Any one who knows me can tell you I am a huge nerd, like HUGE nerd. And an especially huge fan of LOTR.
Sir Richard Taylor is the founder, creative director and head of New Zealand film prop and special effects company Weta Workshop. It was the biggest thrill of my life to be able to meet him in person at the San Diego Comic Con in 2015. Weta Workshops is known for their award winning work on film such as The Hobbit Trilogy and my personal all time favorite The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I recognized him immediately because ever since the films were released on DVD I have watch all 208 minutes of the films and all 26 hours of special features many many many times over the years. He was very busy, but when it came to my turn in line he took the time to have a conversation. I told him how I was hugely inspired as an artist by all their collective work on the films, and he asked to see some of my work. I happened to have my LOTR Sketchbook with me because I was working on it everyday as a part of a project. He is holding my sketchbook in that second picture! He told me my work was "beautiful, delicate, and that I really brought the characters to life." I then told him it had always been my dream to come work for Weta someday and he told me I should "definitely apply." I cant even describe the feeling of validation as an artist that he took the time to look at my work, and praise it! I went back to the Weta booth as much as I could over those few days and talked with him again. All around wonderful human and it still remains one of the biggest highlights of my life.
Something I love seeing from my favorite artists is their sketching booking process. This one in particular is something I'm extremely passionate about which is my life long love for the works of Professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The most famous of which is The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. This is the above mentioned sketchbook that Sir Richard Taylor himself took the time to look at and comment on when I met him!
Fairy tales and all things fantasy have been a huge part of my life. This sketchbook was a part of an on going project I started in college exploring the works of the Grim Brothers. I found it extremely interesting that these stories that we call "fairy tales" were known as "cautionary tales" and were written mostly for adults.