My illustrations from the original Harry Potter books. Details of their creation accompany the images along with other related imagery and some of the preparation rough sketches sent as faxes (yes, it was before the days of emailing!) to the publishers for their comments. Only a few of these roughs
exist - I am not one for creating a lot of preparation, preferring to keep things as spontaneous as possible, so they have become somewhat valuable and
a number have been sold to collectors.
Also pictured here are some examples of private commissions.
Similar commissions are always considered.
Please do contact me to discuss.
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The final painting for the original book cover. This was cropped slightly differently on the printed book cover. The original painting was lost by the publishers Bloomsbury, shortly after publication of the book.
The process of creating the cover paintings was the usual one of making preparation sketches like this one for discussion with and approval of the publisher and author. This is a late stage rough sketch with most of the decisions having been completed.
The final painting for the original book cover. Actually this image is made from two different paintings. The car (without background) was commissioned separately for use in shop window displays. This was then overlaid on the original cover painting by the publishers - permission was not saught and the reason for the change remains a mystery...
Original of the car Sold. Original background image with original car available.
One of a series exploring different angles of the Ford Anglia to see which worked best to give the impression of flying, together with placement of the characters.
This was a real pleasure to paint. The commission from a mother in the USA, was to create a portrait of the her two children in a Quidditch match with Harry. I love portraits anyway so this was something I could really get my teeth into.