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go see Alan Lee

I hoped by waiting I would get my thoughts about seeing Alan Lee into some sort of logical order, but it isn't going to happen. It was a big blur of joy, and it's going to stay that way. So let me tell you the main thing - if the detail is where your joy lives, go and see Alan Lee if he's going to be speaking anywhere near you. (and check here to see)



Alan's work has given me a thrill of recognition, like a window into my own dreams, from the first time I encountered it (which was in Phoenix at the 1978 Worldcon) I've been lucky enough to hear him speak before, and it's amazing. His love for the detail is so evident, and his joy at having lived in Arda is infectious.

Jim and I saw him give a slide show in NY before Two Towers opened, so I was delighted that this presentation, while not as long, was almost entirely different slides, many of them relating to technique. (and Lee, I can I tell you that I was a big giant smile hearing him, while still obviously not in the camp that trusts technology, express his excitement at finding out what he could do when armed with Photoshop.)

Unlike every other LOTR related event I have gotten to, there was no restriction of photography - that included taking photos of the screen during the slide show, and YES, I have been flagellating myself for days for not taking the camera.

The slide show itself is a mix of sketchbook ideas, with reminiscing about the people and events that brought them about, and production/overlay work. Oh my god - this was amazing. Alan would show stills of the scenes shot against the blue or green screen, and of the various sets - and then he would drop in the backgrounds. magic.

If anyone does go -- if you take a photo of Minas Tirith after Andiun has been dropped in, I will barter heavily to have it. Also greatly desired -- to show what could be added, there is a still of that scene of Denethor walking along the wall, looking out at the parking lot, and when the Pelennor gets dropped in, they also added a little dog on a leash for Denethor to walk. It looks so natural, it takes a moment for your brain to throttle you back to WTF?? (Jim swears Denethor has a toy poodle, but I hope it's a papillon - those ears just mimic the wings of the guards helmets too much to pass up such a chance.)

The question and answer portion did not leave me wanting to put a bag over my head, as so many fannish events do. Then he asked us all to scooch together, and took our picture from the podium. (I have only had this happen to me once before - at a Leon Redbone concert) There are great shots of the trip on Alan's blog, but fortunately, not of us dripping wet in the audience.

And because of the weather, the line was short enough to stay and get books signed. Chris and I had done a swath of Yule shopping, and I wasn't going to ask him to sign them all, but he is a prince, and volunteered, grinning at the size of the pile. That gave us a chance to talk to him a little, especially as we had stayed to the back of the line.

We encouraged him to put out more of the sketchbook work, and he said he had about 12,000 pieces - then grinned again when he realized that was not a deal breaker, but what we were hoping for. I mentioned in particular a sketch I had seen at his NY show, and he said that he will soon have a real website, so at the least things may turn up there. And he made an actual note (!) *adores him*


The sketchbook itself - it needs to be seen, but I *had* to scan just a tiny few things that made me think of you - especially you, mrkinch - you being one of the few people as obsessed with the connection of detail that I know.


When I opened the book, I randomly chose a page and looked down - and exclaimed out loud Forlong the Fat! And OMG, I looked up to the paragraph, and it was.




And the mention of Imrahil .... well, here guys. I haven't found that portrait in Pip's room, but you can bet I am going to look quite hard over the weekend.





Then I sat nearly drooling on the architectural drawings of Minas Tirith, and wishing I could hold them up for kortirion. And I could not turn away from them until I realized I was going to turn them into a compass rose (points to new icon)





Then I *really* thought of mrkinch, because of this sketch (which I have blown up) of an orc lantern which has shutters that are obviously made of rohirric helms.




well, it's just like that everywhere, so I'll end with my wondering whose face that is in the boat at the Havens....





Go.



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