There isn't enough room for me to say everything I love about this art. His clothing is simply breathtaking (the boots, oh my god), the belting, the runic panel, the little bag of ingredients dangling from his tiny waist. Oh, sorry, just had a fangasm.
But it's also the other juicy details that melt my butter. The way you have tucked in his sleeve so he won't dangle it in the cauldron made lights tingle in my head. The fantastic, pudgy little clawed feet of the cauldron, the lovely details of the room, and over it all, his stern, defiant expression, daring the room to make a mistake.
Oh, this is soooo good. Yep, that's the extend of my eloquence at the moment. I'm overwhelmed. It's just simply wonderful.
Okay, the fact that you noticed the sleeve really makes me grin and flush with joy. You leave just THE BEST comments an artist could hope for. I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece, because it was certainly one of my favorites to do. I don't often have enough time to devote to a fan piece, where I can make it as rich and detailed as I want. But with this one, it was sort of a labor of love. So, I'm really really pleased that you like it!
Thanks for replying - it gave me the opportunity to look at it again. Some works are just worth drinking in for all the details, and this is certainly one of them. In all his imperfect glory, he's absolutely perfect. I can look at this art for a very long time and never get tired of pouring over the details of it.
Thank you so much! I kind of think it's important for him to wear robes. He hated his muggle life, and robes are just one more way to distinguish himself as a wizard, to separate himself from his painful, shameful past. I don't think he wore trousers once he became a wizard and escaped his father's influence. Plus, robes are fun to draw!
He certainly struck me that way. He had very little light in his life, at times. It must have been exhausting. And no one knew, so no one could understand and comfort him. So, lonely as well. :/ I think the next few pieces of him I do will try to be lighter, happier. Because I do think he did find some happiness and content, near the end.
I love that your Snape is ugly and skinny with scary long nailed hands, and gross nose. Exactly as i imagined. I like some of the hot-Snape deviations too , but it is closer to the character than the handsome snape pictures. Anyway, it's very beautiful, i like the wooden furniture and the lot of belts.
Thank you so much! Well, I believe that a lot of the depth of Snape's character comes from his ugliness, both physically and personally. To a certain degree, it's reassuring, because if such a man could be a hero, could be so beloved by millions, than certainly so can I.
As far as his physical appearance goes, I really think it's critical to the story. While lovely to look at, I think handsome versions of Snape deprive the character of much depth and realism. I mean, Snape (within his world) was almost universally despised. And beautiful people rarely are. In fact, had he been very beautiful, the bias that attends physical attractiveness would have maybe even prevented him from ever becoming the man he was. Lily would not have been the only child to like him, so he would not have been so alone. Professors would have seen his pleasant exterior and been more inclined to see his talent as well. Many his students would have liked him better (at least, the young female portion. Think of Gilderoy!) and been less immediately inclined to call him evil. Lily, herself, when presented with a choice between an arrogant, handsome toerag, and a handsome, studious friend, might have chosen differently. Snape would have lacked the seclusion, the bitterness, the self-taught aloofness that became his strength as a spy.
And for his personality, I think it's so flawed, that everyone can immediately identify with it. He is not a charming man. He is jealous, spiteful, lonely, sad, angry, and tired. He fights very hard his whole life for something that he will never achieve. How many of us can immediately feel sympathy for him? And as many times as he is presented as a villain, he always manages to rise above it - becoming, I feel, more noble at times than Dumbledore, even! (As when he discovers that Dumbledore has been "keeping Harry alive, so that he might die at the right time". He is so outraged, and the audience is suddenly on his side! To find that his entire adult life has been a trial of love and repentance, while others who claimed to love orchestrated death and destruction - it was quite jarring to me.) It's very lovely, what Rowling has done with the character, so I try to stay as true to that as I am able.
Ah, that was really long. My apologies. I feel so strongly on the subject.
Oh, thanks for the long respond. <3 Exactly, his ugliness is part of his personality if i can say that. I can imagine if he has been acted more kind or social he could has been found more beautiful or at least likeable. But he didn't intend to be this kind of nice guy and he wasn't. Sometimes his indisputable braveness and self sacrifice hides the black spots of his character. As you mentioned he wasn't a lovely person. His attractiveness doesn't come from his appearance or his nice personality but his strong will and his determination to redeem his faults dispite of any consequences. Generally he is quite dark but he is ready to give everything for that little light he has inside. I found him the most interesting and well written character in the book, i’ll see how it will be interpreted in the new movie.
I'm so glad you enjoy my rambling! XD I agree. Of course, as a child, he wasn't unkind at all. Just awkward and too smart. He was quiet, and solitary, because other people made fun of him, or disliked him because of his appearance, House, or manner. He was no more unkind or unpleasant than any other child, in the beginning. As he grew up (too quickly, I'm afraid) he cultivated his superior, sarcastic, and sinister manner as a defense mechanism, more than anything. And so often, we see it crack under strain or the influence of love. Just as often, we see his ugly side, though. But I'm glad he never claimed or pretended to be a pleasant man. His unpleasantness is often hilarious for us readers! I think he is certainly one of the most interesting characters. I am in love with the whole "Marauder Generation"! I would eagerly read a book series about them, if Rowling ever decided to write one!
The detail you have is mind boggling, and I love how closely it fits my images based upon the novel. One of the finer things I love (and perhaps this is anal retentive me) is that you dressed him in an actual robe. And a rather fine robe it is too.
According to the books, trousers didn't come into wizarding fashion until very recently. When he and the Weasleys are at the world quidditch tournament in the fourth book, there's an old wizard complaining about the change and claiming that robes are more comfortable (because he can feel the breeze! lol!). And because of the anti-muggle attitude and wizards' paranoia about muggle culture infecting their own, it seems reasonable that wizards in trousers would actually be in the minority!
OMG yes I totally know that part about Archie and the breeze around his privates :3 I always use that example to show people how trousers was more of a movie development. The fact that when Snape was flipped upside down in fifth year to reveal underwear showed that there were no other clothing items beneath their robes...
I think in book six trousers started coming into the school, because there was a part about Neville setting his trousers on fire in order to get by Peeves.
Oh...the strange details I remember about trousers.
I don't like bacground's perspective :/ I think that something is wrong with it. Look on the down edge of that shelf with ingredients and books and table edge. there is huge discrepancy... Damn :/ I hate trying to say something important in foreign language. I hope that you can see what I am talking about I think that U should look more carefoury on that backgroind, perspective is just... crazy there O.o