So about a month ago I can honestly say I wasn’t really pumped for Deathly Hallows Part 2, but now that its right around the corner, I just can’t help myself. Actually, I kind of thought I was “getting over” Harry Potter in general because I wasn’t overly excited about the release of Deathly Hallows Part 1 either, and maybe that somehow did hinder my enjoyment of it because it is after all my least favorite Potter film.
For tonight’s sketch I decided I wanted to do something Harry Potter related since I’m in the mood for it. I originally wanted to just draw Voldemort‘s fingers, since you know, I’m kind of obsessed with his fingers. They drive me so insane that I love them, it’s a weird relationship. At the same time I also wanted to draw Harry, because damn it, I enjoy drawing Harry Potter. In fact, I drew a picture of Harry Potter before I even liked Harry Potter. I can remember the first film was coming out around the time I started college and there was advertisements for this thing everywhere. All I knew of Harry Potter at that point is that it was a popular book series with kids and that the trailer I saw for the film looked dreadful. Yet those gorgeous posters by Drew Struzan single handedly captured my imagination. I can specifically remember doodling that image of Harry the best I could off the top of my head in the middle of class and then being made fun of for drawing “that Harry Potter kid.” I shrugged, I had nothing. I have it somewhere, I should probably look for it, maybe I’ll share it with you guys.
My real love for Potter didn’t come until a bit later however. My Mom had seen the movie and fell in love with it, enough so that she decided to buy the DVD upon release. Everyone was making such a big deal over it that I felt like I should watch it, so I did, and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. That didn’t happen until I took my wife (then girlfriend) to see Chamber of Secrets opening night. I was hooked. A few days later I was working on a final for class where I had to spend the day rendering out footage from 3D Studio Max. It was then I spotted my Mom’s copy of Prisoner of Azkaban. I tried to tell myself to wait until the movie, but I decided to give it a read since I had time to kill. I finished it the next day. I don’t think I ever blew through a book that quick (I don’t read a heck of a lot, shame on me).
Since then Harry Potter has become a pretty big thing for me. I bought all the books as they came out (if I remember correctly, Order of the Phoenix was coming out just shortly after Chamber of Secrets) and I can remember leaving a friends party drunk as a skunk and walking to the nearest CVS at midnight so I could buy myself a copy and then returning to the party. I was made fun of for that too. I did the same thing when Half-Blood Prince came out as well. I also love most of the film soundtracks, with Prisoner of Azkaban being my favorite one (along with the film itself) and I’ve bought my fair share of Harry Potter toys. Yeah, he’s pretty cool.
So anyway, back to this drawing. I used a shot of Voldemort from Goblet of Fire for reference, and I grabbed my nearest Harry Potter figure (which happens to be from the scene I wanted to draw) and used him as a reference as well. I think it turned out fairly well considering I banged it out in about an hour and a half, possibly less. Whatever the duration of the Azkaban soundtrack is was about how long it took me. Oh, I’m also trying to get stuff together on DeviantArt (because I kind of feel like I should have a place for my drawings to go other than Facebook) so you can find a larger version of this over on DeviantArt.
Anyway, I can’t wait, though unfortunately, I kind of have to wait to see it. Kids and that sort of thing.