I would say this portrait is probably the truest one I've seen depicting the character JK Rowling created. Everyone seems to picture Snape as fairly attractive in some way, and I admit I do, too. However, he really isn't meant to be attractive in any way, besides his loyalty and courage. There's quite a lot of what she describes in your version and the realism of those features here is fantastic. Bravo!
Ah, I should have known this was yours!!! I was scrolling through SpinnersEnd--I've fallen way behind--and I was immediately arrested by the realness of this Snape. But it totally makes sense, because I've always loved your Snape. This is amazing, as usual.
Oh, me too, so far behind. College really caught up to me this year. I haven't been around but to glance in my messages folder now and again. Thank you so much for the compliments! I really appreciate it. It's always so lovely to come back to the HP fandom, because you guys are just so nice to me.
Beautiful! The palette is really perfect for Snape and I love the delicacy of his expression. It's somewhere between bitterness and sadness. Really excellent work.
I do have one critique, but feel free to ignore me on this. I think that because your style is so very realistic that you have to avoid things like making noses cartoonishly over-large and things like that. It just creates a really uncanny image. Almost like he's wearing face-wax or something.
But this is still really gorgeous. It's such a beautiful depiction of this character. It's really great.
Thank you! I'm glad it turned out well. It's almost too quiet for me, now that I'm looking back on it. I think in the future, I'm going to try to explore him in a more violent state of mind, get some really interesting expressions on his face.
I was trying to go glorious and ginormous, but maybe I overdid it a bit. I've known some people with horribly large noses, though -- just maybe I should take care not to overdo it.
Well, as I think I said to someone earlier, it's really REALLY hard to break out of that mindset where beauty=goodness. We're raised with that philosophy. We're also inundated with the pressure to be perfect, and to be sexually attractive, at all times. Every add campaign pushes us to fulfill that goal. Every movie, every billboard. So it's really difficult, sometimes, to draw an ugly character that you like, because there's the temptation to make him/her appear as beautiful to everyone else as you perceive them -- but then the whole point is lost. It took me a really long time and wayyy too many permutations of Snape to start drawing him in a way that I was satisfied with, that didn't betray his literary physicality. So, I suppose all that to say thank you, and to say I understand where the other artists are coming from.