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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.
Briarpatch by TheGeekCanPaint
Briarpatch
18 x 12 Gouache paints and coloured pencil on watercolor paper. Logo & author credit added via PhotoShop

I may have mentioned this cover illustration I was hired to do in a previous journal entry but I've been waiting to post the finished artwork till it was officially available. Here is a link to it on Amazon:
www.amazon.com/Briarpatch-Andr…

I was recommended by a few friends to the author. I'll be completely honest - I haven't read the story yet (only a snippet) so I can't with a clear conscience recommend the it at this point. I can say, what I did read seemed pretty good, though it is certainly for a specific audience... which is a specific subculture of the gay community. I'm guessing there will be some adult things happening in the story, though from what I understand, that is not the book's "purpose". The description of it on Amazon is "Men travel from all over the country to Las Vegas. One weekend a year travelers come to Briarpatch. A unique weekend full of gay men, leathered bikers and cigar smokers." 

Truth be told, it's not really my scene, but it was a job and at the very least, the author says he's happy with the way it turned out, so as far as I am concerned, I feel it was a job well done.
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Harry Potter: Book 3, Cover by TheGeekCanPaint
Harry Potter: Book 3, Cover
37.5 x 15
Gouache paints with colored pencil on colored matt board - and just the tiniest touch of air brushing. Spine verbiage added via PhotoShop

So it's been nearly a year since I've done any Harry Potter Art. After finishing Chamber of Secrets, I did a couple things for Prisoner of Azkaban, but I wanted to take a small break. That break went a little longer when I co-directed a show with my hubby, then we moved, then it was the holidays and finally, well, it was time to get back at it. 

Over all, I'm happy with the painting. There are a couple things I'd change if I could. There's one character who gave me some trouble and after working him over a number of times, I had to settle on the way he looks or risk ruining it. But even then, I'm not terribly disappointed with what I settled on for that character. 

Now, I have a gig I need to work on, but after that, I'll be doing the Potter art on a more regular basis.
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I don't really NEED to write this post. Mostly it's for accountability and keeping myself focused and finish what I say I'm going to.

See, within the next few days, I should be finishing the cover illustration for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!  I turned a corner on it last night and if all goes well, I'll be posting the finished product this weekend. For those who are familiar with the illustrations I've done for Philosopher's Stone & Chamber of Secrets, it will fit right in in design and style. I've finished all the primary painting on all of the characters and objects featured, except the faces of 4 people and all of Crookshanks... but that is what I'll be doing tonight. After that, it's just a matter of doing touch-ups and finishing touches.

After that, I'll probably go radio silent for a bit again. I have a gig I need to work on and I can't post any of the final products till some time after the actual product has been on the market. But when it's available, I'll talk about it and give a link to purchasing it for anyone who may be interested... though the subject matter is for a specific market.

Then, once that's done, I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things properly. During the time I'm working on the gig, I should be able to get a lot of preliminary sketching done and dive right into more scenes from Azkaban as well as Oz and start a few other projects.

So, that's what's going on right now. I should be back in a few days with the new painting to share!

To quote the immortal Tigger: TTFN!
It's been a long time since I've done some Potter art. After I finished "Chamber of Secrets" I did a couple paintings for "Prisoner of Azkaban" just so I could say it was started, but I let the series rest for a bit. That was a year ago... A YEAR! I did a bunch of other stuff last year, but I felt it was time to get back to it and have been doing a bunch of drawing recently.

Last night I finished the drawing stage and tonight I prep the board on which I'll be painting the cover illustration of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

I'm kind'a excited :)

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Keith James
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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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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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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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Happy Birthday!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Welcome!
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Happy Birthday!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!!
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happy birthday
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