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Harry Potter: Book 2 Ch.17 by TheGeekCanPaint Harry Potter: Book 2 Ch.17 by TheGeekCanPaint
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Gouache with coloured pencil on watercolour paper

I can not begin to describe how much I struggled with Fawkes in this painting. It started with a bad drawing, I should never have settled for, but I was so excited to start the painting... well consider my lesson learned. I’m happy with the way he ultimately turned out, though he still doesn’t look quite like any of the other drawings I’ve done of him, but I chalk that up to the angle. Birds look weird head on.

Besides that, I was really excited about this painting. I think it has a really fun composition with the twisting line of people trailing behind Fawkes. It all kind of fell into place as I was putting it together.

Someone might ask, why I chose this scene to illustrate for this chapter and not the Basilisk fight and there is a very simple explanation for that. I still have one more bonus double sized painting to do for this book. Just guess what scene it will be!
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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droxy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait to see your next painting. I do hope something wonderful evolves from your HP project.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I'm getting very very close to finishing all the illustrations for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Once it's completed, I plan to try and get my stuff published again, but before I do, I'll be putting together some kind of petition first, to send along with my proposal, to help convince them ("them" being the publishers of the Harry Potter books) to publish my stuff. So I'll be asking for yours and everyone else's help ;)
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Marliv Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This time we have fun with composition and perspective. I think it turned out as well as your pictures usually tend to do!
I particularly like Harry's expression; he still seems not entirely convinced they're out of danger, and one cannot blame him for that!
Was Fawkes' description in the book particularly detailed (concerning this scene)? I have in mind him being all fiery and covered in flames, but it may be just my imagination ;) At any rate, I do enjoy your version, particularly his beak and eyes!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you once again for such lovely compliments! I'm so glad you are enjoying my stuff.

It doesn't mention anything in the books about Fawkes being fiery at this moment, just that Harry feels warmth from him. When Fawkes appears, he does so in a blaze of fire, and the whole phoenix mythos involves them being able to generate flames and whatnot, so it certainly is understandable you'd imagine it... frankly, it's a good idea. It doesn't say he doesn't have some kind of mystical flame happening.
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Marliv Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)

I see. Of course, he did burst in flames when he was about to die (and to be reborn, of course), but I guess he doesn't have to fly around being fiery all the time ;)
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Aquardial Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Bloody brilliant. I wish I could view this full-screen; I'm sure there are a ton of details that I can't quite see. It's almost like a tease!
The pipes are amazing. The blood...the dirt...
I keep tipping my head around, looking at this from all angles...and just...grinning. So darn cool the way you did this. The human chain, Fawkes flying them out...it was a fascinating scene and you've done it beautifully.
Again, thank you for sharing your genius with us fans.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You trully flatter me with this compliment. You are being far to kind with your words, but I am very happy you are enjoying the painting. Thank you so much!

And I'm sorry it's not bigger, but I do have the hope to get these properly published someday, but that's less likely to happen if they're already out there for free ;) That said, you can see it a little better here: [link]
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hpotty Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student
incredible colors! and you have an amazing art style :aww:
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so nice of you to say. Thank you so much! :)
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Fefe1414 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Oooo...I love the way Fawkes turned out! This is great! :)
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad ya like him... he gave me some troubles ;)
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This is one great illustration.

I don't see anything wrong with it, except that, maybe, it's too spoiler-ish. If you put it at the start of the chapter, you'll be able to deduce a lot of the things that happen there.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, if I had my way, it wouldn't be placed at the beginning of the chapter. I like the idea of illustrations for stories to be placed as close to the moment in the story as when the illustration takes place. Other wise, you are totally right about the spoiler issue. If I had to worry about that, I would definitely have chosen a different scene to paint ;)

All that said, thank you so much for the compliment!
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SacredCandybar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
It's a shame you don't like the way Fawkes turned out; I think he came out great! It is hard to draw a bird accurately from the front.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I actually re-painted Fawkes directly on the final paper 3 times before settling with that one. It's nice to hear it's working. Thank you so much!
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SacredCandybar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
You're very welcome. Keep up the great HP art!
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Wolkenschwimmerin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Wow, a great picture! I love the way Fawkes turned out here and the perspective is brilliant! :) Spectacular! :D
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you! I'm so glad it's working for you :D
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Persphonefallen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the dirt on their faces and the angle very clever. Like Olivander said "I guess we can assume great things from you." for some thing like that XD
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! Thank you. I actually did the painting first without the dirt. I knew it had to be added, but it was almost hard to because I ended up liking the way they all looked before hand. But it was too clean for everything that they had just gone through so.... I'm glad I did it, and like the way it turned out. Nice to hear it's being well received ;)
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korwis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing! Brilliant :D
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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HogwartsHorror Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
this beautiful! I love that you can see all the pipes in the background (rather than the film's strange cavern thing?)
the colours and expressions too are wonderful! Awesome work!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I figured, since in the book, the Basilisk was trucking around in the pipes, there should be, well, a bunch of pipes all around :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Really wonderful Fawkes and I like the perspective of looking down at the "human chain" which he is carrying out of the Chamber! :) I am eagerly awaiting your double page as well as the pictures for POA, which is my favorite book in the series! :iconharrypotterlaplz:
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I appreciate the compliments! I'm happy you like the painting.

I too am looking forward to getting to PoA. I have a difficult time pinning down which is my favorite book... but it's probably that one too ;)
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strangerthanever Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Can't wait for the third book.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I've still got a bit more to do on the second... but I am beginning preliminary work on the third ;)
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