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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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shinshinjane Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
love the Nutcracker
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SonicGurl82 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Artist
Cool artwork! Love your version of the Rat King! :iconbigheartplz:
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BjayneW Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist
this looks great

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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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keke46 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
The rat king looks more like a bird to me..
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Aoiwinter Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
amazing
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anzel-muzik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KYAAAAAAA BISHOUNEEENNNN
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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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JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Rat King loves cooked fat and will gladly move in
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demonglittercritter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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