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8-28 November 2014

Elements calligraphy by Daniel Reeve

Exhibiting with the Calligraphers of Kapiti at their "Earth, Air, Fire, Water" exhibition in the Roderick and Gillian Deane Community Art Space at the Paraparaumu Public Library, 8 - 28 November 2014.

Here is Daniel's piece "Elements". View a detailed image on the Calligraphy page.

13-23 November 2014

Island Bay Fishing Boats painting by Daniel Reeve

Exhibiting at "Splash 2014" with Watercolour New Zealand in the foyer of the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, from 13 November until 23 November, 2014. Above is Daniel's painting "Island Bay Fishing Boats", painted on location.

September - October 2014

Working on The Light Between Oceans.....

September 2014

Sekabo

Daniel designed maps and a cover for Richard Woolley's new sci-fi novel Sekabo, a thriller set in England in the future (2097) and recent past (1990).

Daniel designed the Sekaboan flag, drew two maps (one shown here), and designed the cover of the book, featuring the Sekaboan flag flying over a fragmenting Union Jack....

The book launched in September 2014

25 July 2014

PERSPECTIVE IN DEPTH

(Haha - get it?).

As painters, we are constantly trying to portray a three-dimensional world on a flat surface – and one of the key elements in achieving the illusion of depth and distance is perspective.

There is more to perspective than you might think. In this workshop we will cover linear perspective - vanishing points, horizons, figures in a scene, subjective veiwpoints, the effect of proximity, camera versus eye, perspective in portraiture, foreshortening; and aerial perspective – diminishing tonal contrast, diminishing of warm colours, diminishing saturation, hazy edges, blues; and we’ll put it all together – painting from life and from reference material – and include some particular instruction on clouds, water, streets and buildings. And for the brave, there’ll even be a discussion on why the vanishing point is a lie….

Daniel will teach a perspective workshop for Watercolour NZ on the weekend of 9-10 August, 2014. Details on the Watercolour NZ website

Gondolier; painting by Daniel Reeve

June 2014

Educational Excellence Awards

Daniel did all the calligraphy for The Prime Minister's Educational Excellence Awards 2014.

Educational Excellence Awards

March 2014

Created the lettering design for the Spirit Storm logo. Spirit Storm is a game by Kabam.

Sekabo

22 March 2014

High-quality reproduction of Daniel's painting "Hobbiton Across The Water" is now for sale here.

Hobbiton painting reproduction

March 2014

My maps and lettering turn up in all kinds of interesting places....

Please do not handle the merchandise

5 September 2013

Wellington Railway Station painting by Daniel Reeve

Exhibiting at "Splash 2013" with Watercolour New Zealand in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Molesworth St, Wellington, from 5 September until 15 September, 2013. Above is Daniel's painting "Wellington Railway Station", one of four paintings he is exhibiting here.

July 2013

Jaseth of Jaelshead, Book One: "Bloodkin" is a novel by Cathy Ashford, the first of a series.

Daniel created artwork and lettering for the cover and a map for inside the book, showing the arena in which the narrative takes place. The book is now published and for sale at Amazon

Cathy AshfordCathy Ashford

Jaseth of Jaelshead, Book One: Bloodkin

8 June 2013

Weta Cave celebrated its fifth birthday, with Daniel making a guest appearance to personalise Invitations to a Party of Special Magnificence! - prop replicas of the party invitations as they appear in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Also released recently by Weta is the family tree of Baggins of Hobbiton, as seen in The Hobbit. This is for sale as an art print, available exclusively from Weta.

"The family tree used in LOTR naturally included the next generation (with Frodo et al); but events in The Hobbit are sixty years earlier, so I had to create this 'earlier' family tree for The Hobbit films." - DR

Baggins of Hobbiton family tree by Daniel Reeve

5 June 2013

Daniel opened "Class Act 3", an exhibition of the works of students of Jacky Pearson. Daniel is also the guest artist at the exhibition, and selected and presented the Judge's Award prize, which went to Marianne Linton for her painting "Quinces". The exhibition runs from 6th June to 16th June at the Odlin Gallery on Mrytle Street, Lower Hutt.

