As part of my 28 in 28 challenge I need to finish 52 different projects this year. The projects I pick can basically be anything, from home decor projects to learning how to video blog. I kicked this challenge off by making a bit of fanart.
Two things you need to know about how I normally make paintings/illustrations: 1) I never finish anything I start , 2) I normally don’t do fanart (although I once started a Marceline piece, but I tossed it a couple of weeks ago, unfinished).
One of the reasons I never make fanart is because I don’t consider myself much a fan of anything. That was until I reread the Harry Potter books again and again. And rewatched the movies, bought the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, bought a Hogwarts patch, bought Harry Potter Film Wizardry and most recently, bought tickets to the Harry Potter Expo this summer (yaaay!). Fangirling much?
After the death of Alan Rickman it seemed fitting to try my hand at creating a Professor Snape piece. I made a lot of sketches trying to get the resemblance right, but in the end I gave up and just started the piece.
My main goal with this illustration was to practice my drawing skills and colouring skills, but mostly to just finish something. I’ve always had a hard time finishing pieces, because I never like them enough or they didn’t came out as I’d imagined. The thing is that my artwork/drawing style never will be able to live up to my expectations if I don’t practice and finish things up.
I made a big mess on our dining table when I started the illustration. ♥ I used water colours for this piece, which is probably the material I’m most familiar with. I really like using water colours, they’re easy and forgiving.
After a lot of nitpicking and hours of staring at the piece, second guessing all my almost decisions, I finally finished it! And although there are
a couple a lot of parts I don’t like, I’m so happy I did it! Completing this illustration has thought me so much and there’s nothing like the satisfaction of finishing something you’ve started.