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Gryffindor's Sword by AdamMasterman Gryffindor's Sword by AdamMasterman
Finally got enough of a break in the schedule to finish up this sketch with some colors. This scene is hopefully pretty identifiable to anyone who read The Deathly Hallows, but for everyone else, Harry here is looking down through the ice to a submerged sword. Kind of an interesting visual challenge; I don't feel it works 100%, but I'm happy with it for the moment.

HP copyright of JK Rowling

edit: reworked it a bit to really get a sense of looking through the ice. lost some of the warmth on the face, but I think its an improvement in terms of storytelling.

edit 2: reworked it again, used an ice texture and decided I couldn't live without the warmer, clear face.

edit 3: More tinkering, I really need to make up my mind. :)

edit 4: Some color and value adjustments

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This is a really amazing piece. You've done a lot right with it, and it has a huge impact. The composition and "view" of the piece is really dynamic. Having the "camera" so to speak looking up at Harry through the ice is original and allows for the rest of your spot on compositional elements. The eye really moves throughout this piece, from Harry to the sword to the moon, trees, and ice texture which tie everything together. Having the extremities of your elements (things really close or really far away) blur adds a realism and visual dynamic to your piece that I appreciate as well.

Your textures are fantastic as well. Ice is hard to have look right, and I completely buy it in this drawing. The texture is spot on and you did a great job of making Harry's hands look pressed against the surface. The quality and texture of your coloring is nicely done as well, and I especially like the glowing effects on Harry's hair and face from the moon.

The one thing that throws me off about this piece is how young Harry looks. By this point in time he's supposed to b, what, seventeen? Eighteen? Something like that. In your piece he reads more as thirteen or fourteen. This has to do a lot with the proportions of the face and glasses. His eyes are large on his face, and that largeness is accentuated by the oversized glasses. It makes him look a bit like a puppy that hasn't grown into its paws yet. Even something as simple (I know it's not really simple as doing something like that can take forever in photoshop if you didn't use tons of layers) as making his glasses more proportional to his face if you don't want to adjust the facial proportions overall will age him and make him look more age-appropriate for when this scene happens in the books.

In summary, you did an amazing job with this piece. The composition is dynamic, original, and engaging and the textures and coloring really enhance the mood and feel of the scene. Other than Harry looking a bit young, you did everything right. Great job!
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christiebella Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Artist
awesome
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chistie-belle Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
wow
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Kazemizu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Your art has been featured on our Awesome Alt Art blog! You can check it out at: [link]

All the best!
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Awesome, much appreciated!
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JaceNebular Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Haha very awesome
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
You just know Harry is fighting the temptation of lifting it up high and yelling "I HAVE THE POWER!"...
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HumorlessPoppycock Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Spectacular perspective! :heart:
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Starlace Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow, the perspective is spot on. Love this!
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Here via the link from QualityFanArt. Fantastic! Great job with this!
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SCMartel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Haven't found any more scenes from the series by you (would love to see more), but your style would lend itself to an incredible animated version. You really captured a moment here.
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Thanks, man, glad you like it. The only other HP piece I have is a paint sketch of Ginny; I'd like to do more, but unfortunately fan art doesn't pay any bills. :D
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anijess3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! The viewpoint is what interested me the most. I think it was a great idea to have the picture look up through the ice. Great work.
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Firewhisky-Black Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, cool perspective.
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jstewartsintern Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
i love love love this. it really captures the feeling of the original Mary GrandPre illustrations for me.... which i always loved the best :) great job!
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Griff-84 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Amazing.
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queenfire Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Danke!
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queenfire Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wilkommen!
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MagDa-LeNaa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
The angle is truly eye-catching! I love this piece, it's very, very impressive :iconcheerplz:
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Thanks, I appreciate it. :)
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solemnlyswear22 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Photographer
this is beautiful! harry is fantastic, and i love the prespective! great job on the frost too!
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Thanks. I used a photo texture for that; usually hard to mesh with my style, but seems to work here.
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solemnlyswear22 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Photographer
looks great ;)
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storm-nightie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG:omg: *speechless* :+fav: only thing is that harry looks a bit young for 17
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Thanks. I'm going to point out for the record here that I looked really young at 17 too (didn't get my first whisker until 19 or so). Maybe Harry's just a late bloomer? :)

(just kidding, I've been hearing a lot about the age)
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storm-nightie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, that's okay really, the artwork is amazing!:heart:
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RavenclawRadiance Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Interface Designer
This is really cool. The only critique I would have to make is that Harry looks a bit young. But it's amazing. :clap:
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Thanks. Duly noted on the age. ;)
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SilverOwls Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it. Very nice perspective :D
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Thanks, it was tricky to pull off.
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Elkomie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it so much <3
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Thank you!
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Elkomie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome)
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Chirko Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student General Artist
i like it, i just think he looks too young :\
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Agreed. I'm pleading "creative license". :)
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Chirko Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student General Artist
lol :clap: good case
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Tigerkitty86 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
awesome work!!!
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Thanks!
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BananaGirl48 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
This is amazing. I honestly think you should have been the official artist for the books.
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
*blushes* aswww shucks...
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BananaGirl48 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
:D
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andiiwalker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010   General Artist
Beautiful composition, excellent sense of coldness and amazing sense of perspective.
Wonderful piece!
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Thanks! The steaming breath was almost an afterthought, but really seems to add to the sense of chill.
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Very well done, I love how he is peering through the ice, knowing he will have to swim for the sword.
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Yeah, it was definitely a choice moment to illustrate.
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Minky-For-Short Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
awesome coloring job!!
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Gracias. I use a method in photoshop that lets me fiddle endlessly with colors; check it out if you are interested: [link]
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Minky-For-Short Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
you're welcome :D

yeah i might have to check it out
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iva222 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
This looks amazing. Great job!
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AdamMasterman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Thanks, I appreciate it.
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