Selections to be published in 2014 as WRATH, RUIN AND A RED NIGHTFALL: The Art of John Cockshaw by Oloris Publishing.
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.
Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw
The deadly presence of Smaug quietly sleeps amongst the treasure-hoard of The Lonely Mountain. His massive trailing body is hidden except for his still head atop the piles of gold. Bilbo emerges into the dungeon-hall in the far centre of the image. Smaug here is composed from miniature rock photography and this piece offers a monochrome variation on 'Hoard of the dungeon-hall' (seen further below a few posts down) that featured in the Sociedad Tolkien Espanola's Exibition Niggle 2013 in Seville.
More monochrome variations of existing pieces will follow over the course of December...
|Final piece comprising elements photographed at miniature scale with multi-textured layers to shape the dragon form and fire damage|
|Detail of the dragon Smaug|
This video was created to provide an insight into my creative process and my rationale for approaching art inspired by Middle-earth. It offers my motivation for taking the path of photography when visualizing Middle-earth, and illustrates the particular aspects of influence that are drawn from J.R.R Tolkien's writing.
As a book trailer that also employs the official Oloris Publishing logos it also looks ahead to the publication date of Spring 2014 as a means to begin generating interest. A good chunk of June was spent filming and editing this video piece, which proved to be a delightful challenge in terms of being both informative and enticing.
I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
Source photographic elements: Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, Whitby Abbey, East Yorkshire and architectural elements in the City of York and Leeds
The ruins of Osgiliath
(fine tuning to be done and smoothing of atmospheric layers)
At the close of February I was invited by Lara Sookoo along with Gerda Marz of Oloris Publishing to collaborate on a book release for their Oloris Art Series. Now, after a couple of months and time spent organising much content, Oloris have officially announced this upcoming release (scheduled for 2014) via their website and social media.
Without doubt it is an extremely exciting opportunity and I look forward to the months ahead being involved in the development stages and the impending release.
The links the site has to the work and life of J.R.R Tolkien cannot be underestimated as the author lived nearby as a child and to the adjoining location of Moseley bog which both exerted an influence on his crafting of The Lord of the Rings. The site works wonders with the space it has, and much of it is dedicated to beautifully presented information about Tolkien provided by BMAG.
After a massive restoration process the site is now set up as a working water mill, and combined with its superb Tolkien museum elements the mill is a great spot for any fan of Tolkien. I am extremely proud to be associated with the site via my exhibition which continues until the end of October.
Its annual Middle-earth weekend (free to the public) runs 11th-12th May this year from 11am-5pm
Swift escape from furious fire (detail)