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Postby Elwë_Goldenwing » Fri Nov 21, 2003 10:51 am

Anybody follow the <a href='http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/illustration.htm' target=_blank>How Illustration Works with Greg and Tim Hildebrandt</a> link from the front page? If you enjoy their work, or are just interested in the illustration process, it's a very nice article.<BR><BR>I've personally been a fan of their work since the 1970's when my folks used to give me their calendars for Christmas. (I'm not certain but I think I may still own some of them. If so they're probably in a box in my garage. If you've ever seen the scene near the end of <i>Raiders of the Last Ark</i> where they show the interior of the warehouse where they store the Ark of the Covenant you'll have an idea what my garage looks like. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>I know there are many people who don't care for their art. I guess those folks like more realistic art, dark and sinister. In contrast the work of the Hildebrandt's looks more like illustrations you'd see accompanying Grimm's Fairytales. I personally love their style. <BR><BR>The thing that most strikes me about their art is the appearance of the four hobbits of the Fellowship. The hobbits appear almost childlike, which is how they're often described in Tolkien's books. (I believe Aragorn describes them to Éomer saying something along the lines of "they would appear as children to you" or something very close to that anyway. I don't think that only pertains to their height. You may also recall Pippin being mistaken for a child during his stay at Minas Tirith when one of the sons of the guards threatens to stand him on his head!) <BR><BR>The hobbits also behave somewhat like children in that they tend to be naïve and innocent, at least through most of their journey. Towards the end we really see their maturation, and it's upon their return for the Scouring of the Shire that we really see them all behave as adults. (Gandalf alludes to this in a comment he makes to them before he heads off to visit Tom Bombadil.)<BR><BR>If you like the art of the Hildebrandts, please post your comments about the aspects of their art that most appeals to you.
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Postby evenstar1 » Sun Nov 23, 2003 12:56 am

The scenes they chose to illistrate an the way they draw them. I love them.<BR><BR><BR>A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.<BR><BR>
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Postby Dad-human » Sun Nov 23, 2003 7:08 am

Wow what a nice gift Evenstar. Maybe I should get one for my wife. I recently read a book about the Hildebrandt Brothers put together by their kids that told a lot about how they made the pictures. Lots of fun. On the same shelf in the library was one by Norman Rockwell, also very interesting on both the technique and philosophy of illustration.
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Postby jeanelf » Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:46 am

I'm so glad you posted! Elwe, I know a lot of people don't like the Hildebrandt brothers as well. Personally, I do (as well as other artists, of course). One reason is the simple fact that when I was a teen in the 70s and first fell in love with the books, their calendars were the first images I saw. I was completely enamored with the pictures that went along with the story in my head (and, like you, I have managed to save 4 of the calendars from that time). I also have a signed artist's proof lithograph of "Rivendell" that I treasure. Of course, it's not a realistic image, and not one I think of now, but the litho is treasured by me as something bringing back those wonderful first memories of the story and the sense of fantasy that goes with the image. I have one of their linen-bound books that was released last year with an original drawing on the inside cover. I was lucky enough to get one of a giant spider (can't remember at the moment if it is Ungoliant or Shelob)! I would be curious if others here purchased the special edition and what their drawings are.
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Postby Elwë_Goldenwing » Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:04 am

Thanks so much for writing, jeanelf. Truthfully, I'm not certain whether I still have the Hildebrandt calendars or not. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>It sounds like you have a very nice collection of their artwork. Alas, I do not but as a result of reading that article I did order an unsigned copy of <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103993&doghouse=howstuffworks' target=_blank>Tim and Greg Hildebrandt: The Tolkien Years</a> as well as a signed copy of <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=104264&doghouse=howstuffworks' target=_blank>Lord of the Rings: A Pocket Companion</a>.<BR><BR>My wife and I moved into a new house last December. Since that time I've been considering purchasing some of their art to decorate our home. The ones I've most considered are: <BR>1.<a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103587' target=_blank>The Gift of Galadriel</a> depicting Aragorn kneeling before Galadriel. (That would likely go in my home office.)<BR>2. <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103597' target=_blank>Tom Bombadil</a> and... <BR>3.<a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103566' target=_blank>Goldberry</a> which would likely go in our living room or possibly our bedroom.<BR><BR>There are many others I love, including the <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103599' target=_blank>The Wedding of the King</a> and <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103596' target=_blank>The Unexpected Party</a> which make it so difficult deciding which to purchase.
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Postby jeanelf » Wed Nov 26, 2003 12:20 pm

