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Happy birthday, Severus Snape!

Because all my plans for birthday drawings have gone awry, on the occasion of Snape's birthday I'm going to dig up what used to be an old favourite and share my comic-making process. Does anyone remember "How Not To Draw Comics"? I did these entries where I documented the making of my first ever complete comic in 18 pages - which was, would you believe it, a Snape comic. I worked on it for years, mostly because I drew a page whenever I felt particularly inspired - which, seeing as we are talking about me, Little Miss No Idea, wasn't very often. My way of working was incredibly chaotic.

Ten years or so later, nothing much has changed.

The reveals for [community profile] hoggywartyxmas are up, so I can now officially admit to having created Great Balls of Snow. (Being me, I'd actually put my NAME on the title card. I was so very tired at that point I didn't even realise I'd sent a SIGNED entry to an anonymous fest! D'oh!) I have to say, I had a ball working on this thing. It wore me out completely, but boy, was it ever so much fun. However, I felt very bad about it, because I missed two deadlines and was afraid [personal profile] therealsnape would start to think I was a total flake or something. No. I'm just chaotic and slow. (Not when I'm doing my job! Seriously. But when I'm making comics and stuff... Ack.)

Anyway -

Below the cut: lots and lots of images! Lots and lots of sketchy Snape! Developing ideas! Rubbish! If you're interested, and you haven't read the comic yet, I'd say, read it first. It's complete in 41 panels (not pages - just panels), here at Hoggywarty or on Tumblr if you like. And then come back for the Making-Of :).

How Not To Draw Comics - Great Balls of Snow )

Well, that was the story of that comic. It eventually got done and TRS accepted it. And all was well ;).
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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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Beardless Snape and Brynhild. I have to say, I feel slightly ashamed for persisting with the dreaded Snape/OFC, even in my more mature years, but seriously, Snape and Brynhild do belong together in my head and I really can't think of any more comforting scenario. Probably because my imagination is very limited.

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Catching-up post

Sunday, 20 November 2016 11:09 am
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Gosh. I completely forgot to share my last Inktobers... There was a reason - like, I have been working rather hard on my Christmas card :p. Which is done now. I'll make a separate post for it and, you know, ask who wants one. But here are my very Potter Inktobers. Harry and Dumbledore were Tumblr requests.

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(This is so me - I started drawing rather randomly on the page and so the broomstick didn't fit on anymore. *sigh* Some friends have been urging me to become a semi-professional artist, but I think you can see why I am not really convinced myself :p.)

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(Dumbles deserves a better picture. But at least I gave him nice hair.)

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(This is actually A4 size, so it took me more time to finish than is practical for an Inktober. But I had such fun with it. Bearded Snape has become quite dear to me. You can tell how relaxed he is by the fact that you can see BITS OF SKIN. Originally there wasn't an undershirt, but I was shocked at quite how exposed he looked, so I drew it on. I mean, there are points of relaxation that he just won't cross :p...

My two fest entries aren't done yet. Because I want too much. I'm working on them.
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Well here are some Snapes (+ one Brynhild) that I drew for Inktober. Those are days 9, 11 and 13.

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...They're not as nice as Day 4, but I'm not finding it easy to come up with something good every day XD. Little Snape portraits are my drawing equivalent of comfort food, so as I try to keep up with Inktober, now and then I take recourse to these simple things.
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FIRST! I've received really nice and thoughtful comments to my pictures, and I haven't got round to answering them yet. But I will! I'll reply as soon as I can. Sorry for the delay!

Second: Inktober continues.

I'm still keeping up! Yes, it's only day 4, but I don't think I've actually managed 4 Inktober drawings in a row before ;)...

The Day 3 picture was really drawn on 3 October, but I didn't have the time to scan and post it, seeing as I spent all day at work and all night in class. It was drawn in about 10 minutes because I simply didn't have more time but I didn't want to abandon the "one picture a day" thing after only two days :p. Day 4 took about an hour, between 9 and 10 pm, minus the concept which I'd figured out during the day.

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I am rather pleased with this one, and not just because it has my beardy post-DH Snape in it ;).

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The Coat

Sunday, 2 October 2016 11:12 pm
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Can't explain why, but this one is kinda dear to me.

I have trouble believing that Tobias Snape ever called his son by that outlandish name of Severus. So in my headcanon he refers to Severus as "young 'un" - which I like very much because it happens to sound almost exactly like "jongen", which is the Dutch word for boy.

On a side note, while it seems quite clear to me that Severus was a neglected child, I don't think his parents are entirely to blame for his strange getup. It looks too much like a child's attempt to dress in a wizard's robes and cape.

I have vivid memories of playing Sheriff of Nottingham in a tunic made of an old tablecloth, a cape made of an old curtain, a number of my mother’s vividly-coloured silk scarves and a pair of white suede boots that were several sizes too large. In my head I looked great in them, but my mum was invariably mortified when she discovered I’d actually left the house dressed like that. It was only the expression on my mother's face that ever made me realise that I didn't quite look the way I imagined I did.

