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Saluki by lily-fox Saluki by lily-fox
I feel like if Snape had had a dog (or cat, or any friendly animal), he would've been a happier person, which can be said for almost anyone. And if he had had a dog, I feel like a Saluki would have suited him. I'm no dog expert, so the anatomy is way off, but this is just a fun little thing.

I took my time coloring this, which I don't usually do, and I feel like it paid off. The whole time I was doing this, I was listening to podcasts of The Splendid Table (a radio show about food, hosted by Lynne Rosetto Kasper, whose voice is like all your sweetest, most comforting memories). If you've never heard it... my heart breaks for you. The podcasts are free to download on iTunes, so go treat yourself. Listening to her talk about food gives me the major pleasure-chills, like slipping into a hot bath, and of course it makes me hungry.

My point is that the mood of the drawing totally changed as I listened to The Splendid Table. I imagine Snape sitting back, listening to Lynne talk about homemade blackberry sorbet or something, petting his dog, forgetting all his troubles. As you do.

I think I may give Snape art a rest for a little while. Not a long while. But I miss dressing people in colors.


props: Snape J.K. Rowling
materials: ink, paper + PS8 (pattern brush from Brusheezy.com)
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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:iconheathera9:
HeatherA9 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
A Saluki IS perfect for him! You are a very talented person, your art is wonderful!
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Spiritghost90 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Artist
I have a ginger one ^^
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oreosandhoneybees Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
☺️☺️😊
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GoldenGryphon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Considering the Saluki breed's "personality", this actually a great choice for Snape. They are the most cat-like of dogs, choosing to emotionally tie themselves to only one person and capable of great devotion. They are sight hounds and once fixed on their goal, they will reach it or die trying. Great dogs.
Snape is a fascinating person, as written. He's even more interesting when you take the scraps of personality we are gifted with and flesh them out into a whole.

This is a lovely work. Thank you for sharing.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I didn't know that about Salukis! I'm definitely a cat person, and I have trouble relating to my husband's scrappy little mutt. Our last dog was a Shar Pei who was unusually catlike, too. Makes me think I'd like a Saluki, but you don't see many of those in shelters.
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GoldenGryphon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You might try Saluki Rescue. 
saluki.rescueme.org
They would have more information, not to mention local to you contacts. I have worked in dog and animal rescue for way too many years to count. It's a shame what happens to some of those poor critters and good people are always needed. Good luck - and you might try some basic training with the scrappy pooch. It gets the two of you "talking" and could lead to better things. I recommend clicker training, since that involves lots of small treats, a "clicker", and small intervals (no more than 5 minutes) of time.
Free advice is just that - take it or not...
Best of all thoughts. 
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
I have serious doubts that Saluki Rescue would have a chapter here on Oahu, but you never know. Even then, we're always going to choose a dog from our local (and severely underfunded) SPCA. But that's good to know that there are lots of specialized rescue organizations!

As for me and my dog, he's even better at listening to my commands than my husband's, it's just that I've never been a dog person. But we get along. We respect each other's boundaries, ha ha.
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Calucifer13 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
That is TOTALLY SNAPE!!!
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DAVCM64 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
ten points to slytherinCURSE YOU! 
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SlytherinAcres Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww I like this :3 he's enrolled in my stable XD [he and lucius run it XD its great :D] such a lovely pic :D
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mfmp Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That dog really suits him, indeed. Even though I think he's a cat person ^^
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:iconlily-fox:
lily-fox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Definitely a cat person!
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:iconmfmp:
mfmp Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But he looks so content with that Saluki... ^^ I think all kinds of love is good to him ♥
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El-Riyah Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Very nice, I love it. Snape and a saluki, perfect. :)
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Narusa13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist
This's so pretty. :)
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TwistedSwans Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm such a fan of your various Snape arts. And Splendid Table is awesome, thanks for the link to the podcasts! I can't travel in my car without NPR. Are you a fan of Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor? The silliness makes me happy.
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Ilionej Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I totally agree with you. He would have badly needed a dog. :(


