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Welcome to the blog and this collection of original artwork inspired by The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R Tolkien's wider mythology of Middle-earth. Aside from the influence of the source writing of Tolkien influence is also drawn from Director Peter Jackson's film trilogy (2001-2003) and the highly regarded Tolkien illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe. The magnificent musical score written for the film trilogy by Howard Shore also holds a significant influence upon the atmospheric and evocative quality of the works in this collection. From Mordor to the Misty Mountains combines landscape, miniature-scale and composite photography to depict locations, dramatic scenes and characters from the enduringly popular stories.

Contact: johncockshaw@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: This blog showcases Artwork (completed and in progress) and related exhibition news. There is NO option to purchase Art through this site at this time. Please visit from time to time as this may well change soon.

Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw


November addition #2 Variations on a theme of Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith, Citadel of Gondor
Minas Tirith burns under the watch of The Nazgul

Source photographic elements: Cligga Head near Cape Cornwall, Carn Brea near Redruth in Cornwall, Ripon Cathedral, Nottingham Castle and St. Peter's Church, Harrogate.

November addition #1 A Knife in the Dark...

The Ringwraiths arrive at Bree
Finally finished, this scene of approaching night-time doom in the sleepy location of Bree matches the forbidding menace that I had in mind.

Source photographic elements: The market square of Ripon and historic buildings near Nottingham Castle. The Ringwraiths are composed from photographic horse and rider elements taken in Tunisia.


Fantastic coverage arrives courtesy of TheOneRing.net

Excitement had been mounting steadily...and then on Sunday the 18th November a news article and artist interview arrived, going live on none other than theonering.net the fan site for and forged by fans of J.R.R Tolkien. It's fantastic to get this kind of coverage for the work amongst a community of Tolkien fans - simply thrilling!
The full news article and artist Q&A can be read here.


Online news feature courtesy of www.thehobbitmovie.co.uk - a fansite

Read the feature here and their link to my work on their Facebook page. A very enjoyable interview to do and a superb opportunity to have the work exposed to LOTR and Hobbit fans. The organiser of the site will shortly be featured in an article in The Independent concerning Hobbit-related events for fans in anticipation of the first new film opening here in the UK.

My artist page has now been updated on The Rapture Gallery website to accommodate the collection and its availability. Please note, work will not be on display at the venue until the end of November / start of December but is available to purchase anytime through the site.


Arrival of first set of prints from the collection

The first set of 6 Fine Art prints from the collection are ready and waiting to go to The Rapture Gallery in Harrogate, a local gallery with a range of distinctive work by artists in the locality. These should be at the gallery some time at the back end of November after the current one-man show comes to a close (date tbc)
Seen here with the prints is a framed set of 3 images with further framed variations to follow
A specially printed brochure for From Mordor to the Misty Mountains to supplement the edition of my main artist brochure (to be updated shortly for 2013)


Insight into working process: 'before and After' comparison #1

November is here, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a short wait away and excitement for Tolkien fans is building. Exciting things are happening also and in the pipeline for this very collection, but more about this will be revealed later. Whilst I'm busy at work with some new additions for the From Mordor to the Misty Mountains collection, I thought a post revealing an aspect of my working process might be of interest:
Lost in Emyn Muil
Miniature-scale photography is a key component of the compositions and will often form the root that everything else is built upon. For Emyn Muil this photograph of tree-bark immediately took on an impression of a vertiginous mountain ridge, and a perfect foundation to create a scene of Frodo and Sam's struggle over this desolate terrain.
Aftermath at Isengard and The Tower of Orthanc
With the Tower of Orthanc, a rusty post wedged in the sand on Saltburn Beach in Yorkshire provided a hint of a likeness to Saruman's dwelling. Care was taken in the final image to mask the look of rusted metal as The Tower of Orthanc is indeed built of stone. However, this problem is somewhat solved by the scale issue anyway.