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If things had gone differently

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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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Holisticchick's avatar
The only word I can think of to describe this does NOT do it justice; beautiful
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snapeonfireHobbyist General Artist
Oh no no things like this just broke my heart. My lonely prince :(
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StarletlightStudent Digital Artist
WOW! This is absolutely wonderful !!! Nice work!!
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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 :)
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It's so lovely
i really like Snape's new haircut :)
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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.. 
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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.
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GwasaneeHobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here.…
If you want it removed, please let me know. :heart:
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tbh, i dont like harry's dad XD from the perspective of the movies
so this, to me :P is a very satisfying picture
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wind-up5Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My dream!
Drawing magic!!
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yruhauntingmeHobbyist General Artist
All your paintings capture that exact moment climax that emotion reaches before bubbling over.
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intense love and compassion with awesome detail & colouring - so cool!!
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I saw this piece once upon a time and was like OMGSOMANYFEELSSSSSS. Then I promptly forgot where I found it. Never again!
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alridpathStudent General Artist
Holy crap I love this soooo much! ;A; like his hair :)
vya's avatar
I´m so in love with this. And how you drew both of them, I think it´s so perfect! :heart:
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WhistleAndSnapStudent General Artist

*weeps softly*
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B-KleinHobbyist General Artist
:O I thought it was Yoko and John Lenon, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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ladystarryHobbyist 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:
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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.
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HAYAM4GHobbyist Interface Designer
so impressive :''(
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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!
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KiriteStudent 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;
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CarolinaGianiHobbyist Photographer
O my, it's so intense! I love the intimacy and the warmth of this drawings, Severus looks so calm and peaceful... :love:
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i am actually in love with this
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