Concept Art Prints
These eight 8” x 10” concept art prints are suitable for framing. Printed on high-quality paper, these prints represent some of the finest concept art created for the films.
Interview with film concept artist, Andrew Williamson
What was your specific role in the Harry Potter art department?
I worked as a concept artist on all the films except the first. I tended to specialize in "environments" – sets, buildings and so on, and I worked on many of the shots where a real set was extended into a virtual world.
What collaboration did you have with Stuart Craig?
I had the great privilege of working very closely with Stuart. I like to think that over the years I became pretty good at interpreting his ideas!
What made your experience in the Harry Potter art department different from other jobs you’ve had previously and since?
Everything! At the start I had no idea it would be so huge. It was my first film work and I learnt and developed as the series went along. Mainly the people, though - lovely and so talented.
Over the years, what were some of your favorite designs, and why?
I enjoyed contributing to the Quidditch World Cup stadium and camp, the Ministry of Magic, and the cavern in "Half-Blood Prince", but although I hate to say it, some of the most interesting work was on the destruction of Hogwarts.
What is your background and what made you want to pursue film concept design?
I originally qualified as an architect – I had stopped practising and become a freelance architectural illustrator before someone gave my name to Stuart, who was looking for an architectural specialist, so I sort of fell into it.
What is the greatest challenge for you as a concept artist?
The human figure.
Would you explain the techniques and materials used in creating a concept painting?
When I started I was painting the pictures in watercolour and gouache. Nowadays everything is digital. Even at an early stage I will usually build a 3D digital model to make sure the view is as accurate as possible and help with the lighting. Then it's digital painting in Photoshop.
What are you doing now?
I'm working for a visual effects company in London at the moment.