I was talking about Lord of the Rings art with Tim Kirk and Michael Whelan over dinner one evening during the Spectrum 20 judging. John Howe, Alan Lee, Donato, and many others were enthusiastically discussed, but I kept returning to my belief that Tim’s “The Road to Minas Tirith” (which he says was inspired by the classic painting of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow) and Michael’s “The Eagles Are Coming” are two classics for our field. Both are incredibly different in technique and approach and yet both are so “right” that I can’t imagine either scene being improved upon by other hands in other interpretations. Why do I feel that way? Take a look for yourselves.
Monday, March 25th, 2013