So I recently found out that Scholastic is also releasing fully illustrated versions of the Harry Potter books. From what I can gather, they will be using the same illustrations as Bloomsbury. I won't lie, I am incredibly disappointed.
When Bloomsbury announced their plans I immediately contacted Scholastic and asked if they were planning to do the same thing. The answer I was given was they were not going to do it. I replied and said I thought that was a shame because I felt it was a great idea - it's what I want to do after all - and said if they changed their minds I hope they would keep me in mind.
Well, apparently they changed their minds... or they lied... either way I was not considered.
On the one hand, I understand. I'm nobody, while the person Bloomsbury hired is some award winning superstar of some kind. So why would they really look at my stuff.
But on the other hand, I stand by my Potter art and strongly feel fans of the series generally like my take and appreciate my attention to detail and attempt at being cannon.
Well the wind has officially been taken out of my sails of hoping to ever get my stuff published. It's just not going to happen. With that realization came a sort of lack of enthusiasm of continuing on with the series... except, as I said from the beginning, I never expected (I just really REALLY hoped) to get my stuff published and that I was doing the illustrations for fun. So I am going to keep going with the series, but there will be a couple changes from here on out.
1. I won't be doing as many vignette drawings anymore.
My passion has always been with the paintings first and foremost. The only reason I started to do the vignettes at all was because every once in a while, I'd want to do a little bit more, or there'd be a another scene I wanted to do from a given chapter than the scene I painted. Things got carried away and it became a part of the project, but it's always slowed me down a great deal. I mean, the shear amount of drawing I've had to do... don't get me wrong, I enjoyed, but was usually itching to move on to the next chapter when I was working on them. The vignettes started to feel more like a chore than something I really wanted to do. I'm still going to do vignette drawings, only from now on I'm going to limit myself in the number per chapter. I haven't decided on the exact number, but probably 3-4. Which will open up my time for more paintings; Potter as well as other books.
2. The Bound books will be changing.
Not everyone knows this, but after finishing the illustrations for them, I hand bound copies of books 1 & 2. The text is just gibberish to make it look real, I wanted to respect copyright laws, but I placed my illustrations in the place and order they should go in. I made 4 of each - one for myself, one to send to J.K.Rowling as a thank you gift and the other 2 were meant to go to Scholastic and Bloomsbury as proposals for publication. After completing the first book, I sent them all off, but all three were returned. I was just getting ready to try again but now including book 2, but as I said at the beginning of this post, it doesn't seem necessary. So, from now on, I'm only going to make 2 copies; one for me and one to try and get to J.K.Rowling. I'm going to see what I can do about possibly getting permission to sell myself and I'd do it as a "made to order" kind of thing... though with these official illustrated editions coming out, I'm sure they'll say no; they won't want any kind of competition, no matter how small.
And that's where I'm at right now.