*quiet shriek of joy* (Quiet because it's almost 2 a.m. and I'm trying to be considerate here.)

I got a fantastic package in the mail today! Actually the tenant who rents the main house in front of my granny unit got a package - my package - oh so professionally delivered by the postal service to - I bet you thought I was going to say 'a mailbox,' right? Well, how utilitarian of you. I am given to understand that mailboxes are so last century. No, this package full of priceless art was wedged between a grimy, cobwebby exterior drainage pipe and the wall of the house, in full view of anyone passing by on the street. Good thing my neighbor noticed it and made sure it found its way to my door. I suppose I ought to be thankful the mail carrier didn't simply toss it into the middle of the driveway for cars to run over.

>:-(

However, let me speak of what was inside. You would not believe the wonderful artwork revealed once I ripped open gently and carefully removed the tape and undid the sealed flaps of the envelope. I am now the proud and somewhat dazzled owner of a veritable feast of Snape-related and Snacky art (fortunately undamaged, or there would be hell to pay), courtesy the extraordinary generosity of [livejournal.com profile] akatnamedeaster.

Many on my flist will already be familiar with Kat's achievement: complex storylines, naked men, humor, heartbreak, pervy sex, besotted sex, grand adventures, character studies, emotional kink, bottoming from the top, daft twonks, magical brutality, mutual devotion, and everything in between, all rendered in graceful pencil lines, panels full of vivid expressions, palpable emotion, and burning hotness. The amount of work that goes into a full-length comic like Advent, for example, which just concluded earlier this evening, is astonishing. Kat's gift for unfolding a story in visual terms makes me, a word person, inexpressibly envious. And her art is distinctive, her conception of the characters potent and beautiful and convincing. It's hard to describe how subtle and various the expressions are, even after many years and hundreds of drawings, how they continue to surprise and delight and breathe life into Severus and Sirius and their friends, family, and milieu.

But the art on paper - the art I've held in my hands - has an extra dimension. It really is that good. Kat really is that talented. It's brought home even more powerfully by me being able to tilt these pages to the light in order to examine the details, the pencil strokes, the highlighting, the anatomy, the careful structuring of the tale. The marvelous, beloved faces. They have a luminous quality. Just take a look at these:

Deviltry - that tensely erotic Snape/Harry pic Kat drew for [livejournal.com profile] hp_kinkfest in response to my prompt. OMG, Snape's face, so seductive and subtly disturbing.

One of my favorite pages from Advent - Severus and his braces and his dart-throwing pose!

Another favorite page - their expressions and their happiness, Sirius grabbing one of Severus' braces, Severus grabbing Sirius' tie - irresistible.

Welcome Home - rimming! Need I say more?

I also want to link to a drawing I'm in love with that Kat sent me a while ago and I foolishly failed to mention:

Smirky - Snape in his undershirt. Sardonic, intelligent, sexy bastard Snape.

I am blown away. I've been smiling nonstop since I opened the package, and I'll fall asleep thinking about them. Thanks hardly seem adequate, but even so, thank you, Kat. You are an absolute treasure, and I'm so pleased to own originals of the art that has brought me so much joy.
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From: [identity profile] helenarickman.livejournal.com


How wonderful!

It's not my ship, but I LLLLOOOOVVVVEEEE her art! Deviltry is one of my favorite pieces of fanart. It elicits such yearning.

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com


Snape/Harry sucked me into fandom and remains my OTP, but I love a lot of ships. Kat wooed me over to Snape/Black, not just with her art but with her vision of the characters, their voices, the very way they fit together.

Deviltry is gorgeous. It distills something about my OTP that pulled me in from the very beginning. It shows Snape being powerful and self-possessed and allows him to be ambiguously Dark … and it shows Harry falling for that.

(I loved your comment at the fest, btw. You said what I wanted to say, but in fewer words.)

From: [identity profile] helenarickman.livejournal.com


I just went back to the fest entry to see how I had commented. LOL - I'm filthy :)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_hannelore/


Curses to the postman, but YAY for Kat! How cool! I'm hoping we manage to make our way to Misti so I can see some of Kat's art in person too. :D

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com


Kat is so incredibly generous with her talent, and the actual art is just as beautiful as you'd expect from seeing it onscreen. I would love to see her make money from her art, as long as it didn't spoil her pleasure in drawing.

I hope you make it to Misti! I wish I could go and hang out with everyone, but I'll have to be content with hearing con reports. :)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_hannelore/


Ditto all of this!

Believe it or not, I've made it this long without ever going to a HP con. It's not 100% that we're going, but hopefully!

From: [identity profile] teddyradiator.livejournal.com


Gorgeous art!!! My package of goodies was tailor-made for me as well - and I know exactly what you mean about seeing it 'live'. It has a lush, divine quality. I can't wait to put these in proper frames - they will take pride of place in the SteamLib.

I know what you mean by Deviltry - Severus is so Dominant and sneeringly powerful. It's an incredible piece - Kat is a genius.

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com


There's also a warmth and texture to the drawings, that glow of affection that invests Kat's portraits of Severus and Sirius. At the moment, they're sitting on an end table behind me, and I keep getting up to look at them again. It's a combination of aesthetic pleasure and narrative fascination.

Severus is so erotic in that picture - absolutely in command of the situation and Harry, taking advantage of the moment, and ambiguous about his ultimate desires. It's as if Kat channeled my id.

From: [identity profile] akatnamedeaster.livejournal.com


Idyll, I can't articulate how much your kind words about what I do (something which I spend a lot of my time second guessing and talking down) lifts my spirits. You are one of those rare birds whose comments are worth their weight in gold and to have you apply your talent for knowing just the right thing to say to my scribbles, is one of the things that have kept me from throwing in the towel these past few months.

I'm really relieved everything found its way to you, but also very upset that the package was treated so poorly. I've lost art this way in the past, including one $500 piece I sent to a buyer (thank the gods for insurance) and I think next time I use someone other that the USPS to send mail.

I apologize about the large trim area in the kinkfest piece. I had meant to trim it down before mailing but couldn't find my exacto blade and didn't want to risk mauling the poor thing with scissors. Hopefully, should you choose to mat it, it won't be difficult for you to resize a bit.

Thank you again for taking those pieces and for your support and for taking the time to read the things I've put out there. If I managed to give someone with your discerning nature a little bit of enjoyment, I'll take it as a high compliment.
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From: [identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com


That's quite a lovely collection! And what a wonderful gift to receive in the post (even if the mailperson wasn't kind about it)!
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