Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
LIMES ---5 x 7 inches. Oil on canvas.
ORANGE WEDGES---5 x 7 inches. Oil on canvas.
A couple of still lifes I did a while back (not available---both have already been sold).
I haven't done any still lifes in the past few months. I think I'll do some more soon.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Another digital preliminary study for an oil painting illustrating the Harry Potter books. This on depicts the scene from HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE when Draco Malfoy has disarmed Dumbledore and must decide whether he can bring himself to kill him now that he has the chance. Harry, under his invisibility cloak, unseen by Draco, looks on but has been paralyzed by Dumbledore for his own protection (and, perhaps, so that he not interfere with Dumbledore's interrogation of Malfoy).
Of course, I had to "cheat" on the invisibility, making him visible to the viewer. Invisibility is always a problem for illustrators when it comes up in a fantasy story. I choose to simply show him to the viewers with it being understood that, while he's visible to them, he cannot be seen by Malfoy.
Next I'll be doing a study for the scene from the same book in which Harry injures Malfoy unintentionally using the curse he learned from the book of the Half Blood Prince.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Another preliminary study for a Harry Potter painting. In this one I imagine Harry having been on the grounds of Hogwarts after classes when Draco comes up to him making his usual taunts. As Harry walks away, trying to ignore him, Draco makes a particularly nasty comment about Harry's parents. This shows the moment when Harry has taken out his wand---struggling with the impulse to turn around and cast a curse on him before suppressing the urge and walking on without a backward glance.
Not a specific scene from one of the stories. Just something I imagine to be a common experience for Harry at Hogwarts.
I think when I do the painting I may show Draco's wand in his hand at his side
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Another sketch of the Whomping Willow. This time from the other side with Hogwarts in the background. Done in acrylic on masonite (5 x 7 inches) with a little digital enhancement to the photo. I plan to finish the painting in oils in 2 or 3 more sittings and have it posted for sale when its done.
Some color and a few modifications to the last sketch. I'm going to try some sketches of the Quidditch field next.
Posted by David B. Ellis at 10:27 AM
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This is a rough digital concept sketch for a Harry Potter painting I'm planning to do. It depicts the scene in which he is pursued by a dragon while flying on his broom in the Tri-Wizard tournament. The figures of both Harry and the dragon were created by creating rough sculptural studies, or maquettes. This working method allows me to try out a wide variety of different compositions very quickly during the concept stage.
I'll probably do several other variations of the composition before settling on the one to serve as the basis for the final oil painting.
This is a small, 5 x 7 inch fantasy oil painting I'm currently working on. Two or three more sittings and it should be completed. I plan to do a larger version, possibly with a different, daytime, color scheme once its finished.