There and Back Again, a short film about illustrator John Howe, known for his work illustrating the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. According to the Vimeo description, this is a shortened version of a 52-minute documentary directed by François Boetschi and Anders Banke.
I like his Howe’s take on the classic artist line of “I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil”:
I’ve no memories of actually starting to draw, so I can only assume that I’ve always drawn pictures.
And on the difference between taking a photograph of a piece of reference versus drawing it in a sketchbook:
With a camera you don’t really see what you photograph because you’re counting on the camera to retain the image for you. With a sketchbook you can’t really draw what you see because it’s simply too laborious, but you actually have seen it. So which is the better image: the one you can retain because you’ve really looked at it, because you’ve drawn a picture of it, or the one you can retain because you have a colour photo? Hard to choose.
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