P.S.: I find it interesting that you list him under "props" :giggle:
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HaneWolf Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
you just. NGH. ALL MY FEELS. AFTER HERMY AND SEV GET MARRIED IN PET PROJECT, EVENTUALLY, HERMY IS GONNA GIVE HIM A DOG. A SALUKI. IT SHALL BE SO.
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Mastuyama Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Greyhounds are beautiful dogs !! Love them !
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RosalieMinnie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
well, they say dogs look like their owners. this is really great :)
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EmmaUrsella Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
good idea... he'd deserve someone to love him... the way that he'd know I mean... (we obviously love him but he doesn't know that or he never knew that) :(
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Terrajaide Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Lol, very nice. :)
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Jazzy-Moe Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Photographer
I have normally never been attracted to Snape, but for some reason the way you draw him is quite sexy. I have always adored your style of art and I hope you keep making not so attractive men sexy (you know what I mean.)
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no1wantsthisname Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I've never favorited anything so quickly in my life! @_@ My favorite animal? My favorite fictional professor/HP character? From someone else who thinks poor old Snape deserves peace and love and affection, and definitely should've had a dog? Wow. I'm amazed. Every part of this looks absolutely beautiful and heartwarming, and all of the aforementioned facts make it all the more awesome to me personally. A Saluki would definitely be a most appropriate choice of pet for him (speaking both objectively and from experience, as a guardian of one!)

Magnificent...:*}
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summersa12 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Ah! Salukis were one of my favorite dogs as a child. I remember waiting to see them every year when I would watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on TV. :)

And I totally agree, they do seem to match Snape. Very sleek.
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Dingo-Dancer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
BEST KIND OF DOG... well, i was going to say "ever", but i have other favorites. but perfect of snape.
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sassyfiestycrazychic Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Another great piece of artwork. You're definitely one of favorite artist on this site. Gosh, I really need to get a tablet.
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YaoiandCoffee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That Saluki looks creepily like mine...Nicely done though!
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seussical-love Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Man, it's just so sleeeek. Like an uhm, an eel? Sort of. More cuddly than an eel, I think.
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sasquatcheron Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
really like the way you draw snape; accurate, but not still easier on the eyes haha props!
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kerrikat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! I love the huge stack of books and how Snape's tea is just sitting on top of them. My favorite parts artistically in this are your amazing lighting of his black outfit - it looks black but there are highlights and shadows throughout, and the little design behind his head. It eats up that blank space but also kind of hints at the kind of decorative wallpaper I imagine Snape having.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
If Snape had wallpaper, we'd probably never see it -- I think every inch of available wall space is taken up with bookshelves. Which is charming, in a way. And thank you! Oh man, I hate coloring with black, but I worked out a system for Snape, since that's all he wears.
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kerrikat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha - I never really thought of that. I do picture him having loads of bookshelves. Do you mind if I ask about your black coloring system? If so, that's fine. :)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Oh, no I don't mind, but it's nothing special. I just put layers of black over dark greys, and then erase where I want the light to come through. Seems effective!
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kerrikat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting! It sounds simple, but I don't think I would have thought to do that. :) I really appreciate your friendly and thoughtful demeanor and the fact that you respond to my comments. Most people with as many followers as you have don't seem to reply to comments.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I am lucky (or unlucky) enough to have a LOT of time on my hands. :D So I try to be sociable!
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KayTay89 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I love this. I love how random this is too. xD And I really love that chair.
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myrdr3th Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
you miss dressing people in colours? Then draw Snape in colours! 8D

I love your pictures x3
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yasimao Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
IT'S SB?
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BidboroughStreet Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
I agree.
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nerdfighterkaydee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I love, love, LOVE the way you draw Snape. You do so in a way that doesn't make him look unattractive, but doesn't make him look like a freakin' bishi either, and I appreciate that. Also, I totally chuckled at the last sentence of the artist's comments. :)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Heh, bishie Snape is funny to me. Funny, but also pretty goddamn tiresome. I feel bad, but 99∞ of the time, I don't give anime the time of day. I'm like, if you've got talent, don't blow it on something any fool could draw.
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nerdfighterkaydee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Exactly.
I saw a piece not too long ago of all the main Harry Potter characters and they all looked EXACTLY the same, just with different eye colors and hair. I was like ._.
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sutoribenda Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The entire HP series would have been different if someone had given Snape a puppy!
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:iconlily-fox:
lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Right? :D
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logospilgrim Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect :-)
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NomdePlume2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
awwww. i don't know that dog character, but the breed is perfect for him. <3
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Mork-from-Ork Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
and a cute little thing too.
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Dancing-Taigan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, this is so cute! And I agree, he should have had a pet! The Saluki seems like a wonderful fit for him--an elegant, calm, affectionate, one-person dog. :)
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
So lovely and so sweet! I agree that having an affectionate animal companion would have helped Snape immensely, and the Saluki here is a visually wonderful match for him. *melts*
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