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The Boy Who Lived final 
5th-Sep-2005 01:07 pm
Owl totem

The work in progress from
first sketch

The finished painting had to be scanned in 4 sections and joined. Interestingly (and somewhat annoyingly) the colours in the final scan don't match the original very well at all. It came out a lot bluer and quite a bit darker than it looks to the naked eye. Therein lies one of my major preferences for working digitally when doing art for reproduction. If it's going to hang on a wall, fine, but if it's going to be printed you'll never capture the true colours and vibrancy of original hard-copy art. And oils are probably the worst medium to try and reproduce. They are deliciously glossy and reflect light back, as you've seen with all my photos on the way. Even scanning has the same problem, just finer and sprinkled more evenly through the piece. You can't see it here because the size of this is much smaller than the original scan.

But then, I guess that's part of the joy of owning an original piece of art that you can hold in your hand. It is, quite literally, a one-off.
So here's the finished painting -

A closeup of their faces -

And a photo so you can see something of the real colours. Dumbledore's hat and robes are much more purple than came up in the scan, and all the lovely greens and aqua's have vanished completely. :~\

EDIT: Playing around some more with this in Photoshop tonight cos it was bothering the hell out of me! Colour-correction used to be my job! So I knew I should have been able to fix this. ;~P It was more an issue of not knowing how with Photoshop. Anyway, I think I've successfully colour corrected it. It's much closer to the original art at least-

and the closeup-

*is much happier*

This was done for the hp_art_project.

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5th-Sep-2005 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, Linda! The funny thing is, I had this planned and sketched before book 6 came out, so I find it quite poignant now. Specially since Dumbledore looks like he really does love the little man. :~)
4th-Sep-2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
It turned out very well. I love the color of Dumbledore and McGonagall's robes.
5th-Sep-2005 01:27 am (UTC)
Thanks. It's a pity they didn't come out more true to colour when scanned, but what can you do? ;~)
4th-Sep-2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh my GOD, Leela. *speechless*
5th-Sep-2005 01:27 am (UTC)
Glad you like it! *hugs*
4th-Sep-2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Wow! It came out awesome!

My little brother (14) came in the room while I was admiring the piece and we had the following conversation (paraphrased):

Brother: Someone didn't like draw that, did they?
Me: No, she painted it.
Brother: With what?
Me: Oil paints.
Brother: HOW?!?!
Me: Talent? *shows him a few of your previous posts*
Brother: But how??? She must have taken lots of classes and training and...art...stuff...things...
Me: Presumably. Awesome, no?
Brother: Yeah. And who's that in the background? Harry and the Lord of the Rings guy?
Me: Yeah, and I think that leg there is from Star Wars.
Brother: Yeah! Wow! The boot looks just like my action figure! COOL!

I thought you might find that amusing.
5th-Sep-2005 01:33 am (UTC)
Hahaha! That was seriously excellent! Thanks for sharing it. :~D And I haven't had much in the way of training; I did a 2yr Illustration course in 2002/2003, but that's all. (though there was a VAST improvement in my art because of it) Certainly not yrs of 'Art School' so to speak. ;~P

And, yeah, I feel bad about poor ObiWan being covered up in my journal... poor Obi. ;~)

4th-Sep-2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
It's so beautiful! And so much work!

5th-Sep-2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Yes, it was a lot of work, but I hadn't done an oil painting for a long time so I really enjoyed it. :~D
4th-Sep-2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the process of this piece with us. I can barely draw a box, so I am in awe of artists and their ability to render such life like images, and stir emotional responses with them, too!
5th-Sep-2005 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you like the painting and enjoyed watching it grow. :~)
4th-Sep-2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
...wow...I am speechless...you have no idea how much I worship you....::worships:: ^^
5th-Sep-2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks! :~) Glad you enjoyed the painting!
5th-Sep-2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Beautiful. You are amazing, truly amazing.
5th-Sep-2005 01:41 am (UTC)
Thankyou! I'm glad you like it! *hugs*
5th-Sep-2005 02:33 am (UTC)
It is just beyond beautiful.

5th-Sep-2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Thanks. :~) It was the scar that got me... :~( Poor wee mannie.
Probably affected me more cos he didn't have it for most of the painting, then suddenly there's this great ugly wound on his forehead. :~( :~(

5th-Sep-2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Congratulations on finishing this piece! It was a pleasure to follow your tutorial and see all these incredible textures and details and fabrics wrinkles come to life.

And the picture is more than gorgeous. It's touching and warming. There's so much love coming from Dumbledore and MacGonagall, and it makes me want to hold baby Harry in my arms and make him feel better.
5th-Sep-2005 07:44 am (UTC)
so amazing!
5th-Sep-2005 07:52 am (UTC)
This is absolutely beautiful.
5th-Sep-2005 10:53 am (UTC)
Beautiful result! I especially like the hands which seem so real and tender. I'm glad you posted the photograph too - the colours are beautiful and don't really show up properly in the scan at all :)
5th-Sep-2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
Absolutely lovely! Well done.
5th-Sep-2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
That's just so beautiful and wonderful! All the details and the trusting, innocent Harry is so wonderful. Minerva's frightful face and Dumbledores all knowing smile. Amazing!
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