As I noted in a previous post, today is Stephen Fabian's eighty-eighth birthday. Recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Fabian's work as an artist was also nominated nine times for Hugo awards. He shares a birthday with someone else who never won a Hugo: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. As it turns out, Mr. Fabian is a fan of JRRT. Here's what he said in late December 2014:
Fabian actually did a spec drawing for the project. It can be found here:
The details of this whole thing are murky. Murky enough to perhaps provide fodder for a future post. Suffice it to say that Steve certainly had an interest in illustrating Tolkien. What might the LotR project--or, perhaps, some illustrated edition of JRRT's other Middle-earth writings--have looked like? Let's take a gander at the mighty Fabian's catalog, shall we?
Well, there you have it. I have to say that I think Fabian, if given the chance, would've stood tall amongst the Tolkien illustrators we've seen over the decades. He possesses a certain mix of talents that fit him well in regard to Middle-earth. We know from his other projects that he strives for accuracy to the texts. He can bring the blood n' thunder and sensuality while also being a master at depicting wistfullness and the beauty of nature. He also brings a certain touch of class to everything he does. It's a pity he never got his shot.
Mr. Fabian's official website can be found here:
His contact information is there. Feel free to drop him a line. He replied when I wished him happy birthday.