Browsing articles tagged with " lord of the rings"
Mar
17

Leprechauns aren’t the only creatures clad in green

As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations cover most of the world, we’re nearly overwhelmed with images of leprechauns, or little men that represent fairies from ancient Irish folklore. Yet these aren’t the only magical beings man has imagined clad in green.

Here’s an ode to some of the brilliant sci-fi, comic, and fantasy artists out there who have taken popular characters from books, films, and more and added their own creative spin.

Green Fairy by Brian Froud

Poison Ivy by Kay C

Slimer by Tim Kelly

Green Hornet by Chuck Moore

Frankenstein by Rainer F. Engel

Rydia (Final Fantasy IV) by Unknown

The Incredible Hulk (original concepts)

Green Alien by Keith Trimm

Hal Jordan as Parallax by Tom Fleming

An Orion (Star Trek) by Gavin de Lint

FCBD 2010 Kizoic Presents: Shrek

Army of the Dead (LOTR) by Weta Workshop

Speaking of Lord of the Rings

Minas Morgul by Stardock

And though this is not exactly sci-fi or fantasy, no St. Patty’s Day would be without the Green Man from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (a show I had the opportunity of being in!)…

Green Man from It's Always Sunny

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Jul
16

Oragami combines ancient art with fantasy and sci-fi characters

The Japanese art of paper folding, otherwise known as Origami, has been the vehicle for creating incredibly intricate creatures since the 17th century. These days, however, this traditional art form has merged with pop culture to bring us our favorite fantasy and sci-fi characters, including Yoda, dragons, robots, and even spaceships. Take a peek.

Dragon by Kamiya Satoshi
Dragon by Kamiya Satoshi

Yoda
Yoda

Yoda
Yoda

Fairy by Alicia Shafer
Fairy by Alicia Shafer

Oriland robot by Mammaoca2008
Oriland robot by Mammaoca2008

Cylon by NIshida Shatner
Cylon by NIshida Shatner

Alien by origamiwolf
Alien by origamiwolf

Alien by EZ Origami
Alien by EZ Origami

Designed by Satoshi Kamiya. Folded by Phillip West
Designed by Satoshi Kamiya. Folded by Phillip West

Lord of the Rings by Eric Joisel
Lord of the Rings by Eric Joisel

Vader by orixander
Vader by orixander

Optimus Prime by origami RXMAN
Optimus Prime by origami RXMAN

Gryphon by Andrey Ermakov
Gryphon by Andrey Ermakov

WALL-E by Brian Chan
WALL-E by Brian Chan

Elf by Wizmatt
Elf by Wizmatt

You know who this feline looks like!

Nekobus by Brian Chan
Nekobus by Brian Chan

Designed by Satoshi Kamiya. Folded by Phillip West.
Designed by Satoshi Kamiya. Folded by Phillip West.

USS Enterprise by Won Park
USS Enterprise by Won Park

Millennium Falcon by Won Park
Millennium Falcon by Won Park

Mermaid by childofsai
Mermaid by childofsai

Merlion by Andrey Ermakov
Merlion by Andrey Ermakov

Ogre by kittykatkards
Ogre by kittykatkards

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Jun
28

Artists capture the world and characters of ‘The Hobbit’

Reports are flooding in that Peter Jackson will indeed direct The Hobbit in a two-movie deal, and I know I’m not the only Lord of the Rings fan who is jumping for joy at the news. Yet before we see this world once more through Jackson’s eyes, let’s take a peek at what artists have been doing for years: creating incredible art depicting Tolkien’s beloved world and characters.

Jan Bintakies
Jan Bintakies
John Howe

Alan Lee

Alan Lee

Justin Gerard

Justin Gerard

Justin Gerard
Iain McCaig

Andrei Pervukhin
Armand Dimitri
David T Wenzel

Andy Smith
wildlifehoodoo

Chris Mills

Nate Hallinan

Alanise
Gonzalo Ordóñez Arias
ritchat
Richard Whitters
Flynn the Cat

Alexandra Dubeau

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Mar
18

Wheel of Time: Best fantasy series ever

Death Dealer by Frank Frazetta

When I tell people I’m a huge fantasy nerd and frequent reader, the first question that comes up is, “have you read the The Wheel of Time series?” My lightning-quick response is, “Hells yeah!” (Note: I generally salivate by just thinking of these books). If my boyfriend happens to be around when the question arises, he’ll laugh because he knows just how much I obsess over this series. Picture he and I hanging in our back yard, drinking coffee, and discussing our passions. He talks cars and I talk WOT (when I’m in midst of reading the series). The two of us usually have no idea what the other is talking about, though I did finally get him to read Eye of the World.

After my brother-in-law turned me onto the series years ago, I’ve read (or shall I say listened to; I do books on mp3) each one of the first eleven books several times. Book 12 just came out, so I’ve only got one read in. I want to go on record right now to say that The Wheel of Time is arguably the best epic fantasy series of all time. It combines everything I adore about good stories: fantasy, magic, mythical and dangerous creatures, and two major topics I think every good fantasy series should have: politics and a struggle for power. Yes, yes, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings series too, and oddly found the books a little slow. Perhaps it’s because I watched the movies first and they are brilliant on so many levels.

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Haven’t read this series? Robert Jordan has been writing WOT since 1984 until his death. (Yes, I cried when I heard the news!) At that point Brandon Sanderson took over to complete the final three books of the series, and has done an extraordinary job with book 12: The Gathering Storm. By the way, I’m also reading Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, another great series.

Jordan’s WOT series is one of the reasons I started this blog. There are hundreds of thousands of fans, like me, who spend hours a day scouring the Internet for news, art, and discussions about the WOT, and I wanted to continue to honor this incredible and still flourishing work of art.

Coming soon!

Moiraine Damodred by Seamas Gallagher

As most fans know, Universal Pictures acquired the movie rights to Eye of the World in August 2008, and the movie is set to start filming in 2011 (produced by Red Eagle Entertainment). So I thought it’d be fun to write, shoot, and produce a short scene from the film for fans! Per the suggestions made by WOT fans on a my blog post Which WOT character am I, I’ll be playing the role of Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred (pictured to the right). It’ll be more of a “making of,” and we’ll document the entire process from start to finish… for fans!

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