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Snape: Defense Against the Dark Arts by Cynthia-Blair Snape: Defense Against the Dark Arts by Cynthia-Blair
Professor Snape, Defense Against the Dark Arts from Harry Potter
(Alan Rickman as Severus Snape)
and yes, he can read your mind...


This amazing artwork was created for the 'Live Action TV & Movie Art Contest #LiveActionTVMovieArt

tech details:
10x15 traditional oil painting on board


wallpapers on my website: [link]
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Critique by SincerelyJavert Mar 17, 2012, 8:41:00 PM
I will start by saying I am stunned that nobody has critiqued this piece before as popular it is.

I will begin by vision. You have captured Alan Rickman as Severus Snape and grasped him in the many roles this man has had to play as both spy and teacher. You may say DADA professor, which is what I know you were striving for, but you have reached achieved much more than this.

It is the eyes.

Through your painting we can see the depth of his character, and all that Severus Snape encompasses; pain, love, hurt, anguish, confusion, anger, resentment, hate, and yet there is a subtleness that tells us he knows he will only have one chance at being DADA professor, and he wants to achieve all he can in the time allotted to him. He was born to instruct this course, and he genuinely wants the students to learn. The determination and resolve in his eyes tells us this. He has one year, and in that time, he will give all he can. Whatever the students consider him, bastard, Death Eater, strict, they will still learn.

Originality, I do not give as much becasue it is very hard to be original with a character that has been drawn numerous times and will continue to be interpreted many more times after we are long gone. I have given four stars becasue of the depth you placed in the stance you chose.

Technique is outstanding. If I had enough money, believe me when I say, I would commission you if I could. There are many drawings and paintings of Severus Snape out there, but yours is true to detail. I like Alan Rickman as Snape, and when I see art work done on this character, I prefer to see his visage as usage.

I love the way you combined the normal dark parts of Severus' aspects with his light skin and used an emblazonment of deep reds,burgundy, blues and grays as a contrast behind him to give the subject matter a more dramatic feel. The color combinations are perfect without feeling harsh or cartoonist.

The overall impact, at least for me, is very great. I feel the raw emotion in the Severus Snape you created and everything he wants to convey. I believe your usage of Alan Rickman's likeness will draw many to this, for that is what people encapsulate when they think of Severus Snape. I know I do.

If I had any substantial criticism it would be using PhotoShop for the wand blast becasue I think it detracts from the overall feel. I think you should have stayed with oil overall, but that is just my opinion. I know what you were trying to capture, but I think it could have been done just as well and with more subtlety in oils. Also, your name and stamp could be much lower and not so forthright as to take away from the piece. Again this is just my opinion, and I know many artists like to do this. I however, would prefer initials and names to be placed somewhere lower and smaller in detail so we can enjoy the full context of the art you have given us.

Overall, you are an amazing artist. I have enjoyed your work of the Harry Potter universe for a long time, and hope to see more in the future.
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Congratulations, it's always very difficult to paint a face with so much sensitivity and precision, using traditional painting. The color scheme fits perfectly with the character : pale, black, with warmer tones in the foreground to suggest a restrained anger. The precision in the drawing of his traits is rather incredible.
I'm not sure about composition and framing: did you have to truncate his head like this? It somewhat softens the dynamism of composition, in my opinion. I's rather see more flames on top of his head.
By the way, sorry about the low note on originality, but unfortunately, we've seen that pose on so many posters right now.
You're a very talented artist, keep going!
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:icongoliat74:
Goliat74 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
It´s really amazing. Congratulations!!
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:iconlafay:
Lafay Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. Perfection!
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:iconmatsuemon:
Matsuemon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
This is AMAZING!! Oh my Lord haha
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FoxBluereaver Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
*Whistle*, so vivid it almost looks like a photo. Superb work :thumbsup:
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mooksie01 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Soooooo Snape obsession much? xD I just went in looking for lord of the rings and I'm drowned by Snape xD
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WerewolvesProtector Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer

