"English artist Alan Lee has created a huge array of beautiful images over the last thirty years. He illustrated the covers of the 1987 edition of Lord of the Rings and went on to illustrate the Centenary edition of Lord of the Rings, the 1997 edition of The Hobbit and the 1993 Tolkien calendar among other things. He was brought on board Peter Jackson's film trilogy and worked for over six years in New Zealand bringing Middle Earth to life. Credited as Conceptual Designer and Set Decorator he was to recieve a Best Art Direction Oscar for his extensive work as part of the film's Art Department. Some images of his you may recognise can be seen at TOR.n"
"Canadian born artist John Howe first read The Lord of the Rings as an adolescent - poorly, by his own admission, since he read first "The Two Towers", "The Return of the King" and "The Fellowship of the Ring" (which was never available at the local library) last. He has since re-read it in the right order and illustrated several Tolkien calendars - 1991, 1995, 2001 - dozens of covers and four maps of Middle Earth. His rendition of Gandalf the Grey is now synonymous with the one-volume edition of the Lord of the Rings. "Myth & Magic", published in 2001 by HarperCollins, provides a comprehensive overview of his work. Conceptual Artist and Designer on the Lord of the Rings movies along with Alan Lee, John’s designs range from Bag End to Barad-dûr and many points between. Involved in medieval re-enactment, he also had a great deal of influence on the look and feel of the weapons and armour in the films. John has an official website at John-Howe.com"
"Alan and John will be available for autographs to all attendees and will be giving a presentation and attending the Reading Day gala dinner. To be in with a chance to sit at their table buy your gala dinner ticket now."
"NaDobra are also able to offer an art workshop with Alan and John to a limited number of people. Further details on how to apply for this amazing opportunity will be released soon. To apply for workshops you must be fully registered for the event."