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Let's Make Things Right Again by behindinfinity Let's Make Things Right Again by behindinfinity
It took a while, but here is my entry for the "Picture Yourself In Wonderland" contest. I chose to draw myself as the Mad Hatter and included my rendition of Ms. Mia Wasikowska as Alice, because one of the things I found most evocative in the film was their strange and wonderful friendship.

:bulletpurple: Why the Mad Hatter?
The Mad Hatter is a character that fascinates many people, for many different reasons. But what I liked and could relate to with Mr. Johnny Depp's portrayal of this iconic character is that he was given a sense of humanity. There's more to him past the crazy antics and the bizzare exterior which most people don't take the time to see. Deep inside, what he wanted most was to do his part to make things right again.

:bulletpurple: The illustration
This drawing is a representation of how Alice and the Mad Hatter fought together in the name of the White Queen - which is why I had us standing sort of back to back, with a white rose spilling out of the frame. The teacups symbolize how Alice united with the rest of the tea party members in their revolution to restore Underland.

Alice had no confidence at first, but the Hatter had absolute faith in her even when she couldn't believe in herself. He was the first person she learned to trust in the maddening world she found herself in. That's why I made sure to give Mia/Alice a little smile, in contrast to the way she was at the start of the film where she could barely crack a grin.

This composition relates to me in the sense that sometimes I myself feel like the world might drive me mad. What gets me by is knowing that I have a number of wonderful friends who have my back. Our faith in each other lets us feel that we have the strength to do things that we may have thought were impossible.

As for the background - I focused on the trees because I remember noticing the curled tree branches in the movie, which I thought was a very clever incorporation of Mr. Tim Burton's aesthetic. To keep the focus on the main subjects of the illustration, I painted the rest of the background to look like vague silhouettes in a misty forest. I suppose the background by itself would look rather ominous, but that's what I found memorable about how Underland was depicted in the film. It wasn't the usual vibrantly kaleidoscopic, carefree "Wonderland". It reminds us that even fairy tales have their dark sides, and we are challenged to look for beauty and goodness even under grim circumstances.

:bulletpurple: Inspiration
This article perfectly describes the bond between Alice and the Mad Hatter which inspired me to work on this drawing.

:bulletpurple: Stylization
Art nouveau, ukiyo-e, surrealist paintings, traditional Asian art, contemporary manga, and more - I've had many different kinds of art influence me throughout my life, so I guess that led to my own style being a mixture of varying elements. There are parts that are softly rendered, some are cel shaded, some are textured. Some areas have very simple gradations, while in other areas I detailed with fine lines. I do this so that the viewers' eyes find a path to travel and rest across the composition, to find the areas where they ought to focus.

Personally, when something is excessively detailed, I find myself confused and overwhelmed. I feel unsure where I'm supposed to look and end up not giving the piece the attention it probably deserved. That's why I did things like allow Alice's hair to fade to simple colors on the top and sides. I let the curls frame her face to guide the viewer's attention, rather than let them get lost in less significant detail.

...And yes, I do seem to have a penchant for gangly fingers in my illustrations.

:bulletpurple: Technical stuff
I drew this in Photoshop and partially rendered it in Painter.
As previously mentioned, I used myself as the reference for the Mad Hatter, based roughly on this photo :pointr: [link]
Stock photos and textures used for this were taken by me as well, specifically for this illustration. The background is a texture I made by painting with acrylic on canvas, and the patterns and fabric textures are from clothes around my house.
Full size is about 9 x 12 inches, 300 dpi.

It's been a while since I've really drawn anything for lack of time and ideas, so it made me happy to have come across the news article for this contest and participate. :) I enjoyed the movie and found the visuals and costumes absolutely breathtaking, so I looked forward to doing my take on some of those designs by drawing them in my own style. I am still pretty rusty, but working on this was great artistic exercise so I'm very thankful. Special thanks to my friends who patiently gave me helpful and honest critique, and always give me reasons to be inspired. :rose:



June 15
I'm very grateful to have been included in the semi-finals! Thank you guys for believing in me. :) It's an honor just to have my work looked at by Disney. Seems like not long ago I was admiring my friend as she showed me how to draw Aladdin and Jasmine in class. It truly feels like everyday magic.


June 24
I... I won! I am... completely overwhelmed and immensely grateful. I think I sat and stared at my screen for 5 minutes just holding my hand over my mouth.

Again, my sincerest thanks to everyone who took the time to look at my drawing, read the description and appreciate my work. I am well aware that I cannot please everyone, but just knowing that my illustration spoke to a number of people all over the world is more than enough. Thank you for continuing to believe in me.

Thank you to the deviantART staff for working hard, very patiently managing the contest, and for including me in the semi-finals. I was grateful for the opportunity to have Disney simply look at my work.

