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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Original Pen and Watercolour. 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.
Original Pen and Watercolour. 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.
Original Pencil. A sketch to help understand leg movement in particular, with the help of a friend's willing horse. Gathering reference for Buckbeak on the Azkaban cover. Wherever possible I will always aim to make reference sketches from life. Original available.
As you can see, some thoughts from the publishers on the back and front cover preparation sketches thus far submitted.
Pen and Pencil. 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. A mid stage rough considering head angles for Buckbeak. Original Sold.