I have always had a fascination with cross section illustrations - I remember pouring over the Incredible Cross Section and Star Wars Cross Section books for hours as a child, and they're still some of my favourite books.
Mixing my passion for cross sections with my passion for Lord of the Rings seemed like an obvious thing to do and it'd been on my mind to do a piece for a while. In fact I am surprised no one's done one before! After looking at Kemp Remillard's Force Awakens cross sections I finally decided to start mine - beginning with Helms Deep.
During this I was fortunate enough to share WIP images with Alan Lee - original concept designer on the LOTR films and designer of Helms Deep. Alan's work was what first introduced me to the world of concept design to it was a humbling experience to work back and forth with him trying to ensure we got all his original ideas into the cross section, especially the ones that weren't seen in the film.