Going Underground

The theme of the month for May on John Howe’s website is ‘Underworlds’ and I jokingly said… Which started me thinking, there should really be a London Underground style map for Moria. So I started plotting and planning, the trouble was there were so few places mentioned in Moria to map out, so I decided to add a few places. It turns out the map I came up with was Moria as seen a few hundred years after the events in The Lord of the Rings. I realize not everyone…

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Thria Dimensio Transferer

Just in case you were wondering, I discovered how the 3d concept art by John Howe and Alan Lee which was featured in one of the ‘making of’ videos was actually made. There has been a fair amount of speculation online has to how the 3D concept art was created, so I decided to put stop any further speculation and reveal the machine John and Alan used. The Thria Dimensio Transerer was developed in New Zealand in 2008, though it took a year or so to get the gremlins ironed…

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The Elydoric Graminoid Adroitness Contrivance

Everyone wonders how some artists and illustrators paint grass so well. Okay, not everyone, a few folk do anyway. There’s even guides on how to paint grass (link) for those of us who can’t figure it out (or even do it with a guide). But the truth which all these artist and illustrators who can realistically paint grass don’t tell you is they use a machine. The Elydoric Graminoid Adroitness Contrivance was invented in 1983 by John Howe and he’s kept it hidden for years locked away in his attic…

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