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Always by MeganLara Always by MeganLara

Buy it on a shirt, as a print on Redbubble or Society6 or a sticker.

A few notes: 

This is my own personal interpretation of Snape (sorry fangirls, I loved Alan Rickman’s Snape but I never felt he looked quite like how I pictured him). I always imagined him as having a more slender face and being younger. Hopefully that doesn’t keep you from appreciating it; this is one of the very few pieces where everything came out exactly as I intended, and I am very happy with it! :)  So, I would appreciate it if there was no complaining about how he doesn’t look like Alan Rickman, as he’s not supposed to look like him. :D  He may not look like your own personal idea of Snape—it’s impossible to capture everyone’s own personal idea of him—but it’s mine and I think you can at least tell who it is. :)

Originally the patronus was much brighter.  While this was pretty, it was definitely detracting from the piece as a whole.  It was overpowering Snape, and taking it from a piece about him to more like “Here’s a cool-looking doe with Snape in the background.”  Trust me when I say that as a piece, it overall works better without such a bright, glowy doe, as the two were REALLY competing for attention before.  

Someone also mentioned that they didn’t think his scowl matched how he should be looking when casting his patronus (because he would need to summon his happiest memory).  While this may be true, this piece is meant to represent Snape’s overall character, and I almost exclusively imagine Snape scowling.  Plus, I think his scowl juxtaposes nicely against it—and it’s representative of Snape himself, as he has a tough outer exterior with his softer side hidden from the world.

The symbols in the seal behind him are potions, lilies, the symbol on the Defense Against the Dark Arts book, a snake and the Deathly Hollows symbol.  A little Easter egg: the cauldron bears the Roman numerals for the number “394.”  You can see more potions and things behind him, and a snitch is at the bottom as well (mostly just as a design filler and I liked how it looked there.) :D  

Anyway, this was a pretty personal design for me as Snape’s one of my faves (the other is Luna).  I hope you guys like it too!



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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really interesting to see you interpretation of this character.
Good work for getting in on p̶a̶p̶e̶r̶ screen!
As you say, these things often don't come out how they look in our heads :).
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
first WOW!
second I love the potion flasks in the stained glass background!
Cyberdew41 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Writer
This is so gorgeous!  I love your interpretation of the canon Snape, and think you've really captured the character as described by J.K. Rowling. (And yes, I loved Alan Rickman's Snape too!) :)  I just purchased this design on a t-shirt, and it arrived Friday, January 9th---Snape's birthday!  I caught all the symbols except the Easter egg on the cauldron.

What media was this created in?  Thank you for such a lovely portrait of one of my most favorite fictional characters!
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
what was the Easter egg on the cauldron?
pinkiepie1079 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
ThroughDifferentEyes Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Waiting for this to go viral...
sn4pdr4g0n Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I imagined him looking a lot like Crispin Glover a la "Creepy Thin Man" from Charlie's Angels. xD

This is a beautiful rendition of an epic moment. It brings back all the feels. I honestly never saw Snape's secret coming, hit me like a truck!
1Robin-Lover1 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I like your interpretation of fact it's refreshing to see him closer to his real age! According to JK Rowling, Snape was born in 1960, 20 years before Harry was born in 1980, which made him only 38-39 when Nagini murdered him. While I loved Rickman's Snape, he's 30 years Snape's senior which is significant!
Rachel-Perciphone Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was so flippin excited when I saw you post the first WIP of this!  I purchased the shirt in a Medium based on the website shrinkage information, but I'm sad to say that I will have to wait for another sale and buy a small because the medium is still too big :(

But I will find another Harry Potter/Snape fan who can fit into the medium and spread the love!! :D

This is one of my all time favorite pieces from you! <3
Archsteel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
There will always be guys like potter...
SuzakaMizuhane Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
This is fantastic!! The colors are just so eye popping and gorgeous. This is a must buy! Did you have plans to submit this to any other shirt sites?
FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh never mind
FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what does "394" mean?
Sevarihk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
totally agree on Rickman not quite fitting in the role... i mean, Snape died at the age of 38 i think and Rickman got the role at the age of almost 60...
FrauleinVampyria Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work !
Aliniel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow! That simple quotation "Always" just instantaneously brought me back to the emotions of the scene it was taken from and almost made me teary-eyed for a second. Everything is just right with this piece. Beautiful work. Heart 
AthdaraSeleyaRiddle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing!
Predaguy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
This looks pretty much exactly how I envisioned snape before the movies. Except his nose might have been larger :XD:
I love the whole thing! The easter eggs are a nice touch!
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