Every once in a while, I feel the urge to make some Harry Potter related art. Recently, we finally reached “19 Years Later” so I thought it would be nice to commemorate the occasion with a new portrait of my man, Harry Potter.
I began, as I always do when I paint or draw a portrait, with a simple drawing. I actually use some newsprint first, and lay it on my computer screen so I can mark out the proportions correctly. Then I refine that drawing freehand and go over it with a sharpie before I then hold the newsprint up against a window, place a watercolour page over top of that, and trace my lineart. Then I fix any errors, erase what needs to be erased, and end up with this.
Here we see the first layer of colour. I’m not what I would consider a traditional watercolour painter, in that I spend a lot of time building thick layers. As a result my paintings frequently end up being quite saturated. I use a skin tone over the entire face and neck, and on the hair where the light will hit it.
The next part is where I begin to layer and blend colours to build dimension. It is important to me to build up the nose in particular, and make sure that the hair won’t be flat.
The eyes always come last when I’m painting. When I am doing a pencil portrait though, they are often the first part that I finish. Different mediums require different approaches! At this point, before putting in the (GREEEEEEN for book accuracy) eye colour, our man Harry Potter here looked, frankly, terrifying. He was also lacking lip colour and eyebrows which didn’t help. Eyebrows are one of the final touches, as they are far too easy to smudge and blur into the skin by accident. I learned that lesson the hard way.
I added a grey background for a bit of drama, and a lightning bolt using a gold Sharpie.
Though it came out a little darker than I originally intended, I was pleased with the final outcome. It was a great skill exercise, and was a marvelous way to pass the morning.