The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I’ve been showing some Harry Potter art and have to say that it’s been SO much fun! I wanted to share them here too with a tiny ramble (obviously). It’s no secret that there are thousands and thousands of people who are absolutely in love with this Wizardly World and I’m no exception. Rowling’s World is incredible, high detailed and basically just real for me.
Do not try to convince me otherwise as I WILL wave my wand at you.
Hehe. I was SO thrilled when I stumbled upon the Harry Potter lettering challenge. The hashtag is #hplettering on Instagram and it’s hosted by the lovely @calligrapynerd and @bugaboobeardesigns, both amazing letterers!
I knew I had to do this next to the Disney one. I…just didn’t expect people actually wanting to buy all the art before I said it was for sale, so I have been creating the art when I could as I had packages to wrap and art stuff to order as I was not prepared and ran out of a lot of stuff! This has been a learning lesson for sure. Next to this, I’m also working commissions. This does limit my time to go all out with this challenge, but in a way it’s a good thing as it means I have to focus on being quick while creating fun art.
All the art that I’ve been creating for the challenges are done on 4×6 inches of paper (around 12×16 cm). It’s a good way to keep the design somewhat under control. I say “somewhat” as I always add more details in the end, haha. I can’t help myself!
Of course doing these challenges automatically brings back memories. With the Disney challenge I realized I have watched a bunch of movies only in Dutch as I was very little and didn’t know English. It’s same with Harry Potter. I read the first four books in Dutch. Of course I was a lot older and I could write/speak/understand English, but the English versions weren’t immediately available. Since I HAD to read the books, I ordered them I Dutch.
Everything has a different name in the Dutch versions. For example, muggles are “dreuzels”, Hogsmeade is Zweinsveld, Hogwarts is Zweinstein, Slytherin is Zwadderich…I feel that the Wizarding World gets a completely different vibe when I see the Dutch names.
If you’ve read these books in another language, do you have the same thing?
Have to be honest here and say that I felt a bit daunted to tackle this challenge. While it’s a lettering challenge, I can’t omit the art (although lettering IS an art form, but you know what I mean, right?). I was a tad scared to mess things up. All these characters mean so much to me and I wanted to do them justice while keeping the time constraint in mind. So far things have been going quite well and it’s incredibly fun to see the reactions when I post a character in my art style. Let me show a few peeks! The first few days were aimed at the houses:
I’ve been getting a lot of comments on the cuteness factor! It’s making me laugh so much. I can’t escape the cute!
That reminds me. Feel free to share which house you’re in! I’m Gryffindor with a dash of Hufflepuff.
Now animals aren’t too difficult, I was however a tad hesitant to draw the actual characters. I mean, everyone has such a specific image of them and while I know I can’t recreate things as precise as that image, I do want to capture their essence. This is actually what I do whenever I have to draw someone. I always go for their “essence” and not a realistic copy of how they look like.
and how about…Professor McGonagall?
It’s quite fun to see what my line work will do when I start sketching, because I often have NO idea how the characters will end up looking. Not even joking here. Just have a stare at Bellatrix. One thing is for sure, they will be on the cute side, haha! If you want to see more art or to see what else I’ll create for this challenge, do fly to my instagram.
I’ll end this ramble now, but for the curious creative here, I use a blend of White Nights, Nicker Poster Paints and Holbein Watercolours for these paintings. The links will transport you to reviews about these brands. I will have a review on the Nicker Poster Paints soon. I do want to try out new brands again, so if you have any suggestion, do let me know. Next to Winsor & Newton Artisan, I heard Kuretake is very good.
If you want to know some tips & tricks, do see the video I have on Youtube, Quick Watercolor Tip and Tricks.