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CCL: Rover's Toy Day Miracle

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Published: December 23, 2018
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I decided to take part in the CandyCane-Lane art based Secret Santa this year, thinking it'll be really cool to draw something nice for someone and equally get something nice from another participant.  For my match, I was assigned sJibbi, who provided me a nice list of cute characters from video games and animations to work with - though one of them stuck out more than the others.

So the first thing you do when you play Animal Crossing is ride out on a train, taxi, bus or whatever and get asked a bunch of questions as to who you are, where you're going and setting the in-game time.  In three of the four main games, it's Rover who asks these questions to you - a cat who loves travelling but never really stays in one place.  You'd probably think he'd be forgotten about because of his frequent travels - especially by Jingle and Santa, thinking they'd only mail gifts for Toy Day (the game's take on the holidays, which falls on Christmas Eve) to those that have a permanent address and are easy to get at.

But to quote Fuller in Home Alone 2: "(Santa is) omnipresent - he goes everywhere!" - and so I thought of this scenario where after many years of travelling around, he *finally* gets a Toy Day present of his own. :)

I had fun drawing out the concepts for this one, and aimed for a very wholesome presentation.  I wasn't expecting his overnight bag to take so long to shade and detail though, but I felt it was needed to show a) a sign of him having his own belongings somewhere, and b) cameo the other character requests as cute little plush toys.  I aimed to go all out, and I feel really happy with how it all turned out!

So yeah, merry Christmas sJibbi!  I never knew you before the Santa, but I can say you welcoming newcomers to DA is a very wholesome thing you're doing yourself.  The best advice for 2019 is to just keep being nice and positive, and spreading that infections energy! :D

Animal Crossing is a franchise owned by the guys at Nintendo.  I drew the pic!
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Such a pure image and the charming synopsis c':

I deeply appreciate the thought process plus to see the surprise Cameos :D
Big thank you for acknowledging the project and Merry Christmas to you as well!