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Harry potter and The Philosopher's Stone, chapter 6
by mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
at April 6th, 2007 (06:46 pm)

The train began to move. Harry saw the boys' mother waving and their sister, half laughing, half crying, running to keep up with the train until it gathered too much speed; then she fell back and waved.

Finally I could finish this illustration.
This image took much longer than any of the other drawings, as I said before, mostly because of technique and the difficult dicissions about how it would look. From the start I could clearly see what it should look like but to see it in my mind and to draw it on paper are two very different things. I doubted the colour of the seats, or what clothes they should wear, the size of the window, the cage of the owl, what should Ron's food look like? I took my time because this is one of my favourite moments of all the six books. For me, this is where the adventure really starts. Up until now Harry hasn't left the muggle world, but now he's on the train and I stay with Ginny to wave goodbye and cry a little.

Harry is only one year younger than me, so I mostly used my memories for reference to capture that time. The exception is the station's wall, that one is actually from a photo showing the wall Harry and Ron had to cross.


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Posted by: Susan the Singer (singersdd)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)


It is my considered opinion that there needs to be a special edition of these books with your artwork. It's so awesome.

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
fawkes and tea

:D I plan to make them available for everyone: just save it on your local computer and print it and you can put it between the pages. I still have to readjust the outline, sort of make it into a nice page with the text caption under it etc. and somehow get a high res. for you all.
When the first book is finished I'll do that and then everyone can have them for free since you (hopefully) already have a Harry Potter book.

Posted by: Rainbow Girl (arca_en_ciel)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)

Posted by: an ugly colour (runcible)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)


Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Angel Harry

Thank you :)

Posted by: a weirdo who used to be this and many more (myyellow_teapot)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Stock. Шляпа.

This one is great. =)

Posted by: If you don't know me by now... (torenheksje)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)

This is so sweet. I'm awed by all the little details, and the delicate coloring. You are made of awesomesauce, and I thoroughly agree that one day there should be a new edition of the HP series with your artwork in it. :c)

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)

:) Thank you, the colouring took a long time, because I have to layer the dark tones and each layer has to dry separatly... well, you can imagine I was waiting for the paint to dry already daydreaming of the next layer.

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Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)

Thank you :)

Actually, the train interior is slightly inspired by some of the oldest trains I used to take to go to school (trains dated from 1945 or even earlier?), they looked like a shiny silver metal can on the outside and inside everything was made out of wood, with wood benches in second class and green velvet seats for first class. Those old trains were very clean as they were almost never in use and there were almost no non-smoking departments.

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Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)

Thank you :)

Harry and Ron are in such a special moment here, with Harry wanting to know all about wizards and Ron wanting to learn all about Harry. I tried to paint the happy excitement in Harry's face, who is just as curious as I was to know all about the magical world.

Posted by: (it's pronounced SHE-rant) (sherant)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)

That is SO gorgeous and wonderful! All your time spent agonizing over the details really paid off, because everything feels so natural. I especially love Hedwig for some reason, she looks so content. :3

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)

Thanks ^_^ I never hurry when I'm drawing, it's such a pleasure to come up with those details, even when it's really hard and I lose faith in myself, in the end nothing is as nice as dipping your brush in just the right colour and paint for hours lost in a world far away.

Posted by: silverhielm (silverhielm)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
lady marion

Oh, Mnem. Your illustrations are always so intense, moving and romantic. You're right, this is one of the most important scenes in the saga, and... I love Harry's hands. They say so much about him, about how shy and insecure he is after 11 years with the Dursleys. Oh, I love him so much ♥ I want to cuddle him!
You're so special *_*

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
fawkes and tea

Thank you, there's so much about Harry and I wanted to put it all in there. Sometimes I feel these drawings are too rough, especially when I see the highly polished and skillfully painted art for the book cover, but in the end I did think of Harry as I knew him for all these years, and every bit of that is what moves me when I paint him, in my own simple way.

Posted by: That Silly Fool (kcontheroad)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)

Harry's scrawny, as he's supposed to be, with the toussled hair. His clothes are shabby hand-me-downs. And you consistently put him in red trainers, which is wonderful. The Gryffindor came out in him before he had any idea of it.

As with everyone else, I love the little touches. Harry's feet don't reach the floor yet. There's a hook on the wall. Ron's lunch is tied up in cheap brown paper.

And Harry's face -- he can hardly control his excitment entering a new world. He doesn't have any idea what it will be like, but he is certain it's better than what he's leaving behind.

Your art is so much better than duPre's, which doesn't convey anything near the atmospher yours does. I agree with the others that I wish there were a published edition that used your art.

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
fawkes and tea

Thank you :) ♥

The little red trainers remind me of where Harry came from, he was part of the muggle world and escaped without really leaving, it all melts in one. In the books this combination of the world as we know it and a hidden magical world under our nose and part f our world but we're just too blind too see it ( as if only we would believe it, it would all come true). This combination of reality and magic makes the magic look real (lol, I wish I could put this in better words). That's why I keep the 'muggle trainers' in the illustrations, and i think they're sort of faithful to the books.

I had to redraw Harry and Ron's size several times, Ron as the lanky younger brother, the same age as Harry but longer, and Harry as an underfed scrawny little boy in too big clothes. it's really hard to pin their shape down.

a published edition I wouldn't hope for it to happen, but you can all make your own illustration prints, at least that can come true :)

Posted by: Neke (ex_neke)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)

I love that you captured this particular image. It's so lovely. Especially because it's the first time that Harry and Ginny meet. Without knowing what is going to come...

Posted by: mneomosyne (mneomosyne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
fawkes and tea

Thank you, it's so very at the beginning of everything, the more I reread the books the more I enjoy those moments when all is promising to happen.

Posted by: Billywiggy (billywiggy)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)

This is so lovely (like all your work!). You just have a way with expressions - and Ginny's expression is so spot on - it's heartbreaking (in a good way ♥)! And I love that I can almost feel the texture of the train seats.

I love this! :D

Posted by: lee (snegurochka_lee)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)

Lovely! I especially like ickle!Harry's feet not touching the ground. ;)

Posted by: O_o (spacedye_vest)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
10 things

Awww This is one of the most beautiful HP illustrations I've ever seen. It's so cute and... gorgeous! You're so talented!

Posted by: A(bsolutely) Splendiferous (absitively)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)

Posted by: di0nne (di0nne)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Viggo - windswept and interesting

Beautiful. Evokes that passage so wonderfully. You have such talent.

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