Amazing. I used to have a nice paperback of Rackham's work. I think I lost that somehow well before I left San Diego. Sometime around the time BlueSky was bought by Sega.I don't know if he over analyzed himself. It would be nice if his preliminary studies existed any where.Rackham was a deft pen and ink artist and most of his paintings started as pen and ink drawings into which he worked layer after layer of transparent watercolor glaze, a painstaking method associated more with classical painting than modern illustration.
I'm sure he did, but I don't see how it was possible to second guess work like that.
Recently watched the old Rankin/Bass 'Hobbit' cartoon (one of my favorite things in the whole world) which inspired me to hit wikipedia and the greater net for some history on the production. Found out a few interesting things: (1) Lester Abrams, the main conceptual designer, was heavily influenced by Rackham and tried to infuse the Rackham 'look' into the production design. (2) Topcraft, the Japanese animation studio that did the actual production work, was the foundation for what would later become Studio Ghibli.
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