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Sigune's drawing of Clancy
This weekend is the one-year anniversary of my signing on to the Internet and discovering that I was not the only woman in the world who spent too much time thinking about Severus Snape. I never knew there was such a thing as fanfiction. Seriously, all I intended to do was google the name “Professor Snape" to see if I could find a T-shirt. After reading OoP, I wrote a silly little poem for my own amusement called My Snape Escape. Learning that Snape poetry already existed, not to mention song filks, came as another startling revelation.

I began lurking at Fiction Alley, and by early August, I was writing my own story. Only a handful of readers at FA seemed to be following it, so I was convinced it was a flop. In September, I stumbled across Sycophant Hex and lurked there for about a month to see if I was Occlumency-worthy. Before then, I had no idea all the remarkable things “my" Snape had been doing down in the dungeons!

This has been a highly improbable year for me, and one that I never could have predicted. But enough reminiscing. On to more important matters.

sigune has selected the theme for this month's Snape Art Contest and will be the guest judge. Because she will be traveling and unavailable until later in the month, the contest runs through the end of July. This will give all of you more time to work on your paintings and allow you to take a break to read that book that's coming out on the 16th. Remember, you may enter as many paintings as you like, and absurdity is much more important than artistic ability. Click below to read what Sigune has to say.

Vocalion's Snape Art Contest, Theme the Second

Paint a picture of Snape and yourself posed as Merlin and Vivian in Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones's

The Beguiling of Merlin

( for reference, look at the painting here).

(For those whose knowledge of Merlin's life and times is a bit rusty: Merlin fell in love with the scrumptious Nimue and taught her everything he knew. When Nimue thought she could learn no more, she cast a spell on her lover that would keep him forever imprisoned in, according to the version you read, a tower, a cave, or a hole in the ground. That's why he's lying limply on the forest floor – he's exhausted with, er, teaching, and he's spell-bound to boot. Of course no one will have the presumption of chaining your creativity by asking you to keep this back-story in mind. On the contrary – do let your imagination run riot and by all means make us laugh!)

DO NOT let the painting intimidate you (if such should be the case). It is really no more than one standing figure, one reclining figure and one tree in the background.

Additional rules and options:

- You may choose to pose yourself either as Vivian or as Merlin, depending on whether you prefer to beguile or be beguiled (*wink*).
- Feel free to dispense with Vivian's spellbook – you are in all probability a Muggle and as such will have to resort to other methods in order to get a wizard where you want him. Even if you have Snape do the beguiling, originality is highly encouraged.
- If you do away with the tree, you are kindly requested to insert another vertical element by way of replacement in the composition.

Submissions will be judged by
1) adherence to the model's pose (the model painting should still be more or less recognisable in your work);
2) the originality of the beguilement; and
3) the fits of laughter it provokes in the judges.

The winner may pick the next contest's theme. Also, if they really feel the overpowering urge to obtain such a thing, they may, if so inclined, command their own particular Snape drawing from Sigune.

You may create your art here: ArtPad


( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 1st, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yay! So glad you found fandom, no matter how improbable it was!

Just to let you know, both links are broken. Here are the links as they stand:””

I think you just need to cut out everything before the second "http" in each link.

I'm going to try to enter this time, but we'll see. I'm really horrible at this!
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Thanks for letting me know. It took me forever to get it posted and it's still wrong. Errrhhh. Okay, back I go to try to fix it.
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
A whole year?!?!?! Wow - It's amazing to think what a difference a year makes, never mind a day! I'm glad you discovered the HPfandom and shared your darling Sevviekins with the rest of us mere mortals. Here's to many more!
~Annie :D
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Annie! I owe much of the story's success to you. I'm so glad we met at FA! Don't be shy. Contribute a painting! :-)
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
Gah, I am definitley not graphic/art literate. Goah it takes me to draw a stick figure!!! lol! I do enjoy looking @ the pics contributed though!
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
But you managed to animate your avatar! I wouldn't have the slightest idea how to do that! :-)
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
After sitting in front of my comp for 3 hours trying to get another frame to add to the original. I truly love my nephew who is very PCable!!
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
Are you making potato salad this year or will you be writing poetry to a fictional character again? LOL!

