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Lily and Severus, sharing a moment before a night out.

I've been working on this for a while, in little increments. Pencil sketch, inspired by a picture of some celebrity couple, color in photoshop. Stock photo used as ref for bg but now i can't find it since i started this, like, 2 months ago...
I apologize if i accidentally stole this title- i had a title idea since i made the sketch and then saw so many snape/lily's that i forgot MY title!!! but i'm pretty sure this was it.
i'm incredibly fond of this. i used no layer effects, didn't mess with the colors or anything, and i think it still looks pretty ballin. i think this is the most intense piece i've ever made, in terms of lineart-coloring.
go me!

I have recieved an overwhelming number of comments regarding

so I will address it once and for:
The length of his hair is FULLY INTENTIONAL. Snape's greasy long hair is a symbol of his angst, and a way for him to hide from his miserable lonely life. Were he to grow a pair and actually make something of his life by becoming a decent person, he would have, we assume, gained some common sense along the way, and ditched the 'do. In such a difficult relationship, they would both have to make immense sacrifices, and his hair is a representation of that.
also, Lily is a sensible girl, and would not have tolerated that nastiness. </edit>
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emzhou28 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Oof, my heart flipped for this. You can tell how happy they are to be together, as sappy as that sounds. Everything about this - the lighting, the atmosphere, the background, their blissful expressions - is perfect to say the least. I love the atmosphere you created. It feels so real.

Also, this is exactly how I imagined a scene I am writing for a fic that focuses on this pairing. The song "Latch" by Disclosure completes this (to me, at least). 

I have a million other positive things to say about this, but all in all, it is perfection. Sends a mix of chills down my spine and aches in my heart :)
velapokemon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
It's so lovely
i really like Snape's new haircut :)
NightOfTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
This is so beautiful... TT_TT The lightning, those smiles, the love.. Oww, my heart hurts..
Now if you will excuse me, I have to immerse myself in FanFictions about these two.. 
WegaBlueSun Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
I've got no issue with the hair - Sev's entitled to change his style, I think. I really like the atmosphere of the city (Manchester?) around them. The architecture and the lighting is beautiful.
I do wonder if Lily is wearing high heels? I always imagined Snape being a good bit taller than her.
Gwasanee Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here.…
If you want it removed, please let me know. :heart:
qpt32 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
tbh, i dont like harry's dad XD from the perspective of the movies
so this, to me :P is a very satisfying picture
wind-up5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My dream!
Drawing magic!!
yruhauntingme Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All your paintings capture that exact moment climax that emotion reaches before bubbling over.
flickarazzi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
intense love and compassion with awesome detail & colouring - so cool!!
weridochickforever Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I saw this piece once upon a time and was like OMGSOMANYFEELSSSSSS. Then I promptly forgot where I found it. Never again!
alridpath Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Holy crap I love this soooo much! ;A; like his hair :)
vya Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Im so in love with this. And how you drew both of them, I think its so perfect! :heart:
WhistleAndSnap Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student General Artist

*weeps softly*
B-Klein Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:O I thought it was Yoko and John Lenon, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
ladystarry Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!!! I remember finding this piece back before I got an account, and I've been looking EVERYWHERE for it since! This is what converted me into a Lily/Snape shipper. Thank you so much for this! :hug:
Suzie-Guru Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
This is too really get a sense that they're not only in love with each other, but that they're *thankful* for each other. And I like Snape's new coif! - and your explanation behind it =D It totally makes sense - Lily wouldn't want him to hide away, and then she'd say something like "besides, I can't see your eyes behind that mop, and I LOVE your eyes et cetera et cetera...", and Snape would totally be putty in her hands after that.
HAYAM4G Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
so impressive :''(
CommodoreSunshine Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I love this picture! Amazing! the details and the coloring and everything! gah! Also I love how you can change snapes hair and still make him look like himself! Thats amazing!
Kirite Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"Lily is a sensible girl, and would not have tolerated that nastiness."

Omg I love you even more after reading the artist comment xDD

This is beautiful <33. FFFF THIS COUPLE ;u;
CarolinaGiani Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
O my, it's so intense! I love the intimacy and the warmth of this drawings, Severus looks so calm and peaceful... :love:
bethanyrae33 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
i am actually in love with this
northofantastic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Simply lovely! I love their expressions. :)
doe-a-deer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
this is absolutely & stunningly beautiful. holy hell.
Daikotsu2 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
LibusGrace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
I really like this!!
TaMant Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
I love this. This art is so intense
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
This is so pretty! I agree with your notes--Sev would have cleaned himself up if he had ended up with Lily. :rose:
DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
OH MY GAAAWD! *runs away crying*
magentamee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student
wow, you really captured their moment! and i understand why you cut his hair.
this just made me a believer in Snape/Lily. wow.
Emma-Jen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i adore this. i can't even say how much i love this.

also i completely understand why you changed Severus' hair, i got it right away as soon as i saw it. :)
CloudyMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely adore this.
Keptid Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Perfect representation of their relationship, in my opinion.
rareflower3377 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
How I wish things had. A beautiful drawing.
Blitz-bat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This one made me cry. Beautiful piece of art. :)
Quilesns Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
this. is. awesome.
TheCopperDragon2004 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
OMG love the coloring, so beautiful!
Kooosh Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
so much emotion behind this piece!
i love everything about it!
from the detail to the lighting & bg & their expressions <3
Youve done a fantastic job! (:
ashag14 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   Writer
This is just. So. Beautiful
forgetmymemory Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I personally like Severus with longer hair, but for this piece, I believe I can make an exception.
HealerInTwilight Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I wonder, if this had happened, would Harry have been born? And if he was, what would Harry Snape be like?
littlebirdbones Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is my favorite Harry Potter fanart in the entire universe. It made me cry.
Zehabix Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE that you cut his hair off. I like seeing that because a. I don't think it would have always been long and greesy just like Sirius's probably wasn't always long b. if he was with Lily he would have been happy c. it's just awesome like that ^^;.

I let out the softest of "aw"s when I saw this. It's so sweat.
Zehabix Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just had an idea, and please don't take this as me begging you to draw it or anything, I just wanted to share the idea that your picture inspired :D. Before this, in this alternate universe you just created for me, Lily could cut his hair. I think it would be romantic and it would help him, I know I get all dramatic about cutting my hair and I have no personal attachment to it because of hiding behind it for years, LoL.
MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would call Severus' hair his most cherished, most immense sacrifice! ;)
MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's lovely btw! Really great lighting. I like the angle on the faces, the expressions, pretty much everything about it is grand. It's one of those very well done, magical, warm-heart-ed pieces that makes everyone feel good when they see it. You captured that light/darkness between these two characters.
volkradugi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cute
cool cool cool cool cool
Yuka-chan80 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Very Beautifull!!!
jaynine99 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
This is probably my favorite pic of Lily/Severus, ever. It represents such a happy alternate future for them.
onlythinking Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like that you decided to make his hair short, I definitely agree that he would be a lot different if they had ended up together. Their faces make it seem that they are about 40 each, and ready to live into old age together.
The clothes are great. They look very realistic. I love Lily's hair too.
VampireMoon762 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking...and I love your thoughts on the hair...completely true, he would have had more self esteem and such. <3 <3 <3
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