Geat pic! :D It looks so… real :D

How did you make this? Can you please tell me? :) 
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Asphodel27one Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
This positively glows with life. I never tire of seeing it. While many artists take a photo of Snape and copy it, you take a familiar image of him and transform it into something greater.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you for your wonderful words :hug:
I adore Snape and really wanted this to have alot of strength and courage. I only had a head shot to work with, so I "invented" all the rest :)
If I can't take a painting beyond the photo reference, I usually don't bother. A portrait really has to reflect the artist(the way I feel about him) as much as the subject, you know? I think this was my favourite of all the Snape ones I've done :D
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Asphodel27one Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
No wonder all your Snape work is extraordinary, then. The fact that you care about him definitely shows. I'm the proud owner of a LARGE print of this one, and was so stunned when I took it out of the cardboard box. Didn't think a print could do the artwork justice, but it does!
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t1gertasha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
This is an amazing piece and its a traditional oil painting? Just wow this is stuning and you got alan rickman spot on!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Yes, it is traditonal, in oils. :D
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:iconroseperson:
Roseperson Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I cant get over how realistic it looks!How long did it take to do?
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it took about 8 hours, but I re-did parts of it, so maybe longer.
Thanks! :hug:
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Thunderpaws101 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I don't understand how you can finish a painting so fast! Wow.
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slytherin33 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I wanted to ask you, may I use this as an avatar? It's so gorgeous. If someone asks me about it, I could direct them to your webpage.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aww, thanks! could you use it somewhere other than on DA? I've used it quite a bit here as my avatar, it's one of my very faves that I've done :D
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slytherin33 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Absolutely perfect!!!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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RebelStone Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student General Artist
This is perfection.
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It took me alot of Snape paintings to get it right :D
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WilliamFDrake Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
The greatest character of the HP universe!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely. Always!
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trish05 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Awesome, amazing picture!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! :D
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crazytomatoo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Artist
amazing.....
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
THanks! :D
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:iconkyoto-hetalia:
Kyoto-Hetalia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Snape, too! My, you are an amazing artist :3
Did you know that Alan Rickman is Australian and not British? O3O
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no, seriously? I read he was born in London: [link]
In any case, he's a little heartbreaker with a fantastic voice and acting style.
Alan's like my celeb crush for the year ;)
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Kyoto-Hetalia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My mother had said that she watched this thing about him being Australian ._.
and never trust Wikipedia. It can be edited by anyone.

lol I loved him in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, but there are plenty of sources (including interviews) where he talks about growing up in London.
I heard he was excellent in Rasputin, I have to find that movie :)
He was that creepy Sheriff...although I like him better without a mustache ;)
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Kyoto-Hetalia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. Well that doesn't surprise me that my mother is wrong. Most of the time, she doesn't know what she's talking about to begin with.

Ah? I have never heard of that movie.

I love his role as "that creepy Sheriff." :) Very well played :clap:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
EVERY role he does I think is great...he's a hell of an actor and very versatile.
He's played in tons of movies...I haven't seen that one yet, but someone recommended it to me as "his best role"...Hmmm well, I'd have to see ALL of them, and that will take awhile :XD:

He was kinda creepy though, wasn't he? handsome, but didn't he sort of force himself on her? It's been ages since I've seen Robin Hood. That was way back when everyone thought Kevin Costner was "the hottest thing", LOL.
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Kyoto-Hetalia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, agreed.
I've only seen the Robin Hood one and Harry Potter, though :/

Hah. Well thinking on the situation and the time period, it was understandable. What he did when he spread her legs with his, though, I was like O_O cause you know that has to hurt whenever you're flexing your groin muscle to keep your legs still. >_>

I have no idea who Kevin Costner is >.> ~is actor ignorant~
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Kevin Costner was Robin Hood, aka the star in that movie.
well I would have preferred Alan R over Kevin C. (Robin Hood) but haha that's not how the story goes :)
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dracdauter Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
You do such a great job with his eyes. Another wonderful portrait of the unsung hero of HP.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The eyes are always the center of emotional focus! So it's where I spent time freely, getting it right - or as close to it as I can come :D I love his piercing gaze when he looks directly at you :heart:

Thank you so much! :hug:
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HinPink Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Writer
This piece is amazing!!!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Snape is amazing ;)
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HinPink Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Writer
YES he is teehee :D
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Aquiliris Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice job Cynthia, I like the colors and Sevs expression as well. Btw, have you seen this video [link] ? There is nothing Alan Rickman cant do. :D I made some pics after watching it, I would be delighted if you could comment on some.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I like portraying Sev as someone strong and courageous, despite the odds against him...I think this one was ultimately my fav of the ones I have done, it embodies all of that in his expression.
I've seen the tango scene before but who minds seeing it again? He's wonderful at EVERYTHING.
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Aquiliris Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a big truth. :D
I can watch that vid again and again staring at him. :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed! :nod: He can put me under a spell anytime ;)
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:iconaquiliris:
Aquiliris Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would not refuse to dance with him, would you? :D But I guess I stepped on his foot. :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I could never refuse him anything :P
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TheFacesOfStrange Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Wow :D This is amazing. You've really captured Snape perfectly. It almost draws you in. <3
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, he can read your mind with that stare, can't he?
I think this one ended up being my favourite, and I've done so many of Snape :D
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TheFacesOfStrange Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
You're welcome! ^_^ Yes he can, like he knows all of your secrets.... :D I love Snape.
Cool, you've made me want to have a crack at drawing him now. :D <3
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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