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Happy Birthday Snape by Cynthia-Blair Happy Birthday Snape by Cynthia-Blair
in honour of Professor Snape's Birthday, 1/9/1960
I have a feeling Snape would be really uncomfortable if he was thrown a surprise party :XD:


if you can think of a good caption for this one, I'd love to hear it :)

tech details: 12x12 oil painting on Yupo paper
Lettering added in Photoshop
ref photo here (screen cap): [link]
I had to lighten it up before I could use it :)
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insanityperfected1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
1/9/97 same day
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SpinnersEnd69 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Simply love it!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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Thevala Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Throwing a noisy, funny, full-of-laughter happy-birthday-party for professor Snape? Crazu idea. - The "dear" Master of Potions would have an adequate (= disagreable) answer, be sure!
We remember: his first name is Severus (= which is Latin and means "strict", "earnest").
Great painting and so an every-day-gift for all the fans of professor snape. (If I had had such a teacher, I would have committed suicide or made an extraordinary exam...
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It would be fun to provoke him into giving detention!
I only wish he was the voice in my car's GPS...it would be great to hear him berate me for making a wrong turn or getting lost, haha :D

Thank you!!
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Darklight-phoenix Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Simply marvellous!!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D
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SoPhoenix Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautifully done!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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BrillBatch Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Look at those gorgeous locks XD I don't particularly like Snape's hair from DH2 but your art is too pretty~
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the length..haha...yes they gave him such a fluffy wig...long ways from stringy/greasy like the book :XD:
Thanks!
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BrillBatch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Haha yes. I know they sort of tried to portray him as a stressed man with the disheveled (although it looks more windblown and therefore more...eh model-like...not the best word but it gets my point) hairstyle, but really it would've made more sense if they just grew it out and maybe have him tie it up into a nifty ponytail lol. No problem ^^
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, he'd look good in a ponytail, I agree! :nod:
If I wasn't into washing my hair, that's what I'd do :XD:
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KitterKatzInk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
INCREDIBLE!!!!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :hug:
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LinaJackson Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMFG !! AWESOMENESS
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!! :hug:
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sevenblackcats Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
A masterpiece!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's great. I love his hair. I'm working with oil right now in my art school. But how do you get it so smooth? I always get brush strokes
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!
Depends on the brand of oil paint you're using. I like the soft buttery type, like Gamblin or Vasari, or any brand that's soft. But you can also add some Liquin (oil paint medium)to your paint as you work, or a mix of turp and stand oil. Both will speed up drying time and smooth out your brush strokes.

I'm also using Yupo paper in this particular one, which is a completely smooth surface. I usually use smooth illustration board, panel or fine weave canvas/linen...it helps me get the details right without too many "bumps" in the surface.
Portrait artists usually like a smooth-ish surface...but it all depends what kind of texture you want to end up with.
Many great portrait artists, like Sargent, made wonderful brush strokes! It enhanced his work rather than detracting from it.

My brush strokes aren't nearly as good, I need lots of practice with them! :D
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks :)
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg it's SNAAPE! I reaally loove him ((:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
THANKS! aww..Snape...wish he was having more birthdays :cry:...DAMN that Moldyshorts :(
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed, cus now we have to celebrate his death day too ): So saad, I didn't want him to die!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know! :cry: I really think JK killed off too many good characters at the end :(
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knooow, especially the fact that she killed off Fred! It was soo sad I hated it )):
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know! I loved the twins! Still plan to get around to them, too :)
So many wonderful characters died needlessly :(
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay I can't wait to see your deviation about that! I think you just got yourself another watcher (I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE! ;p)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've got to do something more humorous with them, the way they would like it!
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medricht Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Pft! We give much better presents than ol' Moldyshorts!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
you bet we do, hehe. :nod: :XD:
what would you give Snape for his birthday?
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medricht Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Slytherin's secret journals. ^^
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He'd like that...no, he'd LOVE those! :w00t:
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ShakratotheArson Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   Writer
"While I appreciate the gesture Albus......it's usually a woman who jumps out of the cake...not a headmaster..."
Or something like that >.< Give me time, I'll come up with something!!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a excellent one! I can hear Snape saying that (and secretly bummed that a woman isn't jumping out of his cake). It's better than thinking Voldy was giving him a surprise, for sure. Voldy's surprises are way worse than DD doing a striptease.

I know, I saw that Potter Puppet Pals for Neville's bday one...
DD jumps naked out of the cake? I just lost my appetite. ew. I would have grabbed Snape's drink and downed it after that.
Neville the butternut squash exploding was pretty funny tho.
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ShakratotheArson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   Writer
Secretly bummed it isn't Lily XD Oh it is o.O I NEVER want too think about Voldy's 'basilisk'.

I haven't seen that one yet!! ...Not sure I want to now...
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Voldy's 'basilisk'? That's too enormous to think about ;P
His pet snake is bad enough...oh, that's right - Neville whacked its head off :XD:

Go here: [link]
and select Neville's birthday.
It's been ages since I looked at any of those...ummm Snape's secret diary...I don't remember seeing those.
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ShakratotheArson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Writer
It only comes when called ;)
LOL! No wonder he was so mad!

Oh I remember Snape's Diary...And damn, Neville's birthday is terrifying and hilarious! I love drunk Snape.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, most guys probably would use it as a horcrux...if they could. I'd be pretty creeped out if it was called Nagini :XD:

Snape should get drunk more often :nod:
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ShakratotheArson Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Writer
Probably! But what if someone chopped it off? Yeeeah, so would I :XD:

He should!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
hehehe..no wonder Voldy hated everyone. Secretly jealous of Snape...you know what they say about big noses. And he has - what - no nose? hmmm.

I think I have to watch Snape's Diary again.
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rosetheflower Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that's amazing ! :dalove: .
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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RedondoBloodpaw Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just too awesome :XD:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, yeah! :w00t:
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Mochi-D Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha! I loved reading all the comments for this! This is really nice and an oil painting at that! Wow, amazing job!

I wish he didn't have to die. At first I was like, "there's no reason he had to die and why was he with Voldy anyways, why didn't he hide somewhere in the castle?!?" lol!

But then Harry wouldn't have access to Snape's memories.

And then I thought, "then Snape could have told him himself and it would've been an epic confrontation!"

Aww, oh well, still a good story!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!! :D
You don't have to die to give up your memories...think Slughorn.

No, killing Snape off was too neat, an easy way out, to tie up loose ends of the story.
It really didn't make sense...he could read Voldy's thoughts...he knew what was coming. So he could have been prepared, and he could have fought back. And if he died just for love? Then why didn't a part of him want revenge on Voldy for killing her? :no:
It never made sense, to me.

Yeah, we have fun with the Professor and all his sadistic deviant ways. I could probably come up with a strange scenario for just about anything :XD:
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TheCopperDragon2004 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
*Snape enters the room and three people shout "surprise" and jump out from behind furniture*

Yeah, I can't imagine why he'd hate them... lol.
Love it! (I'm a sucker for hair.. you either forget this, or exploit it shamelessly!!)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, this was reallly such a painful moment for him...
but taken a bit out of context, funny :D
I don't know what he'd do if everyone shouted surprise and jumped out at him. I think I'd be inclined to duck, as his wand would be on automatic reflex.

I personally think he'd adore your candies. :p
Might make up for the potions bottles you swiped from him. Because he knows. He's read your mind.

(He's pointed out to me that I may have over-fluffed his hair, as he didn't wash his hair that day - even though his head is at a bit of an angle...I will have to re-measure. It's either a mis-calculation or an illusion because of being removed from the original background in the shot...either way it can be adjusted to be "visually" correct) :D
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