January 11th, 2007

H/G Book 7 kiss

Art and a Farewell for Eric Scull. (Image-Heavy)

Okay, I'm shaking off the dust here and trying to be a real person again. Getting out of a rut is an involved process, and by that I mean that you guys got involved in cheering me up, and for that, I'm totally grateful. After a phone call from redmonster, another with reallycorking, an e-mail from madeof_stars, help from my wonderful flist, and some "Sex and the City", I'm feeling a lot more positive.

In the midst of my emo-ness, I've been cheering myself up by working on a big project.

Uh... there's a story behind it.

So I met Eric Scull of Mugglenet at Lumos, and found him a thoroughly enchanting individual. I've been glad to keep in touch with him, as he is really just an overall positive person with lots of talent and a great sense of humor. He also totally pimped my art on his photo gallery. In exchange for the unsolicited pimpage, it was back in August that I said, "Heck, if you want to request a pic, I'd love to draw a scene for you."

Well it wasn't until a couple months ago or so that Eric finally made his decision. This may be the best prompt I've ever gotten in my life:

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Apart from thinking, "What's this dude ON, and where can I get some?", I wrote back to confirm that I hadn't seen drama so well envisioned since I subscribed to TNT, and that I'd do it. This was also just after receiving the same prompt from cambryn for her Birthday sketch. So I figured, okay, this is gonna be hard, but let's do it.

"Hard" turned out to be an understatement. Note to self: Take a dern art class so you can learn how to do perspective, V! No joke, that's a lot to fit on an 11x14 piece of paper. I started out with a rough sketch:

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Ultimately, I had to scrap the Snape-hanging-upsidedown idea. I couldn't figure out how to fit everything into the shot with Snape upsidedown without more or less recreating the same composition that seviet had already done (and perfectly, at that). So I went with the early part of that scene which, despite being less comedic, always felt to me like the bit that aptly depicted what Harry found so horrifying about his father. Three weeks later, it's done. Just in time for Eric to leave the US to go to school very very very far away.

That being said, I give you "Snape's Worst Memory." Bon Voyage, Eric, and be sure to go bungee jumping while you're on the other side of the world. You'll be missed.

Title: "What's he done to you?"
Medium: Colored Pencil and Ink
Rating: G
Characters: Harry, Snape, James, Lily, Sirius, Lupin, Pettigrew, and spectators.
Snape let out a stream of mixed swear words and hexes, but his wand being ten feet away, nothing happened.
“Wash your mouth out,” said James coldly. “Scourgify!
Pink soap bubbles streamed from Snape’s mouth at once; the froth was covering his lips, making him gag, choking him –
“Leave him ALONE!”
James and Sirius looked around. James’s free hand jumped to his hair again.
It was one of the girls from the lake edge. She had thick, dark red hair that felt to her shoulders and startlingly green almond-shaped eyes – Harry’s eyes.
“All right, Evans?” said James, and the tone of his voice was suddenly pleasant, deeper, more mature.
“Leave him alone, “lily repeated. She was looking at James with every sign of great dislike. “What’s he done to you?”
“Well,” said James, appearing to deliberate the point, “it’s more the fact that he exists, if you know what I mean….” - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23

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