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The Nutcracker by JohnSu The Nutcracker by JohnSu
くるみ割り人形 (Kurumi Wari Ningyou) = The Nutcracker

Well my lady friends, here's a rare treat from me to you: a bishounen! And of course, no bishounen is complete without a rat king.

I realize that the nutcracker looks a lot more like a pirate than a soldier and that the rat king looks more like a musketeer than a seven-headed villain, but when you've grown your fingernails out as long as I have, everything is permissible.

Anyhow, I improved on the vector drawing technique I used in Setako and used radial gradients for the coloring, resulting in a much softer look (and a lot more lag on my computer). I've also applied the glowy effects from Steamstress (to my computer's grief) and for reasons beyond my understanding, another crow in the corner. I guess Princess Tutu was just too awesome.

Well, this took about maybe 10 hours to complete. It was exhausting, but I'm very pleased with the outcome. *rubs monitor* My apologies for the really huge dimensions - I like to sport the vectorness of it, but for some reason the filesize goes up 4x on dA when I set it to fullview at a smaller scale.

Rat king rules.

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:iconjnredmon:
JNRedmon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
This is such an awesome interpretation of the characters! I love how the Rat King almost looks like a rogue hero instead of a villain.
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shinshinjane Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
love the Nutcracker
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:iconsonicgurl82:
SonicGurl82 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Artist
Cool artwork! Love your version of the Rat King! :iconbigheartplz:
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:iconbjaynew:
BjayneW Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist
this looks great

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:iconcodythevictorian:
CodytheVictorian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I love this,The Nutcracker is my fav fairy tail and you got it perfectly!!
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:iconkeke46:
keke46 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
The rat king looks more like a bird to me..
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:iconaoiwinter:
Aoiwinter Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
amazing
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:iconanzel-muzik:
anzel-muzik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KYAAAAAAA BISHOUNEEENNNN
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:iconsnarkish-ideals:
Snarkish-Ideals Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Can I take the rat king home? I have lots of cooked fat for him if he does~ Lovely image.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The Rat King loves cooked fat and will gladly move in
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:icondemonglittercritter:
demonglittercritter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
i'd be kind of freaked if my toy doll started attacking the other (if slightly smaller) residents of the house.

What business does he have trying to murder mister whiskers?!!!!?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
there is candy inside
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:icondemonglittercritter:
demonglittercritter Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
inside of mister whiskers?!?!?!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
a very nutty candy
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:icondemonglittercritter:
demonglittercritter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
:nuu:!!!!!

I'd still be upset. And freaked out. I liked mr. whiskers...
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Shian111 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
I happened to be listening to "King Rat" by Modest Mouse when I looked at this image.

I know that it is different to a "Rat King", but that plus that other image you had of a real King Rat... Yeah, whatever.
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:iconcat-gray-and-me78:
cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome, I love the character designs.
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FizzyFlatSoda Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Ah~ if you like Princess TuTu, you may be happy to hear this, (Or very disappointed, whichever suits your mood) my sister is making a Princess TuTu Nutcracker fanfic called "Eleventh Night". When she completes it, would you like to read it?

If you don't like fanfiction, I can completely understand.
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:iconthe-true-mek:
the-true-meK Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
most.epic.nutcracker.ever.seen Q :iconpervplz:
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:icondarkdaria713:
DarkDaria713 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Student Writer
...I have to ask. How many people have made Mouseketeer cracks after you mentioned musketeers?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
to the best of my recollection, none
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:icondarkdaria713:
DarkDaria713 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Writer
Really? Man, I'm shocked. And disappointed, I lost my chance and I can't do it now...
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:iconbrettdagirl:
Brettdagirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah...it's all.. 0_0 shiney!
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:icontakimashou:
Takimashou Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Epic Win with Eyepatches!!!
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:icontheblackrebellion:
TheBlackRebellion Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
THAT IS SO COOL!
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:iconsirenaquroya:
SirenAquroya Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Wow, it's great!
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:iconjaci-mo:
Jaci-mo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That is so cool! I love the nutcracker.
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:iconstarlight-akito:
Starlight-Akito Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Awesome!
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:iconmiss-shirahime:
Miss-Shirahime Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Actually everything is pretty accurate to the ballet.

Cept for the fact that Clara is in normal clothes.

I love the nutcracker
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Let's say that's what she normally sleeps in.
Totally normal for that part of the country.
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:iconmiss-shirahime:
Miss-Shirahime Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
If we're saying that, I'll say sign me up for a pair of pajamas just like that!
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Rabukurafuto Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008   Writer
I just watched a performance of The Nutcracker on stage. Now I crave artwork. Giving the Prince an eyepatch (complete with 割 embossed on it) like Drosselmeyer and Clara in a more contemporary dress is an interesting touch, and this has to be the most handsome, dashing rendition of Rat King ever. An excellent work.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
*glee*
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:iconblackflame95:
blackflame95 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
I love this!

Well...How would you differentiate a soldier and a pirate anyway? (yeah, I know, prolly a lot of ways...list them. :D plz.)

The rat king DOES look like a musketeer!
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BewareOfNerd Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Nutcracker shows are so creepy. Old guys prancing around in tights...*shudder*

But this is nice. Not creepy at all.
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:iconhanada-chan:
Hanada-chan Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
This is RATHER awesome!!! Keep up the great work!! Becuase "good" work isn't good enough!!
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:iconaridax:
Aridax Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This totally and completely random, but when the image first flashed up on my slow computer, I thought it was an Inuyasha picture. How wrong I was. xD
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:iconshadowtailmon:
shadowtailmon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
.....HOT!!! *drools, collapses, dies*
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:iconyuuridvampy:
yuuriDvampy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
cool!
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:iconeliza-aacher:
Eliza-Aacher Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
Nice!
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:iconteitei2:
Teitei2 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Student
...is it bad that I think that rat looks smexy???
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lawl
a/w this is great!!
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:iconmylaundrystinks:
MyLaundryStinks Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
BEST BALLET EVER!!!
This is amazing! I love it!
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:iconglowworm56:
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
This is awesome-and the Mouse King has a nifty hat!
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:iconninja1rocker:
ninja1rocker Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
ahhhhh lovly as always :+fav:
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:iconkurenaisama:
kurenaisama Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
That girl at the back should be me xD
Nice at 8D
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stargazer420 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
As a dancer, I'd like to say that the positioning of the Nutcracker's left leg is crazy - he's practically doing a side split! Very few mn can do that... I've only met 2 that can do front-to-back splits, let alone to the sides...

As an artist, I'd like to say that THIS PIC ROCKS MY SOCKS!!! Definite fave! <3
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Side split? I'd argue that he could go another 45 degrees before something tore. But I'm no dancer, so I suppose I'll take your word for it. What's the average man's limit, for future reference?
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stargazer420 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Average man, or average male dancer? Ther's a difference, ya know. Average joe on the street is lucky if he gets past around 90, but an average male dancer can go a bit farther. I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but I think it would be about 130-150 degrees.

This is a legs-straight, back-straight, left-toe-to-right-toe-straight-line split, btw. With knees bent it's much easier.
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InnocentInnuendo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
omg!
amazing!
XD
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KyudaimeHokage Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Very cool; very dramatic.
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