This was a pretty awesome weekend for finishing projects for me. I finished my most recent painting (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 - seen in my previous post) AND I finished the slipcases for the Harry Potter books I hand bound. I haven’t talked about them here, but it’s something I’ve been working on; recreating the books and hand binding them. At first glance, they look very similar to the original versions I made back in the day, but there are a handful of serious changes:
1. The biggest change (though it isn't noticeable in this image) is that I used the actual story text. I formatted it all myself, placing my illustrations wherever necessary.
2. The dimensions are about the same - I had to because of the slipcase art - but I these books are smaller than the originals. As where the originals were about 8.5 x 11, these are closer to 6 x 9.5ish.
3. The slipcases (which is what I finished over the weekend) probably show the most noticeable differences - they are covered in slightly different material from the originals - still leather like, but the colours are lighter and (not noticeable) they're soft to the touch. And finally...
4. I didn't put the title on the slipcase. I was actually originally planning on it. I had a friend who was going to help me - he had a machine that would cut it out of the leather - probably creating a neat effect. But after some thought - I really wanted to be able to say I did these all myself. AND the theory is - the illustrated cover is the actual COVER, with the spine of the book showing the title, so I changed course. All that said, I think there's something classy about the single image representing the story.
There are other more subtle changes, like things with the ribbons, and since I used the original text the illustrations fit differently. But the above is the main jist. All that's left now is to make a new video (where I’ll ellaborate on all this all a bunch more) about them for the Potter gallery of this website, then TRY and mail a set to J.K.Rowling, while the other goes up on my own shelf.