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Slowly but surely things are falling into place since I completed the freelance gig I’ve been working on the last few months. I can now feel free to focus on, well, all the other stuff I’ve been putting on hold while I worked on it. I’m going to list out my plans for future art related projects, mostly for me but also as a sort of way of keeping myself accountable… and because I like lists :o)

  1. Harry Potter

    ~ I’ve already begun the painting for Ch.2 of PoA. I transferred the drawing onto my board last night and soon I’ll begin painting!  I’m reducing the number of vignette drawings I do for each chapter, but I am still doing them. I have a few more to draw out for Ch.2 of PoA but they are in progress and I’ll shared them and the painting together.

    ~ I’ve been waiting to (finally) make up slightly revised slip cases for the first 2 books PS & CoS which are all finished otherwise. I have to get one final material, then I will make them.

    ~ Once the slip cases are done, I’ll be able to record the video I mentioned eons ago. The video will be on my website explaining the Potter-Project and showing off the finished product. I’ll also use the video on an all new petition asking permission to sell copies of my illustrations on a case by case basis.

    ~ I have a surprise side-Potter-project that I already began working on some time ago. It’s not on the top of my to-do-list, but I’ll be working on it in between everything else.

  2. OZ

    ~ I have the vignette drawing and the painting for Ch.7 of Wizard of Oz plotted out. After finishing the above mentioned Potter painting, this will be the next thing I do.

    ** OZ is going to be a prime focus for me for a while. Since the story is in public domain, I don’t need to get permission to sell it, so I’d like to finish the first book and see how well it sells.

  3. Self-portrait

    ~ I’ve been dieting for a number of reasons. Once I’ve lost enough and feel comfortable again, I’m going to do a self-portrait to use in a number of places.

  4. My Book

    ~ It’s going slowly, but the first book in the series I’ve been writing is almost done being edited. I already did one cover illustration, but I know I can do better, so it’s getting reworked.

  5. Other Books

    ~ Percy Jackson – I enjoyed doing Ch.1 of Book 1, so I’ll keep going with it.

    ~ Jurassic Park – A long time ago (well before Potter) I had planned to make a graphic novel out of the book. Well, I won’t be going that far, but I think I’m going to do a few illustrations.

    ~ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – I’ve been wanting to illustrate this book for a while now, it’s time to start.

  6. Poster Art

    ~ I was recently pouring myself through some of my favorite artist’s (Drew Struzan) work. He's most commonly known for his movie poster artwork and it inspired me to do some of my own. Besides the cover of my book having that kind of look, I’m  re-doing the Star Wars poster series I began some time ago. My hubby helped me design them.

  7. My Website/Logo

    ~ My site has been sitting rather stagnant for a while. I think it’s time to freshen it up some with a new look and revised logo.

I think that’s probably enough to keep me busy for a while!

 

I can't remember the last time I mentioned it, but I've been working on a freelance gig for some time now which has prevented me from doing any other new artwork, which is why I haven't been "around" on DeviantArt much. The whole thing has taken way longer than I ever thought it would when I agreed to doing it. If I'd have know it was going to take this long I might not have done it. But I try to be a man of my word, so once I agreed it was all I could work on till it was done. On the upside, I'll be getting paid for my efforts and while the nature of the project prevented me from doing all with the art that I would like (I had to do 13 paintings in a limited amount of time) it was an excellent exercise in technique and I feel my art improved for the effort.

Well, today I finished the project. I'll post more about it soon with an illustration from it, but the real point is, I can finally move on to some other stuff. First thing on the docket is the next painting from Prisoner of Azkaban! Stay tuned!!!
Setup to understand the questions:

For those who don't know, I've been writing a book; the first in a series. It's currently being edited, but once that is done I plan to find a literary agent and try to get it published. It might slow down the process, but I don't care, I will be illustrating the cover myself. I already did a preliminary painting for it (which you can see HERE if you'd like) but as time has past felt I could do better. I feel I only touched on some of what I wanted to accomplish with that piece so I'm re-doing it. The thing I know I want is for it to feel like a movie poster. Not like movie posters of today, but more like they used to be... like the kind of work (one of my all time favorite artists) Drew Struzan did.

So, that got me thinking. Why not just cast my book with actors and actresses like it was a movie? I'd still keep my basic designs for the characters, like what they wear and whatnot. And I'd certainly only pick people that I feel look like my characters. On the other hand, because I'm not actually casting a movie, I can pick any actor from any time of their life and mix and match, because in the end, it's more about the art and representing my story in the way I want.

On the other hand, it could create confusion as well. People might not "get it" and begin to focus on the performer's I choose and/or think they are too old or maybe even dead, depending on who I pick.

