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Jim Kay talks about inspiration and processes for illustrating ‘Potter’ Jim Kay talks about inspiration and processes for illustrating ‘Potter’

Jim Kay, the talented artist behind the Harry Potter illustrated editions, was recently profiled in a wonderful piece by the New York Times. In the profile, Kay talks about his artistic processes, character inspiration and the challenge of giving new illustrative form to a franchise already marked by such recognisable visuals.

Jim Kay: ‘you’re trying to get people to buy into an alternative world … the more you can seat it in apparent reality, the better it works’.

On illustrating a story like Harry Potter, Kay explains, ‘the problem with fantasy books is these things don’t normally exist, so you have to create them to give them a sense of reality’. Adds the illustrator: ‘you’re trying to get people to buy into an alternative world. The more you can seat it in apparent reality, the better it works. On a more practical level, it’s much easier to draw if you have something in front of you. If it doesn’t exist, I make it’.

Jim Kay starts with 3D models. These in-progress sculptures of a Thestral and Kreacher will serve as inspiration for the Order of the Phoenix illustrated edition (2021).

The wealth of existing ‘Potter’ imagery (courtesy of the Warner Bros. film series) presented interesting challenges for Kay. ‘It was very difficult because I’m very fond of the films. The only way to do it was to start from scratch. I built the landscape first, really physically built it with models … after that, I recast the film and I used people I know’. Kay modelled Ron, Ginny and Molly Weasley on real mother, daughter and son, and adds, ‘my niece is a perfect Hermione … it took about two years, but now I think of my world and not the film one’.

And the hardest character to draw? ‘Harry’ says Kay. ‘Also because he wears glasses and glasses are a nightmare to draw … I’ve literally smashed up and thrown stuff across the room in frustration trying to draw Harry.’

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition — the fourth in the series — was released last month. Jim Kay is currently hard at work on the Order of the Phoenix sequel (he mentions the Thestrals as a favourite character) which will be released in late 2021.

First look at illustrated Beauxbatons Carriage and Durmstrang Ship First look at illustrated Beauxbatons Carriage and Durmstrang Ship

A first look at two new illustrations from Jim Kay’s Goblet of Fire illustrated edition courtesy of our friends over at Bloomsbury. Enjoy the arrivals of the Beauxbatons Carriage and Durmstrang Ship!

The Beauxbatons Carriage arrives at Hogwarts

The Durmstrang Ship emerges from the Black Lake

The Goblet of Fire illustrated edition will be released on 8 October and includes more than 115 full-colour illustrations. The new edition can be pre-ordered over at Bloomsbury’s website.

Bloomsbury to publish deluxe version of ‘Goblet of Fire’ illustrated edition Bloomsbury to publish deluxe version of ‘Goblet of Fire’ illustrated edition

Bloomsbury will publish a deluxe version of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition alongside the standard edition on 8 October of this year.

According to the publisher the deluxe edition features, ‘real cloth cover and slipcase, intricate foiled line art decorating both case and slipcase; an opulent large format; gilt edges, illustrated endpapers, head and tail bands [and] two ribbon markers.’ It also includes a never before seen sketch of Hogwarts by artist Jim Kay.

Fans who pre-order the deluxe edition will receive an exclusive black and gold tote bag adorned with a dragon sketch. You can pre-order both editions over at Bloomsbury’s website.

Bloomsbury to publish ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’ illustrated edition with artwork by Emily Gravett Bloomsbury to publish ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’ illustrated edition with artwork by Emily Gravett

An illustrated version of Quidditch Through the Ages with new illustrations by artist Emily Gravett is on the way. Bloomsbury today announced their intention to turn the textbook into a full-colour illustrated edition for release in October 2020.

Holyhead Harpies illustrations by Emily Gravett

 

Emily Gravett

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Emily Gravett as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s Quidditch Through the Ages, sold in aid of Comic Relief and the author’s international children’s charity, Lumos. Publishing on 1st October 2020, this classic from the Hogwarts Library will be gloriously reimagined in a large, colour gift edition by the innovative and award-winning Gravett. She will use mixed media to capture the wit and spirit of J.K. Rowling’s wonderful text, using a deft combination of her signature pencil style, colour illustration, handmade realia and ingenious digital techniques.

Emily Gravett is a bestselling author/illustrator and has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. On being commissioned for this project, Emily said, ‘I am over the moon to be illustrating Quidditch Through the Ages. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would ever be asked to illustrate anything from the Potter world, but from the minute I sat down at my desk and started jotting down ideas I realised I may have landed myself my dream job. I am waking up each day excited to get to work. ’

Mandy Archer, Harry Potter Editorial Director and Head of Brand, said of Emily’s selection, ‘When we began our search to find an illustrator for Quidditch Through the Ages, Emily was always at the very top of our wishlist. She is a true original. Emily has the courage to take form and content into exciting and unexpected directions, infusing her work with an infectious sense of playfulness and fun. We cannot wait to see where she is going to take this brand new illustrated edition. ’

Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. After leaving school with few qualifications, she spent eight years living on the road before taking the BA Illustration course at Brighton University. She won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration with her first book, Wolves, which went on to win the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration and marked the beginning of an international career creating extraordinary and innovative books for children: Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears won the Kate Greenaway Medal for her a second time. Her own picture books are published in more than 20 languages and she has also collaborated with some of the most creative writers working today including Julia Donaldson, A.F. Harrold, and Matt Haig.

Gravett joins fellow Greenaway winners Chris Riddell and Jim Kay, and fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill in a world-class team of illustration talent chosen to create colour illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Hogwarts Library books.

Quidditch Through the Ages was first published in 2001 and is arguably the most famous sports book in the wizarding world. The book contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide charts the game’s history from its early origins through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting tome for all Harry Potter fans, Quidditch lovers and players. Quidditch Through the Ages is published in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos.

Bloomsbury unveil Jim Kay’s ‘Goblet of Fire’ illustrated edition cover artwork Bloomsbury unveil Jim Kay’s ‘Goblet of Fire’ illustrated edition cover artwork

Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury today unveiled Jim Kay’s glorious cover artwork for the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition. The cover artwork is reminiscent of many of the Goblet of Fire jackets over the years, featuring Harry facing the Hungarian Horntail during the first task.

Jim Kay's 'Goblet of Fire' illustrated edition cover artwork

The Goblet of Fire illustrated edition will be published on 8 October of this year. Both a regular and deluxe version are currently available for preorder.

Bloomsbury to publish paperback ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition Bloomsbury to publish paperback ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition

Bloomsbury will publish a paperback version of the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition from 22 August. The paperback version features new jacket artwork and is ‘redesigned in a smaller format for smaller hands’. It will include 60% of the illustrations from the 2016 hardback edition, as well as a pullout poster of Diagon Alley.

‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition (paperback)

You can preorder the paperback version over at Bloomsbury’s website.

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