18 x 24 - Gouache paints with coloured pencil on watercolour paper - minor PhotoShopping was done to the black boarder and the red shape to make web/print ready because the scanner picked up too much of the brush strokes.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” - a show I still consider my favorite of all time. So I did this painting to celebrate the said anniversary. I had every intention of doing it much earlier in the year - but life got in the way and pushed it off for sometime. So while I dealt with not having it finished on the original airdate of the first episode, I really wanted to get it done before the end of 2017. Well I did it… just barely, there’s just over a week left in the year… but I did it!
I will say this - If it meant acheiving the quality I managed, I think the wait was worth it. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I’m extremely proud of the layout I think the liknesess of all the characters...
Just when I think life is getting on track and I can start getting back into an "art-groove", something happens and the next thing I know, it's been months since I've done any new art. Well, I'm sick of it. And I've been slowly but sure working on making some changes in my life and schedule to make art more of a priority again. It hasn't been going perfectly, but I'm at least headed in the right direction. To give you an idea of how bad things have gotten, The new artwork I’m sharing here is a piece of art I just finished as a gift for my hubby... for Christmas... of 2016!!! But the point is - I'm making the time and doing it. In the in between times, I've been designing my next set of illustrations. Here is the plan for the next pieces of art.1. The peice I’m sharing here is the gift I did for my hubby. It’s a scen from the musical “Into the Woods” done as an animated cell. I used the costume designed from the production he and I produced. This is a silly little project I’ve been wanting...
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...
... 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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