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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.

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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


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.

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