Sam Bosma v. The Hobbit.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I am an illustrator living and working in Baltimore with Kali Ciesemier, and I am swiftly approaching my twenty-fourth year. My work is heavily influenced by folklore, fairytales, and mythology. I work with pencil, ink, and digital media; my visual vocabulary is crafted largely in hewn stone, driftwood, and red river clay.
- Why did you pick the story you chose?
Reading The Hobbit was one of the defining moments of my childhood. It was one of the first novels I read and I have revisited it many times since, though I have never seriously attempted to illustrate it. The Hobbit has been illustrated innumerable times by artists infinitely more talented and better versed in Tolkien’s mythos than myself, and this is a daunting project to undertake. I am not trying to create the defining visual accompaniment, nor do I expect to ever enter into the canon of Tolkien illustrators that is already so rich. This project is my attempt to capture some of what drew me to this great story.
Sam will be presenting his first illustration for The Hobbit on February 10; please check back to see more!
And do check back tomorrow for announcements about the next three artists in the series!