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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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I wanted to ask if You plan on adding more pictures of Your work from "The Hobbit", to Your personal gallery/site. I own all of Weta's Chronicles books, but the problem with those artbooks is that due to sheer amount of art presented there, some of the pieces are reduced to really small thumbnails that are hard to examine and fully appreciate. I think it would be great to be able to view some more of Your designs in high-res.

Also, if You don't mind, I have a question regarding the design process on those films. Many people remarked that "The Hobbit" was noticably more "high fantasy" and veering into video game aestethic than LOTR. I was wondering if that transition came naturally out of normal evolution of LOTR designs, or was it a concious decision by PJ, to steer the movie into a more hightened territory?

Eythriel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great talking to you!
PaulTobin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Hi Eythriel,

Wow you made it all the way to NZ! Thats quite the trip :) I am assuming you saw the amazing Hobbiton (love that place) and I am glad you had a nice time a the Weta Cave. Hopefully some of us will get the chance to travel to NYC again it was a great convention.
Eythriel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
My name is Eythriel
I met you at the Nyc Comicon
you signed one of my weta books and I was dressed like and elf. I LOVE the hobbit
I recently took a trip to New Zealand and took a tour at the Weta cave
I was so happy when I found you on Deviant art.
Your art is SO awesome

PaulTobin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Just keep practicing and having fun doing it and you will be very happy with the results :) 
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