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Paul Tobin
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
New Zealand
Hi there, I am an artist based in Wellington New Zealand and for the better part of 10 years have been working at Weta Workshop as a concept designer. I started out on the Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong and in more recent years worked upon Avatar and The Hobbit with brief stints on District 9 and Tin Tin.

In the rare moments outside of working and sleeping I teach part-time, run workshops and scribble away at my own worlds. Recently I produced my first book in collaboration with 27 artists called "White Cloud Worlds" - An Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Hope you enjoy my gallery.

It all  started way way back in 2009 with a bunch of artists I had worked with at Weta Workshop, all of whom had considered producing their own art books  but never had enough time or resources to make it happen (with the notable exception of the over-achiever Greg Broadmore).

Having worked on The World of Kong and Crafting of Narnia, I figured that the best chance of getting our own personal work into a book was to band together collaboratively. With the production assistance of master artist wrangler Kate Jorgensen and the “Famous Five” brain-trust (Ben Wootten, Christian Pearce, Greg Broadmore, Stephen Crowe and Warren Mahy) we forged ahead and created a hundred page mock up of what was to become White Cloud Worlds, New Zealand’s first science fiction and fantasy anthology.

Since then it’s been a wild ride, with over 50 artists sharing their artistic worlds in two volumes, a touring New Zealand exhibition that was seen by over 100,000 people and regular appearances at the New Zealand Armageddon Expo. Internationally, White Cloud Worlds was hosted at the Weta booth at San Diego Comic Con 2011 and 2013, along with the Supanova Expo in Brisbane and Adelaide.  Heading out on our own, White Cloud Worlds followed the yellow brick road to Kansas exhibiting at  Spectrum Fantastic Art Live convention in 2012-13. We even made it to Colognes prestigious Blooom Art Fair in October in 2011.

It’s been an incredible experience and privilege to work with so many talented people, both artists and production staff. We have also been fortunate in receiving written contributions from some of the world’s most celebrated leaders in the fields of science fiction and fantasy art, such as Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Taylor, Alan Lee and John Howe, Iain McCaig and Wayne Barlowe and endorsements from James Gurney, Donato Giancola, Christian Gossett and Andy Serkis.
If you are interested in knowing more please check out our White Cloud Worlds site.
You can also check out artist Christian Pearce's awesome video preview for Volume One!

Interested in Buying?
Head along to Bud Plant Books  or Stuart Ng Books
White Cloud Worlds Volume One by PaulTobin

White Cloud Worlds Volume Two by PaulTobin

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bbgfish221 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  New member Student General Artist
Oh my dragons! I love your art so much!!! You are my biggest inspiration and love the designs you did for Smaug and The Hobbit.
LilSunnyGirl Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your art! such an inspiration! I can't for the day when I can draw almost as good as you! :hug:
Robertrex8393 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Your welcome :)
Robertrex8393 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Also, check out David Eddings' Books, his and Tolkien's work are often compared, and im sure you'd love reading his books as well. They're all ready good and really eye opening to a lot of oppinions. And have influenced my ideas of the world in a lot of ways
PaulTobin Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much :)
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