With a couple weeks left to go until the release of the first "Hobbit" movie, I'm starting to get excited. For all my fears of it being broken into a trilogy (how many zombies did Peter Jackson shoe-horn into THIS one to stretch it out for three movies?), this is an adaptation of my favorite book of all time, produced by a film cast and crew who made one of my favorite film trilogies of all time, so I'm choosing to go in optimistic.
"The Lord of the Rings" films, flaws and all, are very near and dear to me. I loved the books, of course, but the films came out at a time when I was in art school, studying to tell stories through my illustrations (at the time, I expected I would go into conceptual design...this was before I realized every illustrator my age wanted that job, and most of them were male and drew the way everyone expected of conceptual designers). And suddenly here was this series of art-rich movies to inspire me. So, it makes sense that as another story of Middle-earth is coming to the big screen, the excitement shows up in my sketchbook.
(I mean, I'm certainly too old to go to the premiere in costume this time... ;) )