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!