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Hey, there, you can post your Christmas art here!

Here's mine for 2016:

Moon Racers by Toonicorn
Moon Racers
Yay, more Christmas art! I decided to finish my drawing "Moon Racers", and add a certain red-nosed reindeer to it. Here we see King Moonracer, King of the Island of Misfit Toys, from the classic TV special "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", engaging in a friendly competition with Princess Luna, Princess of the Night from "My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic".  The aforementioned reindeer is more of an observer than an actual participant in the race; speed isn't his thing - his mojo is his nose. By the way, Princess Luna's winning!

If you'd like to own this design on a t-shirt, mug, notebook, poster etc., visit my gallery at TeePublic! www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/8623…

Edit: Some peeps have asked me why I drew Luna this way. It's def old-school/season 1 Luna. Well, I drew her like that because I like that Luna design best. I think it's much more visually appealing than later Luna. That Luna, to me, just looks like a smaller, re-colored goth Celestia. Question answered.
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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.

Group hug.


Geniehug by Toonicorn







Liontears by Toonicorn
  • 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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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
The Beast slayer returns. by Suzanne-Helmigh
Happy Valentine's day!!!
Thanks so much for your supportive comments<3
People like you keep me inspired and enthusiastic to share my Caldyra artwork with the public.
Wishing you another year filled with passion for your craft and lots of admiration. 
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional General Artist
Happy Heart Day to you too! Hug 
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HunterBrony101 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
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PJToon75 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional 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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cari-mel 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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