site for tablets and mobiles.


I hope you have an opportunity to visit and enjoy Image.
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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:58 am

It has been an eventful three months on Image since its release, and it is a pleasure to mark this event with an article from Keven Reinke, photo-real pencil artist, on the inspiration of The Lord of the Rings on his art and to showcase 38 of his stunning LOTR and Star Wars portraits – truly remarkable, dramatic and emotive characterisations:

http://www.lotrarts.com/articles

Enjoy!
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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:15 pm

Another quick update on the latest developments on Image.

As mentioned previously, the dynamic duo of Jason Potratz and Jack Hai have provided many sketch images for the site's storyboards. Most of their amazing creations were featured in the sketch collection when the site was released in January, however, a number of their PSCs were received after this.

This 16 April update showcases five of Jason’s and Jack’s PSCs. Four for The Return of the King storyboard and one to complete a scene for The Fellowship of the Ring. Seething with drama, these sketches remarkably transform film into sketch imagery. These sketches can be seen (and expanded for a detailed view of the artistry) at:

LOTR Arts new art.

This brings to a total of 185 of sketches from Jason and Jack (of both official cards and PSCs) featured on LOTR Arts: these can viewed in the artist gallery at:

LOTR Arts sketch artists.

These may well be the last sketches from Jason and Jack, with Jason’s move from Vietnam. If this is the case, it would be a very sad outcome for sketch collecting.

More April events

Instalment 2 of The Return of the King storyboard will be posted by the end of the month.
[Chapters 1 to 17 are already displayed at: ROTK storyboard]

This instalment will complete the storyboards for the three LOTR films. It has been an exhilarating labour of love completing this grail.

However, other exciting projects have been planned for LOTR Arts in May:

• an article from a collecting comrade on her collecting experiences and showcasing her exceptional collection

• a sketch storyline display of iconic Middle-earth locations

• expanding the magic of Howard Shore’s film score on LOTR Arts.
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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:28 am

The trilogy of LOTR sketch storyboards has now been completed with the uploading of the second instalment of The Return of the King. This storyboard can be found at:

http://www.lotrarts.com/cards/storyboard-rotk.

To mark this occasion, ROTK’s official movie trailer (from Movieclips.com) has been uploaded temporarily on the site.

Future projects

In May, a journey across Middle-earth via sketches of iconic locations will be presented in storyboard form, as well as trialling this in video format.

In June, a further sketch set will display magical Middle-earth moments (in storyboard and video formats).

In July+, the FOTR, TT and ROTK sketch storyboards will be displayed on LOTR Arts YouTube.

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Re: LOTR Arts

Postby Hadiya » Fri May 26, 2017 3:53 pm

Another quick update on what is happening at Image.

1. One of the most wonderful things about The Lord of the Rings sketch collecting at the time of the release of the Topps sets was the camaraderie that developed between like-minded collectors and artists in the LOTR sketch community, and a major contributor to this group was Holly. Holly has kindly offered to write about her sketch collecting experiences and showcase some of her amazing collection. You can read her story at:

LOTR Arts articles.

2. There can be no better thrill than trying to reunite a sketch card panel where the pieces have been randomly inserted into packs. The LOTR Arts collection has a number of such remarkable reunions. This will be the subject of a LOTR Arts article to be posted in September.

In 2006, Renae De Liz completed 110 sketches for Masterpieces set, including some stunningly unique multi-panels. One such panel depicted the saga of the Rings of Power. Featured in New Art is the recent acquisition of the third piece of this panel:

LOTR Arts New Art.

3. Scheduled now for June: a LOTR storyline journey to iconic Middle-earth locations in sketch storyboard and video formats.
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