So, I'd just like to here people's opinions to help me make my decision.

1. Do you think this is a fun idea or would you be distracted by it?

If you like the idea, please answer question 2. If not, you're done and thank you :)

2. If you like the idea, do you think it would be better to choose a cast as if it was a movie today, or pick differing people from all times?

Thank you in advance for your help!

PS* I'm nearly done with the freelance gig I've been working on the last few months and will be producing art to share here soon! More Potter art as well as others... like the cover for my book I'm asking about here. So, not much longer!
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.

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Keith James
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
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My name is Keith James. I’m a thirty-something geek residing in Saint Paul, MN. Yes, I said geek, I've embraced who I am and proud of it! I am also an aspiring illustrator and here in DeviantArt you will find a majority of my artwork. Anyone is welcome to take a look through it.

I’ve been involved with art as long as I can remember and knew I’d be working in it since I was in kindergarten. And while it's not yet my profession, I'm working on it!

I attended The Columbus College of Art and Design where I graduated with a BFA majoring in Illustration. I have a love for superhero comic books, children’s books, science fiction/fantasy, animation, and the theatrical arts. So take a look through the galleries, I hope you like what you see!

Current Residence: Saint Paul, MN
Favourite genre of music: Rock and Broadway
Favourite style of art: Illustration: Childrens books and Comic books
Favourite cartoon character: Stich or Yakoo Warner
Personal Quote: Success doesn't taste nearly as sweet without failure as an appitizer.
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Slowly but surely things are falling into place since I completed the freelance gig I’ve been working on the last few months. I can now feel free to focus on, well, all the other stuff I’ve been putting on hold while I worked on it. I’m going to list out my plans for future art related projects, mostly for me but also as a sort of way of keeping myself accountable… and because I like lists :o)

  1. Harry Potter

    ~ I’ve already begun the painting for Ch.2 of PoA. I transferred the drawing onto my board last night and soon I’ll begin painting!  I’m reducing the number of vignette drawings I do for each chapter, but I am still doing them. I have a few more to draw out for Ch.2 of PoA but they are in progress and I’ll shared them and the painting together.

    ~ I’ve been waiting to (finally) make up slightly revised slip cases for the first 2 books PS & CoS which are all finished otherwise. I have to get one final material, then I will make them.

    ~ Once the slip cases are done, I’ll be able to record the video I mentioned eons ago. The video will be on my website explaining the Potter-Project and showing off the finished product. I’ll also use the video on an all new petition asking permission to sell copies of my illustrations on a case by case basis.

    ~ I have a surprise side-Potter-project that I already began working on some time ago. It’s not on the top of my to-do-list, but I’ll be working on it in between everything else.

  2. OZ

    ~ I have the vignette drawing and the painting for Ch.7 of Wizard of Oz plotted out. After finishing the above mentioned Potter painting, this will be the next thing I do.

    ** OZ is going to be a prime focus for me for a while. Since the story is in public domain, I don’t need to get permission to sell it, so I’d like to finish the first book and see how well it sells.

  3. Self-portrait

    ~ I’ve been dieting for a number of reasons. Once I’ve lost enough and feel comfortable again, I’m going to do a self-portrait to use in a number of places.

  4. My Book

    ~ It’s going slowly, but the first book in the series I’ve been writing is almost done being edited. I already did one cover illustration, but I know I can do better, so it’s getting reworked.

  5. Other Books

    ~ Percy Jackson – I enjoyed doing Ch.1 of Book 1, so I’ll keep going with it.

    ~ Jurassic Park – A long time ago (well before Potter) I had planned to make a graphic novel out of the book. Well, I won’t be going that far, but I think I’m going to do a few illustrations.

    ~ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – I’ve been wanting to illustrate this book for a while now, it’s time to start.

  6. Poster Art

    ~ I was recently pouring myself through some of my favorite artist’s (Drew Struzan) work. He's most commonly known for his movie poster artwork and it inspired me to do some of my own. Besides the cover of my book having that kind of look, I’m  re-doing the Star Wars poster series I began some time ago. My hubby helped me design them.

  7. My Website/Logo

    ~ My site has been sitting rather stagnant for a while. I think it’s time to freshen it up some with a new look and revised logo.

I think that’s probably enough to keep me busy for a while!

 

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DaleLaz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Gorgeous stuff!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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DaleLaz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I'll keep my eye on you.  You have my ear if you want to collab on a gay erotic graphic novel. :)
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I'm honored... I'm not even sure what to say. I'll definitely think about it.
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Thank you :)
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Thanks so much!!!
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