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Jim Kay on designing the Harry Potter illustrated editions, Hogwarts castle, and scenes he’s looking forward to Jim Kay on designing the Harry Potter illustrated editions, Hogwarts castle, and scenes he’s looking forward to

Harry Potter Fan Zone recently had the chance to participate in a group interview with Jim Kay, the artist behind the gorgeous Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition, released today.

Jim is currently at work illustrating Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but took some time out to talk about bringing J.K. Rowling’s words to life.

Jim Kay is the artist behind the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Jim Kay is the artist behind the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Always J.K. Rowling (AJKR): Were you influenced by previous Harry Potter illustrators/the films or did you veer away from both?

I’m a huge fan of both the books and the films. I thought the screen adaptations were a wonderful showcase of the best set design, product design, costume, casting, directing and acting their disciplines had to offer. I knew from the start that I’m competing to some degree with the hundreds of people involved in the visuals of the film. I remember watching the extras that come with the movie DVDs a few years back, and wondering how on earth you’d get to be lucky enough to work on the visuals for such a great project. To be offered the opportunity to design the whole world again from scratch was fantastic, but very daunting. I’d like to think that over the years lots of illustrators will have a crack at Potter, in the same way that Alice in Wonderland has seen generations of artists offer their own take on Lewis Carroll’s novel. I had to make it my version though, and so from the start I needed to set it apart from the films. I’ll be honest I’ve only seen a few illustrations from other Potter books, so that’s not been so much of a problem. I love Jonny Duddle’s covers, and everyone should see Andrew Davidson’s engravings — they are incredible!

Magical Menagerie (MM): What was the most important detail for you to get right with your illustrations?

To try and stay faithful to the book. It’s very easy when you are scribbling away to start wandering off in different directions, so you must remind yourself to keep reading Jo’s text. Technically speaking though, I think composition is important — the way the movement and characters arrange themselves on the page — this dictates the feel of the book.

SnitchSeeker (SS): What medium do you use to create your illustrations?

I use anything that makes a mark — I am not fussy. So I don’t rely on expensive watercolour or paints, although I do occasionally use them – I like to mix them up with cheap house paint, or wax crayons. Sometimes in a local DIY store I’ll see those small tester pots of wall paint going cheap in a clear-out sale, and I’ll buy stacks of them, and experiment with painting in layers and sanding the paint back to get nice textures. The line is almost always pencil, 4B or darker, but the colour can be a mixture of any old paint, watercolour, acrylic, and oil. Diagon Alley was unusual in that I digitally coloured the whole illustration in order to preserve the pencil line drawing. I’d recommend experimenting; there is no right or wrong way to make an illustration, just do what works for you!

The Daily Snitcher (TDS): Because each book is so rich in detail, what is your personal process when choosing specific images?

"You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book."

“You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book.”

I read the book, then read it again and again, making notes. You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book. I then start to draw them a little bigger, about postcard size, and show them to Bloomsbury [UK publisher]. We then think about how many illustrations will appear in each chapter, and try to get the balance of the book right by moving pictures around, dropping or adding these rough drawings as we go. With Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Bloomsbury were great in that they let me try all sorts of things out, different styles, concepts. Some I didn’t think would get into the final book, but everyone was very open to new ideas. There was no definite plan with regards to how the book would look; we just experimented and let it evolve.

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Check out the first image of Voldemort from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition Check out the first image of Voldemort from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

The first image of Lord Voldemort (attached to Professor Quirrell) from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition has been revealed. Check it out below!

Lord Voldemort from the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition

Two new images from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition Two new images from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

Bloomsbury and Buzzfeed have revealed two new images from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition, due for release in October. Check out a sketch of Harry, and an illustration of Hagrid on the enchanted motorbike below.

New illustration from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition New illustration from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

Check out a new piece of artwork from Jim Kay’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition below. The illustrated edition will be available in October.

An owl from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition

Bloomsbury announce deluxe edition of upcoming ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition Bloomsbury announce deluxe edition of upcoming ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

Diagon Alley from the 'Philosopher's Stone' deluxe illustrated edition

Diagon Alley from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ deluxe illustrated edition

Bloomsbury today announced plans to release a deluxe version of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition. Like the regular illustrated edition, it will feature new art by illustrator Jim Kay.

The deluxe illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic will feature an exclusive pull-out double gatefold of Diagon Alley; intricate foiled line art by Jim Kay on a real cloth cover and slipcase; gilt edges on premium grade paper; head and tail bands and two ribbon markers. It is the ultimate must-have edition for any fan, collector or bibliophile. This edition will be sold exclusively from the Bloomsbury.com website until March 2016 when it will be made available to retail outlets.

The deluxe illustrated edition will be released on 5 November. Learn more about the illustrated editions right here. Read on to explore some of the Diagon Alley shops in more detail.

Scholastic re-releasing ‘Harry Potter’ books with new cover art Scholastic re-releasing ‘Harry Potter’ books with new cover art

US publisher Scholastic will re-release the Harry Potter books this year with new cover art. The cover for book one – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) – has been the only new art revealed so far.

The re-release, planned for September, celebrates the 15th anniversary of the first US publishing run. The new covers, designed by artist Kazu Kibuishi, will, “depict ‘a distinct and memorable moment’ from that specific book. In the case of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone,’ that moment is young Harry Potter walking with Hagrid down Diagon Alley.”

Scholastic re-releasing 'Harry Potter' books with new cover art

Bloomsbury releasing Harry Potter ‘signature editions’, new art Bloomsbury releasing Harry Potter ‘signature editions’, new art

Bloomsbury today announced that they will be giving the UK Harry Potter books a visual refresh this coming November. The books, classified as “signature” editions, feature new cover art by artist Clare Melinsky.

The new editions, which are being marketed as novels for the, “generation of readers who did not grow up with Harry Potter”, will be available on the first of November in paperback. A box set of all seven books will also be released.

The new illustrations are by renowned linocut artist Clare Melinsky and the design has been created by Webb and Webb Design Limited. Clare Melinsky’s illustrations follow the style of traditional woodcuts and will appear on the front cover, back cover and spine for all seven titles in the Harry Potter series.

Clare Melinsky commented, ‘I was delighted and excited to be asked to illustrate the covers for such massively famous books – and seven of them! It was top secret for the best part of a year.’

Books 1 – 3 will be available for £6.99, while books 4-7 will cost £8.99. The box set will be available for £59.99.