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art - Deathly Hallows coverart 
27th-Feb-2007 10:56 pm
DH Harry
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! ;~)
3rd-Mar-2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Nataly! It's wonderful to hear that your professors considered it of professional quality! I'm really grateful and flattered that you took the time to show it to them. *hugs*

And no worries about the 'spamming.' I know how exciting it is to find someone else who shares a passion you have. :~)
3rd-Mar-2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
It was my pleasure, Leela!
Of course I did take time to show the picture to my professors (how could I not?). They work in a huge printing company (maybe you've heard something about Heidelberg - german company?) and I wanted them to decide if this picture is a fake or an original. It was funny to look at them discussing the choice of colors and Bloomsbury book strategy and then look at their faces when I told them it was fan-made. I should have brought camera and taken pictures so you could see it for yourself. They told me "No way, it must be some sort of mistake!". And then pointed out why this particular picture would do nicely for the last book. Like I told you "This artist had really 'felt' the book and put his soul into work". I agree completely.
Take care and...
(((((((hugs you))))))

P.S. Thank you for "no worries". I feel like I come into my friend's home and then hide in a corner with someone to talk completely ignoring guests and the host.
I'm glad you don't see it this way.
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