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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
:la:
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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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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it. :icontinoplz: (And I am female, BTW. ;))
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IceColdGirl123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
:)
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the Jack feels! :iconblushplz: I'm not very involved with the ROTG fandom, but I do have a soft spot him, he such a cutie ~:heart: Although I haven't tried yet, I have to agree about how hard Jack's hair would be to draw since it's very similar to England's style and I've had it 'bout to here trying to get that boy's bedhead right! But don't worry about how he turned out because he looks great, as well as your sand swirls :) Those look like they were the most fun :D (at least I'd have fun with them, lol, probably too much fun...*would present new deviation of nothing but dreamsand swirls* "What's this?" "A picture of my fav characters from ROTG! :3" "But...where are they?" "In there. Behind...all the...sand..." )

Sorry for the "OMG-so-late!!!" replay to this ^^; There's really no excuse other than laziness on my part u_u
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :huggle: Glad you like. =D
Jack's hair is similar to England's? Really? :? It.. looks a whole lot more spiky thank his. But okay. :shrug:
Aww, thank you! I was initially despairing over how I'd get them to look right, so I just ended up bringing up a bunch of pics for reference and winging it. :XD: And lol, not really. I actually liked doing the sky best. I think I'm actually getting a little better at clouds. 83

Nah, it's okay. Thanks for commenting anyway. :hug:
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I found them similar in that bedhead sort of way. A lot of fanart depicts England with almost shaggy hair at least compared to say America's which I see as smoother (me and my odd comparisons :iconsweatplz: )

Hey, sometimes winging gets the best results. I can't tell you how many times I do something I like without even meaning to (and how many of those times were for school projects) Oh, I like doing skies too~ It's where I get to have fun with all sorts of color gradients X3 And your clouds are lovely~ It's amazing what one can do with the right brush and some experimentation. Some fond memories there for me :iconwhistleplz:
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I get that. =D It's just that Jack's hair seems almost animeish in how mussed and spiky it is compared to England's (which is kinda ironic if you think about it. :XD:), so the comparison kinda threw me for a moment.

lol - True. I feel better if I know what I'm doing, though. :XD: And thanks. :hug: I think I'm slowly gaining more confidence with skies and clouds as I keep doing them. =D
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PwnedByPineapple Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ASDFGHJKLF.
This is beauuutiful. <3 I love these two, seriously; they have such an awesome bromance. I can only imagine the difficulty of the sand. O.O But it paid off, this is great. 8D And the way you drew them is so cute, they look so happy and adorable, ugh.
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(Glad to know I'm not the only one who's been binging. xD I haven't been this in love with an animated movie since How To Train Your Dragon, which cements Dreamworks as my favorite animation studio besides Ghibli.)
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you so much! :tighthug: Their bromance is my favorite thing about the fandom, TBH.

(Psh, I haven't been in love with a DreamWorks movie since Spirit: Stallion of the Cimerron. :XD: I've never really been much of a DreamWorks fan, but their movies have gradually been getting better and better. I'm interested to see how The Croods will pan out. :))
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BigRed194 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I love this! The colors are great and the moon is awesome!
The movie was great; one of DreamWorks' best ones, I'd say :D
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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VicodinFlavoredMints Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really pretty! Wonderful job on the coloring! :clap: :heart:
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! ^-^
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VicodinFlavoredMints Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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Kintupsi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way those sandy clouds turned out! :wow: I also like the overall glowiness of the picture and how calm yet lively it is! ^^
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^w^
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
THis looks like so much fun. I bet you had a wonderful time drawing this. :) What I wouldn't give to be up there with them.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know! =D I'm scared stiff of heights, but I'd do my best to get over it if it meant I could hang out with Sandy while he's making dreams. ^_^ And yes, it was very challenging, but rewarding. ^w^
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
As long as I know I'm in a safe vehicle, or under safe supervision (I trust Sandy completely.) I can handle heights pretty well.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here. =D
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
You know what I would love to ride on the dream sand? Either the back of a dolphin (They're my favorite sea creature.) or on a comfortable flying carpet.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, a dolphin would be awesome! ^_^ Or a pegasus. Those are awesome, too. 83
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
Pegasi are pretty cool, but dolphins live with merpeople, my favorite mythical creature. Hmm... I wonder what a mermaid's dream looks like. Sandy would know; he lives on the Isle of Dreams where mermaids lull him to sleep with wonderful lullabies. He must give them good dreams in return, at least sometimes.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure he gives only the best dreams to the mermaids. =D
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AMD42999 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
This is lovely! :heart: Great job! :D
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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AMD42999 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Your welcome! :tighthug:
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Photographer
Awesome job~! It's so pretty! >w<
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it. :)
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