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Little portrait by Vizen Little portrait by Vizen
Simple portrait. Nothing new, just some drawing.

Tried to struggle against my natural tendency to making him look stronger and taller than he probably is, considering that in the books he is described as thin and not specifically tall (several people are said taller than he is). In my head the cat-like/ spider-like / bat-like quality of Snape suggest he would not have a physically imposing body complexion : all his strength lies in his mind, sharp tongue, expressions, magic and billowing robes.

Belongs to JKR
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SakakiFlower Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like that you play with the greens to give him that "plant that has been inside to long" complexion. I actually thought he was a tall guy, but you're right: in the book he's always looking above his nose (snort! Sexy! :3) to people, but that doesn't mean he's that tall. :)
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nogod1215 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, This is exactly how I picture Snape in my head. I love Alan Rickman in the Role for the movies, but this is far more accurate to how Madam Rowling describes him.
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Vizen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thank you!
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ensomhet-svartskog Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Something new, yes: his nose! AGAIN A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Much love
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Vizen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Thank you.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The colours add to his dreary self. I also think that eyebrows are very important to the general appearance/expression and those are perfect. I could stare at your Snape forever! :heart:
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Vizen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
:) Thank you. This is very kind of you to say.
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RandomMumble Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :love:
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blackeyedlily Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
I love the expression on his face - so smug and superior, very Severus!
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Vizen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
:D Glad it's very Severus! Thanks. Have a happy Snape Day! :)
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MarSnape Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
It is really hard to reach the right appearence Well Done -I can really grasp thin here!
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Vizen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
So true...I've been looking for his right appearance for so long...And it is so hard to reach. And it is why it's challenging and interesting! :)
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MagicAlly25 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
That's a fabulously sneaky looking expression. Great picture.

Will be rec'd Sunday evening on the HGSS Digest [link]
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eltitere Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Well I don't think you drawing him taller will be a problem unless you draw him with someone else who was specified to be the taller one :)
Awesome portrait! :D
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Loves his green-yellow skin!!!
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JulesDrenages Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
And nose. u_u
:thumbsup: for the air; and lovely smirk, as usual... :heart:
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, he's precious! (and will probably bite my head off for this exclamation)
I know your pain- he's tall in my mind, nothing I can do about it. Not very tall, but -ish... then again, I'm 5'2'', so from my perspective you don't have to be a giant to impress me.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
:whisper: He be tall :aww::heart:
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: yes. yes.
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
He has been tall in my mind for so long, it is just hard to change that. And when I draw him, I always draw thin and long limbs and necks, and with postures that a tall man would have. Each time I fail to draw my inner Snape, I feel frustrated with the performance, true. And then I notice all the time that "ouch, he is too tall again!". Grrrr. I think it is something a fangirl very frequently sees in her mind : he would be taller, most impressive, just powerful ...When JKR probably wanted him to be -not small but- not that tall and physically imposing...
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Preseli Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I don't really mind a tall Snape if he isn't strikingly so (likewise a shorter incarnation) - it's just that ... whole ... 'tall, dark, mysterious' thing. So wrong to this man to think that would matter! As Bea says, he doesn't need to be tall, dashing Prince Charming.

(I have a little private fantasy that when they were coasting Muggle studies for the equivalent of extra GPA points, Lily and Snape would have gone to the Muggle Fairy Tale fancy-dress tea party as Cinderella and Charming's younger, bitter brother, Prince Disgusting.)
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Prince He Cleans Up All Right, Honest.
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
me-> floor, laughing.
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Jo and we people will always have our differences in that respect, I suppose. ^^
Also, he does a lot of towering over people and such, mostly children of course, but theirs are the eyes we first saw him through, weren't they. He just came across as tall. I don't know. That man is a scientific discipline.

Anyway, if in the films they can represent him as an overweight man of sixty, I suppose making him a little taller than he's supposed to be can't be that much of a sin, can it? ^^
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Also, he does a lot of towering over people and such, mostly children of course

He doesn't though... somehow we all have this idea in our heads, but even little Harry (who is really quite small as a firstie, even if he gets taller later) doesn't seem to think so! It's strange: something about his personality makes him tall and elongated in our minds.
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... he does it metaphorically then. XD
Or it's magic. Somehow. Just as his never getting stuck with his cloak in slamming doors. Magic.
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
A WIZARD DID IT

I've actually seen some humor fic/drabbles out there dealing with perpetual billowing spells and that kind of thing...
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
there have been discussions about that in my own stories, too, I'm afraid... XD
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
oh girl, we are more sinned against than sinning . . .
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
True, so true...
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
(sixty-five). Good points: he is tall to the Firsties and we love being his Firsties :nod:. Anyway, you know, when I understood that Snape is not supposed to be so much taller than everyone, I felt even more endeared to the character. Think about it : it means he is naturally, physically not imposing...And he became the impressive Potions master. It's the same kind of thing with the Prince who would be handsome and charming naturally, so we love him for being handsome and charming, versus the man who is beautiful inside and we learn to love for what he is and not what he looks like. *in love*
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You just made him sound like something out of Oscar Wilde, I love you!
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I don't know if I'm repeating myself, but you rule at drawing his hair.
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Ah, thank you very much for that. His hair is a constant torment and only recently I've been drawing it better with enough grease on it. It's really hard to draw, honest. Some parts of him are always easy but some others are endlessly difficult!
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know! His hair gives me trouble as well, which makes me admire yours (well, his) all the more. There are various parts of him that drive me to despair. Funnily enough, his nose isn't one of them.
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
The hair, the nose, the lips, the chin. Terribly difficult for me. The eyes and eyebrows are the easy part! *sigh*
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes! Chin! The hate! I mean, not that I hate his chin, I hate me drawing it.
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
SO TRUE SO TRUE
Let's say that: everything goes usually right, until I start drawing the chin. It changes all the face and then...It doesn't work anymore :cries:
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ScoutF Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't despair. As far as I can see the ultimate outcome is very satisfying. :)
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janach Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't forget all the strength that lies in his nose.

Love the eyes! Love the smirk! Love the nooooose! :heart:
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
I never forget the strong nose. So obvious I don't mention it :love:
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
He looks so pleased :) I bet involves pain and Potter. Great hair there :D
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
He is too up to no good, that's for sure... XD
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ImperialCharles Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh really nice :) I like his grin :D
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thanks!!!!
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volkradugi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it!
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thank you!
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
:iconimpervplz:Whether he is tall or not, strong or not, he is Snape, and a delightfully sardonic Snape, at that. I love him :iconblacklovelyheartsplz: I'm glad to see that chilling smile again . . . it's like he's hexed all the mistletoe and is looking forward to the resulting mayhem. AWEsome expression & eyes :heart:
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Vizen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
:rofl: I am sure he did. I should add the mistletoe... :rofl:

Thank you! Glad you like it.
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