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RotG: Golden Snowflakes by X-I-L2048 RotG: Golden Snowflakes by X-I-L2048
"I must have been forty years old. I guess he saw me trying to touch his sand streams. They were so beautiful, I couldn't help it. He saw me.… I had never… no one had ever acknowledged me before. I thought I didn't exist. I was a ghost. But there was Sandy. He looked at me, and I knew for the first time that I was real. He invited me up to his cloud. We made it snow together. But he eventually had to leave. I didn't want him to leave, and he knew that. So he made me one more snowflake. I will never forget that. When I thought that no one could ever touch me, that I could never talk to another soul, he was there. He was so eager to make me feel better. Me, a complete stranger."

- Quote from chapter 23 of “Invisible” by Twisted Skys, referencing the events of chapter 19. (Warning: There are SPOILERS for the movie in the former chapter, so if you haven’t seen it yet, read at your own risk.)


So. Um, yeah. I, like most of Tumblr and DA, have finally succumbed to the Rise of the Guardians fanbug, despite the fact that I don’t celebrate Christmas or Easter and haven’t even been able to see the actual movie yet. I just find the reinterpretation of the different childhood figures - along with their various origin stories of both themselves and their universe as told in both the books and movie - incredibly fascinating, for the most part, and anyone who knows me well will know that team/family dynamics is a huuuuge weakness of mine. ;) I love how perfectly all the characters interact off of each other in the clips I’ve seen, and this isn’t even mentioning the gorgeous, gorgeous animation, which I so wanted to see in all its glory on the big screen, ohlifeWHYmustyouconspireagainstme?! :iconohmygodwhyplz:

So, to compensate for the lack of movie theater experiences currently in my life, I’ve been binging on fanfic, fanart, and eavesdropping on fan theories and speculation on Tumblr for the past couple of weeks. During that time, I came across the above fic, “Invisible,” as well as some other superbly written fics and fanart, which gave me urge to draw some fanart of my own. More might be forthcoming in the future; we’ll see how it goes.

BTW, Jack Frost and the Sandman are my new brOTP. :meow: They don’t get to interact much in the movie, but the moments and scenes they have together seem to strongly imply that they’ve met in the past, and that Sandy was probably one of the only beings that was ever there for Jack in any way, shape, or form for 300 years. I just find that idea and their relationship so adorable, and I wish it was developed more in the movie. But oh well, that’s what fanfic is for. 83

Now, moving on to the pic itself, this is probably the most time I have spent on a background in a long while. The dreamsand alone took at least a couple hours. I’m pleased with it overall, though. ^-^
Jack, Jack, Jack, why are you so hard to draw? :iconheaddeskplz: Can’t you just have a nice, reasonable hairstyle and hair color like everyone else? And don’t get me started on how long it took to do his hands or clothes. >_> Rather embarrassing, actually.
I think he might be a little too small here, but I like the way Sandy turned out best. ^w^ It was fun doing his hair.

Inspiration and mood music: “Slow Me Down” by Emmy Rossum

RotG © DreamWorks
“Invisible” © Twisted Skys
Art © :iconx-i-l2048:
Various glitter/snowflake brushes © their respective owners
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Garlandgal1 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved that fanfic...It was beautiful. Great job on the art too!
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^v^
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Garlandgal1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
;)  my pleasure.
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ShakkaiMoon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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ShakkaiMoon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Yoshiandyoshi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very touching.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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IceColdGirl123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh....my.....goodness. That drawing and little story is amazing!:D I bet Jack hair is hard to draw. Wait no I'm not betting. It is hard to draw. You sir or mame got talent.(Sorry I don't know if you're a boy or girl)
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