Monday, 25 October 2010

"The Hobbit", JRR Tolkien (first published in 1937 by George Allen & Unwin). Illustrations by Eric Fraser

This is not from the original edition I'm afraid - it's the 2001 reprint of the 1979 Folio Society edition. Eric Fraser(1902-1983) creates landscapes which are mesmerising and endless while his figures are solemn and monumental. The detail and the rhythm in the shapes and patterns are incredible - the could keep you hooked for hours. He has been a huge inspiration for so many artists and illustrators - myself included.
There are some great examples of Eric Fraser's work - posters and advertising illustrations - at There's also where prints of his work can be purchased.