The Lord of the Rings

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The Highlands
Quite recently I was very lucky to get the opportunity to paint a few cards for the Fantasy Flight Games’s The Lord of the Rings; the card game. As I’ve always had an interest in the books of J. R. R. Tolkien I was more than happy to do so!

Since this card ‘The Highlands’ is in publication I’ve added a smaller copy of the original image to my gallery, which you can view right here on my blog.

The scene depicts a daunting view of the Emyn Muil and is appropriately part of the encounter set – The hills of Emyn Muil (available from Fantasy Flight Games).

The lord of the rings is a special trilogy for me, I first read it when I was around elven/twelve years old. Unfortunately I am not a fan of the Peter Jackson films but that does not diminish my love of the works of other artists who have interprited Tolkien themselves.

Game of Thrones

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I recently managed to watch the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. It was a real pleasure to watch a TV show that follows in the spirit of the original books by George R. R. Martin, especially after the personal disappointment of the antipodean Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Great locations, excellent acting especially from Sean Bean as Eddard Stark and Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister , also worth mentioning that Peter Dinklage does a good job as Tyrion Lannister. There are lots of great performances in the show just too many to list here!

It reminded me of the Game of Thrones artwork I did for Fantasy Flight Games quite a while back. I’ve never played with collectable card games so I don’t really understand them to be honest, but having the chance to illustrate from something you’ve read is quite a frill. My own personal favorite from the bunch was the very first one I did for Fantasy Flight Games called Summer. I enjoyed doing that one the most.

Game of Thrones

Now I’m looking forward to the second season of Game of Thrones, I really do hope that HBO keep up the excellent work they’ve done with the series so far..