John Howe

Conceptual Designer


Full Name: John Howe

Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Birth Date: 21st August 1957

Marital status: He is married to Fataneh






  • Has expert knowledge regarding medieval armour, and a passion for re-creating authentic armour, weaponry and fighting styles

  • First met fellow artist, Alan Lee, on a flight to New Zealand in 1998

  • Illustrated both The Lord of the Rings and Beowulf board games created by Reiner Knizia

  • Early commissions included political cartoons, magazine illustrations, comics and advertising

  • He is a member of a medieval warfare re-enacting group called “Company of Saynt George”

  • Is a freelance illustrator

  • After high school, he attended college in Strasbourg, France

  • He has a son, Dana

  • He has been drawing and sketching since a young age

  • Whilst working at Weta, he would sometimes get into duels with the armourers

  • His wife is also illustrator

  • Has a sealed box in his attic with a message “DO NOT OPEN (EVER)” which contains his early work and commissions

  • A year after college, he studied at École des Arts Decoratifs

  • Mainly worked on the darker-themed aspects of Middle-earth

  • Lives in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Notable Projects:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion. The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • King Kong (2005)

    Current Projects:

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014)


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