Hello! It’s fan art time! And yes, I realize it is not a Friday when I am posting this, but you know what? Every day is a Friday if you believe hard enough! (read: I wish every day was like a Friday but nope. Reality.)
This is an older piece but I still thought I’d share it with you! It’s kind of a slight turning point piece for me since this is when I started to experiment with adding grainy textures to my artworks. And, boy, did that make a huge difference!
The art is of Howl in Harry Potter’s Ravenclaw house robes with Calcifer as his familiar. Both of them are characters from Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle:
I never knew how much pop and natural look even the mildest of grainy textures would give to an artwork until I tried it. I had seen some of my favorite digital artists use textures on their works and talk about it, but I didn’t give it much thought until recently. In my opinion, grainy textures give a “traditional art vibe” to digital pieces. It lessens the smoothness of digital painting and makes it seem more…painterly? Like how watercolor looks like on textured watercolor paper or how acrylics look like on highly textured canvases. (I’m not sure how else to describe this!) In any case, I like it a lot and it seems to go well with my style of digital painting.
Addressing the actual fan art, this is part of a Ghibli-Harry Potter crossover series where I imagine Ghibli characters as quidditch players and decide their house, as well as what player position they’d be. Howl is the Ravenclaw quidditch team captain/seeker and has an on-going friendly rivalry with the Hufflepuff team captain, Sophie (also a character from the same Ghibli movie).
Here’s some older art (mid-2018) I did of Sophie (she’s a seeker, by the way!):
This is a fun side series I’m doing when I hit art slumps just to humor myself and revisit favorite Ghibli characters of mine!
Don’t worry, Gryffindors and Slytherins! I’ll get to your houses, eventually! (＾▽＾)