*Because this seems to keep coming up, edited to add*
PLEASE NOTE: GINNY IS *NOT* TALLER THAN HARRY IN THIS PICTURE. HE IS HOLDING HER UP!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry to shout, but I was getting comments off-list from people who apparently hadn't read the description and were saying things like "you do know Harry is taller than Ginny, right?" I'm not stupid, thanks. Anyway, She did throw her arms around, him, and probably jumped when she did. Even if she didn't, I figured he probably lifted her off her feet, as guys tend to do when hugging enthusiastically. (At least, whenever a guy hugs *me,* my feet often end up leaving the floor. And I am not a light girl, either!) I didn't want to do a static pose where they were just standing there practically chaste -- I wanted more jubilance! I'm sorry if that didn't come across clearly. *heavy sigh*
Oh, and while I appreciate y'all are tryin' to be helpful, *do not* suggest to me that I "follow Greendesire's tutorial on freckles." I happen to *like* the way I do freckles. I have total respect for Kimmy, but she has her way, I have mine. Goddess knows, with the numbers of red-headed relations I have, I've seen plenty of them. This is how *I* interpret them.
By now, I'm sure everyone knows about this scene, whether they've gotten to read the book or not! Yes, I know, it's been done quite a bit already, but the moment I read it I decided I just *had*to paint it. (I had a lot of work to do first, though before I could even start on it. Then when I did finally start, it took me about thirty hours to finish.) I used a screencap of the kissing scene between Kate and Sawyer on Lost (courtesy of josh-holloway.com) as a reference. OMG, the background was such a pain. I even made a pattern brush for the wallpaper and the stonework. And I did a Gryffindor shield so I could put the house badges on Hermione, Ron, and Katie's robes!! XD They're like a 1/16th of the original size!!
In order from left to right: Romilda (I know, she ended up looking a bit like Snape XD), Harry, Ginny, Dean, Seamus (you can only see the top of his head), Hermione, Katie, Ron, Lavender (geez, she looks like a demented Narcissa), and Pavarti (she's not as pretty as she should be, but she's at an odd angle -- I had trouble drawing her ^^' ). Let's assume Neville is one of those people behind Harry and Ginny that you can only see the torsos on, shall we? Anyway, I was having a lot of trouble with Ron, but I *love* how his face turned out!!! (Oh, and if you're wondering, Ginny is *not* taller than Harry here -- he's lifting her up!)
I made a wallpaper with just Harry and Ginny that you can snag here: [link]
Done entirely in Photoshop Elements, with a WACOM Graphire 3 drawing tablet.
PLEASE FULL VIEW FOR MORE DETAIL!!! (NOT DIAL-UP FRIENDLY!)
And sooner or later (the fall, probably, as I'm going to be out of town for about a month), I'll hopefully get around to illustrating some of my other favorite scenes from HBP. ...
*Edited again on 8/31/05, to change the colour of the trophy and Dean's clothes ...
*Edited again on 10/30/05 to announce that this pic has won the Half-Blood Prince art contest over at PhoenixSong.net [link]
! Thanks to everyone who voted!
(You all know Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown, Pavarti Patil, Dean Thomas, Katie Bell, Seamus Finnagan, and Romilda Vane are © & TM JK Rowling and Warner Bro.s, right?)