Stuart Craig's name might not be familiar to you, but his work is. In fact, every fan of the Harry Potter movies knows what Stuart has done, even if you don't know his name or job title. Stuart Craig was the production designer for all eight of the Harry Potter movies, and it was Stuart's imagination that brought J.K. Rowling's wonderful books to life.
The way Stuart worked his magic on Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, the Burrow, the Ministry of Magic, and all other aspects of J.K. Rowling's world to life was by starting with a sketch. He would do rough pencil sketches or drawings for each aspect of the wizarding world then make sure they all measured accurately so their scale was correct. He trained for 12 years as an architectural draftsman so this is something that is second nature to Stuart.
After Stuart was sure the drawings were done to scale he would forward them to his architectural artist, Andrew Williamson. Andrew would take the sketches and drawings and create full color images from them.
The next step in the movie making process was that Andrew's images would then be given to the construction crew, whose job was to build movie sets from the color images. The entire Harry Potter universe for all eight movies came from Stuart's interpretation of Rowling's books. You can read more about his process here.
To sum it up, here is how the scenery and locations from the books were converted to film:
- Stuart did sketches and drawings and made sure they were to scale
- Andrew created color images from the sketches and drawings
- The images were given to the construction crew so the movie sets could be created
There are several limited edition prints that have been reproduced from Stuart Craig's original film designs. The prints that you see below are all the original images that Andrew Williamson made from Stuart Craig's original drawings for the movies. These are not recreations done after the films were finished, so you have a chance to buy a little piece of Harry Potter film history with these prints.
Each piece is printed on Giclee paper and come with a certificate of authenticity, and many of them are hand signed by Mr. Craig. As you can see, the color images are stunningly beautiful.
As of this writing all pieces are still available and can be purchased at ArtInsights Animation Film & Art Gallery. ArtistInSights also has a store on Amazon so you can buy most of the pieces from there, too. I have also included links to eBay, since that may be the easiest place to find these when they sell out on ArtInSights. With three sources to choose from you are sure to find the print you want.
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