My tribute to Alan Rickman.
Nearly every day I read the Harry Potter books to my child (once we finish a book, he’s allowed to watch the film). Naturally we are both completely obsessed with the magical world, the story and the characters. When I read, I try to include the voices and intonations of each character so as to make it fun for my kid. And no other character gives me such pleasure to read than Snape, as inspired by Alan Rickman’s stellar performance.
I doubt very much my acting skills are anywhere close to doing him justice; hopefully my art comes a little closer.
Here was the process:
Step 1 – light pencils
Step 2 – high contrast inks
aka “the clip art phase” – probably the least visually rewarding of the lot. Done with a small brush I reserve for Indian ink.
Fill in the rest of the ink. With a flat brush also reserved for Indian ink.
Step 4 – ink shading
With a pen nib and Indian ink.
Step 5 – Splatter
Following erasing the pencils and adding a second coat of ink on the solid black, splatters in watercolour; using a soft toothbrush for the finer splatters, and a small bush for the bigger ones.
Step 6 – Finishing touches
I could have done a better job of visually recording what I did in this phase, but really it’s just a lot of “whatever works” as the result after step 5 didn’t capture his character enough. But mostly it involved blending some of the splatter with a damp brush (after the splatter had dried). Also touching up of the ink, darkening and blending the edges, and adding some white highlights.
Total time about 5 hours, including drying times. Materials are Windsor & Newton Indian ink and watercolours on Bockingford 140LB HP watercolour paper. Approx 7″ x 11″ (19cm x 28cm).
Rest in peace Mr. Rickman, and thank you for your genius.