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Harry Potter Poster – an Analysis

Today’s post is a description of my only Harry Potter poster, originally published on July 18th, 2011.

This is the seventh episode of the Harry Potter book series therefore I wanted to picture the number “7” somehow, e.g. by using seven characters.

The appearance of the main trio – Harry, Hermione, Ron – is obvious as well as Dumbledore, Voldemort and Snape, considering their roles in unraveling the story. Dobby sacrifices his life for Harry and he represents the repressed parts of the wizarding world, this is why I gave him the seventh place. These four people do not survive the final chapter.

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The composition is asymmetrical: some kind of axis is formed by the Elder Wand in Voldemort’s hand and Harry’s wand. The wands of the main trio are symmetrical to this axis and support the asymmetrical orientation (as well as other elements like the spell of Dobby). The balance is partially restored at the bottom with the horizontal shape of Hogwarts and the water. This has a calming effect on the movement created by the asymmetry.

Read more if you want to learn where are the Deathly Hallows in the picture!

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Star Wars Nightmares

Do you know DreamScope? This site enables us to use DeepDream, Google’s neural network, originally designed for picture recognition. In DreamScope, this artificial intelligence transforms pictures into surreal, psychedelic visions instead of recognizing them.

I used this app to modify some of my Star Wars pictures, including the Saga Poster and a new piece I promised years ago – its original version will be published next week. Click on the images to enlarge!

Four years passed…

… since the last picture update on this site. During this time, I learnt a lot and widened the range of my topics as you will see soon.

Four years ago, I posted a non-Star Wars picture: a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster (to which I will upload a description next week). Today, I post another non-Star Wars work: a character poster from ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

I am amazed by the elegant interlocking of two worlds in Once Upon a Time: the mundane one and the real, magical one. Right after watching the first few episodes I decided to create a number of character posters. The first piece is Rumplestiltskin. And be sure, deary, more will follow…

The Saga Poster in Michigan

A friend of mine and member of the 501st Legion Great Lakes Garrison, Greg Johnson told me about the appearance of the saga poster on the Star Wars Night 2015 of West Michigan Whitecaps in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 11 (photo by Amber Fortino Castro).

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You can also find this picture among other Saga Poster appearances.

Check back soon because another great public appearance of the Saga Poster is on the way! And some new posters, of course.

Bow Ties Are Cool – A Doctor Who Poster Analysis

Five years ago today, the Eleventh Doctor debuted in the Series 5 opener The Eleventh Hour. This episode was my first encounter with the Doctor (although I watched it in November 2011).

To celebrate the anniversary, I give you a deep analysis of one of my favorites, the Doctor Who Series 5 poster. Click on the picture to see it in full size and continue reading!

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First, study the picture from the viewpoints of people with different knowledge about the topic. Continue reading

New section: Other Posters

I activated a section for my non-Star Wars related works: Avatar, Doctor Who and Once Upon a Time at the moment. The pictures have short descriptions, too. (Detailed analyses will come later.)

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I continuously work on the short descriptions in the Star Wars galleries – Saga poster, Episode posters and many Selected posters are ready.

Status update

Finally, I had some time to work on the new site. A short status update: most of the galleries are working. You can see and download a selection of my posters, including the Saga Poster. The entire picture collection can be found in The Archives.

I also uploaded the short story of the Guinness World Record in London.

I plan to upload descriptions for some (or most) of my posters. You will be able to read them in the galleries. I also plan another gallery containing my non-Star Wars artworks.

And there will be new pictures, of course. I will upload them periodically, after I finish all the static contents.