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Droxy's Folly cover art (HP: Hermione/Severus) by slr2moons Droxy's Folly cover art (HP: Hermione/Severus) by slr2moons
Here it is, the painting I was working on for a month, and my art contribution to the fic I claimed for the Het Big Bang 2012, "Droxy's Folly" by stgulik and TeddyRadiator.

Completely digital from start to finish, all in Photoshop. I estimated it took me about 30 hours of actual work time from start to finish. Final image is 8 X 10 inches in size, 300 dpi. (I have decided that this really is too small an image size for fine detail work. Either I must work on a larger canvas, or increase the dpi. The more you know...*Reading Rainbow chime*) Uploaded jpeg version is at 150 dpi. I used about 25 different images for inspiration, from the trees to Snape's boots.

The coat of arms over the door is an actual one IRL, for the Farber family. There were several different ones out there--I chose the one with the most feathers. *laughs*

My favorite part of the pic is probably the extreme foreground leaves, with Snape's silk vest as a close second. :3 You can't really tell due to the size, but I put some love into those leaves and that vest!

As a side note, Snape and Hermione's wands matching their clothing color schemes was a lucky break. I almost forgot the wands and added them in pretty much last, after a quick google to find out what they looked like in (movie) canon. Whew!

The inspiring fic is written by stgulik and TeddyRadiator. Per the BB's rules, they sent me three snippets from their fic, and I latched on to the the third one. A couple questions later, I was painting away. ^^

This pic was my deep-end-dive into full backgrounds. I am pleased with how it turned out, particularly since this is the first background I've done with custom Photoshop brushes, rather than the default set that comes with the program. Using the brushes was an amazing experience, with a slow learning curve that I am still navigating. But I've already made some headway in my knowledge, the most useful of which is how to control pen tilt to affect the angle of the brush being used. You can get some amazing effects with that, much easier than having to rotate the brush's angle in the brushes palette every couple strokes to make the same effect!

Everyone, I hope you enjoyed my newest painting! I am quite proud of it, and am eager to get started on my next task. I must reinforce all this fancy brush knowledge I have acquired! Oh yes!
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EYDREN1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
amo la pareja severus-hermione.
slr2moons Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lo amo demasiado! C:
WayInOverMyHead Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh so sad I missed this! I truly loved that story and this is wonderful.
slr2moons Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like my pic for Droxy's Folly! Thank you reading the fic and checking out my illustration for it. ^^
TeddyRadiator Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I know I'm following you around like a stalker, but I just wanted to thank you again for the care and beauty of this art. stgulik and I had such a fun times on the story, but this artwork just put it over the top for me. I absolutely love it, and I get lost in the details of the leaves and the place itself. Thank you again for bringing our story to life in such a gorgeous way.
slr2moons Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
That you still find such joy in the pic after all these weeks makes me very happy. For once, I am glad to be stalked! *laughs*

Thank you for commenting here as well. :3
PHONELADY Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
im no artist but i know what i like and this i likey alot , it works with the story wich i love, thanks!
slr2moons Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like the pic and think it's a good match with the story. C:
droxy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heee! Nice to see cover art for this fab fic! Yes I increased it to see the vest details. =) One thing that I appreciate is the light and shdow and the stone work. Stone drives me crazy, I am sure there is a trick for it.
slr2moons Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for your comment, and I'm pleased you enjoyed my shading and masonry! As for the latter...I outlined each stone by hand, used two or three different brushes to give it all texture, and went in with a regular brush to shade each stone. FUN TIMES. But it appears to have turned out well! ^^V
stariceling Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
I know I said this before but WOOOOW that background still blows me away. You really went above and beyond.

I like how the grass has this kind of swishy, organic texture. I don't even know how to describe it, but it makes it look real that it's not uniform, and that it shows the little bumps and depressions in the landscape. I don't even know how you do stuff like that. The door might still be my favorite. It's like you could put your hand on that wood and feel the nails and the carving and the rust on the hinges...

I swear, every time I look at this I find another little detail that makes me go 'wow!'
slr2moons Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
What a lovely comment, thank you so much! *clings*

I know you were with me during my long hours working on the pic, so to hear such detail about why you like it truly pleases me. And the grass! You noticed the grass! *glomp* XD
twilaa Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Holy crap!!!! The detail is astounding! Gorgeous work senpai!! :D
slr2moons Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! *hug* I'm glad you noticed all that detail. I worked so hard on this one! Thank you for the fave, too. Miss you lots!!
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