I have always loved the "Goldberry" one; it's probably one of my very favorites along with the "Fellowship of the Ring" that appeared in one of the calendar's "centerfolds" I believe! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Just, fyi, but here is a link to what I was referring to: <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=102538' target=_blank>http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=102538</a><BR>and <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103103' target=_blank>http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103103</a>. It's a lot of fun, because now my 12-year-old niece is as in love with the movies/story this time around as I initially was when I was her age. I enjoy sharing the "oldie but goodie" stuff with her. <BR>It's just too bad that even the original "little things" by the Hildebrandt brothers are so expensive! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I have an original little painting by Ted Nasmith that cost only as much as one of their little pencil drawings on a ragged scrap of paper! I'm afraid my collection of artwork now has to be called complete though! Eventually, the reality of having a mortgage, etc. is made all too clear! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR>Good luck with whatever you decide to purchase! I'm sure it will make you smile whenever you look at it! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>BTW, I never saw that little pocket companion before...it seems like quite a nice little book!
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Postby Elwë_Goldenwing » Wed Nov 26, 2003 1:16 pm

That Fellowship print is very nice, too. I remember it from a calendar I owned as a teen. It also adorns the cover of my copy of Robert Foster's <a href='http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0345449762/ref=sib_dp_pt/103-0962077-8783864#reader-link' target=_blank>The Complete Guide to Middle-earth</a>. (I have an older edition of that book but the print is the same. It complete wraps around the cover both front and back.) <BR><BR>The prints are much more affordable than the original stuff. Awhile back I was researching Pauline Baynes’ art of Tom Bombadil. I found a site where a man had been selling three of her prints for $15,000 US each! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0>
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Postby Elwë_Goldenwing » Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:05 pm

This evening I received <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103993&doghouse=howstuffworks' target=_blank>Tim and Greg Hildebrandt: The Tolkien Years</a> book and the <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=104264&doghouse=howstuffworks' target=_blank>Lord of the Rings: A Pocket Companion</a> booklet.<BR><BR>The Pocket Companion is truly that. It's a 2 3/4" by 3 1/4" hardback with a red bookmark that has a <i>metal</i> (not plastic!) sword secured at the end. Cool! They've crammed just about everything you want to know, including illustrations of all the characters and large number of scenes, in this tiny 127 page booklet. On top of that, the inside is signed by Tim and Greg Hildebrandt. This would make a FANTASTIC stocking stuffer for your favorite LOTR fanatic.<BR><BR>The Tolkien Years book is a 10 1/2" by 10 1/2" softcover on very high quality paper. It is 144 pages long and includes a pull out (perforated) poster inside the back cover. It includes many of their sketches as well as photographs of the models. The accompanying text details the creation process of each painting, with a number of amusing childhood stories by Greg's son, Gregory, Jr. I particularly love the story of the <a href='http://www.spiderwebart.com/productsd.asp?snob=103597' target=_blank>Tom Bombadil</a> painting. Here's an excerpt:<BR><BR><i>"Eagerly, I asked, 'Why was Jerry [the model] dancing around in a bathrobe?"<BR><BR>'That's Tom Bombadil, the dancing man,' said my uncle Tim. "Tom is the master of the forest. He is always happy and loves the earth. He watches over trees and grass, keeping evil away.'<BR><BR>My dad leaned forward. 'You'll never see him again, but he is always there. Watching over you and his forest.'<BR><BR>You see, you have to understand something about my dad and uncle. They really believe there is a master of the forest, and fairies, and elves, and trolls, and gnomes, and giants, and dragons, and wizards.<BR><BR>...I spent the next several days looking for the dancing man known as Tom Bombadil, only to return disappointed to the studio.<BR><BR>I watched as my dad and uncle used the photos of Jerry to bring Tom Bombadil to life on paper."</i>
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Postby Domhnall » Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:25 pm

