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by mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
at April 2nd, 2007 (09:06 pm)

I'm having a hard time with the next illustration for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I want to draw the moment just as the book describes but there's so little information. I'm getting stuck on important decisions as the colour of the seats inside the Hogwarts Express, or what kind of train window can open far enough to give a hug to your mother? And do wizard kids drink pumpkin juice out of a thermos can or one of those cardboard boxes? (which I don't know the name of in English)

Apart from that it's taking a very long time just on technique, I knew when I started this series I wanted to draw the very best I could, but I often feel I'm just not that good. And at the same time I enjoy painting with the window open, listening to chamber music and drinking a cup of tea on a very nice spring day. (Occasionaly dipping my brush in the tea.)

And a last note: Magenta Comstock on JK Rowling's side made laugh out loud. I wish I was a witch just to do that. Humor is still the best charm :)


Posted by: rufus (rufus)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)

yay, cute owl!

juice in cardboard boxes are just called "juice boxes", but I think wizard kids would probably have a glass bottle of some sort for their portable pumpkin juice, or a flagon that's spelled not to spill.

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)

Aha, juice boxes! Thank you :)

I opted for pumpkin juice boxes because you don't want to give a flask or thermos to every Weasley who's boarding Hogwarts and hope they'll remember to rinse it and bring it back by Christmas.

Posted by: That Silly Fool (kcontheroad)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)

If it's a conjured mug, it can be whisked away when no longer needed, or the witch can do an 'evanesco' when she collects it and it's perfectly clean.

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Angel Harry

Shame, it's too late, I already inked and coloured half of the drawing. I'll need a beta next time who can help me out on those difficult decisions.

Posted by: That Silly Fool (kcontheroad)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)

I always figured that the witch with the trolley gave them mugs for drinking pumpkin juice. She could conjure them as needed. Surely Arthur could conjures some steps or do a Wingardium Leviosa on Molly so that she could levitate to the window? Can't help with the colour of the seats.

I often feel I'm just not that good.

Your pictures in this series -- the house on Privet Drive, under the stairs, in the boat, in Gringott's -- are simply amazing. I love every one of them. They make it look as if magic is real. You convey the most complex moods with tiny little lines of expression or with hints of colour. Mnem, you ARE 'that good' and more.

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)

I had thought of the Witch with the Trolley but when rereading that passage it seemed as if the Weasleys didn't buy things from the trolley, their mother supplied them with (cheaper) food. But you don't give your child dry bread with corned beef without a drink. I opted for pumpkin juice boxes (sounds affordable to me and simpler than the thermos flask they're supposed to bring back at Christmas).

Molly to twins: could you give me a lift dears?
twins: Sure! Locomotor Molly!

*blusches crimson-cadmium-magenta red* Oh you! :D ♥

Posted by: That Silly Fool (kcontheroad)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)

It's merely the truth.

Thinks you look pretty all blushing like that.

Posted by: Maraudersaffair (maraudersaffair)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)

Oh, that is just adorable. :D

Posted by: Neke (ex_neke)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)

Cute Pigwidgeon. ^^

Good luck with the HP&PS drawing. :)

Posted by: Susan the Singer (singersdd)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
hogwarts castle

I'd imagine that they had flasks or flagons for the pumpkin juice, which Molly would clean up when they got home. . . eventually. :)

As to the seats on the train, I imagine them being red leather. Dunno why, but there it is. :)

Pigwigeon is adorable.

Posted by: Anders Svartalfurinn (svartalfur)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)

Pigwidgeon is adorable.

Think of what your portraits could see, if their eyes followed the viewers home. Think of all the possibilities. ;D

Posted by: Limes (chocolate_limes)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Potters&Longs colour [art by seviet]

I can't help much since everyone else has made good suggestions but I can contribute this much :)

In England we call the cardboard boxes 'cartons of xyz'. Not literally xyz, I hasten to add, but.. cartons of pumpkin juice. I say this boldly - it's what everyone I know says, but I'm sure the suggestion of juice boxes is just as legitimate :D The meaning is clear anyway.

As to the train seats, if it's not mentioned then perhaps googling some old English steam trains might be the way forward? I think JK must have had the generic 1950s sort of steam train in mind and it probably wouldn't be hard to find some reference pictures.

Hope that helps! I think you're doing marvellous, marvellous, loveable and delightful things with this series. It makes me happy every time I see an update <3

Posted by: Toy (snapetoy)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Flowers - Heartsease and Wormwood

That's just gorgeous, Mnem. He's so cute and wee!

Posted by: Shezan (shezan)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)


Posted by: κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα (_inbetween_)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)

Just to add to the "cartons of juice" and trains - the windows of older ones slide right down, but the boys could easily lean out of those that only slide to the halfway partition (and I imagined the seats green or brown).

Posted by: Miri (mieronna)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)

Hmm. I think very old train windows can be actually pulled down (or pushed up!) far enough to really lean out (it's of course forbidden now!) and I always got the impression that the HE is one of the old-style trains we see in old WWI and WWII pictures.
Look here!
Maybe I'll find some actual photos, too.

Posted by: just as unpleasant in person (swtalmnd)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
bunny tea

Pigwidgeon is adorable.

You really are that good! I know it sounds stupid, but you've got such a beautiful technique that I've always admired, with wonderful subtlety and delicacy, and a sense of light that makes even a simple ink bottle magical. ♥

Posted by: My head is pasta'd on, yay (la_fono)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
lurve squid

Hee! Painty tea is an interesting taste, no? ;)

Lovely Pig. :)

Posted by: lindsey (your_downfall)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
hp // garden gnome and mushroom

Pigwidgeon looks adorable. :)

I knew when I started this series I wanted to draw the very best I could, but I often feel I'm just not that good.

I'm not sure how much this means, but you're my favourite HP fanartist. You can convey such amazing emotions so subtly. Your illustrations are absolutely captivating.

Posted by: Summer (summerborn)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)

Such a cute little owl! I just adore your style.

Posted by: Amanuensis (amanuensis1)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)

Pigwidgeon is so cuuuuuute!

Posted by: i_the_eo (i_the_eo)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)

I can't believe you ever doubt your artistic talent.

Posted by: Boussole (boussole)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)

Pig is lovely~ ^-^ And i'm sure however it turns out, the chapter drawing will be too! I think doubting your artistic abilities is an important part of becoming a better artist. I know when i'm dissatisfied with something i work hard to fix it and make it look agreeable, and in the process become just that little bit better at what i'm doing. Though on the whole, i'm dissatisfied with almost everything i've done! Ha ha~ We've just gotta keep going and enjoy ourselves as we do it! ^__^ ~♥

Posted by: Hazel (peverell)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)

Here via hp_art_daily.

Pig is so cute --the perfect example of 'the weeny little owl' the girls coo over on the staircase when he brings mail to Ron. I love that you have him perched on the inkwell --it looks so *glassy*! I think glass is horribly hard to show in art and yet yours fairly *sparkles*.

And to throw in my two Knuts worth... We call them juice bricks cos that's what they look like and when they lean out of the train, I imagine it being the door window they lean through. As everyone else has said, you used to be able to slide the door window down. Years since I've been on a train so I no longer have any idea. Hope that helps. :-)


Posted by: ojdo (ojdo)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
rose glasses

What an owl! And that bottle, it looks just like glass.

And about you problems with your series: the best you can, and even little less, is very surely really enough for us.

Posted by: nightmare concert (allhisengines)
Posted at: December 10th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)

Um. I think my heart just exploded with glee. That is absolutely excellent and I want a little one in my home.

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