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Before the battle by john-n-mary Before the battle by john-n-mary
Snape and Harry for Together Unwillingly challenge at the Astronomy Tower (Russian HP forum).

Size A4, coloured pencils and white pastel on 'hairy' grey cardboard.
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kionura Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Me encanta tu estilo. Es precioso
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Thank you very much, that's so pleasant to hear!)
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ivylovesnarry Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
This is amazing !
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Thank you for kind words)
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XxMJXx1 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
This is beautiful. I absolutely love your style. I'm frankly amazed at your artistic talents
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Oh, thank you! Even dunno what to say, so flattered with your words)
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Again,  visually appealing. :heart: quite an unusual and interesting composition.
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
So glad you liked it!
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Vizen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Info : this has been our Special Feature on the profile of %Spinners--End for already a week.
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Aww, thank you!
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perverse-idyll Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Hello! I've been meaning to comment for months now, as this is one of your pieces I love the most. It's beautiful and haunting and atmospheric, with its air of intimacy and exhaustion and all its extraordinary detail. I've just posted about this picture on a LiveJournal community where I'm reccing Snape/Harry fanworks this month, and I thought I'd drop a link here in case you'd like to take a look:

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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Whoa, a real honour indeed -- both rec on the community of such a high reputation and the fact that it was coming from you.

And I'm so touched with you choosing this one from my pics, several personally important moments are concentrated here: overcoming incomprehension and old bitter wounds, lying back-to-back, giving living human warmth to each other, a thin veil of protection and solace in between unending battles, you know.
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Hoshiya Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Waw! Nice job! =D Love the way you did vegetation/plants (is this colour pencils?)
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thank you! Especially for remarking the plants; I am so fond of all Yavanna's creatures that they usually outweight people in my pics)

You're right, colour pencils + simple pencil.
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Featured in "A Tribute to Russian Artists" journal here: [link] :)
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Thank you so much, for taking that pic and first of all for another collection. This time almost every Snape's familiar, it was so strange and pleasant, like looking through an old school album)
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
As always, you are totally welcome, I'm glad you like it! :hug:
Like an old school album - now that's a funny comparison ! :lol: It's a pity you didn't find anything new though, but I suppose you're familiar with the Russians' work.
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
*sorry, internet's showing off today, that's full reply*

I said "almost", not "every one is familiar") Of course I found new, both pictures and personalities, e. g. Bertha1802 or Inrin.

True, we Russian HP fans are blogging on diary.ru and have some fansites, forums etc., with fests and challenges. Great amount of Snapeart first appear there and then, later, on DA, these are works I've mostly seen (and love!). But some people are represented just here on DA -- and they're, thanks to you, a real discovery.
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Ah well, I guess I should pay more attention to fine distinctions... :D Glad you made some discoveries!

I'm aware of diary.ru, as links to it pop up quite often. Unfortunately, I don't understand any Russian at all (I can't even read the script), so I can't navigate my way around. Sometimes I'm tempted to learn Russian just for the sake of understanding what the Russian fans are doing. :D
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Well, we're like any other fans all over the world: writing-drawing-fapfapfapping-holywaring... Wish I was some old great fandomosaur knowing from own experience and being able to tell you sth substantial about Russian fandom -- but I'm quite new to it and in addition don't spend much time communicating with others.

Pity translations of Russian fics into English happen so rarely (while English stories appear in Russian pleasantly often), our HP fdom's got its gems worth translation)
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I'm quite new to the fandom, too, and still overwhelmed by the sheer amount of good fanfiction and art there is to discover. At the moment I'm reading my way through the latest round of sshg_exchange fics, and there's so much more...
I wasn't implying that Russian fans are any different from others :D, it's just that here on DA there are so many conversations in Russian and I never know what they are about... (I wasn't 100% serious, really). :D
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Ah, I see now) Hehee, we mysterious Russian guys)

It just happened that fdom, its development was among my recent subjects of interest. 'Course we fans are similar everywhere)) What I was talking about were some courses, definite directions, evolution of Snape's image within our fdom -- like "strong" Snape was replaced by more "feminine" aspect in mainstream course etc.
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I said "almost", not "every one's familiar") Of course I found new, both pictures and personalities, e. g. Bertha1802 or Inrin.

True, we Russian HP fans are blogging on diary.ru and
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Cuileth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Nice
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Thanks.
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Cuileth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome.
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Preseli Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Utterly beautiful :iconmyheartplz:
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thanks so much.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
So wonderful - I love work I keep finding beautiful surprises in. The symbolism is just fantastic, and the style so elegant :iconbrokenhearticonplz:
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Your appreciation always means a lot for me, and espesially with this piece which is personally important.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
:hug: ^ ___ ^
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Your art is so gorgeous! Those details on the thistles, snake, ghostly hands and blanket are amazing! :iconbigheartplz:
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you so much for kind words, glad you liked a pic.
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of-anoesis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
The detail in this is just amazing. Beautiful work!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you a lot!
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MorianBloodmoon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
The detail is amazing, as well as the shading! Truly a work of art.
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Flattered and so glad with your words, thank you. Although I feel I have to work on hard if I really wanna deserve them))
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MorianBloodmoon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
You already do deserve them! I skimmed through your gallery, and I must say, you put me to shame. ^^
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Oh my, wasn't coquettishly asking for more compliments, believe me)
Anyway I'm pleased and touched)
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MorianBloodmoon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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RosaZaira Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always get excited when you upload! Your attention to detail is astounding!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you a lot! I'll try to maintain the level) Well, these days I'm taking part in anonymous Fandom Combat, so hardly much new pics of me, world's slowest snail in drawing, till the end of March.
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Unwillingly maybe, but with Lily's blessings. :) (The hands are supposed to be Lily's, right?)
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
You're absolutely right, golden-freckled ghosty hands)
Hands of Lily loving her son - and forgiving and supporting the one who protects Harry's back.
Hoped the blanket flower prints would be another hint on her)
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Haha, sorry, I totally missed out on the flowers on the blanket! :stupidme:
And I forgot to tell you that it is gorgeous, like all your work! :love:
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Haha, that's a relief, I thought lilies were too obvious)
And thank you (once more)!
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Phoenix-12 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
No, they're fine, they blend in so well with the other plants that I totally overlooked them. :D
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
breathtaking details and concept. You really outdo yourself constantly :heart: Gorgeous work!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you so much for kind words.

Haha, this is so much whimpering with all that "outdoing" - you know, when you look at what you've made afterwards and poorly whine: weaker... weaker... oh, my best days are in the past... total mediocrity... Took me a month to stop it and return to finding fun in drawing again.
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
you're welcome. haha, so many of us feel that way about our own work, it's true. I think it's a missed curse and blessing, which motivates us to continue :D :lol:
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