The only book by Ursula Le Guin, outside the Earthsea series, which has received consistent attention from artists and illustrators is The Left Hand of Darkness.
By and large, the illustrators on DeviantArt are far more respectful of how the characters are described by the author, than the professional illustrators responsible for the various cover versions.
In this post, I would like to introduce my own visual interpretation of Earthsea and its places and characters
I picked up the animated movie version from Studio Ghibli and was delighted to see Tenar pop up again. There must be a fourth book then!
Some of the blunt, knee-jerk assumptions that are made in much fantasy art are less obvious, and therefore more insidious. These are often assumptions about gender roles, and ethnicity.
The first thing to note is that there don’t appear to be a lot of pictorial representations of Earthsea. The second thing is that artists seem to have a hard time visualizing the characters of the book the way they have been described by the author.