Short Series: Tolkien Minimalist Posters. Meet the Artist: Patrick Connan

Tolkien Minimalist Posters: Patrick. Connan. The Fellowship of the Ring (c)
Tolkien Minimalist Posters: Patrick. Connan. The Fellowship of the Ring (c)

This is the first installment in another short series with the Tolkienist, this time on minimalist posters/ illustrations inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. I am very happy to welcome an amazingly talented French illustrator as the first artist in this series, Patrick Connan, combining the aesthetics and beauty of chess with The Lord of the Rings.

 The original chess/ Lord of the Rings posters

What made you do those posters?

The Lords of the Rings, Star Wars and Conan are my Top 3 movies/universe of all time… This is my small tribute to what those movies brought me… They helped me being the man I am today… Truly…

Are you a Tolkien (fantasy/scifi) fan?

Indeed. I am a big fan of Tolkien’s work, I read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit a couple of times and I’ve probably seen the movies in their extended versions a dozen times! But I also love The Silmarillion (I am reading it actually for the third time) which is probably the best book he wrote… I love all about the universe he created which is so huge and magical. Such an inspiration for me…

Will you do more in the future?

Of course… Stay tuned this year, might be the best I had in my life! But for the moment I can’t say a word or I should have to kill you afterwards … Haha!

Find out more about Patrick’s work

If you want to know more about his work do visit his official website and his site at Behance,

The second series of chess/ LotR posters

Artist bio Born in 1985, Patrick is a French Graphic Designer and Illustrator based in Paris. After spending over 2 years in the advertising world he finally found his way. Since 2008 he has taken up a position in the most important movie poster agency in the French capital. 5 years later, he couldn't struggle anymore with his need to create his own work and decided to found in parallel 'Barbarian Factory', under which he would make his first steps into the wonderful world of illustration.

Pictures used by kind permission.

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Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.