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Guilt Follows by RandomMumble Guilt Follows by RandomMumble
At first I was very happy with how Snape turned out here, but after some time I think, ugh, that's a bit too fangirlish... =S But oh well... I'll try to keep that in mind so it won't happen again. ;P
I did most of this on my old computer and just finished it on the new one - looked much better on the old one with the smaller screen and strange colours. xD
Anyway, I also wanted to draw an actual background for once and not just make everything black (though I really like the dreary, simple ones) but I don't know if that really works for me...
So, it's about guilt following Snape everywhere - omnipresent and he can't get rid of it. I think that's how he feels, always bugged by horrible memories and unable to forget...

FanArt no copyright-infringements intended!
wacom, gimp

Edit: One thing I forgot to mention: on the right --> Lily. =D
And now that I said it in the comments already: there's this oddly shaped cloud above Sev's head; it's supposed to be the disguised sword of Damocles - the bad things from his past, ready to crush him any minute; I think that can make one got insane - never knowing when the inevitable will eventually happen.
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
powerful, evocative statement here. I particularly love how clearly lily's hand is gripping the fabric of his robe. I also like the deadness in his eyes that is just so very much like the book description. There's a true expression of stifled pain and suffering behind them ;_; But you can just tell that he tightens his mouth up and bears it. The blood on his hands is perfect, and Lily's ghostly eyes, so very haunting.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint: Thank you so much!! :iconglompage: You flatter me. If I was a cartoon character I would be at the earth's core now for jumping so much from happiness! ^^ (uhm, that's lacking grammar, I think. ...it's early; forgive me =D)
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VeIra-girl Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Love, Love, Love your Snape art!
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. He looks so thin, so emaciated, and the blood on his hand....
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks! :love:
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Vizen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Beautiful Severus - it's a compliment.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thank you so much! (Being a huge fun of your amazing work your kind words mean a lot to me!) :glomp:
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Vizen Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Thank you :heart:
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, thank you! =D
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you probably nailed it there, about how he feels. I don't think he's turned out too fangirlish. He looks a bit like he's trying to ignore the guilt-ghost tugging at his robes, but also as if he's resigned to the fate that he can't ignore it. I might also have preferred a darker, more simplistic background, but then again the soft colours might also symbolise that all that was good is in the past - behind him. The blood on his hand looks just wow. I like this a lot. :clap:
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:eager: Many, many thanks! I'm so glad you like it!! And your interpretation made me cheer! Thank you! :iconglompageplz:
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so welcome! :)
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Lilly-F-lie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work, one of my favorites of yours yet. Love the symbolism, the blood on his hand.
The ghostly effect is really good, the way the hand is grasping at him is very powerful. And I don't think he looks too fangirlish...the fangirl Snape has clean hair, porcelain skin and pouty lips.. maybe even a straight nose!!!! the horror!. Besides he doesn't have to be as hideous as Harry thinks he is. Children tend to turn their teachers into cartoon characters, especially the ones they don't like. You always get the eyes right and the complexion, a good nose and his hair looks limp and greasy.

I love it.

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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thank you so much! :eager: I feel flattered. :love: :glomp:
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eltitere Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist
I like this drawing :D

But why is his hand bloody? :o
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! =)
I'm not sure if it can be said in english, too, but in my language it's rather common; Example:
Person A caused the death of person B (either by accident or on purpose)
Person C to Person A: B's blood sticks to your hands!
So the bloody hand is meant to display his own inability to forget that he played a somewhat big part in the tragedy of the Potters' death (especially Lily's).
Thank you very much for your interest! :hug:
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eltitere Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist
Ah, it's like the play Macbeth I see :D

Well done! :)
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankies! =D
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eltitere Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist
No problem!
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citrinestone Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I don’t think he is so fangirlish. I never thought of Snape as ugly as Harry thinks of him. I do like your version. I also like the picture and the idea behind it. The guilt he carried around.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks! :heart:
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the-anonymous-c Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Oh my gawwwd, I am always amazed by your super awesome symbolic pieces. SO COOL. Poor Severus, he really did torment himself (and others) by his guilt. It was also, ironically, what I think drove him to be so dedicated to the rigours of spydom :(
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thank you very much! :iconblacklovelyheartsplz:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I KNOW RIGHT/her Symbolist pieces are breaking my :iconbrokenheartplz:
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TeddyRadiator Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Writer
His eyes are riveting - it is a very haunting work.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! =D
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Perhaps he's more conventionally handsome, but it's still Snape, in your unique style, which I find wonderfully canon. The black eyes you got here are like obsidian, without looking false - great job :iconloveblackplz: I'm liking (as always) your symbolic work with the hand, just wonderfully understated yet powerful.
Aside from his face/hand I think the ghost figure is the most interesting; for once we have an actual Lily from another realm instead of floating beautifully about and above . . . really great hand clamped on his shoulder. I was wondering if the straight up & down cloud - ? was a device to point the eye back to Snape.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:eager: I was wondering if somebody would notice this cloud! :dance: How he has been haunted by guilt always reminded me of the sword of Damocles - so that's the idea behind it. :giggle:
Many, many thanks! :iconsuperglompplz:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
:excited: OMG glad I asked - what a cool reference!! Very good. Nice lighter palette here, too, BTW. Pretty much nobody is making me want to paint surreal Snapes more than you when I see your work, it's inspiring.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Aw, thank you!! :iconcheerplz:
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TheToxicPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
You always create the most wonderful pieces of art. I love the meaning and symbolism in your work. Please never stop!
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thank you so much! (I just made the most annoying happy-squeaking-noise. =D ) :iconglompageplz:
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TheToxicPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
You are so welcome. Your art... it just touches me. It is absolutely fantastic. :)
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: You just made my day! :hug:
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TheToxicPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Awwwwww, well I'm glad. You are one of my favourite artists on here. :)
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: omg, I feel so honoured! Thank you endlessly! :iconglompage:
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TheToxicPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
You are welcome, very very welcome. :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I love how you draw Snape and this picture is so powerful! Poor man was haunted by guilt until the end. This depiction is not fan-girlish at all. The fan girl Snape has clean hair, perfect skin, normal nose, etc.... ;)
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:phew: Thank you very much! :hug:
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JulesDrenages Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
A tiny bit of fangirl-ism suits him. :giggle:
Nice concept.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! =D
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SylveraDrake Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
He looks amazing :iconhurrplz:

But yes, poor Severus...so haunted by his past :tighthug: I love the feel of this piece - how you really captured the "omnipresence" of the ghost behind him - I assume it's Lily? And how he has the blood on his hands, both literally and metaphorically. His skin tone is great, and I love his hair...and his eyes... oh my goodness...:heart:

Will there ever be something you make that I don't adore? :giggle:
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankies!! :glomp: Yeah, it's supposed to be Lily (forgot to write that in the description)
:blush: You flatter me! :iconsweethugplz:
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SylveraDrake Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! And it was pretty obvious it was her - I just didn't want to assume incorrectly ^^;
Well, your work is so good, that it's worth flattering you about :D :hug:
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: :dance: :glomp: (I *love* emoticons! =D)
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SylveraDrake Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, me too! They are so good for conveying emotion, since typed words can lack that most of the time! :D
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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