Hand illuminated Tolkien Book

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hand_illuminated_tolkien_125“Why do you work in print when there’s greater demand in digital,” is a question that comes up with some regularity these days. The question itself reveals why it can never truly be answered to the asker’s satisfaction – it completely misses the visceral, organic link between designer and the designed. This was something that occurred to us when we happened across Benjamin Harff’s hand illuminated copy of JRR Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion.”

What began life as an exam project for his time at the Academy of Arts turned into a year-long project that resulted in a truly stunning work. More photos, along with an interview with the artist, can be found here.

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