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The babysitter

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By DanielKarlsson   |   
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© 2012 - 2020 DanielKarlsson
Acrylic on canvas

Who do you leave your kids with?
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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If it were not for the intriguing title of this piece, it is possible that I would have passed the thumbnail by and missed out on an eerie and powerful painting. However, thanks to an excellent choice of title, I was drawn in to take a closer look at why such a strung out looking depiction of Donald would be called "The Babysitter"

On closer inspection, it's really the details that bring you in and put you at unease. In stark contrast with the squeaky clean and cell-shaded versions of Donald we are so familiar with, "The Babysitter" is depicted pockmarked and freckled, with deep anxious wrinkles and deep set eyes that make him look as though he hasn't slept for weeks. Unlike the flat depictions of Disney that can dwell comfortably in the realm of the impossible, "The Babysitter" is too palpable, too heavily set in reality for us to dismiss him as fantasy. It does not take much of a stretch of the imagination to picture him showing up at your front door, or perhaps turning in your living room to be faced with his blank eerie stare.

Daniel Karlsson certainly hits all the fear and horror triggers with his depiction of what will never be seen as an innocent cartoon duck ever again.
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Best critique I've read in a long time.
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Thank you very much! The subject matter certainly made it easy for me! :D
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Thank you so much! :)
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You're welcome! I look forward to seeing more of your work!
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This will forever change my viewing of Donald and ducks forever. I feel as if I'll see him in my dreams, just staring at me.....and that's it. Just doing that sends chills down my spine.

You have definitely accomplished whatever goal you wanted to achieve with this, and I'm 90% sure that was scaring the crap out us viewers. Your technique is great; you really brought out the absolute hidden darkness that lies in an major icon of our time. If this was Mickey, I'm sure the entire outlook of Disney itself would be different to us. To imagine what kind of..."evil" - I guess is the best word for it - could lie within such heartfelt and lovable characters makes me notice this is concept can be, and sure be, applied to real people.

I fear and hope for your next work, as I can't imagine it topping this. If you do decide to make another Disney character, for the love of whatever deity you believe in (or don't believe in, its cool with me), please heed these words: DON'T. DO. GOOFY. That tall, strange mother f**ker is creepy enough without your great skills.

Good luck in your future endeavors.
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Haha... Thanks! Though, I'd rather do Goofy than Mickey... I mean, eh, paint them. Goofy is the perfect mindless soul that could do the most perverted things without even understanding how evil his actions are, and therefor it's even scarier. :)
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You should paint Goofy. I absolutely love Disney just because of the traditional 2-d that you don't get to seen too often anymore. I extremely enjoy the treatment of light you used in this "portrait." The fact that his skin seems more human and brings attention to his eyes freaks me out. I kind of makes me watch my back even more! haha.
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Thanks! Be on the lookout then for a potential goofy... :)
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My, oh, my. What to start with first. This caught my eye, from the eyes. My words cannot compare to what I wish I could say. I'm simply speechless.
The dark texture of the skin and clothes compliment and completely gives the eyes definition. There is symmetry to give it a boost. There is only one problem, and that's I can't find my words to tell you how eye catching this truly is. The background, the skin, and all definition of the texture.
I think I can pull up only a few words.
Simply, Eye Catching.
My oh my, I wish I would say more.
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Haha... Great! Thanx!
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I agree with the other critique that the title really impacts the originality of this drawing. The beady, light blue eyes and red shading also compliment the eerie look of Donald.

This has forever ruined my childhood, and i guess that is what you have aimed for in this piece. And I think that most viewers will agree with me on this since we have all grown up with him. But this brings a different-and older- side of Donald Duck in which we've never seen before. Your detail for this further explains this point.

Bravo for this, an instant fave in my book <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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Thank you! :)
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Wow, where to start!
The eyes are definitely what draws me in. The muted colors play very well with the theme of this. I am not sure if this is what you intended, but it looks as if Donald's feathers have all fallen out, exposing only his skin. This leads me to believe he really is cracked out, or crazy.
Like others, only a 4 for originality because creepy kid's characters has been done before, but you have done it very, very well.
The simplicity of this, compositionally, works well. If there were anything in the background, or anything else in the foreground, it would detract from the character. I love that I can see the brush strokes. I love the coldness of the shadows, and that even the highlights are just as frigid. The texture is really interesting as well.
This does actually have a high impact, because you really succeeded in making him as frightening as possible. I don't know that it would have the same effect on me if I didn't know who the character was. Well done!
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Haha... Thanks! :)
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You're welcome :)
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Though this sort of thing (taking a beloved children's character and transforming it into a creature of horror) has been done before, I think your use of the words "who do you want to leave your children with" add a huge impact to the picture that those other horror versions just don't have. It makes you consider the original Donald Duck and wonder if your version is really so different from the unrepentant violence and anger that the original displayed and if this creepy creature is really so good to show our children. Not to turn this into a crusade against cartoons, since personally I love cartoons. The red shading is very effective along with the piercing blue of the eyes deep-set in the sockets. Also, dulling the normal sailor outfit to a sort of nightmare blue-green was a good touch. I also love the texture of the painted gray background. Amazing work.
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Thanx! That is a very interesting reflection and also a very nice compliment!:)
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Very creepy indeed. I also love how you dicided to do this with a little kid's show character. Sure, it may ruin our childhoods, but it still deserves a mighty applause.
The main three features of this peice that I think makes it creepy is the way it's colored, the drawing style, and the eyes looking straight at you. Also the pose....very normal yet the fact that it's so normal makes it creepy. The background also captures the creepyness, too.
Although, there are many other people who have decided to do this style of art with other inocent characters, so that makes 4 stars for originality. I'm sure that's fair. I can't say that it has much impact, considering the colors being so bland. Technique is all this picture is. Also nailed the vision. Also, his fur is like,.....well,...it's like he doesn't even have fur xD So pail. And how the color sinks into his eyes; I love it :'D Good job my friend. Instant fav : ) <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/p/p…" width="15" height="16" alt=":+fav:" title="+fav"/>
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Thank you! :)
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I must say...
that Donald Duck is quit creepy in this one but that's all
this is the maximum i can give this picture.
Why?
Because Donald is only standing there looking at you taking your soul away...
Not that I don't like it it's just kinda empty without a background that gives a big minus.
I am truly sorry if this insults anyone because everyone gets upset for something.
I like it how you make the picture look like it's been painted in a very horror way.
Don't let the duck kill me!!! (Simple but cool in a way)
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I have to agree about the background... Even if your goal is to have simplicity it could use maybe an ominous aura around Donald or something along the lines of that. Anything more intricate than that would take away from the overall.
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So true...
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I am curious... What sort of a background would you recommend, ManOfSnakes? I think anything too busy-looking would take away from the impact of his expression. Since it's called "The babysitter," I suppose you could do something that would indicate he's in someone's house but it would still need to be minimal.
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