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Severus Snape by ArcosArt Severus Snape by ArcosArt
Digitally Painted in Photoshop with Wacom Graphics Pen

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape from J. K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series. (For the 3 of you who don't know;)) Lily Potter in the background is not based on the actress of the movies, btw. Don't really remember her. I just drew her as I see her in my head now that I'm reading the books

(SPOILER ALERT for those who are unfamiliar with Harry Potter and still intend to see and/or watch the series)

Bit late to the party, but the wife and I finally got round to the Harry Potter films and are now reading the books. Snape is probably our favorite character. This might have something to do with Alan Rickman being one of our favorite actors, but it's also because we love ambivalent, darker characters.

Our main problem was that for some reason we never once doubted where Snape's loyalties were. We never believed for a second that he was a traitor and were sure he was a double agent working against Voldemort the whole time.

We were right of course, but that also left us a little sad. That he loved Harry's mom, Lily Potter, we never saw coming and it's a brilliant aspect. But we were really hoping/expecting Snape's true allegiance to be revealed in Deathly Hallows, with Snape joining the battle against Voldemort! Not get killed by Voldemort's pet without even raising his wand! I wanted to see Snape kick some Deatheater ass here, but...nope.

We got that Rowling wanted Snape to be a mystery until the very end and so he had to be kept in the background for most of the series. Pity. We kept wanting to see more of him, and it kept not happening.

But the revelations of his past, make him a great tragic figure, and I wanted to capture that. Throughout his life, Lily remained the driving force in his mind and heart.

-"Still, Severus? After all this time?"
-"...Always."
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:iconbek-ah-boo:
bek-ah-boo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
How can I buy a print of this? Seriously, I need this!
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carrie-lou Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely brilliant!! :D
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JoannaPvs Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
This is EPIC!!
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ThroughDifferentEyes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally feel that nothing can visually capture the pain of Snape's story, but you come pretty damn close ;)
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AlanSnape Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist
just awesomeHeart 
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SamuraiShinai Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Zounds
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waldschratpower Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I'm in love now!
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Cool! Wait...with Snape or with me?? ;)
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waldschratpower Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
With you of course :D
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neh031 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cool!
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thanks!:)
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janach Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree: that grubby death-scene was an ungrateful way for JKR to treat her finest creation. At the very least he needed someone to sing a liebestod for him. Harry Potter's second son's middle name is not an adequate substitute -- especially not when the prejudice against Slytherin House is obviously as strong as ever nineteen years after the war's end.
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Yes I agree. She JKR did say she is certain Harry made sure Snape would get all the credit he deserved after the war, and that there is undoubtedly a portrait of him in the headmaster's office, but...Overall on his death and after I felt I just needed *more*, you know?
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janach Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm suspicious of that phrase "all the credit he deserves." I sometimes get the impression JKR doesn't like her greatest creation very much. Or maybe she's just reacting against the over-fervency of us Sev-fans. I can understand that.
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DaedricNight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Awesome job you did there on Snape's pose!
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks! I felt dignity in his posture and demeanor was always quite important to him.
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sweetdreamer285 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I haven't seen art this good in a long time; this by all means would've been a fantastic poster for DH2, but then it could've revealed a plot point :)
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Yes, it would've been quite a spoiler for those who hadn't read the books (which, at the time would've included me! I'm starting on Half Blood Prince now;) )

Thank you for the kind words.
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TeddyRadiator Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Writer
Beautiful! I have always felt that JKR threw away one of her best and most intriguing characters - anyone can get bitten by a snake! He was so toweringly magical. This is stunning artwork (I'm an AR fan myself, so I was thrilled when he was chosen to play the role), and I hope we will see more of your gorgeous talent.
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thank you very much. I've been a but busy lately with paying work that I'm not allowed to post, but I definitely will post more soon. And I plan to make more Potterverse pieces...;)
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deslea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FYI, I recommended your lovely artwork here: [link]
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thank you very much, both for the posting and the thoughtful, kind words accompanying it!:)
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SophysHannet Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
And Marvelous work :) You captured the tragic sad life of Severus and also the beautiful love :heart:
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thank you very much, that is literally what I was going for.
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SophysHannet Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I always cry on Prince's Tale :'( So sad... Poor Severus
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I know, who could've foreseen his would be the most tragic story in the Potterverse?
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SophysHannet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I've always loved his sarcastic personality since the beginning when I was a child, but I never thought he would turn out to be the bravest and saddest :(
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runepheonix81 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Absolutely Amazing...You have some serious talent :D
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Thank you, I really appreciate that!:)
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ali00111 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I just love it! A thousand Bravo!
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
A thousand thanks;)
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely, sad and beautiful!
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
That's what I was going for, so thank you for saying that.:)
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DreamingNighter Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Awesome! :heart:
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thank you!:)
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DreamingNighter Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
You're very welcome!!! :)
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allmysecretfantasies Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
heartbreaking.
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
It was a classically tragic story arc...
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Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Very cool picture, love the style of it! Very well done!
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thank you, I really appreciate you saying that!:)
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kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Very awesome the way you did this.
Always.
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Thank you kindly.:)
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there, feature time: [link] :)
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Oh wow, that was quite a selection to be included in! Thank you very much, I really appreciate it!:)
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :aww:
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sevvysgirl Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm the biggest Severus Snape/Alan Rickman fan ever (well, along with all the others of course!) and have only just come across this. It's absolutely brilliant and a great tribute the man himself - both the character and the actor.

I also agree with everything you've said above. I too was late to the Harry Potter books/films, but cheated as I read the entire plot/Snape's true part in it all on the internet before I'd even started properly on the books! I was so terribly moved by his story - I think he has to be one of the greatest ever fictional characters/heros (certainly in children's literature) and I see him as a sort of Heathcliffe/tragic character from a dark gothic novel.

You've done a great job of portraying him here - thanks for this :-)
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for your kind words, and I couldn't agree more with your comments on Snape. He's definitely a Heathcliff-type character, except he might be even more tragic, because at least Heathcliff knew Cathy really loved him and not Edgar. I don't think any character like this ever 'had' as little of the love of his life than Snape.

(And I can kind of understand how even looking at Harry Potter would cut like a knife!;) )
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Fifinella89 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
This is so awesome! GREAT work!!
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ArcosArt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thank you very much!:)
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Cassim-Fan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Sweet! I LOVE this!
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