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It has been a long time since I drew with thin lines, but here we are! Thin lines.

Anyhow, I had an idea to mess around with the cast of The Wizard of Oz after I first saw RIZ-ZOAWD, but never got around to doing it until last week. And then I didn't get around to finishing it until tonight. Well, let me reintroduce the characters to you here:

1) Dorothy/Toto
I fused these two together, partly because I wasn't particularly fond of Toto's role as the Small Barking Thing. In this version of the story, Dorothy does not survive entry to Oz and exists as an apparition, taking form only when possessing her dog's body. This is why she has dog ears and a dog tail in this picture. And she is also wearing a collar and has fleas (but you cannot see that). She is going to ask the Wizard of Oz for a body.

2) Scarecrow
Scarecrow is kind of bigger than he needs to be, and his limbs are made of bamboo stuffed with straw. His job was to scare the crows, but after catching them all and then eating them, he has lost his purpose in life. He feels kind of dumb about that, so he is going to ask the Wizard of Oz for his brain. I mean, a brain. Scarecrow is not a picky guy.

3) The Tin Woodman
The Tin Woodman is a giant living wood-cutting machine. He has chainsaw arms (or tapeworms, depending on how you look at them) instead of a hatchet, and a furnace in his torso for powering his blades. There are a number of errors with this character, like why does he have holes in his furnace door that lets the heat escape (EDIT: Apparently this is so oxygen can enter and let the fire burn)? And why hasn't the moss around the furnace dried up or burned off? Why is he burning fuel right now, but his arms not chain-sawing? And also he is clearly not made of tin, since he is rusting and that is what iron does. Well regardless, he is going to ask the Wizard of Oz for a heart, because he hears those burn better.

4) The Cowardly Lion
He is understandably afraid after the Tin Woodman separated his head from his body when he first attacked the party with the intent of eating Dorothy. He is a very large lion, and is very magical so his head can talk and float and oh it can survive (that last part is important for a head with no body). He was going to ask the Wizard of Oz for a body, but Dorothy said no, I am going to ask him for that, you have to ask for something else. Now he is not sure what to ask for. Everyone is telling him to ask for Courage but he does not really want that. Maybe he wants people to be afraid of him, even though he is only a head? A head with TEETH. Maybe he doesn't need to ask for anything. Maybe he will just wait for Dorothy to get a body, and then eat it, and he will laugh at her for being so eaten.

Or maybe they will be friends. I don't know.

I feel like I've used up my quota of words, so I'm going to wrap things up here and maybe link a few of the inspirations behind these character designs.


Made in Flash

EDIT: I'm surprised nobody caught this (or maybe they have, but I haven't finished reading the comments yet), but the terrain cuts off abruptly towards the left of the white fade. Anyhow, I've extended it in this edit and also increased the resolution of detail in the clouds, since those were bothering me. If you guys are like "wait what," I've uploaded the previous version so you can compare ([link]). Just letting you know in case you downloaded this and thought you had the Good Version.

Also, 4000x2500 version here: [link]
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garybnumb8 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
looks like something ripped out of spirited away
Xelyn13 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
The artwork has a very "Studio Ghibli" feel to it and the story is so.... grimm's fairy tales. Dark and funny at the same time, like an old classic. I love it so much!
LizzysMind Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wheres toto fudog
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Toto is fused with Dorothy
NightGemMelody Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Artist
That is so cool.
loobeekcody Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
I would like permission to use your image in a powerpoint presentation for college.  please email me confirmation.  you will be credited in the opening slide
CrescentMoonRose Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
This would actually make  great movie o.o
vjkelly Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
vjkelly ....NORTHERN OZ....if you would like to be on my site please let me know ...I have made a spot on my site for wizard of oz artists.  Will put pick you send me and your site ....send me the pick you want to put on site and your web address or deviant art address.  All i ask is let folk know about my new book NORTHERN OZ ...all new characters all new lands.
                                              If you would like to give  your idea of what my characters or lands look like be my guest.
vjkelly Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
vjkelly...My book....NORTHERN OZ....please feel free to email me and let me know if you would like me to put your art work or website or deviantart site on my website
Email me at site it WWW.NORTHERNOZ.COM
  It is to see other peoples art work get attention..  
PS...please feel free to draw my characters as you might see would be fun to see what others artists imagination could create.  The drawings belong to you.

Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
this is just the best
zelda-chi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Maybe he will just wait for Dorothy to get a body, and then eat it, and he will laugh at her for being so eaten."

I goddamn love this.
Invader-Vash Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
This is just amazing. Very Miyazaki looking. :)
Mangopoptart Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is possibly the coolest Wizard of Oz concept i've ever seen! And the art is gorgeous! <3
deathrattle3 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i REALLY like this! i love how you fused dorothy and toto, the two friends together! but my favorite character was the lion! this is a great back story. it makes him seem like he still has his "bully" sort of thing going on, and yu added your own flavor!
madhater123 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing, I wish I could think of things as good as this....
Chudames Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am in love
Revan005 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Cool work
mathus-the-red Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
this is just bottom line awesomeness :3 everything about it just screams anime remake but one of those remakes were your proud of it as much as you were the original version.
tenko72 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I like the idea.
anamartist Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is really cool!!!
Otakuofalltime Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
not fond of Toto?!?!?!?!
BearerOfDestruction Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Gotta say I really like your art, but what makes it really awesome are the backstories you write for them. This one was just perfect.
GenkoBeliba Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stiffbonez Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
nice pic, i faved it before i read the story description thing, though. still good. say, you should do a follow up pic of this, with the wizard, or the good fairy, or the witches. it'll really add some definition to your version of oz here, and if this pic here says anything about your creative style, the next pic will be bitchin'. just some food for thought.
XIII-C Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool style...
You are awesome!
SuperDeano1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the original and creative character design!
Interimnity Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason, this reminds me of Howl's Moving Castle. Perhaps it's the style.
xXRainbowChihuahuaXx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work!
Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Didn't I already fave this? Stupid dogs. I lend them some of my memories and they take random bits out with what I lend them.
The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Frankly O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G!
I would love to see a movie done like this! 8D
Maikekai Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is a very cool version, I Like it :) And I reallyy like the scarecrow, and the fusion of Dorothy and Toto.
PunkPrincess52594 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
there are no words to describe how much i love this piece.
the twist is one of the most creative i've seen and the art is beautiful!
FuzzySpider Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
looks like a great great
animelvr329 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
This is a very cool concept! I love the description. :)
Happylandfill06 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
O.O this is soo-ho-hooo cool!!!!
moontown0125 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Good character designs, good story, and good idea for combining Dorothy and Toto :D
Depending on the story, I found it looks like a Hayao Miyazaki-style movie, a lot.
They caught my sight, and surely they are my favorite!!
ChaosValient Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
this is a delightful spin off of wizard of oz
NIK1530 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I KNEW IT!!! The Tin Man Is Modeled After The Robot From Castle In The Sky!!! I LOVE THE MOVIE!!!
NeleXD Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
WOW! The colo is sooo epic! how do you make this?!
x-Jacksbiggestfan-x Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this take on the Wizard of Oz!
fresh72 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the lion's head, funny thing is I'm getting something like that tattooed on my arm
MBDelg Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
clever but where is TOTO?
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
fused with Dorothy
MBDelg Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
right that for the eras...hehehehe.
Kitti606 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lawl. Hilarious. Oh, and scary. I mean, the visuals... scary. >.>;
Kitti606 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
(Extra note which you probably don't care about, it may have already been brought to your attention anyway... Toto's role was to represent Dorothy's instinct. Instinctively, she knew the lion to not be as big a threat as he seemed, so Toto barked at him. Et cetera. Just saying. ^^; )
witchesofoz97 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
SnuggySkunkette Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
... :ohnoes: *jaw drop* I'd pay so much to see an animation of this.
prncsusako Featured By Owner May 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Beautiful. This is a gorgeous blend of what reminds me of 80s fairy tale anime and the master himself Miyazaki.
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