In all the BH paintings, I like the terrain, but hate their people-- especially their dwarves/hobbits!
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Postby Elwë_Goldenwing » Tue Dec 30, 2003 2:16 pm

I just picked up "The Tolkien Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt 2004 Calendar" at the local Barnes & Noble Bookstore for 50% off. You have to love those post-Christmas sales! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby undomiel1 » Tue Dec 30, 2003 3:46 pm

I have always enjoyed the Brothers Hildebrant Tolkien Calendars. <BR><BR>"Goldberry" was also one of my favorites.<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/goldberry.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/goldberry.jpg</A><BR><BR>My husband liked their version of "Treebeard."<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/treebeard.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/treebeard.jpg</A><BR><BR>I liked "Gandalf visits Bilbo," <BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/gandalfvisit.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/gandalfvisit.jpg</A><BR><BR>"An Unexpected Party," <BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/unexpected.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/unexpected.jpg</A><BR><BR>"The Ring of Galadriel," <BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/galadriel.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/galadriel.jpg</A><BR><BR>"Smaug," <BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/smaug.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/smaug.jpg</A><BR><BR>"Bilbo at Rivendell," <BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/bilbo.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/bilbo.jpg</A><BR><BR>"Lady Eowyn and the Nazgul,"<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/eowyn.nazgul.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/eowyn.nazgul.jpg</A><BR><BR> "The Return of Gandalf," <BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/return.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/return.jpg</A><BR><BR>And "At The Grey Havens"<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/ghavens.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/ghavens.jpg</A><BR><BR>The look on the hobbits faces just says it all and Sam looks like I imagined he would look, as do Merry and Pippin, although frankly, I have no firm idea of how I thought Frodo should look.
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Postby ElvenArcher » Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:15 pm

I don't like the H Brothers work on Tolkien. It doesn't match (to me) the style of the work at all.<BR><BR>However, I think as "Grimm's Fairy Tales" illustrators, they are quite good.<BR><BR>I've not seen a single Tolkien Inspired painting of theirs, though, that I liked.<BR><BR>-edit-<BR>well, call me a liar! I actually like that Eowyn Wiki one! Smaug ain't bad either!<BR>I think I just never got over Aragorn in the funky hat (what picture was that from? I forget....urgh!)<BR>
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Postby undomiel1 » Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:35 pm

He was wearing the hat in the "Fellowship of the Ring," painting<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/fellowship.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/fellowship.jpg</A><BR><BR>(which I didn't particularly like either, and I definitely didn't like Legolas in that painting but the hobbits, gimli, gandalf, and boromir were great) and also in <BR><BR>The Return of Gandalf<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/return.jpg">http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/hildebrandt/return.jpg</A><BR>
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Postby ElvenArcher » Wed Dec 31, 2003 11:48 am

Ai! Ai! A Big Hatted Strider has come! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Yeah, I hate that hat!<BR><BR>I really don't care for the HB's hobbits, either. They are too much like very young children.
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Postby Old_Tom_Bombadil » Sun May 22, 2005 2:18 pm

(I previously posted in this thread as "Elwë_Goldenwing")

I very recently purchased a 20" x 32" oil on canvas print of Goldberry. Images on websites and even those in books and calendars do not do these prints justice. They're so much more detailed and vivid in person.

Anyway, it's now at the shop being framed. I hope to have it on the wall above my mantle in a week to a week-and-a-half. :)

I failed to post it earlier, but last year we purchased 20" x 32" oil on canvas print of The Wedding of the King. It is on the wall opposite the foot of our bed. My wife and I really love it.
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