Twelve minutes before I have to ricochet out into the rain, so excuse the breathless tone. There's a fest currently running on Polyjuice Potion, a Russian-language HP fansite, and the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] kasmunaut has just posted the first half of her translation of The Lost World. Yay! Translation is such a labor of love, and I've been incredibly lucky in this regard. Included is an illustration by the extremely talented John-n-Mary, whose extraordinary and fantastical artwork is available here on DeviantArt. The picture gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it, because the artist emphasizes the disturbing undertones, the combination of seduction and cruelty, that underlie so many fairytales. It's beautiful and strange, and I adore it.

If you want to go directly to the artwork, it's here.

John-n-mary also drew a pencil version of a scene from When the Rose and the Fire Are One, which is equally lovely and disturbing (I guess my preoccupations are showing, eh?)

Please give them a look if you're so inclined. I'd also urge you to browse john-n-mary's gallery. The artist is very gifted, with a remarkable style that weaves dreamlike and folk-tale influences together into images of dark beauty.

*blows kiss to kasmunaut* Thank you both so much, my dears!
So, the day started out well (golden autumn, two whole days off, no family crises) and deteriorated as it went on (no family crises ha ha, said the universe, wrong again!). Now it's late and dark, and I sat me down at my computer to scroll through my flist in a desultory fashion, seeking something to distract me. And whoa!

I got my wish.

[livejournal.com profile] sarkysue, who wrote the lovely four-part Snarry fic Revealed, Gently (links to the ending with the chapter list), is also, as it happens, a talented artist. Earlier today, she posted a double nude portrait of Snape and Harry based on When the Rose and the Fire Are One, a fic I wrote in 2008. There are two versions of the portrait, a pencil drawing and a watercolor, and both are beautiful-ugly, strange and almost confrontational, the painting exquisitely tinted and the drawing flowing with clean lines and sharp bones. Snape is rendered in a style that pays tribute to Egon Schiele, while Harry's body is more classical, with the slight hip-tilt common to ancient Greek statuary. Their faces are amazing. There is nothing romantic about these two except for their clasped hands -- and for this fic, that's perfect.

I'd highly recommend clicking through to [livejournal.com profile] sarkysue's gallery, where you can click again to enlarge the pictures. For some reason posting them to her journal ended up blurring the images, while the Scrapbook versions remain clear and true.

Thank you so, so much for the wonderful surprise, [livejournal.com profile] sarkysue. I know I've said it before, but truly, the talent in this fandom astounds me.

The lower you fall, the higher you'll fly
I'm squeezing in a rec before too much more time passes, because work has me hopping like a flea on a griddle and I've been too tired this week to give all the recent fest fics and art their proper due. Even so, I'm totally squeeful over a piece inspired by one of my own fics, and not one I would ever have expected to appeal in that way. [livejournal.com profile] cabepfir has taken a crucial scene from In Infinite Remorse of Soul and captured one of the showdowns between Snape and Dumbledore, a moment when Snape confronts Dumbledore with the unavoidable erotic tensions and unpleasant truths that lie twisted between them.

[livejournal.com profile] cabepfir has given me exactly what I want, a fierce, betrayed Snape, naked and furious and demanding a response, and a nonplussed, almost prim Dumbledore, gazing upon what he craves but unwilling to concede an emotional inch. It's an astute crystalization of a scene that changes the terms between them and sets Snape upon a different course. It's very true to the way I see these two in this fic, specific to that one irreversible moment.

Go take a look if you're curious. I love Snape's snarl and refusal to be ashamed. And thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] cabepfir! It made my day. :D

Snape and Dumbledore by cabepfir
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Alas, I seem to have hit the brain-dead portion of the evening, where all the words spiral down the drain. So let me flail with excitement and point and make, "Gah!" noises. Because [personal profile] enname, the sneaky devil, has been working on a second illustration to a fic I wrote last year (I've managed to exceed my own lowest expectations by finishing absolutely nothing this year), and she posted it for me earlier this evening. It's Snape and Harry from The White Road, and it catches them in one of the pivotal scenes (for me). There's a a kind of brilliant intensity to it, a clash of wills and a clinging and contorting and balancing, while fate decides which way Snape will fall. I'm staggered and flattered, humbled by her skill and so childishly pleased to see such a sublimely Snarryish moment, that all I want to do is bounce around the room like a great big ball of squee.

