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Myth and Magic: The Art of John Howe

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  201 ratings  ·  13 reviews
For the first time ever, a portfolio of illustrated work from the award-winning artist, John Howe, which reveals the breathtaking vision of one of the foremost fantasy artists in the world. Myth and Magic is arranged into six sections, which looks at the books by J.R.R. Tolkien that have inspired John,as well asa fascinating tour through the paintings that he has produced ...more
Hardcover, 141 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by HarperCollins UK
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Robin Hobb
It's only fair to remind everyone that John Howe did the original UK covers for many of the Robin Hobb books. So I do come to this work with a very personal admiration for the man and his work. I will freely admit extreme prejudice in his favor.

And as I contributed text to this volume, in a sense I am cheating and giving myself a five star review. But anyone who reads only the text I wrote and does not linger far longer on John Howe's art has missed the whole point of this book. Skip the part I
This book is a must for Tolkien fans. It was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed seeing illustrations that I never knew existed. John Howe has his own style and after a while you can recognize the feats. A great book to completely get absorbed in fantasy worlds. Also words and praise from writers, filmmakers etc, which completes this book nicely together with Howe's own words and even some scenes of Howe roleplaying authentic costumes to get a feel for the characters he is drawing. Absolutely ama ...more
April Helms
Anyone familiar with the Lord of the Rings movies probably knows of John Howe and Alan Lee. Howe was instrumental in many of the creature designs, scene concepts and armor designs. This book also includes cover art for other works, sketches (several previously unpublished)and pictures from his own stories. He also includes anecdotes throughout, and Howe has an engaging writing style and a very dry wit. His work is simply amazing. I love it how he says he does color sketches poorly. Yeah. I wish ...more
Angela Joyce
John Howe, is my absolute favourite artist and greatest inspiration, and he has been since I knew he existed & was introduced to his art !
And now I am so indescribably happy to own this book . To finally be able to admire and dwell in his beautiful world on page(!), wherever and whenever it pleases me c:
This book is absolutely beautiful. From LOTR to other fairy tales, general fantasy, and even some science fiction. Howe's representation of Rivendell in particular is stunning. It's like seeing the movie long before it was made. I want to read all the other books he illustrated now.
Very cool art book! Howe has such a neat style. And OMG, I had no idea he did some of the illustrations for the Enchanted World series! That was so cool to find out! This is a nice collection to have, and I'm so glad we spotted it over at B&N.
Amazing artwork and wonderful words to go along with it. I only wish there were more words and stories and if possible even more pictures. They were so stunning. I recommend this to any aspiring artist or fan of John Howe or Lord of the Rings.
Great book. There is so much energy in John Howe's art. Especially love the drawings of Middle Earth...
Aug 10, 2009 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Fantasy art
What a great art book. I love how Howe's art evokes conflict and motion and emotion.
Stunning. Howe is not only a brilliant artist, but he's also a great writer.
Howe is always a feast for the eyes. I love his books.
Jacky Hendrik
exxelent job,....
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