23 March - 12 April 2013

Sea Fever exhibition

Exhibiting at "Sea Fever" with Calligraphers of Kapiti, in the foyer artspace at Paraparaumu Public Library, from 23 March until 12 April, 2013.

24 February 2013

Daniel Reeve demonstrates watercolour painting at Government House

Watercolour NZ's monthly painting group met at Government House in Wellington for February's session; Daniel was the tutor.

With it being a special location, painting was followed by picnic lunch and wine on the lawn in front of Government House.

Daniel's demonstration painting can be viewed on the Paintings page.

2 February 2013

Weta Cave hosted a session with Daniel, during which he chatted to folks about his involvement in The Hobbit and signed copies of his work. "Thanks Weta - lovely to be there, as always!"

January 2013

"Amongst the many things I created for Bag End were these recipes, written by Bilbo Baggins. I decided on a Stuffing recipe(for chicken, duck, etc), a Lamb Stew, and Pastry Cakes. The pantry scenes were to be shot the next day, so I had to invent the recipes on the spot!

But I like to cook, so these should work fine...(as long as you know your noggins from your scruples, and have a porringer to measure things with)...."

These are now available as prints, from Weta

Hobbit recipes by Daniel Reeve

12 December 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, artwork and calligraphy by Daniel Reeve

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens for general release in cinemas worldwide. This is the first part in a trilogy of films, based on Tolkien's classic "The Hobbit".

Work by Graphic Artist, Daniel Reeve, is featured throughout the film - a few examples (but by no means all) are shown above.

29 November 2012

Map of Hobbiton, by Daniel Reeve

The Green Dragon is opened at the Hobbiton Movie Set, now a major tourist attraction near Matamata, New Zealand.

The Green Dragon is the local Hobbiton pub, featured in The Lord of the Rings, and now exists as a real bar, where visitors can sample hobbit-brewed ale and eat good hobbit fare, and view Daniel's artwork and maps on the walls.

The Green Dragon logo by Daniel Reeve

28 November 2012

The Hobbit Premiere

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" premieres at The Embassy theatre in Wellington, New Zealand.

14 November 2012

An interesting bloke I met while painting on the Wellington waterfront.... ;-)

Daniel Reeve with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

9 November 2012

Launched the official Daniel Reeve, Artist page on Daniel Reeve on Facebook. The Facebook page will contain similar images to this website, except they'll generally be larger and clearer. Enjoy!

8 October 2012

Middle of Middle-earth

Wellington City Council launched the "Middle of Middle-earth" re-branding of Wellington City today, adopting this logo designed by Daniel, in the lead-up to November's world premiere of The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey.

The design features Bilbo Baggins' round, green front door of Bag End. Symbolically, "when you open this door, you enter the world of The Hobbit; you enter Middle-earth".

The design also features the golden Ring, central to both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and a leaf representing Middle-earth fused with a "koru" representing New Zealand.

Sharp-eyed viewers will also find that the brass doorknob in the centre is actually a map of Wellington - Wellington of course being the "Middle of Middle-earth"

1 October 2012

Daniel Reeve's prop replicas of the Lonely Mountain Map and the Burglar Contract are now for sale, exclusively from Weta, in their growing line-up of merchandise from The Hobbit films.

"Creating these things for the films was such a pleasure - but after their fleeting moments in the movie, they’re gone. So it’s fantastic now to be able to faithfully reproduce them for fans, to own for themselves, and enjoy all the detail that went into them, the detail that can never be fully appreciated on screen.”

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The "moon runes" on Thorin's Map are invisible until the map is back-lit. The edges of the map are painted, every crease and every fold has been reproduced by hand, all the same "distressing" work done to the original has been applied to these replicas.

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Daniel not only created the Contract physically; he was also the author of it! A major piece of work, and an icon of The Hobbit films, this faithful replica of the original prop is truly a collector's item.

Sewing a Contract

Lonely Mountain Map

Burglar Contracts

1 October 2012

Prints of these five maps from The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, are now for sale from Weta.