Finally, thank you to the good people of Disney for being a constant source of inspiration for the world, giving us wonderful films full of heart to grow up with. It's an incredible honor to have people from such a wonderful company acknowledge my humble art. Words cannot express how much this means to me.
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Tommypezmaster Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Love how Alice turned out.
Stardust-skies Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always loved this piece from you Meow :3 Heart 
Muemmelchen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I really love it :)
NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Writer
Curious about something. If Alice had this awesome relationship with the hatter then why was she about to leave Underland without even saying good-bye to him?
ShadowFox1994 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i think he/she is talking about the 2010 movie. in that she did say good bye and that she would be back before he knew it
NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Before the hatter said, "You could stay" Alice was about to drink the blood having only had a intimate moment with the Queen.
Lockslie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice ! ;)
AdrianFarenheitTepes Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Here, have a cookie. :iconcookie-plz:
gweewee Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Digital Artist
XLoveEverlastingX Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, but lets be honest- you didn't deserve to place, much less win.
behindinfinity Featured By Owner May 27, 2012   General Artist
To be completely honest, I am happy to say I am proud of what I produced. I am also well aware that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and that nobody in the world can please absolutely everyone. But that doesn't keep me from being thankful that the people who were judging were among the people who did think I am deserving. :D
XLoveEverlastingX Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is very true. I actually didn't read the description before, and that adds quite a bit to the picture. It is lovely, and I love how you did the hair and the fingers of the Mad Hatter. I do like others quite a bit better, but I'm glad that you can take that without being offended. I just prefer other styles, but you obviously have lots of talent.
CHESS-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratz for winning! ^^
I really love your concept and style.
I think you really deserved to win the contest.
You are doing an awesome job for the flower. the details are unbelievable. The hat is really beautiful. the black and gold combinations are perfect.
There is something about this picture that really captured my heart. it's really different with the other entries.
I can feel the soul that you gave into this picture. (what am I saying? =x=)
the simplicity and the idea.. are.. correct..
for me as a disney lover, this kind of art that's suit the best for them!
the roots behind gave this picture some kind of mysterious thingy, but the flowers was a touch for the beauty. You are really an awesome artist.
I think I should stop. lol.
eventhough you may not read this, but I wish you can create more amazing art! and be known by the world.. ^^
behindinfinity Featured By Owner May 27, 2012   General Artist
I greatly appreciate all the thought you put into writing this comment and expressing what you liked about my illustration in so much detail. It's a wonderful feeling to hear that my efforts are appreciated, and feedback helps me learn more. Thank you so much! :rose:
OshirisuBlossom Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so cute,i ilove it :D
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice =D
Echosei Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
so simple yet so beautiful
prettyinpink45 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow, that is Beautiful!~ ;A;

Its so pretty!


MsSakuraNoHana Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Photographer
Congratulations! :)
EinjheL-LostMyWings Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
The explanation of the whole artwork, I think, was the ticket to the win.
invisibleinvincible Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
voohoo, cool xd
Daneh-chan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations <3 You totally deserve the 1st place prize!
AngelDemonVolume Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this drawing. the details and the lining in the hair and background is so beautiful and it makes the picture flow well. & the use of patterns are really great. I think you put a great deal of time into it and I love it! <3
TicoDrawing Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this won? in my opinion it is not that good, but then again my judging is different from others, but nice job anyways
DollCreep Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   Digital Artist
nah, we have the same opinion. there was a loot more better,creative and more worked on peaces in this contest. ahh well. thats DA forya.
VavieV Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ariequi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the hatter's face <3
RocketMan214 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Congrats :)
RockerDragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it
CastleDown13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
thewanderermusician Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i think you did deserve to win, and i'm glad you did :) you are very talented :D
elfenfeuer33 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
it is nice but there were more beautiful ones.
still, congratulations on the win...
Max-Marvellous Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
very true. he got most watches because of this anime cosplay stuff... so no wonder he won.
elfenfeuer33 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
it is so shit how people win contests here, especially in the groups it is totally ridiculous...
Max-Marvellous Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
im not saying this one is crap* but it didn't deserve to win, coz i saw things which were technically just better.
Max-Marvellous Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
its never the artist who is the stupid one, its those who think it is art. so actually u can give up the definition of art.deviantart is the best example. the more exposure u have the higher is the chance that u find some idiots who like it. many idiots= many favs= fame... at least it doesnt work on real life. because u cant make money out of crap.
Zelda12343 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
You deserved to win!
MasqueradexLies Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Congratulations on winning. <3

I love the feel of this piece, and the style used. It's simple, yet very elegant. :)
talichibi Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my god! this is amazing! Congratz u totally deserved it! TOTALLY!
tonight4life Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
congrats its very good
darkanddaisuke Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Congratulations! I've long enjoyed your work and I'm glad you won. The work is amazing, as always. Thank you for sharing your talents!
UITUCA Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
You have been featured on my page! :aww:
Alexzz-In-Wonderland Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi :heart: You've been featured here: [link] :)
jabbershire-cat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student General Artist
so cool... :D
reyalsluna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your super-fantastic design from Alice is gracing my journal features
>>> [link]
Hope you like it :hug:ss
Cheers!!! Enjoy !!!
:snowflake::snowflake: :iconbcbase: :snowflake::snowflake:
PinkMonsterStrikes Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this!
xispingol Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
i like it!:D
333KK333 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
i loveee this. but i am disappointed in the drawing of the mad hatter's nose. its too delicate D: but still, its so beautiful :3
Nirakloko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it was a pleasure to lose against you, you deserve:)
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