Alan Lee quotes

  • I'm drawn to characters who bear similarities to the protagonists in myths and legends. (...)
    -- Alan Lee

    #Character #Legends #Bears

  • When I draw something, I try to build some kind of history into it. Drawing an object that has a certain amount of wear and tear or rust; or a tree that is damaged. I love trying to render not just the object, but what it has been through.
    -- Alan Lee

    #Drawing #Tree #Tears

  • I keep drawing the trees, the rocks, the river, I'm still learning how to see them; I'm still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I'll get it right.
    -- Alan Lee

    #Rocks #Rivers #Drawing

  • I spend as much time as I can sketching from nature, Dartmoor contains such a rich variety of landscape, as many boulders, foaming rivers and twisted trees as my heart could ever desire. . . . When I look into a river, I feel I could spend a whole lifetime just painting that river.
    -- Alan Lee

    #Heart #Rivers #Tree

  • The power of both myth and art is this magical ability to open doors, to make connections — not only between us and the natural world, but between us and the rest of humanity. Myths show us what we have in common with every other human being, no matter what culture we come from, no matter what century we live in. . .and at the same time, mythic stories and art celebrate our essential differences...
    -- Alan Lee

    #Art #Differences #Doors

  • To draw a tree, to pay such close attention to every aspect of a tree, is an act of reverence not only toward the tree, and toward the earth itself, but also our human connection to it. This is one of the magical things about drawing -- it gives us almost visionary moments of connectedness.
    -- Alan Lee

    #Drawing #Giving #Tree

  • Celebrity is a national drama whose characters' parts and plots are written by the tabloids, gossip columnists, websites and interactive buttons. The famous don't actually have to turn up to their own lives at all.

  • You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.

  • The fighter (like the writer) must stand alone. If he loses he cannot call an executive conference and throw off on a vice president or the assistant sales manager. He is consequently resented by fractional characters who cannot live outside an organization.

  • I never really thought of myself as being an action hero or a leading man, or any of that. I'm a character actor.

  • Your memories become fantasies if they are not shared, and your life in all its triviality becomes a legend.

  • Whether a man is a legend or not is decided by history, not fortune tellers.

  • I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.

  • Court-virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate, Born where Heav'n influence scarce can penetrate. In life's low vale, the soil the virtues like, They please as beauties, here as wonders strike.

  • A man can bear a world's contempt when he has that within which says he's worthy. When he contemns himself, there burns the hell.

  • Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.