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Hello hello, happy new year everybody!

I do wish my first post of the year could be one with new drawings, but the thing is, though I have been very productive in December, I don't have anything to show for it as everything is tied up in fests. I did a Big Thing for Hoggywarty and two pictures for Snapecase - in fact I have committed to do a third as a pinch-hit. I do have a few sketches to share (and again, lots more that I can't, because they concern my fest entries).

Hoggywarty Christmas is still at full swing over at [community profile] hoggywartyxmas, so I have come bearings some recs; these are my favourites so far.

So Bracing (PG-13, 9225 words), by Anonymous, is the tale of how Tom, landlord of the Leaky Cauldron, uses his wisdom and extensive experience as a barman to fix the lives of the Hogwarts Headmistress and a fellow barman in Skegness. Delightful, beautifully crafted, clever and wise. Don't miss the conversation with the mirror.

Friends, Teachers, Countrymen (R, 3700 words), by Anonymous, is the achingly perfect tale of Severus Snape's staff Christmas party during his year as Headmaster. It is very Snape (the worst and the best of him), therefore it made me cry.

Hiring Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers and Other Unforgivable Acts (PG, 3630 words) by Anonymous. I may be a bit biased here because this is my gift, based on a prompt that I'd wanted to read for a long time :D. We finally get to see what went on behind closed doors, when a new DADA teacher must be found. The story is delightfully understated, with a perfect Dumbledore, Snape and McGonagall, and an ending that - well, I shouldn't give that away.

Love Hides in Familiar Faces (G, 4300 words), by Anonymous, is a beautifully-crafted fairytale in which Minerva McGonagall, Filius Flitwick, Severus Snape and Horace Slughorn receive a helping ... hand ... from an unexpected party. Lovely and heart-warming.

Exploding Crackers (G) is, very simply, an exquisite (animated!) Christmas picture by an artist whose anonymity I must uphold even though I'd know them anywhere :P. Enjoy!

Finally, have some Snapes on a train...

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[The children, from left to right, are Morgana (6), Magnus (10), Alexander (15) and Alba (19)]

...and Snape in a cardie. (Don't ask.)

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The Smock

Sunday, 25 September 2016 08:57 pm
sigune: (Dungeon King)
It's funny - I used to be really annoyed with the whole Snape-and-Lily thing. I still feel that the whole 'ugly, unpopular boy loses pretty, popular girl to handsome, popular boy who is of course his arch enemy' plot is a big old cliché. But I think that, x years later, I get the dynamic between Severus and Lily better. I don't think Lily was the friend that Severus thought her to be, and I don't buy JKR's comment that 'she could have been interested in him romantically if he hadn't been into Dark Arts'. I think Lily and Severus got on like a house on fire *before Hogwarts*. They clung to each other because they were the only magical children around. For Severus, Lily remains 'the One and Only', but Lily's focus is much less narrow.

That said, I'm having fun imagining them together as children, also because I think Lily must have seen a Severus that nobody else ever saw.

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(This is from the notebook I keep for the Snapefic of Doom.)
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Yes, I still exist! And I'm back!

There is good news and bad. The good news is, I have come carrying sketches. The bad news is, they are fan art. Or maybe that is good news to some?

Here is what happened: I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I went to the Harry Potter Exhibition that was on show in Brussels this summer, and - well, I'm in full-steam Potterhead mode again :/. I want to draw Snape! (Okay, basically I never stopped drawing Snape, he's just too much fun - but still! I want to draw more Snape!) I even want to write Snape again! I am seriously thinking of picking up my Epic Snapefic of Doom again.

I'm just over halfway in Prisoner of Azkaban, because yes, I need a serious canon refresh if I'm to write HP fic once more. I'm pleasantly surprised by how entertaining I find the books again; I do hope it lasts all the way until the end... My disappointment with Deathly Hallows was fairly monumental. But there are indications that I may have matured in my fandom: I am even getting to terms with Snape not being a Yorkshireman :P.

Anyway, for those who want to know what my Snape looks like these days: have a few outtakes from my sketchbook. First some old stuff...