There's something undeniably magical about having a moment from one's own fic take shape and rise dark and sharp from the flatness of the page. [personal profile] enname's put immense care into concentrating the emotional quality of the scene, telegraphing the subtle burning and tangled longing and brittle, incipient violence, as well as the sweet gravity that emanates from Harry. There's almost a spiritual echo underneath, due in part to the way they're posed, the way Harry gives himself and the way Snape bends under the burden of being offered what he wants, succumbing to it and fighting it at the same time. It's intensely sexual, but beyond that it hints at communion and possession, which aren't necessarily easy things to experience.

I'll shut up now, because I could stumble onward at great length, throwing words at this wonderful portrait of a serious, beautiful youth and the bowed, ugly, almost nightmarish man he's chosen. Please go look for yourselves. It makes me insanely happy to have this picture of the two of them so vividly at odds and so very entangled.

Not Work Safe.

"Tell you what, then," Harry replies, "we'll kneel together," and when she can bring herself to think about it later, Lily suspects this was the moment, for all he's cold as stone, that catches Snape unprepared; the moment, for all that he's brutally trying to protect himself, when the cliff edge crumbles underfoot and there's nothing he can do to stop himself from falling.
*waves and points excitedly* FLORAHART, LOOK!!!

Okay, I am very, very remiss in getting this posted, because I am an exhausted halfwit most of the time. But never mind that, o flist! Click here and enjoy the wonderful double portrait that [livejournal.com profile] enname drew for me!

I can't really express how much I love this piece. I adore pencil work, and this is just ravishing. [livejournal.com profile] enname traces the emotion between Harry and Snape with such heartbreaking subtlety - their faces, the little wrinkle in Snape's forehead and the way he allows himself to lean slightly against Harry, the way Harry shuts his eyes, tucks his head down, and presses back, holding tight. It's overwhelmingly tender and exactly as I imagined it. I adore the fact that she included Snape's fragile wristbones and that his borrowed pyjamas are slightly too short for his legs. I love the way their hair overlaps and blends together, and something twists inside me at the depth of serious yearning in Harry's face and at the haunting way Snape gazes up, allowing himself one moment's acceptance of what Harry offers. And I can't stop staring at Snape's cheekbone, so gaunt, so burnished with light.

But here, I'll stop wittering so you can see for yourselves (btw, if you like it, please let [livejournal.com profile] enname know):



Keep clicking through if you want to view a close-up of this drawing. It's worth doing because - well, simply because it's beautiful.

Thank you again, [livejournal.com profile] enname. I cherish this pic intensely, just so you know.

For those curious about context but who don't want to read the whole damn fic, this is the scene she's illustrating:

Excerpt from The White Road )

So there you have it, my friends. I am a very lucky writer, am I not?



*waves and points excitedly* FLORAHART, LOOK!!!

Okay, I am very, very remiss in getting this posted, because I am an exhausted halfwit most of the time. But never mind that, o flist! Click here and enjoy the wonderful double portrait that [livejournal.com profile] enname drew for me!

I can't really express how much I love this piece. I adore pencil work, and this is just ravishing. [livejournal.com profile] enname traces the emotion between Harry and Snape with such heartbreaking subtlety - their faces, the little wrinkle in Snape's forehead and the way he allows himself to lean slightly against Harry, the way Harry shuts his eyes, tucks his head down, and presses back, holding tight. It's overwhelmingly tender and exactly as I imagined it. I adore the fact that she included Snape's fragile wristbones and that his borrowed pyjamas are slightly too short for his legs. I love the way their hair overlaps and blends together, and something twists inside me at the depth of serious yearning in Harry's face and at the haunting way Snape gazes up, allowing himself one moment's acceptance of what Harry offers. And I can't stop staring at Snape's cheekbone, so gaunt, so burnished with light.

But here, I'll stop wittering so you can see for yourselves (btw, if you like it, please let [livejournal.com profile] enname know):



Keep clicking through if you want to view a close-up of this drawing. It's worth doing because - well, simply because it's beautiful.

Thank you again, [livejournal.com profile] enname. I cherish this pic intensely, just so you know.

For those curious about context but who don't want to read the whole damn fic, this is the scene she's illustrating:

Excerpt from The White Road )

So there you have it, my friends. I am a very lucky writer, am I not?



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