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The Hobbit 75th Anniversary Edition by WesTalbott The Hobbit 75th Anniversary Edition by WesTalbott
This was just a book cover assignment for school, but for me it meant a lot more.

This new curvalinear style you've seen me doing was originally inspired by several things, most importantly this painting by J.R.R. Tolkien. [link]

The Hobbit is probably my favorite story of all time. and has been extremely inspiring and influential to my work.

So here is what I think would be an awesome cover to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this epic tale.

Hopefully I don't have to explain it, but my intent was to make the title an ambigram and make the 4 corner words (spelling out the less well known full title of the book) rotate encouraging the viewer to actually rotate the book and literally go "there and back again"
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Ciji93 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  New Deviant
This is a gorgeous piece of work. 
I have to ask -- did you authorize it to be used anywhere?  I was looking for a wallet style cover for my new HTC phone and I found one on Etsy with this print.  I would love to get it but because I know art sometimes gets used without permission, I did a search and immediately found your work.  If you've approved the use, I'd love to get the case, but I don't want to encourage someone profiting off of your work without your knowledge. 
catlady86 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful!
xxparalyzed Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
I would love to have this as a poster and gift it to my mom, are you selling prints by chance?
Irileth Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good! I loved the idea of rotating the picture/book to go "there and back again", and I love how no matter which way you look at it the word "Hobbit" is never actually upside down!!! The art also has a medieval feel to it, similar to the cultures that inspired a lot of Tolkien's work. The colors are also very lovely! Well done mine friend, well done!! I am a thoroughly impressed Tolkien enthusiast! :D <3
vaasollasido Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
This is the most brilliant book cover I've ever seen . I would really love to have one on my bookshelf . Can I maybe print it out and make it as book cover justor my
own collection ?
GenkiPuck42 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Oh, I just saw the response to the post above. It is so cool that this made it to the cover of an actual book! That said, I'm sad that they had to edit out your lovely lettering - it left clumsy empty space, which is especially galling since your original design is so carefully put together. I hope they at least included the original as an illustration somewhere inside?
GenkiPuck42 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Wow! This is gorgeous, and the ambigram works very well: it is clearly readable (which is not easy to achieve in an ambigram!). The art style does an excellent job evoking Tolkien's own art. I love the choice of scenes - Bag End and Smaug's cavern, the two endpoints of the journey - and the striking color contrast between them, as well as how all the curving design elements lead the eye from one to the other, so that I want to keep (mentally) rotating the image to look at each of them in turn (reinforcing the effect of the "There And Back Again" inscription).
... And I just noticed the little "One Ring" in the center - fittingly serving as a visual anchor for the whole design. I like how it's shape is echoed by the hobbit-hole door and the arkenstone in the two scenes above and below, just as the gnarled tree is echoed by Smaug's wing - it gives a wonderful sense of balance without looking overly symmetrical.
The knotwork in the border is lovely as well - did you design it yourself, or draw on some source for reference/inspiration?
Overall, everything about this piece is incredibly well thought-out and well executed! I would love to see it on a physical copy of the book!
mei96 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Holy Dragons and Hobbit Holes, that's AMAZING!!!
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Artist
mei96 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist
oh, that's awesome.
waymanate Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
awesome. what medium is this? photoshop?
TheARBL Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
This is ridiculously beautiful; it looks like a genuine, professional book cover!
Steffworthington Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
that's astonishing! Bravo!
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Very detailed, I love it :heart:
lightcherry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
love this!!
it would be amazing if this was the actual cover of the book!!
pareorose Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
j'adore! !!!
Wizrares Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Do you have a higher resolution of this? I'd like to print it and frame it
aoyume Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Wow. I'm... just amazed.

You're wonderful and your art reflects this.
charligal-stock Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This gorgeous piece is featured here: [link]
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Artist
awesome thanks!
PendragonMagicFairy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG i love it!
TRUEvector Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Too talented. Too good.
Toxicoranj Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just amazing
SlamDunkin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely beautiful. It would be a pleasure to have something like this on my bookshelf. :)
SoshuKitae Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
this is really awesome!
Shelidon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I would LOVE to buy this.
bookwench Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I'm throwing money at the screen but nothing's happening...
kevindemen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
J.R.R. would be proud of you! Awsome. I love the right one the most, because Smaug is drawed that Awsome!
Shelidon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful!
barsheri Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
sweet mother this is amazing!
PhoenixLumbre Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job!
Alsdale Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure you already know this, but this is absolute perfection. The "there and back again" concept is perfectly conceived and executed. I'm totally blown away.
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A great, well thought out, well executed design. This would make such a beautiful edition.
Turtilla Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING! Really, reallu beautiful. That's one of my favourite books to!
imhilien Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautifully done! They're like stained glass windows. :)
zeivin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This has to be the best book cover design I have EVER seen!! I wish I had a copy with this cover on it. :D
NaujTheDragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing artwork. This being my favorite book, I am very critical on any art done based on the Hobbit, but you really nailed it. Thumbs up.
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Artist
minna17 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!
SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is gorgeous! I love how its stylized, with jewel-like colors, like cloisonne.

I would love to have a hardcover edition of The Hobbit with a cover like this. Embossed.

The Hobbit was an essential part of my childhood. My dad would read a chapter to us before we went to bed. All of Middle Earth is hardwired into my brain.
Bloody-Vall Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's cool that's very cool indeed I love the way the colors and the lines make it so striking
8DemensionStudios Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I see this every day I'm in Circle Hall. Love it.
DHBW Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
WOW!!!!!!! Love the hobbit....
Wild-Huntress Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your beautiful work has been featured here: [link]
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing cover!:heart:
shadowycat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
This is really lovely! :D
spiritsilhouette Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
That is *gorgeous*. :love: Everything works together so well.
Yorgmeister Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Make this a print. As soon as you do, I will buy one.
Lektadea Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Dude thats awesome :D i love when people put effort like that to make something cool! great work!
SiverCat Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist
I wish I had a copy of the book with this cover. It's beautiful and I love the idea behind there and back again.
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