I read my first Harry Potter book in my last year of high school, or more precisely in our class trip. We traveled all the way to Mancora, thousands of miles away from Lima, and I was in what could be referred as ‘emotional turmoil’. The person I was in love with back then had decided to stop talking to me; and I was devastated. My friends back then lacked the subtlety that often –although not always- comes with maturity. Much of the trip was full with childish pranks and annoying moments, and thus I was forced to take refugee into Hogwarts, not unlike the young Harry Potter in ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’; I don’t know if it was the moment or if I was too sensible right then, but I remember myself crying at the end of the book. But fear not… those were good tears. Promising tears.
That same year the first movie was released. I watched it and I really liked it. And so next year I read the second novel and I also watched the second movie. I tried to keep up with the books, but the last one I read was ‘The Order of the Phoenix’. I kept watching them as they came; and so this year, the final part of ‘The Deathly Hallows’ was released. I won’t say I was at my best when I saw it. Having no job and no money has taken a toll on me, that plus other personal issues made me feel –and forgive the redundancy- emotionally troubled. And then it came this story of young magicians and wicked wizards, in which most of the plot threads planted through the years would come to a resolution, and after a decade, I felt like I was getting some sort of closure, not to my current problems but to the ones that tormented me when I was 17 years old, which I deemed important at the time and now I see as trivial minutiae. I felt really moved and touched by the last Harry Potter film. And, again, I don’t know if it was the moment or what, but I found myself crying one more time. As the old saying goes “all good things must come to an end”, and perhaps the bad ones too.
And now I leave you with the work of Sergio Camporeale, who has a knack for mixing iconic comic book characters with other elements in his paintings. And also a special sneak peek into my artistic process, and the final page I come up with at the end. And at last but not least the picture that almost won in a photography contest. I took it with my old camera. What do you make of it?
|Work in progress / trabajo en proceso|
Leí mi primer libro de Harry Potter en mi último año de secundaria, o más precisamente, en mi viaje de promoción. Recluido en Máncora, a miles de kilómetros de Lima, sentía que había dejado asuntos personales sin resolver: una pelea con alguien que, en esa época, significaba mucho para mí. En ese entonces, mi círculo más inmediato de amigos carecía de la sutileza que a menudo –aunque no siempre– llega con la madurez. El viaje estuvo lleno de bromas pesadas y situaciones realmente fastidiosas. Así que me sentí obligado a refugiarme en Hogwarts, al igual que el pequeño Harry Potter en ‘La piedra filosofal’; ignoro si fue el momento o si simplemente estaba muy sensible, pero recuerdo que la novela me hizo llorar… y asumo que fueron lágrimas positivas, reivindicadoras.
|My finished page / mi página terminada|
Y ahora los dejo con la obra de Sergio Camporeale, a quien con frecuencia se le antoja incluir personajes icónicos del cómic en sus cuadros. También tienen un vistazo a los diversos pasos que me llevan a la versión final de una mis páginas. Ya para terminar, los dejo con una foto que tomé y que quedó finalista en un concurso. ¿Qué les parece?
|Photography / fotografía|