So I started this little “Side-Potter-Project” as a part of my regular Potter-Project some time ago, and FINALLY finished it.
If you didn't know, J.K. Rowling wrote an 800-word Potter prequel for charity at auction. The handwritten short story, featuring the fictional wizard's father James and his friend Sirius Black in their younger years, fills both sides of a piece of A5 card and is signed by her. Since J.K. wrote it, to me, that makes it canon, and felt it deserved a place in the Potter-Project. At first I was just going to do a single painting for it but then I noticed how little art was being produced based on the story. I’m not going to say that I haven’t seen any other fan art of it, but it’s been surprisingly space. So I decided to have a little fun with it and adapted it into a mini comic book. The painting became the cover, then I drew the interiors in pencil like I do the vignette drawings. I tried to be as faithful to what J.K. wrote as I could be. I hope I didn’t...
Today I finally made the video for the Harry Potter page of this website. I don’t know why I waited so long to do it - I think I wanted to lose some weight first… but since that wasn’t happening, it just felt like time. Also, I was home alone today which left me free to make a fool of myself filming it. The video was just an eseir way for me to explain the project and show off the finished product than it was to write it all out. If this works out, maybe I’ll do the same for other pages of the site - but for now this will do.
I’ve never made a video before, so hopefully those who watch it will be kind. I’m sure it could be better, and down the line I’ll re-make it, but (again) for now it’ll have to do.
Taks a look - I hope you enjoy it.
I’m still learning how to use this new blogging feature for my site and I can’t think of a better image to experiment with. I am so very pleased to announce I’ve finished what I hope will be the cover illustration to my first book! I say right off - this doesn’t HAVE to be the cover illustration, but when the book is published, I WILL be doing the illustration - there won’t be any discussion. It’s one of the few things I want.
Anyway - the original painting is 19 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches. Gouache paints and coloured pencil on mounted watercolour paper. The title was created and added via PhotoShop. I also enhanced my name… which is painted right into the illustration. It’s WAY bigger than I would normally do it. But the idea is for it to act as my signiture for the illustration AND my credit as the author of the book.
As for the painting itself - I am very happy with the way it turned out. I struggled with the likenesses of some of the smaller images, but ultimately,...
... my name is Keith James and this is my website. It's mostly an online portfolio of my artwork, available for all to see, be it friends or family, but especially potential employers! So take a look around, I hope you enjoy what you see.
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