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Bring him down by JulesDrenages Bring him down by JulesDrenages
This piece was made for "Spinner's End Challenge #7- The Beauty within Snape".

When I think of Severus Snape, it's not easy to choose *that one* special feature I love the most. He's always been the kind of character you adore in his whole complexity.
On the other hand, I can name with no esitation three of his traits that I worship.

This is the first, and I think we can call it '(Inner) Strenght'.
There's a moment in Deathly Hallows that I can't bear reading anymore, not without a hard knot in my throat, and that moment is The Sacking of Severus Snape.
That chapter is one of the cruelest things I've ever seen. Especially at the second (third ... n-th reading).
At that point of the story, Snape's solitude is stark: Harry hates him more than ever, the whole staff in Hogwarts loathes him and stand up against him, the Order wants him dead (also because of George's hear), the Carrows rule the school and students hate him as well. Dumbledore, though dead, is still keeping a pretentious eye on him, and Voldemort expects his serviges, which he can't deny.
And in this great mess, he's still trying (and succeeding in) to protect them.

They all want him dead, and he keeps risking everything he's left to keep them safe.
He dies alone, forgotten, despised, loathed and unforgiven (and AWARE), and even those last moments are meant to help those people to win a war he's finally done with.

The bravest man. Indeed.

Doesn't matter how hard they misunderstand his helpful branches and try to poison him and break him, he stands still until the very end.
From left to right: Dumbledore, Nagini, Draco, Harry, Lupin, Minerva, Voldemort.
The axe belongs to Tobias Snape.
The bleeding word on the trunk is 'Mudblood'.

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Pencils and Ink.
Characters belong to JKR
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LalaAdanwenB Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   General Artist
This is the best Snape picture Ive ever seen and you described his character perfectly!:heart:
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JulesDrenages Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Oh my... :faint:
Now, you really made my day, saying such a thing! :happycry:
Thank you so much :heart:, I don't deserve it. :blushes:
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LalaAdanwenB Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   General Artist
My pleasure - I was just being honest.:aww: And you do deserve it!:nod: :hug:
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Pheonix-Of-The-West Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this piece. You have done a terrific job in the symbolism as well as the art itself. Dumbledore is the one who brings life within him, makes him powerful, or let him on to the bright side, by just enlightening his love for Lilly, who is at the the top of the tree, symbolizing, she is the one who makes him live. Nagini is trying to eat her or kill her. Since she makes Snape life origin, therefore, Nagini killing Lilly, Snape will die. This is true since, Snape was killed by Nagini. Draco is finding solitude in the tree. He is scare and frightened, and Snape is the one who is ALSO protecting him from this bloody war. Draco knows it, so he is at the top of the tree. He is facing the dark side of the tree, the burnt part or dead part caused by Voldemort. He feels Snape is the one who is getting him through this, and has no choice but to face the dark side. He is also at the top part, which is so prone to dangers, that Snape can't entirely protect him. He is surrounded by MANY Deatheaters. As said before, Voldemort is poisoning the tree, because of simple touch. Harry is finding protection at the most bottom of the tree. The best part to stay. No one can to touch him, because Snape is there to protect. His hiding place is at the bottom because, well he doesn't know it. It's private. He is also at the heart of the tree, where emotions are stemmed from, emotions for love for Lilly, and regret, hatred for James. He is also facing the Griffindor sword, because of his position. Snape is guiding him towards it. Tobias, because of his continuous hate, unappreciation, blood purity, has stared to cut Snape down. He doesn't succeed but leaves scars. His blood status, has caused Snape hate, and disgust to his father, that he called Lilly Evans "MUDBLOOD", just unprposely, and absentmindedly. I don't quite understand Minerva. Is she standing away from the tree, but close to it, to show she has conflicting feelings? If so, she is wary of Snape, but she also sees he is good, a friend perhaps. Yet, but because of Snapes's other acquaintances, the Death Eaters, who attacks the Order, Minerva has to fight them. She therefore is fighting Snape in the process as well. Is that Moony, or Remus? If so, Snape is protecting him, even if hates him. He protecting him from becoming a werewolf through his potioneer skills. The entire picture is lovely. It shows regret, love, protection, hate and many other emotions. It is the life and beauty of a brave man named Severus Snape.
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JulesDrenages Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Well, well, well...let's start from the very beginning, because you surely found out lots of things in this piece I hadn't paid too much attention to (shame on me :no:); let's see :D:
- I'd like to point out that Dumbledore is poisoning him as well and not bringing life to him. I chose that rancid green colour because it's a different kind of poisoning, compared to Voldemort's; I wanted to emphasize the PuppetMaster-Pawn side of their relationship, for once.
- I like your interpretation of the whole Lily-Nagini dynamic very much, though I'd give the lily a bit less importance; it's at the top of the tree, on the tiniest branch, because it's the most unreachable place and no one should have guessed its existence (we know about their story at the very end of the book);

- Harry is almost into the trunk: the safest place indeed, but he doesn't understand it and struggles to escape. Their relationship for seven years, I'd say...
- The Gryffindor Sword, as well as Lupin, are being secretly protected, even if it feels like the branches-claws are antagognizing them. Remus' presence is a clear reference to the flashback in The Prince's Tale, in which we're told that Snape prevents him from being killed, almost risking his cover.
- Minerva's held back by those ravens; she has the feeling that Snape's figthing her by locking her to Hogwarts, by his side, but, again, he's trying not to have her harmed...

I was really touched by your whole description, I'm honoured you paid so much attention to this piece; surely, you made me look at it with different eyes, now... it's quite incredible how many different nuances people can find in the very same picture^^ Thank you for you words. :hug:
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Pheonix-Of-The-West Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It was no problem. I was completely entranced by it. I can relate to the idea of Dumbledore poisoning him. It was truly lovely. I love pieces like these, then again your art work is original. I looked at your gallery and you seem to take on symbolism. You do well in that field. Great job!
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JulesDrenages Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
And you know what!? I've never been that much into symbolism.
I'd never thought it would have come the day in which I'd have to consider myself and my pieces as symbolist-like. At all. :stare:

'guess I'll only have to accept reality and reconsider my position as an artist (what a srong word :D). But there's a voice in my head that, at the moment, is screaming: 'How on earth did you get HERE!?'. :facepalm:

Thanks again^^
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Pheonix-Of-The-West Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU GOT HERE BECAUSE YOU RECOGNIZED TALENT, AND YOU RECOGNIZED PASSION FOR THIS WEBSITE
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the intricacy of this piece. And I agree - his inner strength/bravery is his most admirable quality.
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JulesDrenages Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Glad you like it^^
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