Another artpad contest! This is a good one!
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Potato salad, unfortunately. But at least I get to try out a new recipe this year. ;-)
Jul. 1st, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!
Well, SeaIsleWitch already asked the potato salad question, so I will merely say that I am glad that you are still here and still writing.

As for the contest, it looks fabulous (if a bit daunting) and I'll have you know that I went out and bought a mouse for my laptop just because of you and ArtPad (the touchpad works for most things, but not for illustration).

I lied and told others that it was because of ergonomic issues. *grins slyly*
Jul. 1st, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
Jul. 1st, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
No, it is of the corded, el-cheapo variety, but it serves my purpose. Dammit, it serves ART!
Jul. 2nd, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
We used "el-cheapo" a lot when I was growing up! LOL! That's probably why I splurged for the cordless model...Na na na na na! (Or as my kids say, nanny, nanny, boo boo!)
Jul. 1st, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
I thought it was daunting too, at first, but Sigune stresses that it's just two people and a tree. Coming up with the beguilement is the tricky part. Now that you've invested in a mouse, you must contribute many paintings to justify your purchase! :-)
Jul. 2nd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
Everytime I see that pineapple-hatted Snape avatar, I just crack up!
Jul. 2nd, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
Sigune's avatar design has created quite s stir. Stephanie, one of the mods at Mugglenet, has prevailed upon her mother to crochet her a pineapple hat!
Jul. 9th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
Coming up with the beguilement is the tricky part.

Yes, and I have finally been bitten by a...well, what DO you call the small evil muses of the visual arts? Art Jarveys? ;-)

We'll see how long it takes the muse, the mouse and I to actually execute the damn thing.
Jul. 10th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Happy anniversary!
I can't wait to see your, beguilement. What's the story behind your avatar? Who is that masked man?
Jul. 4th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
Congrats on the anniversary. I have just read My Snape Escape and I would choose it over potato salad anyday of the week, holidays included.

Now I'm off to do some beguiling!
Jul. 4th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
Thank you, Vanityfair! I'd much prefer staying online and writing tomorrow, but I'm stuck. :-(

I hope you will find numerous ways to beguile the Potions master and contribute many paintings! Thanks for dropping by, and happy 4th!
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Happy 1 year anniversary!

Before then, I had no idea all the remarkable things “my" Snape had been doing down in the dungeons! Yes,

I'm a bit hesitant to enter this lovely competition...I fear I'll just embarrass myself!...
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hm just got a Delivery Status Notification that my mail to you has been something wrong? ...
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Nothing is wrong that I know of. I received notifications of your comments. The problem must be from your end. I'll send you an e-mail in a moment as a test to see if you receive it.

And PLEASE enter a painting! This is all just for fun! :-)
Jul. 10th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary
I just found your live journal today. I'm only just beginning to look at them and this is my first time to use the Comment.

I really enjoyed the entries in the Art Contest, the winner was well chosen. But I have to say there is something in the humorous way Grainne does her drawings that I like even better than the winner. The end results of Grainne's drawings are always funny, and the procedure she uses to accomplish it makes the whole thing even funnier.

This in no way should be taken as a criticism of Sigune's picture, I love Snape with Fawlks resting on his head. He wouldn't dare take a club to Fawlks. All the pictures were fun to look at, and I enjoyed the non-entries too. Her Snape with the pineapple hat and the tartan is great too. I forgot to sign the darn thing. Age is speeding up on me, not creeping.

Trickie Woo/Marilynn
Jul. 10th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Anniversary
There were so many excellent entries, that the judging was extremely difficult.

Now that you've found your way here, perhaps you'll be inspired to contribute a painting for the current contest. :-) Thanks for dropping by!
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