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Ted Nasmith
Ted Nasmith

Ted Nasmith is a Canadian artist, illustrator and architectural renderer. He is best known as one of the world's most prominent illustrators of J. R. R. Tolkien's works — The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Image File history File links Ted_Nasmith. ... Image File history File links Ted_Nasmith. ... Artist is a descriptive term applied to a person who engages in an activity deemed to be an art. ... An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing written text by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. ... Architectural rendering, or architectural illustration, is the art of creating a two-dimensional image of the projected finished architectural design. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1972, in his study at Merton Street (from by H. Carpenter) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ... The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkiens works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher R. Tolkien, with assistance from fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay. ... Wikicities has a wiki about lotr: The Lord of the Rings Wiki Lord of the Ring tour reviews Council of Elrond - news and scholarship The Encyclopedia of Arda - Mark Fishers tribute site to the works of Tolkien Tolkien Herr der Ringe - Portal (ger. ... The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien originally as a childrens story in the tradition of the fairy tale. ...


Ted Nasmith was born in the mid-1950s in Goderich, Ontario, Canada. As the son of a Canadian Forces Air Command officer, Nasmith's early life was characterized by a series of moves as his father was re-stationed during his military career — sometimes within Canada, sometimes to other countries, such as France. By the time Nasmith became a teenager, they had settled in Toronto (he now resides in nearby Markham.) // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the the baby boom from returning GIs who... Goderich is a town in the Canadian province of Ontario and is the county seat of Huron County. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th) • Land 917,741 km² • Water 158,654 km² (14. ... A McDonnell-Douglas CF-18A/B Hornet The CH-149 Cormorant Canadian Forces Air Command (AIRCOM) is the air force branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength City of Toronto, Ontario, Canadas Location. ... Markham is a town in York Region, directly north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


Noting his early artistic abilities, Nasmith's family and friends encouraged him to enter a high school which featured a commercial art program, where he was able to hone his skills in various art subjects. During his third year of high school, however, Nasmith's sister introduced him to The Lord of the Rings, and it quickly became a huge inspiration and focus in his life. Nasmith writes: Wikicities has a wiki about lotr: The Lord of the Rings Wiki Lord of the Ring tour reviews Council of Elrond - news and scholarship The Encyclopedia of Arda - Mark Fishers tribute site to the works of Tolkien Tolkien Herr der Ringe - Portal (ger. ...

"Discovering Tolkien, meanwhile, had a very profound effect on me and helped lead to much that I now count most significant in life. It opened up in me a dormant love of lost and misty times, myth and legend. Not since childhood had I felt such a sense of 'home', unaware of the effects the intervening years had had in displacing it. I began immediately to draw scenes inspired by this magical, nostalgic realm, becoming absorbed for many hours at a time." (Nasmith 2002)

In 1972, Nasmith mailed photographs of some of his paintings to J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkien responded by letter a few weeks later, both praising the work and making the comment that Ted's rendition of Bilbo Baggins seemed a little too childlike. Still a teenager at the time, this early feedback from Tolkien encouraged Nasmith to strive for a more literal interpretation of Tolkien's works (a feature which distinguishes Nasmith's work from other Tolkien illustrators to this day). 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1972, in his study at Merton Street (from by H. Carpenter) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ... Bilbo Baggins is the central character of J. R. R. Tolkiens novel The Hobbit, and a minor character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, which is composed of the volumes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. ...


After graduation, Nasmith originally aspired to follow in the footsteps of automotive illustrator Art Fitzpatrick. However, since photography was replacing illustration in the business of car advertising, he instead found employment as an architectural renderer, showing a particular flair for the intense realism such illustrations demand. Although the architectural work was very successful and served as a good source of steady income, Nasmith's true love remained illustrating Tolkien's works. Architectural rendering, or architectural illustration, is the art of creating a two-dimensional image of the projected finished architectural design. ... Realism is commonly defined as a concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary. ...


