In my opinion, Martin Grip's illustration style is perfect for the style and atmosphere of ALIEN. To me however, it does fall rather short of what I expect Middle Earth illustrations to be — expectations, admittedly, largely set by artists like Alan Lee and John Howe.
Certainly, for the depths of Mirkwood and Dol Guldur, Grip is undoubtedly fantastic ... but I have difficulty reconciling this style with the crisp grandeur of places like Minas Tirith or Khazad-Dûm ... even Moria, in its dilapidated state.
I am not a fan, alas.
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