Okay, let me just say this upfront: I have been incredibly blessed by this fandom, and among the extraordinary, unexpected gifts I've received have been the glorious artworks based on my fics. I love with a fierce love everything that's been drawn, painted, or inspired by my own Snarry passion, and I don't care if I'm biased: all these pieces are beautiful. All of them are intense.
hung out her commission shingle. I've always adored her work, both fic and art, and I was feeling flush with having just paid off a ten-year-long debt, so I pounced on her post. I had a couple of scenes in mind that I longed to see brought to life, and Acid selected "The White Road" as her source material. She singled out one of the most (for me) emotional moments in the whole fic, the pivot which retroactively justifies everything that came before and everything that will come after. It's a suffocating, painful, heartbroken moment, and it takes place in the Shrieking Shack, a lonely place full of terrible memories.
The result is phenomenal. Look at the wonderment and uncertainty she puts on Harry's face, the stunned tenderness with which he strokes Snape' hair. I wanted this to be the moment a piece falls into place for him, that small shift in understanding that changes things forever. Acid captures that. Harry looks so young here, but he doesn't shrink from the strange burden of having Snape, bloodsoaked and helpless, in his arms. The brilliant, spooky image of Ron and Hermione's disembodied arms casting Lumos
is incredibly atmospheric; the way their shadows on the opposite wall point almost accusingly at Snape adds to the tension, the sense that nothing is promised, that Snape is still balanced before the wand of fate.
Speaking of Snape - oh my God
, has Acid given me what I want here. She was unbelievably patient and generous with my
quibbling, and she's created the face I was looking for, the grimace of pain and surrender, the hunched-over vulnerability of a lost soul hardly daring to believe. This is a Snape who has no choice but to let his weakness show, and the way he hides his face and claws at Harry's robes is exactly
what I wanted. My heart aches every time I look at it, but I can't stop
So go. Go see for yourself. I'm linking to ac1d6urn
's journal so that you can leave feedback if you'd like, and because there's a marvelous tutorial included in her post, showing the steps she went through to achieve this painful, gorgeous image.
Thank you, my dear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. &heartsALIVE by ac1d6urn