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art - Deathly Hallows coverart 
27th-Feb-2007 10:56 pm
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Well, I am completely a-squeeee and utterly chuffed! My art got first place in the Photoshop section of the TLC Deathly Hallows coverart contest! Thankyou Leaky!!

If you haven't already, you must head over and have a look at the other beautiful entries!

Here are some larger versions of mine for you -

(click on the thumbnails for the BIG!)

without text

with text and lines to indicate the folds for the spine and flaps.

I saw a complaint in the comments on TLC that the text is too hard to read and would never be allowed for proper publishing. This is true, and I'll admit that was kind of deliberate on my part, as I didn't want it to take away from the painting. I was also emulating my US version of Order of the Phoenix which uses a blue foil embossing for the text on a blue cover. From certain angles that can't be read either. ;~)

and, come on, you know I couldn't do a cover without doing a UK version!!

The front flap on the UK version looks a bit bizarre cos it needs text!
Here's a bigger version of the front so you can see Harry's face. :~)

This was painted in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. The base of the art was handpainted watercolour, which was then scanned into the computer. The castle in the background was photoshopped in from one of my older (acrylic) paintings, which you can see on the background of my journal!

Regarding the symbolism/story behind the scene depicted in the art, and the characters... I chose to stick with the Trio - Harry, Ron and Hermione. Deathly Hallows brought to mind the barrows and standing stones of ancient Britain for me, so that's where I've set it. And the Celtic patterns on the stone are part of a spell, whether for security or otherwise I'll leave to your imagination! Suffice to say that it requires the Full Moon, and Harry has found a way in/through, which is why the pattern is lighting up. But Dementors are approaching and Ron and Hermione have to fend them off to allow Harry to do his part!

Hopefully I've created an urgency in the scene and with the characters that will intregue the viewers and make them want to read the book! ;~)

ETA: I forgot to mention that the greenish haze on the ground is supposed to be the green mist caused by the Dementors! ;~)
27th-Feb-2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Leela! I saw that at Leaky late last night. I have to say yours was the most beautiful. *nods*
3rd-Mar-2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thankyou! :~)
27th-Feb-2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, I really love your fan art! It looks very realistic and the ambiance is so chilly. And the composition of the image is perfect for a cover as well. The pattern that lights up makes me think of the gates of Moria, from The Lord of the Rings. Is that where you got the idea from?


3rd-Mar-2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Matthea. The Moria thing did cross my mind, although that sort of happened in HBP too. ;~) Really I was trying to represent Standing Stones and then the patterns needed to mean something in the context of the scene.
27th-Feb-2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
That has got to be one of you more beautiful depcitions of the trio. The detail is amazing. You certainly did succeed in creating urgency! Beautfiul! The real cover will never suffice for me now!
3rd-Mar-2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it! :~)
27th-Feb-2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
OMG that is just perfect!! I absolutely adore your work and I've been showing it off to coworkers (many who are artists) and all gasped and said, who did that? They all agree that you should be a millionaire with your talent and all want to be you, so if you get a million hits to your site suddenly it's because half of Harcourt Publishing went to see your work. :)
3rd-Mar-2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
OMG thankyou! You really know how to excited me, don't you?! I'm blushing! Seriously!
27th-Feb-2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I love the scene you've created, it makes me want to know the story behind it, why Harry is so absorbed with the stone!
3rd-Mar-2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, nefyr! If you want to find out what's going on in the scene then I'll consider my job a success! Cos to me that what a book cover should do. ;~)
27th-Feb-2007 08:52 pm (UTC) - Wonderful Talent!
Thank you so much for sharing your outstanding talents with a old gal would can't even draw a straight line.
I have always admired your work tru TLC and been in awww. Keep up the good work, and I'll keep looking! By the way have you done any art of DD in is office if so let me know or can I request one.
Love From HP Fandom Mom to all!
6th-Mar-2007 02:13 am (UTC) - Re: Wonderful Talent!
The only painting of Dumbledore in his office I have done is this one - http://leelastarsky.livejournal.com/116777.html and it's a bit hard to see the office in that.
Great to hear you enjoy my art though! :~)
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6th-Mar-2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, my fellow Aussie!! *hugs*

I haven't had a chance to comment on your latest pic of Ginny and the letter, but I loved it!! :~)
27th-Feb-2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
How awesome are you? It's really no surprise that you won. You have always created amazing artwork.
Go you!
6th-Mar-2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! :~D
27th-Feb-2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful! I love the UK cover. Congratulations!
3rd-Mar-2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I had to do a UK cover! ;~)
27th-Feb-2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Leela, you deserve every accolade for this cover and thensome! It is absolutely gorgeous and I am so proud to... to even KNOW you!!!

Congratulations, Leela! Bask in the glory, my friend! :D
6th-Mar-2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, Venessa!! I'm blushing madly!
I feel amazingly lucky to be a part of such a brilliant fanart community and to know so many of you! And I cannot wait to meet you at Prophecy!! :~D
27th-Feb-2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on winning!

This is a art wonderful!
6th-Mar-2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Thankyou!! :~)
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6th-Mar-2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jo! :~)
27th-Feb-2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I love it!
6th-Mar-2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! :~D
27th-Feb-2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Here via hp_art_daily...

Ooh, that's great! That first place was definitely well-deserved! Good job! :)

See ya,
6th-Mar-2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you think so! :~D
27th-Feb-2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
It is just beautiful Leela! You should submit this to Scholastic or Bloomsbury. Who knows what could happen.
6th-Mar-2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement, moonsong! ;~D
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