This is the first elaborate Snape picture I have drawn in a while:

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This was well before my reading Cursed Child. I don't know, I just had to draw Snape with a cup of tea and cherry blossoms... Below are a few studies I did for the same picture. There is more, and recent stuff too! )

In other news, I passed my exam a few months ago, and I'm back at art school for my third year. It looks like it's going to be ... intense? I'm getting to continue work on my comic, so there will be more of that soon :).
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Here's a happy birthday to the Man Who Undoubtedly Lived!

Let's celebrate with some recs from [community profile] hoggywartyxmas - starting with my fabulous gift! It was written, compiled and provided with selected illustrations by [profile] shiv5468 who, let's be honest, spoiled me rotten. Therefore -

Get thee to Hoggywarty to read The Sweet Smell of Success (G, 2500 words), a tale of perfume, poetry and plenty of Aubrey Beardsley.

Shiv did not only gift me with a story; she also included the entire, illustrated catalogue to which the story makes reference. I don't know what I did to deserve that XD. It's such a fabulous mix of the Hogwarts Ladies; an absent but perfect Snape; one of my very favourite artists; and a number of my favourite poets. Just- just SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE is what I say.

Now, despite the utter perfection of my gift, I didn't close my eyes to other goings-on at The Hoggywarty, and I'd like to share a few more titles I have enjoyed very much:

[personal profile] cabepfir's Big Great Hogwarts Quiz (G, art and, well, a quiz of course): go and have a look to see how well you do ;).

I have limitless admiration for people with a capacity to write comical verse. I miss [profile] _vocalion_'s and [profile] _grainne_'s jocular virtuosity, and was delighted when I came across [profile] atdelphi's A Midwinter Night's Revel (Teen, 500 words). It's just ... ahahahahahaaaa!

[personal profile] therealsnape's Case of the Cat Show Corruption (PG-13, 9700 words, no warnings), in which Spinster Detective Minerva McGonagall cracks a case for Mr Filch. I am a sucker for Hogwarts detective stories - I have always dreamed of writing one, but I couldn't write a mystery to save my life - and there are so few of them around. This one is, in one word, excellent. It is so completely in character that I suspect TRS found McGonagall's diary and passed it off as her own ;-).

I usually steer clear of anything rated over PG-13 and carrying warnings like "voyeurism", but this time round I gave in to my own inner voyeur (ahem) and went to read [profile] kellychambliss's Look Not at the Things (R, 10,600 words, voyeurism). It's a sharp and unvarnished look at Snape as a recent ex-Death Eater - an astute portrait of a disillusioned, desperately lonely and cynical young man who finds himself quite lost in an environment with, well, rather more emotionally balanced people. This story really packs a punch. It hurts. But in the end there is hope.

My gift for [personal profile] albalark is this picture to accompany her Snape birthday story, Saturday's Child, so I think I can safely post it here in celebration of the one and only Potions Master (sorry, Professor Slughorn).

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It's Reeves acrylic paint on cardboard, because yes, I'm going to art school now ;-)! [personal profile] cabepfir kindly lent me a hand and beta'ed the painting. The flaws are now beginning to jump out at me, but I'm still kind of proud of it as one of my first steps in a new medium and an approach that is, quite frankly, the complete opposite of everything I have been doing in art (such as it is) so far.
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Two tiny portraits (8 x 10,5 cm) on Hahnemühle Bamboo, which I had to try sooner or later after all the times [personal profile] cabepfir has been singing its praises :). And yes, it's a very nice paper and fun to work with! May have to get a larger block...

I just love doing little portraits... I'll have to do a new Elrond too :P.

There will be more ASoIaF fanart ahead. It's just too much fun.

Art: Nenya (G)

Monday, 1 April 2013 12:31 pm
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I adore my Moleskine sketchbooks. There is just one frustration: I draw so badly in them. When you have a nice little sketchbook, it ought to be filled with nice art, you know? And my Moleskines are full of junk. Really. Seriously bad art. It is very embarrassing.

The fun thing about sketchbooks, and the reason why I use them, really, is that they keep sketches together. That means you can present them together, like a kind of portfolio that shows an evolution, and that when you have a good idea, you don't have to fear that it may get mislaid (which tends to happen to me :p). BUT if the contents of your sketchbooks are rubbish, well, that kind of defeats the purpose.

My latest mission, therefor, is to fill the remaining pages (and the backs of pages, haha) of my sketchbooks with Better Art, and/or with sketches that have some actual study value. This image should be seen in that context :).

