Inktober 2016 – #23 Bellatrix Lestrange

We were at a Harry Potter Festival yesterday so I thought it might be appropriate to draw one of the Potterverse’s dastardly magical villains in my wee sketch book for today’s Inktober drawing.  Voldemort was the obvious choice, which was why I decided against him.  I was deciding between Fenrir Greyback, Lucius Malfoy, and Bellatrix Lestrange and opted to draw the latter.  I thought drawing her would give me the opportunity to challenge myself with regard to different approaches to mark-making with my fountain pen.  Although I read the books in advance of the movies, I now find it impossible to imagine the characters as anything other than the way they were performed on film.  In fact, I cannot recall how I even imagined them when conjuring them up from the page.  This, therefore, is very much the Helena Bonham Carter version of Bellatrix even though it is most definitely not an accurate portrait.  I did achieve my goal of trying out a wider variety of pen marks in the one sketch so that’s something.

23 Inktober 2016 - Bellatrix Lestrange

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15 thoughts on “Inktober 2016 – #23 Bellatrix Lestrange

    • Thank you. The thing in her hand is a wand but my sons chastised me for it not looking like a wand let alone like Bellatrix’s wand. Apparently it needs to be wonkier. Of course, they offered this guidance after I had committed the ink to paper. Ho hum. She does also use a dagger from time to time so let’s just pretend it’s that. I enjoyed the scribbly hair. My Inktober drawings have tended to be very precise so it was fun to just scribble away for a bit.

  1. Love this! It looks just like her… even the pose feels right. I actually put off watching the Harry Potter films for years because I didn’t want them to drown out how I imagined the characters and settings. Hope you’re feeling better!

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