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Hoarder by Toonicorn
Hoarder
Behold, a t-shirt design and poster for all you dragon-lovers out there. A fiery guardian broods over his hoard. "Well, thief! Come and help yourself again - there is plenty and to spare!"

If you'd like to wear this on a t-shirt, go here: pixels.com/featured/hoarder-j-… It will also be available here on DA on various items (I think I'll be ordering a Hoarder coffee mug myself!)
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I just got word from Teepublic, a site where artists can submit their t-shirt designs for sale, that HBO - yeah, the network HBO - made them take down my wolf drawing because of "copyright violation". 

Here it is at my pixels.com site: pixels.com/featured/hungry-wol…

When I got the email I was all What the fuh???? How did my wolf drawing violate HBO's copyright???? So I did a Google search for "HBO wolf" and "Game of Thrones" popped up. There I read about "direwolves". Now, I had the term "direwolf" in my keywords, because when I added them, the Teepublic site suggested it. Apparently, it was a popular keyword so I added it. And that's why I guess I got nailed by HBO.

This is stupid for two reasons:

1. I did not draw that wolf with "Game in Thrones" in mind. I have never even watched the show. I don't know what the fuh it's about. I don't even have cable!

2. During my Google search, I found out that direwolves are - or were - real. They're an extinct form of wolf: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dire_wol…

So where does HBO get off thinking I violated their copyright???? How can they even own the term "direwolf" when it was an actual animal that anyone should be able to draw from in order to create something?

I'm posting this as a warning to those here who draw and sell art based on copyrighted works. If HBO can nail me over a frickin keyword, other companies could nail you for ANYTHING.

BE CAREFUL.
Glitzen by Toonicorn
Glitzen
Betcha didn't know that Blitzen the Reindeer has a twin sister, did ya? Well, he does - meet Glitzen, the Festive Fashionista, the most fabulous reindeer of all. She works as a special envoy for Santa, delivering haute couture gifts to the fashion-challenged and offering advice on how to properly deck a hall. Her nose doesn't glow - it glitters. ;)

I may do something more with this character - perhaps make her more anthropomorphic (walk on 2 legs). We'll see. In the meantime, Glitzen (or "Glitz" to her friends) and I would like to wish you a fabulous Merry Christmas!
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What do you do when someone who's always made you laugh...makes you cry?

And if that happens, can that someone ever make you laugh again?

Well. Yes. But there's a trick to it. Allow me to digress for a moment.

One of my favorite fantasy films is "The Wizard of Oz".



Oz by Toonicorn

Perhaps one of the reasons so many love this movie is the poignancy of Judy Garland. Poignant, not just because of the incredible authenticity and sincerity of her performance of the earnest and innocent Dorothy Gale, but because of the tragedies that haunted the actress later in her life.

It's hard to watch her buoyant, effervescent portrayal of a simple farm girl lost in a bright, radiant be-careful-what-you-wish-for dreamworld without thinking of her dark struggles beyond the other side of the rainbow. But let's take a page from Doctor Who and get a little "timey-wimey" here. You can't see the light at the end of a tunnel if you're focused on the darkness surrounding it. You can't live in the moment if you're focused on what happens next. You can't look at a clock and tell what time it is if you're focused on the second hand.

To enjoy a moment in time, you've gotta be there - even if you're experiencing it days and weeks and years and decades after it happened.

When I watch "The Wizard of Oz", I remember that in that particular moment in time, Judy Garland was 16 years old, and well, and happy, and outgoing, and affectionate, and cheery, and funny, and professional, and endearing. According to everyone who worked on the film with her, she was "a doll". Everyone from the director to the songwriters to her fellow actors to the Munchkins to even the dog - Terry - who played Toto - bonded with her (and that's pretty obvious when you watch the dog's reactions to her in the film). And that's what I think about when I watch that wonderful old movie - and in doing so, I enjoy it in a way I wouldn't otherwise. It's the way I think Judy would want to be remembered. And since she's entertained me so profoundly, I think I owe her that much.

We owe that to Robin Williams as well.

"Laugh, clown, laugh, but he's crying inside" is a cliche, but unfortunately, I'm here to tell you, it's often very true.

Nevertheless, let's remember Robin when he was doing was he was meant to do, when he was in his element, when he was entertaining us, when he was (I suspect), really truly happy. Remember those moments, and be IN those moments when you watch him onscreen. Performers like Robin are the point of light in that tunnel of darkness. That's how he'd want to be remembered. We owe him that much.

Let's remember the laughter.

Rest in peace, clown prince.

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Geniehug by Toonicorn







Liontears by Toonicorn
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Vivaldi
  • Reading: Naomi Novik's "Crucible of Gold" (Temeraire)
  • Watching: HunterxHunter
  • Playing: Candy Crush
  • Eating: Little Chocolate Donuts (breakfast of champions)
  • Drinking: Starbucks

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J.L. Meadows
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I love creating illustrations, stories and comics. I love good hot coffee and good cold beer. I love the music of Mika, Caravan Palace, the Beatles, the Turtles, Queen, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin and Aaron Copeland. I love good books like The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle, the Shadow series by Anne Logston, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and sadly out-of-print books like The Gate of the Giant Scissors by Annie Fellows Johnston. I love hilarious websites like Cakewrecks and hilarious online comics like Penny Arcade. I love hit animated films like The Lion King and How To Train Your Dragon, and I love animated films that should have been hits, but were sadly overlooked by audiences, like The Iron Giant and Imagi's Astro Boy. Of the four seasons, I love autumn the best, and my favorite holiday is Halloween. My personal hero is Walt Disney, not just because of all he accomplished, but because he was a decent fellow who loved his family and lived the values he put into his films. And I love his Mouse.

What don't I love? Eh, I'd rather not say. There's too much negativity in the world as it is.

Current Residence: In front of my drawing board
Favourite genre of music: Bubble gum - anything bouncy
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: Impressionist
Operating System: Windows (damn it)
Favourite cartoon character: Good question.
Personal Quotes: "Keep moving forward." - Walt Disney
"Have patience, and keep shuffling the cards." - Cervantes
"The professionals have been losing their powers these days. It's been going on for
quite some time." - Hayao Miyazaki
"Like a bolt out of the blue, Fate steps in and says 'Screw you!'" - Sam Snail


My piece "Mobile Home: The Epic Poem" has been featured HERE: news.deviantart.com/article/15…
Many thanks to Loellyne! lorellyne.deviantart.com/
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:iconpjtoon75:
PJToon75 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Your artwork is excellent, and your character shows potential. Great work and good luck!
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bearcub Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! :)
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yukiSPICE Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the watchhh <333
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks from the Cap'n by CapnSkusting
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Armosk Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
:iconpinkieisexcitedplz::iconsaysplz: Happy Birthday!:iconpinkiepiecakeplz:
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Are you gonna do any more WB/Disney crossovers
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I might, if I get another interesting idea!
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:icongojira012:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
May I lend you some ideas
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I prefer to create my own ideas, but thank you for the offer! :)
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You have a natural cartoonist's talent! Nice work!
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