Caladan

I was showing some artwork to my wife a while back, and after she’d come across several of Caladan’s pieces she mentioned something about them that really hit home for me. She said the thing she loved about these drawings is that, when you look at Caladan’s depictions of the wizarding world, it begins to make sense that the characters who live in that world would have no idea how to dress as Muggles. I love that thought because it captures for me how incredibly real and magical the wizarding world is in Caladan’s art. I tend to forget how distinct the styles and art of wizards are in the books, largely because of the much heavier Muggle influences in the movies (and the influence of the movies on most fan art). But the way that Caladan draws wizards makes Harry’s world real, and magical, and brings it to life for me in a way that no other artist can.
 

About the Artist

Website: hueco-mundo.deviantart.com
LiveJournal: caladan-dd.livejournal.com
 

Caladan’s artwork

viewing books 1-6 | book 7 & extras

by Caladan

from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, chapter 1

 

by Caladan

from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, chapter 8

 

by Caladan

from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, chapter 22

 

Lucius vs Lupin, by Caladan

‘Lucius vs Lupin’ from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chapter 35

 

Grab the Others and Go! by Caladan

‘Grab the Others and Go!’ from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chapter 35

 

by Caladan

from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chapter 36

 

by Caladan

from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 24

 

by Caladan

from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 26

 

The Cave, by Caladan

‘The Cave’ from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 26

 

by Caladan

from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 27

 

Snape, by Caladan

‘Snape’ from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 28

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9 Responses to “Caladan”

  1. I LOVE her artwork. She has such a distinct style and everything (especially the robes) in done is such detail!

  2. Wow!!

  3. Amazing detail and outfits! I really like her Remus; my favorite is Lucius vs. Lupin.

  4. I’d love to agree with your wife, John, but I’m afraid I can only give her 95% this time. I’ve always been puzzled about the appearance of House ties around Hogwarts necks. Wizards don’t wear ties, so why should wizarding school pupils? And yet this is a particularly lively meme which seems to be of US origin, where ties aren’t worn at school either. It is a puzzlement.

    But the art is wonderful!

  5. Deborah Hubbard, I see what you’re saying… but I don’t know that it changes anything for me. Even if some of the individual decisions as to characters’ clothing don’t entirely make sense, the big picture is that Caladan’s world is dramatically different from our own – which to me is a far, far more unique (and more important) characteristic of a fan artist than whether or not they draw ties. Does that make sense?

  6. Love the detail in the clothing! Such magnificence!

  7. Deborah Hubbard/John – on the subject of ties;
    I was nine, maybe ten years old when I started reading Harry Potter, and drawing Harry Potter. I drew Harry hand his friends in long black robes with gold-edged arms and necks. Then the movie came out, and even though I more or less hate the movies, the ties and the badges with the House symbol on them are quite nice. I like the idea of being able to see what house the students are in, even if ties are not in the book. I think others are of the same opinion – it adds something when you draw the character, I think, to show what house they are in.

    But the thing that matters most is really that the art is good. And it certainly is. I love how Caladan’s art is very dark. It shows a side of the wizarding world that looks rather frighetning but also impressive. And beautiful and creative. :)

  8. I absolutely love your vision of Dumbledore leaving Harry on the steps of Number 4 Privet Drive. If I had godlike power in the entertainment industry, the animated Harry Potter Series would derive from that image. Honestly, that image of Dumbledore is the one I’ve seen that most closely resembles how I pictured him in my mind’s eye while reading the books. Brave!

  9. Such an interesting take on the setting and outfits :) most of this is medieval based,,, but you can see how the authors been influenced by the movies,,, ties and that stuff..

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