Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Boy Who Survived

I'm a big Harry Potter nut. Unapologetically so. I've read all the books--the first four I've read twice. And who knows how many times I've seen the movies. The new movie is fantastic , by the way. I still might like the Prisoner of Azkhaban better but it's pretty close. Anyway, just wanted to share this quick sketch I did. I have a lot of fun drawing in this slightly simpler more cartoony way. I'll have to post some other sketches in this style in the near future.

8 comments:

RAB said...

I don't think "cartoony" is the first word I'd use. There's something very expressive and clear in your use of this style. I feel the same way about the faces in your "Headshots" post...particularly the guy wearing the fishing hat, or whatever you call that style of chapeau. Pork pie hat? Anyway, it's really effective. When artists strip away all the inessentials and make their work as simple as possible, great things can happen; think of Alex Toth or Hugo Pratt.

Yes please to more in this style!

Ryan Cody said...

I'm a HP nut too, great characters, I would love to do (or even see) a more adventure based take on an older group of Marauders/Order of the Phoenix. Surprised WB hasn't used the DC connection to do that yet.

brian said...

Rab-
I agree with you that often when the artist strips down the work to the "essentials" what is left can be more expressive, more dynamic, more powerful. I would love to see my work get to this point. It's something I'm consciously working towards. That's what I love about art. It's a never-ending process learning and adapting. I've always thought that the minute you look at your work and think that there is nothing to be improved upon, then you fail.

brian said...

Rab-
Ok, and I'd call it a fishing hat.

brian said...

Cody-
Part of me would also love to see some other adventures. I always imagined a series that would involve Dumbledore when he was a kid at Hogwarts or perhaps the stories from the founding of Hogwarts. I think those stroies would least interfer with the narrative that Rowling is working within.
I don't think WB and DC doing something is possible because even though WB produces the movies the publishing rights are with Scholastic. But, fingers crossed, maybe Scholastic can talk Rowling into letting them do something through their Graphix! imprint.

Miller said...

Nice job, Brian! HP does indeed rock, and I loved the new movie. Out of curiosity, what do you usually sketch with, pen, marker, pencil? ...

Have a good one!

brian said...

Out of curiosity, what do you usually sketch with, pen, marker, pencil? ...

The answer is yes. It really depends, actually. Most the time I'l just do loose pencils and then work it over with Microns or Uniball Vision pens (as was the case in mt "Headshots" post). In this case I did light pencils, then drew in the faces, books, hands, and general outlines in Micron. I then quickly inked in the robes of Harry and Ron with a brush and Sumi ink (my most preferred ink!)before getting distracted. When I returned to it later I still hadn't done anything with Hermione's robes and I didn't feel like breaking out the ink and brushes so I just used my Faber-Castell(I think that's the brand)PITT brush pen. These PITT brush pens are a lot of fun to use when just sketching. I highly recommend.

Miller said...

Thanks, Brian!