PART 1 : THE DEATHLY CONCEPT & DRAWING
Dear muggles, dear wizards,
After DC Comics, Tsume is tackling a new challenge, that of offering collectible statues from a new and now legendary universe, that of the famous wizard Harry Potter!
Why choose this license? Because he is the chosen one, but not only! Indeed, if the Sorting Hat strongly suggested it to us, the feeling of nostalgia aroused by this literary and cinematographic work with which many grew up, pushed us to take up this challenge. That of offering high quality statues for all fans, muggles and apprentices wizards, who are waiting for new products that meet their expectations! And it is not with a wave of a magic wand, but with a lot of work and investment that we intend to achieve it!
You may think it's not witchcraf, don’t you? So let’s discover in this article and the next one, how our artists managed to make the magic happen at each stage of creation.
2D & 3D concepts
Why teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death, when you can learn how to turn a drawing into a portrait, without Polyjuice or potions?
Having no Time Turner, we have extracted some memories from the heads of our conceptors to immerse them in our Tsume’s Pensieve. Here are the secrets they will reveal to you….
Lesson number 1: "Realism or how to transfigurate a drawing into a portrait", according to the Guide to Advanced Transfiguration and the teachings of Miss McGonagall.
Unlike statues bearing the effigy of characters from
manga or video games, this collection is directly inspired by the cult films of
the saga and thus the faces and performances of the actors! Therefore,
it is necessary to adapt your way of working to the model and expected result!
And like everything and everyone, even Malfoy, realistic drawing has its upsides and downsides.
The upside is that it's easier to imitate the references in both 2D and 3D, since they're taken directly from photographs or stills from the movies. The complexity lies in the fact that when you want to get creative with the expression of the character's face and body, you no longer necessarily find these references in the available images. Also, in order to get the desired result, you have to know how to use your imagination to combine the perspectives of other films in order to adapt them to the scene you want to produce and show.
Let's take the example of the boy who lived, after the pencil stroke of our designer and the sharp pen of Rita Skeeter!
Harry's angry expression during this intense and dreaded fight is taken from a scene from an earlier film and not from the last part. It was thus adapted to the character inspired by the last film to be transcribed in a natural way. Indeed, it must be kept in mind that the actors grew up at the same time as the characters in the saga and therefore aged and evolved physically and personally as the films progressed. It is therefore necessary to find the right balance in the facial expressions of the character, by analyzing the scenes of the different films then by appealing to our imagination. This difficulty is not encountered when it comes to representing characters from anime and manga, because it is much easier to make these changes or even invent them, the elements presented being more synthesized.
On the other hand, if we take the example of the dark lord responsible for his scar, the work is different.
He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named may indeed seem easier to transcribe because his appearance and his more fantastic features are closer to the work done to represent imaginary characters such as those in manga, anime or comics. To depict the former Slytherin student, our draughtsman used a technique closer to pencil drawing in order to provide more shadows and nuances to the volumes. However, this technique is different from that used to make anime concepts, which are generally colored in a more approximate way.
Finally, the poses or expressions chosen to represent the characters are not precisely identical to those observed during the scene of the film. As with our other creations in the Ikigai range, these are interpretations aimed at highlighting the character, his personality, strengths and specificities, and this, in a very dynamic pose.
This allows us to keep the style and logic of the other statues previously made in the Ikigai range, in order to ensure the consistency and homogeneity of each collection. Thus, whatever the pieces that make up yours, you can continue to exhibit your favorite heroes side by side, whether they are from the same license, or conversely, from different and varied universes. You will understand that to create a collection that you like and looks like you, you’d better forget the Polyjuice recipe and follow the one of your desires!
Discover the next steps of making the Harry Potter by Tsume statues and the experiences of our apprentice wizard artists in a new article from the Daily Prophet! Of course, the use of Veritaserum in small quantities has been approved by the Ministry of Magic!
Sssee you sssoon for the Revelio! Evanessssco! (Well, I’m afraid you jussst read Parssseltongue…)
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