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Harry Potter: Book 2, Ch.16 by TheGeekCanPaint Harry Potter: Book 2, Ch.16 by TheGeekCanPaint
16 x 22
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.
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Zorocan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
every time i read harry potter or watch the movies i get this warm comfortable feeling - it's wonderful
it's the same when i see your art man 
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
What a nice comment! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. And I'm so glad you are enjoying my art :)
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Zorocan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
no problem :) 
keep up the good work! 
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imhilien Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done. :)
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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imhilien Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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thelastmaze Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the way Myrtle's transparency looks. I'm glad you drew her hair down btw. The reflection in the mirror works nicely as it shows their faces which we cannot see from behind, but it'd be cool to see the chamber's entrance more clearly.
Lockart seems not to be looking at the same direction as the others for some reason. His eyes  seem to be a bit off. I hope you don't get offended!
Kudos for quality Hp art, which is a rare thing nowadays. You're on my list of decent hp fan artists.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

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.

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Chapet Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Thank you!

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Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! Love your art :D
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! :)
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strangerkate Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student
Nice use of space. Lockhart in that mirror reminds me of Las Meninas.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! And what a compliment; I remember learning about Las Meninas in art history class ;)
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Chashirskiy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You art has been featured in my journal: [link]
Thank you! :-)
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And thank YOU :)
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L1V1D Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
This is gorgeous :D I really like this one. All the details are great, but oddly, the cracked, old walls really grab my eye. I love the way you designed the entrance. Myrtle looks amazing. The set up is awesome. It's great to see both their faces, and their physical full body reactions to what is happening.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! And it's not so odd to like the cracked walls. I can't tell you how often my favorite part of a painting will be something as simple as that. All that said, I'm really happy you like the painting :)
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Marliv Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the use of mirrors in this picture! We can see the both sides of the kids, while scared Lockhart is lurking in the mirror, or rather in the background.
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?
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's been a while since I've been able to do it, but using reflections was something I did a number of times in the first book, and I really enjoy it. I'm so glad you are to :)

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.
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Marliv Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a good thing about illustrating 'Harry Potter' that it offers many different challenges and opportunities to show your skills, eh :)
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droxy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore your characterizations. The dropping sink woosh and tansparent Myrtle. Adores horrified Lockhart.

Just love these.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Again, I thank you for all the kind words and compliments! I'm so glad you're enjoying my art :)
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HogwartsHorror Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
ah! this is fantastic (as is all your stuff!) I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see proper book-focused HP art!
brilliant!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So kind of you to say. Thank you so much! It's always espessially nice to hear when someone recognizes I'm being true to the books :D
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so great!! I love their expressions!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you're enjoying :D
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Fefe1414 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Ahhhhhh...you are freakin' amazingly talented!!!! So awesome!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so nice of you to say... thank you so much :D
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Aquardial Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Oh my oh my oh my - that was my first coherent thought. Which truly isn't all that intelligent, but there you have it.
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.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are far too kind :) Thank you, thank you so much for all these compliments. As I already told you in another reply, hearing a comparission between my stuff and the movies, and being told mine is more true to the books, well, that's so nice. So thank you again for that. And I'm happy you're enjoying my art.

I say this alot, but it's true; there is more on the way :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Wow! I love the mirror effect and the transparency of Myrtle, but my favorite thing here is the expression on Harry's face! :iconharrypotterlaplz:
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL - I'm glad you like Harry's expression. My hubby and I joke that Harry spends alot of the first couple books making that face; we call it "the Harry face" ;)

Thanks so much for the compliments!
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nagisa2345 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This truly amazing I am almost lost for words :D
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You said plenty ;) Thank you so much for the compliment!
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nagisa2345 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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