More Newt Scamander missing moments

I’m at it again! How I love exploring these missing moments from stories. These two are even mentioned in the movie. expelled_col

Expelled. Watercolour, coloured pencil, and gouache on Etival grain fin paper, 18×28 cm.

The next is one that appeared in my head (and, no doubt, many viewers’) when Newt mentioned to Jacob that he’d worked with dragons – Ukrainian Ironbellies – on the Eastern front during the First World War. So quite naturally, I’ve spent the last few days researching possible locations he might have been stationed, the nature of wizarding involvement in the war, and Russian uniforms before the Revolution.

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“All quiet on the Eastern front”
Watercolour and coloured pencil on Etival grain fin paper, 24×16 cm.

… .really, mum. They’re just horribly misunderstood creatures, Ironbellies.  Pyotr, the Chief Warlock of the Beast Division here in Tarnopol, is a staunch supporter of the Tsar and has named all the dragons after members of the Muggle royal family.  Nikolai is positively sweet. Anastasia can be a handful, though,  but nothing we can’t handle.

Thanks for the woollen socks you sent, and especially for the Hot Air Charm you’ve put on them.

Please give my love to Theseus when you write to him. And make sure Nipper eats properly. He always moults so badly while I’m away. They say we’ll be home by Christmas, so I’ll be seeing you soon.

Your loving son,

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“It – it says here you can only bring one pet?”

Little Newt gets his Hogwarts letter.

One of my patrons suggested that, up to 1908, that passage was actually missing from the official Hogwarts letter, and was only introduced in 1909, after a student had tried to bring two Puffskeins, a Kneazle, and a baby Hippogriff (“He can sleep under my bed; I’ve got him house-trained, he’s no trouble!”) onlyonepet_col

Watercolour, coloured pencil, gouache on Etival grain fin paper, 18×28 cm. Newt kindly modelled by my son (with a pillow over his shoulder – Loki wouldn’t stay put long enough).

“Is that — a Jobberknoll?!”

All right, it’s been a year since the last major obsession, so it’s time for the next, right?

Unlike Kylo Ren, Newt Scamander at least is unequivocally adorable. He’s the dork in all of us. He’s the one that sets Hufflepuff in its best light. He’s the one that team mates feared more than the opposing team, because while I’m sure he was a Chaser with excellent hunter’s instincts, he’d be totally useless if anything with fur or feathers appeared near the Quidditch pitch.

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“Is that — a Jobberknoll?!”
Watercolour and coloured pencil on Etival grain fin paper, A4 size.

Jobberknoll is based on a robin. Newt was kindly modelled by my son. <3

I have at least three more ideas sparked by half-sentences in the movie. Merlin help me.

Newt Scamander

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Newt Scamander. Watercolour, gouache and coloured pencil on Etival fine-grain paper, A4 size.

Prints here!

I’m finally getting the hang of doing detail without overrendering things. This comes as close to the style I want to work in as I have ever come in my life, I think. On to 2017!

Earth and Sea and Sky

This piece really kicked my behind, but I’m finally happy with it. Another piece done in Rebecca’s SmArt School class.

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Watercolour and gouache on Clairefontaine Nuageux paper, 25×35 cm.

Prints here!

Another scene from the life of Taliesin.
The sorceress Ceridwen had a beautiful daughter and a hideous son, whom she wanted to give the power of the Awen – foresight and inspiration – through a magic brew. And old man and a young boy, Gwion Bach. tended the fire under the cauldron in her castle under a lake. When Gwion added too much wood, the cauldron boiled over and three drops of potion fell on his thumb before the cauldron burst. He sucked off the potion and in that instant, the power of the Awen filled him.
Two of the animal scenes above him depict his flight from the vengeful Ceridwen: the hare pursued by a hound, and the wren fleeing from the falcon.

Artbook News (feat. Maglor’s G-string)

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Long, meandering post coming up, mirroring the long, meandering process of getting this artbook out there.

TL;DR: You can now buy the hardcover directly from me, with a white G printed mistakenly across the cover. Sketch copies will take slightly longer – but I’m on them!

Oloris is shipping out the books (the softcover versions) to pre-order buyers, and it’s available from their website now. A lot of people have already received theirs.

The plan was to ship 120 books to me – some author’s copies, about 20 for the sketch book preorders that I was going to sketch in and ship to the buyers, and the rest to sell in my Etsy shop.

Unfortunately, that shipment was totally destroyed in transit. It wasn’t shipped by Oloris but by the printer they worked with, who packed them without any protection whatsoever, just plonked 30 heavy, bendy softcovers into boxes that just couldn’t hold them. The boxes came apart, and DHL repacked them, but the damage was done (and got worse because DHL’s boxes were bigger, so they could just flop around in there to their little hearts’ content). I was devastated, and thoroughly disinclined to trust the company with another shipment, so I told Oloris I wanted to have the books printed here in Germany. They made some size adjustments to make it fit European standard formats, sent me the files, and I had 120 copies printed last week – in hardcover.

They arrived today – and my delight by the wonderful print quality was soon shot to pieces by a large, white letter G planted in the middle of the cover, on Maglor’s sleeve, right over his harp string.

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Oloris hadn’t caught it, I’d managed to miss it, and my printing company must have thought it was deliberate. They even phoned me about the cut-off signature, but they missed the G. Hubby – unhelpfully and hilariously – immediately said Maglor was clearly playing in G major. The string association doesn’t help either.

I went straight to Moo and had 100 little stickers made with exactly that image section, so I’ll have something to cover up Maglor’s G-string, which is definitely something I have wanted to say for all my life. They won’t be here until November, so anyone buying before that will get a different little sticker that they can stick over it (or keep it for other mistakes, like a typo in a cover letter or something) plus a few postcards.

I’m slightly frustrated at this point (slight understatement) and while I still think that the book looks gorgeous and the hardcover is a real looker, so much has gone wrong with this project that feel totally exhausted.

There’s one bright spot in my morning today: While I used the same printer I did for Cannae, they’re using different paper now – paper that you can sketch on with pencil!

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If you want a sketch copy but haven’t preordered, you will need a bit of patience – it will take me a week or two to do the preorder sketch copies, but then yours will be shipped. :)

If you have read up to this point, I want to thank everyone who has been following the project since its beginnings (a long time ago) for sticking with me so patiently. You deserved better. But I hope that now, at long last and generously overlooking an intrusive G, you will love the final product when you hold it in your hands.