We are pleased to spotlight the first of three VIP creative artists who will be with us at Mythmoot II: Back Again, December 14 and 15 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ted is a widely published illustrator of Tolkien and other fantasy fiction, and a long time Tolkien Society member. He is also an accomplished architectural renderer, and his career has also included book illustration and automotive portraiture, among other work. He lives in Bradford, Canada, and regularly appears at fan events, and also exhibits his art in the UK most years.
Ted, gifted from an early age, studied commercial art at Toronto’s NorthernSecondary School from 1969 to 1972, graduating with honours. He was soon hired by Visual Concept, a studio in which he was trained in architectural renderings, and settled into a career as a ‘renderer’, as they are known.
Through the 70s and 80s he privately expanded his body of Tolkien art and dreamed of being published, only to be frustrated initially over several years. When the breakthrough came, he had created dozens of Tolkien artworks, but in the years that followed, he began to consider Tolkien his main vocational calling as recognition increased and accolades accumulated. Calendars also accumulated, particularly after 1990, when his first solo calendar appeared. Architectural work soon was eclipsed by his growing reputation as a Tolkien illustrator.
His credits in Tolkien now include several cover pieces, the illustration of The Silmarillion (1998/2004), games, puzzles, role-playing cards, and other secondary uses of his artwork.
Ted has come lately to be increasingly associated with the ‘Ice and Fire’ series of novels by George RR Martin. He has contributed artwork to the soon-to-be-published general guide The World of Ice and Fire, the 2011 Ice and Fire Calendar, and is currently illustrating A Game of Thrones as a signed and numbered collector’s edition.
Ted’s other interests include music, whether listening, performing or composing, as well as book-reading in a variety of genres, movies, live theatre, photography, and a deep love of skies, weather and natural beauty. He recorded a highly praised music CD in 2007, fulfilling a longstanding ambition for his musician ‘alter ego’, and hopes to expand on this offering in future. He continues a lifelong affair with art inspired by JRR Tolkien, while continuing to grow in other genres, most recently increasing the frequency of sketches, paintings and pastel drawings of local rural scenery.