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October 26, 2008
The Order of the Phoenix by ~TomScribble. From the suggester:"It's not very often that I see fanart that displays a good grasp of chiascuro. The artist also succeeded (admirably, in my opinion) in their goal of making the piece lively through having everybody looking at other things. I love the sense of personality I get from what they're doing."
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The Order of the Phoenix



Some of the members of the Order, from 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' by JK Rowling.

From left to right: Crookshanks (cat), Severus Snape, Molly Weasley, Kingsley Shacklebolt (back), Nymphadora Tonks, Arthur Weasley, Bill Weasley (back), Remus Lupin, Mundungus Fletcher (back), Sirius Black, Kreacher (house-elf).

I'm not too pleased with the scan here, but it's such a whopping picture it wouldn't fit on the A3 scanner and so... But I really wanted to put it up here before 'Deathly Hallows' was published and more people on it died. And also because some theories implied on it may be confirmed or unconfirmed. It's a case of leaving it for too long here, I think... I started it before Christmas 2006 and worked in fits and starts - not the ideal way to go about a pencil drawing. Ah well.

I love 16th/17th century group oil portraits of guild members and that sort of thing, and also later portraits of councils of war. That was the kind of thing I was thinking of when I started the picture. I also wanted to add moevment to the picture by having everybody look at somebody or something else: Kingsley, Tonks, Arthur and Bill are grouped around the map, while Arthur is checking Kingsley for some kind of confirmation, Molly is looking either worried at her son or annoyed at Dung for smoking during the meeting, Lupin is mooning over Tonks, Sirius is giving Snape a seriously black glare (and thus ignoring Kreacher sneaking away with a portrait of Bellatrix Lestrange and OMG a locket !?!?!?), Crookshanks is also suspicious of Snape and Snape is looking out at us with an enigmatic sneer because he's the only one (besides JK Rowling and allegedly Alan Rickman) who knows whether he's good or bad or whatever the heck the deal with Snape is! *hysteria* (Tonight! Tonight!)

I shall upload a better (scanned) version later, I suppose... but I expect to be too shell-shocked by Book 7 to do much of anything soon.
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This is truly an exceptional depiction of the OotP. It has a timeless quality that depicts the darkness of war.