Alan Lee is a British artist most famously known for bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life. More recently he completed all the artwork for The Children of Húrin, including full color plates, as well as black and white pencil drawings to include in the header of each chapter.
Many of his Middle-earth concepts were adopted for the film version of The Lord of the Rings. He was hired as a conceptual artist to work along side John Howe. While John Howe’s style is meticulously detailed, Lee’s preference to use watercolors lends itself to more soft, abstract, and muted works. He has worked on many other films outside the genre and has just finished conceptual work for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
Below are examples of Lee’s work from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.