Sam Bosma v. The Hobbit.

February 1, 2010 at 10:15 am 4 comments

illustrated by Sam Bosma

  • 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!

In the meantime, you can see more work at Sam’s portfolio and also his blog (where you can see some really wonderful character sketches for his project!)

And do check back tomorrow for announcements about the next three artists in the series!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sam wedelich  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

    this is so lovely!

    another illustrator named sam

    p.s. if y’all ever do this again and need more participants, i’d love to join in!

  • 2. Jan  |  February 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I read through your whole blog in one go, very much enjoying the character sketches (alltho I think the trolls have too sofisticated underwear) and envying your methodology and designs. Then I read here that you’re a year younger than me! Crap. If your backgrounds are half as good as the character sketches this will be great.

  • 3. JoeyC  |  February 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    This looks really great. Will you please make a postcard of the title page so I can shellac into my paperback Hobbit?

  • 4. ben caldwell  |  October 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    wow, these look fantastic! i love this style of art and you colors are sublime.

    ben c

    ps – i agree, i’d love to put the title card into my own copy of the book. then again, i’d love to glue all of these illustrations into the book. i wish HMco would hire you!


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