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What was your favourite part of the Artists Tour?
Impossible question! I always love going to Hobbiton, and I’d never had the evening banquet there before, so that was really nice. Trollshaws was also a new experience – loved it! Meeting Ian Hayman – what a character! All the locations are fantastic. I also loved walking on the Routeburn Track on Day 14. But perhaps the favourite part was seeing the artists flourish as they learned new skills and techniques, and so many people trying calligraphy and loving it. And the whole group bonding – it really is a fellowship by the time the tour is done.
Oh, and the earthquake was pretty impressive too!
How many years have you been working with Red Carpet Tours and how did you get involved?
I did my first presentations with Red Carpet Tours in 2004, after a chance meeting at an LOTR-related event. I’ve done the presentations ever since, apart from 2-3 years off while making The Hobbit. It has been a fascinating journey, and every group is unique – but invariably wonderful.
What's next for you in your incredible art world?
I’ve been asked to do a solo exhibition at the Kapiti Gallery this February-March, so I’m busy preparing for that. Oh, and I’ve just made new signage for Hobbiton – that’s a nice on-going relationship. There’s the possibility of working on Mortal Engines, but I won’t know that for a while - and if it happens, I won’t be able to tell you!
What is your top advice for fantasy artists and photographers?
Work on subjects for which you have a passion, as this will bring out your best. Think about composition. Use light for maximum advantage – it’s all about the light.
What is your favourite quote from Lotr or Hobbit trilogies?
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.
Pursuing it with weary feet, Until it joins some larger way, Where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say.
Not all those who wander are lost.
What's your best piece of advice for budding calligraphers?
Don’t get so good that you steal my job!
No, seriously, try ALL aspects of lettering – there are so many more facets to calligraphy than what I get time to demonstrate for Red Carpet folk. Do all the styles, use all the different tools, go really big and really small, invent alphabets, create a font – become multi-talented. Each part reinforces all the others.
And probably more than anything, SHOW your work, and learn from other people’s work.
Art from the tour