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Danish Harry Potter Cover Art Up for Action

Posted by: sue
April 28, 2009, 01:38 PM

The seven original cover art work pieces of the Danish editions of the Harry Potter novels are now up for auction. As seen here, work done by artist Per Jørgensen, is up for auction starting this week and running until May 11th. The article on the auction gives some background and insight on how the artist created his cover work.

With his illustrations, Per Jørgensen has captured the mood in each individual book by putting the essence of the tale on the cover as a visual door to the story. He portrays Harry Potter as an ordinary boy with glasses, t-shirt and jeans. An ordinary boy who we all know and can identify with and who guides us through the books' magical, strange and fantastic universe where good and evil fight one another and where friendship, loyalty and courage are important qualities in the battle against evil.

Per Jørgensen often uses models for his figures. This makes the figures as alive and as realistic as possible and, in this way, he creates a natural bridge between reality and fantasy. For the first two books, Harry Potter is drawn according to Erik, a boy who is a relative of Per Jørgensen. On the cover of the sixth book, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', Per Jørgensen has also used his family and himself as models.

Per Jørgensen is one of the few illustrators in Denmark who draws and paints everything by hand. Thus, all the illustrations are small, unique master pieces. They are painted with a special technique using oil or acrylic on gesso ground paper. Gesso is a white, matt, ground paint that is applied to the paper in several layers before the subject is painted with oil and brush. Gesso ground prevents the oil from pulling out in the paper and ruining the paintings ability to fasten to the paper. Per Jørgensen is one of the very few illustrators working with oil on paper. This gives a very special and unique result where the paper's thin, smooth surface and oil's many possibilities for work with colour, shade and detail form a synthesis.

Bidding is now open on these gorgeous pieces of work for the Harry Potter Danish Translations, here. We also have the cover art here in our image galleries.
Thanks so much to Ulrik from Azkaban. dk!

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487 Points

What great works of art!

Sorry to be a bit of an editing nazi…but I thought I’d point out (unless someone already has?) that your title reads “…Art up for Action” and I believe it should be “…Art up for Auction”?

Posted by JBJeans on April 29, 2009, 03:45 PM report to moderator
6690 Points

im biased to the grandpre art lol! i like seeing the different versions tho, really interesting!

8927 Points

wow amazing illustrations!

Posted by Gobbledygook [Sparrow] [WBM] J.O.R. on April 29, 2009, 04:46 PM report to moderator
3186 Points


Posted by FrancescaElle on April 29, 2009, 06:53 PM report to moderator

Hi there
Working as an illustrator can now and then be rather lonesome. thus it feels real good to read your comments. THANKS Per Joergensen. Denmark

Posted by Per Joergensen on April 29, 2009, 08:31 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

i love all this art!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on May 03, 2009, 11:02 PM report to moderator
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