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Go there and back again with Sam Bosma’s Hobbit illustrations

The Great Goblin by Sam Bosma

The Great Goblin by Sam Bosma

The road goes ever on, and so does a very intriguing project that’s been cooking for over a year but to which I am just catching up now: Artist Sam Bosma is doing a suite of twelve illustrations based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic The Hobbit. Scroll through his extensive archive and you’ll find elves, trolls, giants, goblins, dwarves, eagles, wizards, Gollum and, of course, Mr. Bilbo Baggins, drawn in an absolutely sumptuous style.

Bosma often goes off-model in terms of hewing to Professor T’s descriptions from the books, but mostly in a rewarding fashion; I certainly never pictured the Elves wearing this high a hemline, but I’m not complaining. Bosma also posts exhaustive behind-the-scenes material on every drawing, walking you through his entire process from sketches and thumbnails through pencils and final Photoshop tweaks, which is a big part of the fun — check out the Mignolaverse influence on his sketches of Gollum, for example. If we get the Mirkwood spiders, Smaug and the Battle of Five Armies out of him, I’ll be a happy nerd indeed.

Check ‘em out, and if you dig ‘em, keep in mind that Bosma created the illustrations for the recently completed Picture Book Report project, which features similar illustration adaptations of great books by the likes of Lucy Knisley, Laura Park, Emily Carroll, Kali Ciesemier and many more. It’s like a bookshelf for your eyeballs. (Wait, that’s what a regular bookshelf is. Well, you know what I mean.)

(via Domatille Collardey)

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