I'm Jules, and I just found this community today while googling the phrase "blue as the forget me not"--I think that's what I googled.
I've been half in love with James Hook since my college days when I first truly started to understand JM Barrie's Peter Pan. Seeing him portrayed by Jason Isaacs--even if I didn't agree with a lot of the writers' and director's decisions in the 2003 movie--brought it all back to me.
I have always championed Jas., my favorite not wholly unheroic villain. So I was thrilled when, a few weeks ago, I found the novelization of his younger days, which I'm sure you're all familiar with. I appreciated that story much more than I did the movie. Like the mod here, I'm kind of a Barrie purist, but I also feel that this new story not only captures the spirit of the original Peter Pan (while also speaking to a modern audience,) but it expands on it, and gives Jas. Hook a fair chance at his own story. I fell in love with the novel.
So, in the spirit of Halloween, I didn't want to show up empty handed. Today (after I cleaned house,) I was pretty bore, so I decided to color a sketch that I did yesterday. It was kind of fun, and I colored it in two different ways. Each file is about 98 kb, so if you have dial-up, you might want to run the other way.
This was the first try:
I felt the colors looked washed out, his eyes didn't look right, and his hair was too whispy. Everything ever written about James Hook has made the point, repeatedly, that he had really thick hair.
Then I doodled with it some more, and came up with this one:
I darkened it up and added the stars. I highlighted the Lyra constellation because it is significant in JV Hart's novel, although I think it might have been cheesy of me to point it out like that. I wonder if anyone might have gotten it otherwise, though.
Also, I added the red in his eyes, though I don't think you can see it.
I still can't draw pants and probably will never be able to. Also, the guillotine looks like something out of an Escher painting. Sad to say, that was not my intention. I just have no sense of space or perspective.
Oh, the scene is when he's baiting Arthur Darling to follow him during their duel, and then leads him to the guillotine. I won't give away what happens next, but I know that I didn't capture the scene at all. James is out of his mind in this one scene and totally enjoying it. In my drawing he is far too calm. I meant for him to be beckoning his opponent to follow him, but instead it looks like he's just pointing to the sky. I guess that's all right, but it wasn't my intention.
As for his clothes, I just didn't know what to do. From what I could remember of the story (and I could have checked, but I didn't, sorry,) he would still be wearing the clothes he filched from the sailor, which I imagined were pretty plain. Plus I just didn't want to dress him like an Eton boy. Too complicated. ^_^
That guillotine is really messed up, isn't it? But I don't think I can fix it without messing up something else.
It's nice to meet fellow Jas. Hook fans. Happy Halloween, everyone!