Still Lord of the Ring-inspired: Galadriel wearing Nenya. Galadriel is easily my favourite Elf.

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Lines were done with Faber-Castell PITT brush pens in four colours: Cinnamon 189, Raw Umber 180, Caput Mortuum 169 and Cold grey III 232. Watercolours used are Blockx (Lemon Yellow, Naples Yellow, Gamboge Yellow, Rose Madder, Rose Madder Deep, Cyanine Blue, Terre Verte, Hooker's Green), Winsor & Newton (Winsor Green, Raw Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Orange) and Cotman (Sap green).

Size: 13 x 21 cm. The notebook paper has a weight of 200 g/m² and is made of 25% cotton. The notebook itself is actually one of the resons why projects can easily go wrong (for me): the book form does not allow me to use a light table, and after a few retries, the paper goes wonky. Which is totally normal, but it is also the reason why I use a light table for my 'free-standing' watercolour paintings.
sigune: (Dungeon King)
A happy birthday to my old buddy...

The reveals at [community profile] hoggywartyxmas are up, so I can post this. The Rug was a gift for [profile] shiv5468. Oh and that rug is Remus Lupin, in case you were wondering.

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...I have such a back log of gift art that it's not funny :p. That's what I get for being bad at gift-giving: I offer pictures instead of purchases, but I have to get them all done! And I'm not always equally inspired, so sometimes it really takes time to create something I can offer without blushing.

In any case, here is one friend 'taken care of': [profile] bettyboop_comic. He introduced me to the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (well, to all manga really - and I distinctly remember him glowering at me when, being asked what sort of manga I wanted, I replied "one in which the characters have those large eyes!". He grudgingly steered me towards La Rose de Versailles and then nearly forced me to read Lone Wolf to make up for my faux-pas...). Here is my take on the Cub from the title: Daigoro. I just love Daigoro. Being a little boy, he is so much more human than his father! At the same time, he is a Baby Bushi. Poor thing.


Meanwhile, there is some great ficcing going on at [community profile] hoggywartyxmas! I haven't read fic in a loooong time, but Hoggywarty is traditionally less ship-oriented than your average fest, which is always attractive for me. This year seems to be a particularly good one :). My personal faves so far:

The Incomplete Art of Cartography (G) by Anonymous - a wonderful, poetic, thoughtful story about three places that aren't on the Marauders' Map. Featuring Minerva McGonagall, Horace Slughorn and Remus Lupin - gen.

Humbug (PG-13) by Anonymous - Snape, hardly an expert gift-giver, has finally found the perfect gift for McGonagall. But somehow he has trouble getting it delivered. Includes Snape's close-reading of Dickens's Christmas Carol :D. Truly excellent, with a perfect Snape and delightful humour - gen.

My gift isn't up yet, but someone who wishes to stay Anonymous (though I'd recognise her art anywhere :D) has posted a lovely illustration to my (equally lovely) gift fic of last year, Reflections in Liquid by [personal profile] purplefluffycat. So I feel like I have been doubly 'gifted' :D.
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[ profile] lunafish commissioned me to draw a companion piece for Intimacy, which she also owns. I used the same media, but another paper colour. The pieces are supposed to match, but hopefully there is some evolution to be seen in the art :).

Peace )
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...but that's going to change, since I joined [ profile] snapecase and [ profile] hoggywartyxmas. In the meantime, have a Snape :).


This was drawn for Spinner's End's seventh challenge, "The Beauty of Snape". I was very late, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the mods will still admit it...

This was drawn entirely with a Pentel brush pen - I hadn't used it for a looooooong time. It's a lot like using a real brush, only you don't have to reload it every minute. A bit less easy to use than my PITT pens, but more inky.

Daily Deviation! XD

Monday, 1 August 2011 11:17 pm
sigune: (Dungeon King)
How crazy is this?! My Knave of Spades is a Daily Deviation at deviantART XD. I didn't think that fate would ever be reserved for any picture of mine. Seriously. I feel honoured and very happy! I have Vizen to thank; she nominated my picture.

Knave of Spades by *Sigune on deviantART

Incredibly, at the time of posting it has been faved by 862 people! Clearly DDs have some serious impact... *grins*


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