Drawing Challenge#10 - The Sorting Hat 💕

in #drawingchallenge3 years ago (edited)

Hi everyone! 😊

This is my entry for the drawing challenge hosted by @helene with guest judge @nanosesame. The theme for her 10th drawing challenge or contest is "hat".


Contest Entry - The Sorting Hat



To be honest with you - I found the topic “hat” very challenging. At first I got several ideas about just drawing a hat. Also the artist Renè Magritte came into my mind with his famous artworks “Der Sohn des Mannes”(1964) and “Der Mann mit der Melone” (1964).

Unfortunetly - I don’t know the original titles of the paintings. If you are interested, which paintings I am referring to - I am sure you can find them just by copy and paste the german title in google.🙈

But then … it came to me.

Who is the most famous hat - of all times?

Yes.

The Sorting Hat!

Well … at least - he is my favourite hat.😅

And yes.

I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series.

Even before it was officially released in the book stores, I had the opportunity to read the first book.

How?

Well … my best friend’s aunt worked at a bookstore and they received sample copies of soon-to-be-released books. That is how she got and then ... I got my hands on “Harry Potter - and the Philosopher’s Stone”.

Right - I am going off topic…


So … now let me show you my drawing process:

Step 1: Sketch and Linework

Here you can see the linework.

This time I left the linework a bit un-clean.

As I planed to paint over the linework, instead of hiding the linework at the end of the drawing process. Like I did in the painting “Lighted Girl”.

If you want to have a look at the painting “Lighted Girl”, just click on the link below: https://steemit.com/drawingchallenge/@artbunny/drawing-challenge-9-lighted-girl


Step 2: Base Colours

Here I blocked in the base colours.

I chose to separate the Sorting Hat and the girl into two different layers, as I wanted to work on them …

... umm ...

… separately.😅


Step 3: Sorting Hat


I wanted to draw the Sorting Hat as authentic as possible, which was … quite a challenge.

First I started with shading in the dark areas. This step took most of the time comparing to the other steps.

(Although colouring the girl’s school uniform was also very time consuming 🙈).

And after that I highlighted certain areas, in order to emphasize the 3-dimensional feeling.


Step 4: Girl - Head

For the girl - I made some close-up pictures, as I wanted to make sure, that you can see the different steps more properly.

While drawing I was so immersed in the process, that I actually forgot to separate the skin and hair on different layers.

That is why - you see them together in this close-up.


Step 5: Girl - School Uniform

For the school uniform I chose several accessories typical for the autumn and winter season.

Or at least - they are my favourite items to wear during the colder days of the year.

She wears the typical scarlett-and-gold colour palette of Gryffindor.


Step 6: Girl - Highlight

At this stage - I found the colours a bit dark and dull.

Therefore I put in some highlights on the hair area, as well as on the scarf, glove and earmuffs.


Step 7: Background


For the finishing touches ...

I added a greyish background.

And as it just didn’t feel quite right to me …

I added a light circle right behind the Sorting Hat, as he is the focal point of the painting.


Also watch the following GIF - and see how the painting progresses through each step.😊




As you may know - I am not a professional artist.

I just started out to do digital paintings - almost two months now.

Therefore it takes quite a long time for me to actually finish one painting.

I pretty much - learn by drawing.

(Excuse - the wording pun.😅)

I will be honest with you…

… it took me - three whole days - to finish this one.🙈


I learned a lot by creating this painting - thanks to @helene and @nanosesame for organizing this contest!☺️

If you enjoyed my painting, please share and upvote.

Thank you so much for reading,
@artbunny 🎨🐰

PS
Just for all the Harry Potter fans out there.😅

Are you like me - and actually read the Harry Potter series twice? For me - it was first in German and then in English.

I found out, that the German translation wasn’t as accurate as you would usually assume. Therefore some puns and jokes didn’t really made any sense in German. Also contentwise - at least I heard - there were some things off.

All the more reason to read the original version.😊


Sort:  

When I was small, I imagined if I was sorted. I always wanted to be one of Gryffindor :P

Same - with me. 😊

Although ... I have to admit ... there were some days, when I wavered to Ravenclaw. Just because all the smart kids were there. But then - there is Hermioni in Gryffindor.😉

I like how you show so much detail into your process. And yeah, the challenge prompt is a tough one, but you pulled it off well. I wouldn't have known you were new to it unless you told me. I hope you keep at it.

I am very happy and grateful for your kind words!☺️
Maybe it is just me, as I had to figure out a lot of things. Not only for photoshop, digital art and art in general ... or even Steemit. It actually takes a lot of work and time for me to put all the bits and pictures together for a post.

But still ... I chose this artjourney and I am willing to put - my all - in it.☺️

I hope to see you around.

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