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The Choices We Make by irisclaymore The Choices We Make by irisclaymore
*uploaded what i hope could pass as a more decent photo of this piece, though still not completely satisfied... actual colours are... for lack of a better description, softer-looking in person. lol.

SEVERUS & LILY!!! I could never get over them!

First off, the film "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia" started this (I mean come on... pale, sullen, dark-haired teenage boy -- ring any bells?)

It had almost never gotten finished -- lost steam in the middle of it as Lily gave me such grief. I had to redraw her all over again and actually expected my eraser to rub right through the sheet. Luckily, cartridge paper is unbelievably forgiving with erasures, if not with water (surface immediately starts to wrinkle and fray with more heavy-handed brush strokes (I was just too impatient to wait for proper watercolour paper). :D

What made me finish is the sudden burst of inspiration from :iconnorthangel27: 's "Quiet Desperation" -- a fic I came across thanks to :iconbullettimescully: She, too, was inspired to create art from this story.

Quiet Desperation :library:
If you haven't read it, what are you waiting for? Clickety-click! [link] (R rating -- just wanted to toss that in for all the kiddies out there. lol)
What can I say? In my world, :iconnorthangel27: = canon. :iconcheerplz:
Thanks so much to both of you. :hug:

I just wanted to note that this is the first time I felt brave enough to attempt blue green tints with skin tones. Always wanted to try it ages ago but I was too much of a wuss. Quite happy with how it came out, though. Glad I took the chance. :aww:

Again, no scanner. Sorry. Played a bit with the contrast here: [link]

Severus Snape & Lily Evans (c) JK Rowling
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:iconemzhou28:
emzhou28 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
I've looked through a lot of your Severus/Lily work and have absolutely fallen in love with it! Your style is beautiful and compliments the characters really well. I especially love the way you did their eyes and mouths -- so much emotion in the details. Plus, while Severus is definitely recognizable (I mean, we all know his signature features), your rendition of Lily works very well. I mean, she really looks like a Lily, as if she fits into the name, if that makes any sense. 

But enough rambling, because I could go on for a while. Again, this is beautiful, one of my favorite pieces of this pairing. I'm envious of your water color skills!
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josephinestone Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love your head cannon of these two. This is so great.
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kittyficpix Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
This is lovely <3
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:iconmfmp:
mfmp Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... Kudryavka Noumi (Crying) [V3] so beautiful. Your Snape is so lovely!
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granmotherpotter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
listening to ♥ audiobook :iconcheerplz: very inspiring you captured her grace!
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yoweet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
This is gorgeous. I love their facial expressions. Oh, and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is one of my favorite movies! I definitely see a bit of Vincent Kartheiser in your Snape!
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Defygrav12 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Pretty colors. The expressions are so natural and gorgeous. Lily entrances me.
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EEhunter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
absolutely exquisite! I don't even have words for how amazing this is~
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barbogarbo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
okay, this is just flawless. your whole 'severus snape' folder is flawless. oh gawd.
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Kitsune1978 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Together but separated in the same time...
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maxridefangirl Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
This is great. Would you mind if I used it in a slideshow/video? Was this done with watercolors alone, or did you use pencils(or colored pencils) as well? Looks amazing. :)
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irisclaymore Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
thanks! just used a pencil for the primary sketch, then the rest was all done in watercolors :) sure! and please do send me a link if you get to use it. i'd like to see the vid, too :heart:
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hannahlily Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful pic too by the way, love your skills!!
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hannahlily Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i have to say that that fan fic is my fave Snily ever.. im not surprised its prompted so much awesome art. Im always hopeful of coming across more snily fic that is as good.. but so far, not even close!
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ameraucanablues Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that fic!!! :D
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Ailenemea Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I adore your style. :)
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colloween Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is absolutely beautiful, in every way.
i don't ship them, but i love their story and i think that this picture really represents a lot of it.
and it's also just really amazing artwork.
fave x a million!!!
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StellaLupin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is creepy...She looks like my character! Her eyes look hazel. :O
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eltitere Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow, good job! ;)

And thank for linking me to that, it was a good story!
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ImperialCharles Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful :)
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:iconsugarfr0st:
sugarfr0st Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woww. Your artwork is amazing! I'm actually in awe. :D
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:iconxrtneuh:
Xrtneuh Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist
This is just lovely! I really like Lily's hair, and color in this. :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Beautiful picture!
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love their hair and the expressions. Brilliant!
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zoeychick Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
< 3
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SnapexLily Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this Pairing! :squee:

She belongs to Snape, not to James!

Wonderful Picture! :heart:
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Papineau Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn this look so beautiful! Their faces are as I've imagined them to be when they're young. The expressions you gave to both of them really does reflect the title of this picture. On a side note, the way you draw mantles is quite remarkable, never seen one with so much details in it.

I know its been quite some time you drawn it but I recently finished the last book and I wanted to see more Sev and Lily fanart ^^
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irisclaymore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
wow, thank you so much! these characters and their story really struck a cord in me, which i guess moved me into drawing them again and again. to be quite honest, i'm not sure if i'd be able to make new pieces soon, but i sure would love to when given the time. glad to hear you're enjoying ss/le fanart. cheers!
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ehrehrere Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I love Lily's face- so innocent and sweet... very well done!
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MarlinaKoh Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Beautiful >....<
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Dshamilja Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
their expressions are so real :) i love it.
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SPLongshanks Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
this is beautiful! amazing job with the expressions :)
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spunkyK101 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
I love your coloring style.
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WolvenMoonMist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Lovely! :)
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Numanom Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Oh I love the watercolor! :D
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danakat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Beautiful! I like your depictions of Lily and Snape - they match the ones I have in my head when reading the total heart fail in DH.
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redreh Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
This is just perfection. All your hard work and erasing payed off, because wow. Just, wow.
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auroralightfairy Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
This is really awesome - and it's EXACTLY how I imagine them both! Great job! :)
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lndzbrdn Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omgggg, I love this
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CookiesHeart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's really nice!
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grrrlxboom Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
The link is broken! :(
But your gallery is amazing! I do love the Snape and Lily drawings. Beautiful!
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irisclaymore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
lols... this is embarrassing. took me more than a year to reply. haven't been in DA much, but i fixed the link, just in case you're still interested :)
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grrrlxboom Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
:) Thank you!
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NaHoOo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
luv it :clap:
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MaferPotter Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
This is beautiful. Even if I don't like SSLE as a ship, I really love this drawing! I specially like their expressions, and the colouring. :clap:
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Lily-Box Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Lily is PERFECT in this painting !
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:iconari-berry:
ari-berry Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Their expressions are so pained- different kinds of pain, but it's so heartbreaking. You portray them beautifully.
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theLocket Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
beautiful!
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ridley100 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like their faces and their clothes.
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MiatoSakura-chan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
Snape really looks like him even if a lot of years younger and a bit less bitter... Lily has a nice expression... Good work! :thumbsup:
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