The Smock

Sunday, 25 September 2016 08:57 pm
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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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Oooh, what an exciting time to be back in fandom! Having signed up for [community profile] hoggywartyxmas, I saw that [community profile] snapecase is making a return too! Squee! I wish the sign-ups were open already! *dances*

Snape Showcase
[info]snapecase: Celebrating Severus Snape throughout his ages!

Meanwhile, have a piccy. As you can see, no pencils were harmed in the making of this, because it was drawn directly with ballpoint pen in my notebook, hence the wonky chair. I hope to post some stuff from art school to show how I have been getting on - you'll see we haven't been doing perspective yet ;).

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This is where I am with my imagining Snape's life after the Battle of Hogwarts. He has spent 20 years visiting all known (and some unknown) wizarding schools and has been studying magic intensively. Now he is ready to carry out his masterplan of founding a wizarding university. Desmond Avery has been using his network to raise funds, and Brynhild has been concentrating on drawing up the statutes and looking into the legal and organisational side of things.
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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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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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[ 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
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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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The reveals are up at [ profile] hp_beholder, so I can post my contribution here - not that anyone who had ever seen any of my pictures could have any doubt about who drew [ profile] musamihi's gift... :P

As anybody here will know, I'm really not a shipper, and if I am to ship Snape with anyone at all, it will be with my OFC Brynhild - I don't find anyone in canon a likely partner for Snape. Okay, I do think he secretly has a crush on Narcissa Malfoy, but that's another can of worms.

In any case, for some reason I seem to do some of my best fanart when I draw Snape and McGonagall together. I'm rarely very happy with my own pictures, let alone very happy with them for long, but Unspoken takes its place next to Her Glasses on my very short list of Sigune Art I Can Still Bear To Look At And Even Be Rather Proud Of.

[ profile] cabepfir betaed this for me, because for anything more than a face or a single character standing up, I need advice and help -_-. Thanks again, Cecilia! *hugs*


Unspoken )

The reveals have also revealed (sorry) that the Mystery Author of my gift fic, Black Knight Moves Forward is [ profile] therealsnape :D. Thank you so much, TRS!
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Ever wondered what a Dark Revel looks like? If you're curious, look below...

Okay, I couldn't post a Gawain update this weekend, but hopefully I can make up for it a little bit by showing you the picture [ profile] cabepfir and I drew together while I was a guest at her home in Naples. I had a wonderful time and we were unashamedly geeky, which I guess shows in our collaboration as well :P.

[ profile] cabepfir is writing a long SS/HG fic, A Summer in York, and her story led us towards long discussions about Snape, Voldemort, Dumbledore and Death Eater business. Finally, we summed up our conclusions about Voldemort and Snape's early career as a Death Eater in a picture. We promise you that it's utterly canon-compliant.

Dark Revel! )
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My [ profile] hp_beholder gift has posted! Because of an IJ outage, it got a bit lost between the folds, and that's a shame.

A Mystery Author wrote Black Knight Moves Forward (PG-13), a story set during the summer preceding Philosopher's Stone. Severus Snape and Minerva McGonagall get to know each other better as they work on the defenses for the Philosopher's Stone. Initially, they don't fancy being stuck at school when they could be enjoying the sun in the south of France, but ... well, they're Snape and McGonagall, so the company could be worse :-).

Black Knight Moves Forward has everything you can want from a story on a pleasant summer's day (what can I say? we're having divine weather at the moment): Snape, McGonagall, humour, misunderstandings, fantastic beasts, Slytherin versus Gryffindor, adventure and friendship(+). Enjoy!
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My second [ profile] hoggywartyxmas picture, based on an anonymous prompt that turned out to be [ profile] the_winterwitch's :).


Pencil and watercolour in an A5-size watercolour Moleskine.

I really enjoy painting in Moleskine books - I'm not entirely sure why XD. The paper isn't as heavy or as textured as the loose sheets I have. The relatively smooth texture is an advantage when I use inks, but they allow less room for light and little pools of colour. Also, I almost always reach a point where the paper 'has had enough', so it can't be very good. (I didn't have that problem with this particular picture, because it is very simple and doesn't have a lot of layers.) But I like these books, and I have overcome the notion that everything I do in them should be good and definitive. So now I find myself erasing things and starting over on a page that isn't completely clean anymore - and often I end up with better results than if I had used a fresh page! I think it is because the pressure is less. I allow myself the possibility of messing up, so I dare more. This picture was drawn directly over an erased earlier version. And this one worked immediately :).
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Whee! I just signed up for [ profile] springtime_gen - first time ever! But it's not spring yet. So in case you haven't been over at [ profile] hoggywartyxmas, here is a wintry Snape for you...


Faber-Castell PITT pen for the lines, watercolour and watercolour pencils (Koh-i-Noor) in an A5-size watercolour Moleskine.


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