November 29, 2015

Not Slytherin


Sorting Hat: Hmm, difficult. VERY difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. There’s talent, oh yes. And a thirst to prove yourself. But where to put you?
Harry: Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin.
Sorting Hat: Not Slytherin, eh? Are you sure? You could be great, you know. It’s all here in your head. And Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, there’s no doubt about that. No?
Harry: Please, please. Anything but Slytherin, anything but Slytherin.
Sorting Hat: Well if you’re sure, better be… GRYFFINDOR!


Harry knew as much about his newfound world as we did. Sitting there wanting to be with his new friends.


Poor Harry, finally away and on his own and he just wanted to belong.


I don’t usually paint someone with their eyes closed. I love painting eyes. The seat of the soul. Done right, they take a painting to a whole new level. So what the fuck happened here?

NOT SLYTHERIN was so intense a moment that he had to squish his eyes shut. I needed to paint this moment, yet convey the emotions through colour and mouth shape and even eyelid wrinkles.

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I wanted to show the power of the Sorting Hat as well. Emphasize the importance of the moment. Having a busy background completely detracted from it.

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And then it was just a matter of details and refinement. Throwing in a cool colour (the blue) and adding some depth using green. Colour is such a powerful tool. Right now I’m experimenting a lot with pushing and pulling colour in every painting. Intense colours like cadmium yellow and florescent orange. So awesome. Who would have thought to paint portraits with that kind of palette?

sm_20151123_221415-1“Not Slytherin”

24″ x 12″ 

Acrylic on canvas

The original is for sale and so are prints. Hop on over to my store HERE, or contact me.

Want to see it in person? December 5. Toronto. Fan Days. Be there, see the sights and say HI. I love to nerd out with my people.