Gouache with coloured pencil on watercolour paper
Unlike my last painting, this one I’m happy with the lighting. I think there is just enough, while still retaining the proper mood of the moment. That said, I was happier with the Aragog paintings layout design. Something about this one feels a little boring to me. Not too much, I’m very happy with it, and frankly, when you’re illustrating an entire book, some of the layouts are just gonna kind’a be what they are.
The thing that was really fun about this painting is all the layering and reflections I got to do. Furthest in the “background” is Lockhart, though that’s only seen via a reflection in the mirror. In the other mirror we see the kids, Harry in front, followed by Ron, and then Myrtle in the back, which is seen again but now the flip side of it outside of the mirror... which is particularly fun because with Myrtle now being the closest to the viewer and being a ghost, we see Ron through her.
Thank you so much for the compliments and even the critiques, which I don't mind nor am I offended about.
I'm not so sure I agree about Lockhart's eyes - mirrors and reflections are a tricky thing, and while I know it isn't perfect (cause none of my stuff is), I think it works out alright. But everyone sees things differently.
And yeah, I had tried different angles at first to see the chamber's entrance better. But in the end, it's "just" a tunnel and the more important things to be seen were the kids and Lockhart... and I wanted to have fun with both the reflections and overlap including Myrtle's transparency
Thanks again for all the kind words. I'm glad you enjoy my stuff.
The 'ghostly' effects you used on Myrtle are also very praise-worthy. Ghosts are particularly tricky to draw, as one has to make them transparent, but still noticeably visible. Have you had much trouble with getting such good result?
The ghost "effects" are a little bit of a challenge, but I haven't found much "trouble" with them. It just takes a little extra concentration when doing the over lapping parts. After, it's just a matter of adding a little effect; like the what lines outlining the ghost to make it "pop" a little more.
Just love these.
This is MUCH more like I thought it should be *smacks the movie upside the head* Way more subtle and believable that there would be a hidden tunnel there.
Their faces - all of them! Harry's "I can't believe that just worked", Ron's "wow, Harry's the man!" Myrtle's "huh! So that's where that thing came from!" and Lockhart's sheer terror "he did the Parseltongue thing again and these children have abducted me!"
Other things I must mention - the 'action whumph' cloudy/smoky puffs from the sink - way cool. Myrtle! I mean, how AWESOME is it that we can see Ron through her?! Lockhart's violently fancy robes are made of WIN.
Love it, love it, love it.
I say this alot, but it's true; there is more on the way
Thanks so much for the compliments!