Five Hobbit maps

22 July 2012

Weta Cave hosted Daniel Reeve on Sunday, July 22nd, to sign copies of his Middle-earth map, and to chat with folk about his involvment in the films. Daniel brought along his memorabilia from not only LOTR, but also the Narnia films, King Kong, Van Helsing, Warrior's Way, Underworld III, and Tintin.

Future signing sessions are likely, once The Hobbit is released....

8 June 2012

Middle-earth Map

Daniel's famous Map of Middle-earth is now available for sale at Weta.

For the first time, this is a true and faithful reproduction of the original artwork, with no colour enhancements or other tweaks; just the warts-and-all ink and watercolour as Daniel created it on a bit of print-making paper in his garage, way back in 2001.

November 2011

Fantail painting by Daniel Reeve

One of Daniel's paintings has become a ceramic tile!

Wildside Gifts creates ceramic tiles - among other things - featuring original NZ art. Daniel's painting of this iconic bird is now part of the collection.

The maori name for the fantail is "piwakawaka".

Fantail tile

22 October 2011

Calligraphers of Kapiti are exhibiting "Iconic Kiwis" - calligraphic depictions, representations and essays on famous New Zealanders.

The exhibition is in the Roderick & Gillian Deane Community Art Space at the Paraparaumu Public Library until November 11, 2011.

Iconic Kiwis exhibition

8 October 2011

How To Decorate Your Hobbit Hole

Daniel did two demonstration paintings for Watercolour NZ at their 2011 exhibition at the Michael Fowler Centre. This demonstration painting, entitled "How To Decorate Your Hobbit Hole" was painted using a limited palette of 3 colours, and sold on the spot.

September 2011

Unscripted

Took part in the Unscripted exhibition, showcasing the artistic talents of workers in New Zealand's film industry. A great event, with amazing work. Hopefully it'll happen again next year.

12 July 2011

At long last, Daniel's fonts are available from MyFonts.com, where they can now be purchased and downloaded instantly. MyFonts is the world's largest collection of fonts for sale, and really is the right place for these fonts to be.

The fonts will continue to be displayed on the Fonts page of this website, too. When you click on the links associated with a font on that page, your browser will be directed to the appropriate page in MyFonts, where you can purchase the font instantly, using any of the normal online payment methods.

December 2010

WordsWork

WordsWork published by the Australian Society of Calligraphers. The ASC promotes calligraphy in Australia (and indeed New Zealand), and in 2010 decided to create a showcase of contemporary calligraphy from both countries. "WordsWork" is the result, and features calligraphy and Lettering Art from 72 artists - including Daniel Reeve.

November 2010 - ???

Working on The Hobbit....

22-31 October 2010

Exhibiting at 'Splash', the annual exhibition hosted by Watercolour New Zealand, at Shed 11 on the waterfront in Wellington. Free admission.

Wellington - watercolour

15-17 October 2010

Daniel was this year's special guest at LetterHeads, the annual signwriter's conference at which traditional materials and techniques are used and taught, in order to keep alive the knowledge and the multitude of skills used in this ancient craft. "Keepers of the Craft" is their motto, and that is what they do.

This year the three-day event was held in Petone, near Wellington. Daniel gave a presentation about some of his work in films, as well as demonstrating calligraphy and giving the signwriters a chance to put down their brushes and try using a pen.

3-10 October 2010

Sketching in the Far North

The Northern Escape Artists Tour, with Daniel Reeve as Artist-in-residence, visited the beautiful Far North of New Zealand. Full report here

16 September 2010

Calligraphers of Kapiti

The latest issue of Calligraphers of Kapiti magazine (published quarterly) is released today. Covers Gemma Black's visit, various workshop reports, and an article on Spacing in our new Back to Basics column.

28 August 2010

Daniel taught a watercolour painting workshop on the subject of the limited palette. The paintings shown here were created with only two colours. Daniel also demonstrated other two-colour palettes, as well as three-colour palettes in low key, mid key and high key variations.

Limited Palette workshop

Limited Palette workshop

14 August 2010

Alchemy by Daniel Reeve

Daniel taught a calligraphy workshop: teaching a script based on the Bâtarde hands, and how to create "parchment" effects on paper.

Calligraphy workshop


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