BOOK SIGNING: SATURDAY MAY 16, 2009
I’ll be signing books at the Weta Cave in Miramar, Wellington, on May 16th, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Because I am a little lazy, I’ve just copied the text off the Weta site rather than write something of my own.)
Weta is pleased to host one of the world’s most acclaimed Tolkien
illustrators and designers, John Howe, for a book signing at the Weta
Currently visiting Weta Workshop, John Howe was of course also one of
the principal designers on Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings.
John Howe will be signing two of his fantastic volumes and a postcard:
* Forging Dragons – create your own Smaug. Foreword by Guillermo
* Fantasy Art Workshop – Practical art book. Foreword by Terry
* An art postcard by John Howe
When? Saturday 16 May 1-3 pm
Where? The Weta Cave
Cnr Camperdown Rd and Weka St , Miramar, Wellington
Entrance is free and you should take the opportunity to explore the rest
of the Weta Cave at the same time.
About the books
John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop is John Howe’s first ever practical art
book, presenting a wide selection of his work, practical demonstrations
and a foreword by Terry Gilliam.
“Here’s how I do it, and why”: this is the premise behind John Howe’s
practical exploration of his artistic inspirations, approaches and
techniques. Perfect for practical artists and fans of John Howe’s work,
this book provides step-by- step demonstrations, sketches and finished
paintings, some of which were designed specifically for this book.
The book covers a wide range of subjects essential to any aspiring
fantasy artist, including materials and the creative process, as well as
drawing and painting humans, beasts, landscapes and architecture.
Readers will also find further inspiration and guidance on presenting
work in various forms including film work, book covers and advertising.
Forging Dragons – This book is considered an “art techniques” volume but
non-artists will find it just as valuable and enjoyable. It is visually
beautiful, full of Howe pieces that illustrate a point and create the
visions of other worlds that fans so appreciate.
The current rock star among winged reptilians is Tolkien’s own Smaug.
Since this conversational and diabolical beast will hit the silver
screen to much acclaim, and since his literary power created the
measuring stick for other dragons to this day, he deserves the several
pages he is given. Howe’s imaginings will once again become greatly
anticipated live-action cinema when Guillermo del Toro and the Weta team
bring his art to life.
The book is rich with color and the folks at Impact Books were wise
enough to include plenty of two-page spreads that let the art speak for
itself. Howe the artist is widely beloved but Howe the author is
praiseworthy as well.
For more information, please contact Anna Willett or Magnus Hjert:
Or call +64 4 388 8646