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Across the Universe by rocketdave Across the Universe by rocketdave
Based on the Oz series by L. Frank Baum and the illustrations of John R. Neill and W.W. Denslow, as well as Eric Shanower. Princesses Dorothy and Ozma chillax under a tree while the Cowardly Lion, Toto and Eureka hang out in the background. And if one looks even farther into the distance, a couple other familiar characters are visible as well.


I'd initially wanted to fit even more Oz characters into the scene, but I was afraid it would seem too "busy" and throw off the balance of the composition. I'm quite pleased with the way this piece turned out, but I can't feel too complacent about my small accomplishment when I consider how many illustrations fill a typical Oz book or look at Shanower's Adventures in Oz comic in which every single panel is a friggin' work of art.


Stock utilized:

girls: ~NHuval-stock fav.me/d455198
dog: !MaithiranStock fav.me/d30z8pu
lion: ~NefaroStock fav.me/dvgq9q
cat: ~Eirian-stock fav.me/d2jq3sn
tree: `faestock fav.me/d4u2rg8
pig: ~yolistock fav.me/dyom95
palace: ~Confussed-Stock fav.me/d2kz1fe
clouds: *nightstocker fav.me/d1kwl7d
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Confussed-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is lovely! I'm glad you found my stock useful :aww: :heart:
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
I'm glad you like it. :)
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BaumsAway Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
I really like this. It reminds me of Shanower, in a good way. I think you nailed the composition - I agree that adding more characters would have thrown it off. You just need to do another one with the characters you left out. :)

And I love the way Dorothy's pose suggests the perfectly innocent intimacy of her relationship with Ozma in the books. I do think Ozma's pose is a little awkward - I don't mean that it's poorly drawn, but combined with her facial expression, it's as if she's uncomfortable having Dorothy's head there. I think she could be more aware of (and pleased with) Dorothy's presence without suggesting anything too "adult." (I can see her holding the book, reading aloud to Dorothy while stroking her hair with the other hand - but that's another picture.)

That's a very cute Toto. He looks different from the usual Scottie / Cairn / Skye terrier - did you have a particular breed in mind?
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rocketdave Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Thanks for the comment.  The comparison to Shanower is extremely flattering, though I know I can't really hold a candle to him.

I used a photo reference for Toto, like I did for most of this- I'm not sure what kind of dog it was in the photo; the title just said "puppy," but I'm pretty sure when I started looking for references, I did at least start out searching for Cairn Terriers specifically. 

I actually did do a second pic with many of the characters I left out of this one.
And They All Lived Happily Ever After by rocketdave  
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CatDefender Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
SCRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPS!
Oh, Scraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaps!
SCRAPS!!
(Where is that Patchwork Girl?) :(
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rocketdave Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
I'm guessing you like Scraps.  Well, as I explained in the description, I thought cluttering up the scene with a lot of superfluous characters would be too distracting, and nobody's design is more distracting than Scraps'.
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Nicely done!
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Thank you for making such beautiful oz art!
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Thank you for the nice compliment. :)
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Marcoz12 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Crazy, but it does make sense,
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Unlike your comment. :confused:
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Marcoz12 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Yes, I am aware of that. Don't make much sense, most of the time.  If any of my highly senseless comments, can be of any use in the future, I will be glad to be of service. <bow>
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David-presents Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Even one of the piglets the Wizard gave Ozma.  You think of everything!
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magica12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
i love it... you know you dont see to many dorothy and ozma drawings here on DA
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Yeah, I suppose there aren't a ton. Well, Ozma's not a super well known character, relatively speaking. I'm glad you like this piece anyway.
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magica12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
yea not to many fanfics either now that im thinking about it 

if more people knew that there were more oz books then it might be more well known
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magica12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
you know i might just write a fanfiction inspired by this picture
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magica12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
you know maybe ill write a fanfiction inspired by this
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TGTony Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I simply love your art <3 

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rocketdave Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I'm glad, thanks. :)
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brianmacX Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Dave, I have never had the slightest interest in the Oz story, even as a child, so when I say that this is a minor masterpiece, I'm talking about your superb draftsmanship, colours and that other-world atmosphere that only you can create so convincingly. Brilliant work as usual.
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Wow, that is extraordinarily flattering. Thank you; that means a lot to me.
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erosarts Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Good work, Dave!  I'm a big fan of the original Oz books by Baum, and this would be a nice epilogue to his works.
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Most kind; thank you very much :)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done!
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Thanks!
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TammyGurl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
It's beautiful, you should be very happy with it and proud of it. 
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rocketdave Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Thanks.
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