CAN YOU DRAW MY FANFIC CHARACTER?
I really would love to be able to do this - it would stretch my design
muscles and give me an excuse to draw outside of school and work, but I'm
afraid I can't. Reason one being I hate saying no to some people when
I've said yes to others, and there's no way I can say yes to everyone, or else
I would be illustrating fanfics all day and doing nothing else with my
life. Second, I'm not an elitist snob or anything, but I've made a vow
to myself not to read any fanfic until I've read all seven Harry Potter
books (and at the pace Book 5 is coming out, the Apocalypse might have come
and gone by then) and I don't feel right drawing a character I hardly
know. So if you're desperate to have your character designed, and feel
like you can't draw worth beans, try looking for other HP artists - there
are lots of them, and I'm sure at least a couple would love the chance to
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
I'm the same age as Betty Schaeffer! (How's that for being vague?) But the
majority of the pictures drawn on this site were from when I was 17 or 18,
as I hadn't read HP before then and was too busy with school after
that. Aside from the pictures clearly marked as "new," of
course. My mental age, however, is hovering around a mature 12. I
hear that's about average for animators (give or take the
"mature") so I'm not too worried. It's a very fun age to
CAN I USE YOUR PICTURES ON MY WEBSITE/BOOK REPORT/ART
In most cases, yes. You can use them on your website if you give a
little credit to me somewhere, saying "Tealin drew these pictures"
or something like that. I just ask that you send me the URL so I know
where my pictures are going. UNLESS IT'S A SLASH SITE! Ick! I
hate Slash, or any sort of perversion of the characters in any way
whatsoever! You are free to use any of them you like for school work
as long as – and this is the important part – your teacher knows you got
them off the Internet. Got that? We're working on the honour
system here, I can't hover over your shoulder and make sure you tell your
teacher, but do it for me, will you, please? As for the other stuff,
go straight ahead ... scrapbooks, journals, folders, binders, birthday
cakes, letters, walls, doors, ceilings ... it's all been done before, I've
got no problem with it.
WHAT DO YOU USE TO COLOUR YOUR PICTURES?
This has turned out to be a surprisingly frequently asked question.
Most of the coloured pictures on my site were coloured in Paint Shop Pro 6
(which I happened to have on my computer at the time I drew them), but more
recent ones are done using Photoshop 7, because I happen to have that on my
computer now. The Burrow and the compartment on the Hogwarts express
were done in pencil crayon.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Canada. I'll be no more specific than that. And it seems to
me that Canadian Harry Potter fans are shockingly underrepresented in the
online HP community... where are you guys?
DO YOU/ARE YOU GOING TO WORK FOR DISNEY?
Goodness me, no. The people working at Disney are about 654,376,841
times better than me. And even they are losing their jobs.
(Long, aggravating, sad story.) The chances of me getting a job there
are next to none. I have worked on some animated shows,
however. If you live in Canada, Denmark, or Germany you may have seen (or will
have the opportunity to see) Silverwing,
a series based on the first of Kenneth Oppel's books about bats. I
worked on that. A lot. I most recently finished working on a
direct-to-video feature called Dragons:
Fire and Ice, which is available on DVD. Before that, I worked
briefly on What About Mimi for Studio B, which airs on Teletoon. But Disney is a bit beyond my horizons for the
WILL YOU DO AN "AZKABAN PROJECT" TYPE THING FOR ALL THE
You're going to hate me for
this: no. The simple fact of the matter is, Azkaban is
my favourite. To the left is a graph of how much I like each of the
books in the series. As you can tell, #3 is by far the highest, so
obsessively drawing as many scenes as possible from it is to be
expected. My enthusiasm for the following two is not enough to have
compelled me to draw much from them at all and I don't feel the need to
preserve every detail of my mental movie before it gets swept away by WB.