Nasmith's Tolkien artwork, which echoes the luminist landscapes and Victorian neoclassical styles, eventually caught the attention of Tolkien's publishers, who included four of his paintings in the 1987 Tolkien Calendar. His artwork continued to appear in these beloved calendars over the years, including several where he is the sole featured artist (1990, 2002, 2003, 2004). Luminism is an American landscape painting style of the 1850s – 1870s, characterized by effects of light in landscapes, through the use of aerial perspective, and the hiding of visible brushstrokes. ... Windsor Castle in Modern Times by Landseer depicts the Queen and the Prince Consort at home in the 1840s. ... Neoclassicism (sometimes rendered as Neo-Classicism or Neo-classicism) is the name given to quite distinct movements in the visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In October 1996, Nasmith was asked by Tolkien's publishers to provide the artwork for the first-ever illustrated edition of The Silmarillion, during which time Ted developed a strong working relationship with Christopher Tolkien. The illustrated edition was first published in 1998, and, in 2004, a second edition (ISBN 0618391118) was published featuring many more paintings by Nasmith. 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkiens works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher R. Tolkien, with assistance from fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay. ... Christopher Reuel Tolkien (born November 21, 1924) is best known as the son of author J. R. R. Tolkien, and as the editor of much of his fathers posthumously published work. ... 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


In early 1999, representatives for Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema invited Ted Nasmith to join John Howe and Alan Lee in New Zealand to work on conceptual art for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Unfortunately, Nasmith was going through a personal crisis at the time (unrelated to his work), and was forced to make the difficult decision to reluctantly decline the offer to work on the films. 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Peter Jackson is also a mens clothing store that sells suits in Australia. ... The New Line Cinema Production logo. ... John Howe 2003 John Howe (born August 21, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a book illustrator, living in Neuchatel, Switzerland. ... Alan Lee 2003 in (New Zealand) Alan Lee (born August 20, 1947) is an English book illustrator and conceptual designer of films. ... The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie poster (2001) The Lord of the Rings film trilogy consists of three live action films, directed by Peter Jackson. ...


More than just an artist, Nasmith is also considered a Tolkien scholar who is well-read in ancient history, religion, and other areas. His talent and knowledge makes Nasmith a highly sought-after guest speaker at Tolkien-related gatherings and conventions — and he is a prominent member of several Tolkien-related organizations (such as the Tolkien Society, the Mythopoeic Society, and Mensa's Beyond Bree). A scholar is either a student or someone who has achieved a mastery of some academic discipline. ... Ancient history is the study of significant cultural and political events from the beginning of human history until the Early Middle Ages. ... The Mythopoeic Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of fantasy and mythic literature. ... Mensa is an organization for people with high IQs. ... Beyond Bree is the monthly newsletter of the Tolkien Special Interest Group of American Mensa. ...


Nasmith is also an accomplished musician, guitarist and tenor. Much of his musical work is likewise inspired by Tolkien's writings, and he has a close friendship with the founders of The Tolkien Ensemble. The Tolkien Ensemble (founded in 1995) is a Danish ensemble with the aim to create the worlds first complete musical interpretation of the poems and songs from The Lord of the Rings. They published four CDs from 1997 to 2005. ...


See also

John Howe 2003 John Howe (born August 21, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a book illustrator, living in Neuchatel, Switzerland. ... Alan Lee 2003 in (New Zealand) Alan Lee (born August 20, 1947) is an English book illustrator and conceptual designer of films. ... J. R. R. Tolkiens works have served as the inspiration to painters, musicians, film-makers and writers, to such an extent that Tolkien is sometimes seen as the father of the entire genre of high fantasy. The production of such derivative works is sometimes of doubtful legality, because Tolkien...

External links

  • Ted Nasmith's official web site
  • Ted Nasmith Uncredited - a site on the alleged use of Ted Nasmith's artwork in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. (mirror)

References

  • Nasmith, Ted. (September, 2002). "About Me". TedNasmith.com.

 
 

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