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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King – cover illustration for a series of German radio drama adaptations based on literary classics.

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ShellquakeHobbyist General Artist
a seven headed rat? Now that's mutated. Now this is a nightmare before Christmas.
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MeleStreamHobbyist Traditional Artist
The Nutcracker is easily one of my favorite Christmas fantasies! Not sure if it's my top favorite, but it's pretty darn close. 
Personally I like rats and mice, I think they're cute and they can be wonderful pets if raised properly, but I have to admit they can also make great villains.
Hah, you think this Rat King is horrifying, you should see an irl Rat King!! Truly morbid, if you ask me, and it kind of explains why the Nutcracker's Rat King has seven heads!
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ShellquakeHobbyist General Artist
But is The entire Nutcracker story bout The Nutcracker himself or the girl?
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StarScout-lostHobbyist Traditional Artist
so awesome! beautifully done :clap:
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Why is the Mouse king always depicted as having more than one head?
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LunarsmithHobbyist Traditional Artist
The legendary version of a Rat King was actually a bundle of rats so covered in grunge and rot that their tails became inextricabley tied together and forced them to move and feed as one. The version Hoffmann ended up with was modified and simplified from years of telling.
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nikogeyerProfessional Digital Artist
Gotta ask the author of the story, E. T. A. Hoffmann, because that's the source material!
Darkest-of-Days's avatar
This looks amazing! I especially love the way the Mouse King came out, he looks so terrifying! :wow:
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DibstaRPHobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! One of my favorite classics!
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Love it :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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Holy, exquisitely wondrous! This Majestic Nutcracker and The Mouse King are stunning and Clara looks incredible! The designs, expressions, poses, interactions, battle, heads, faces, shadow, Christmas tree, ornaments, presents, ribbons, decor, sword, crowns, claws, cape, suit, dress, flower, plant life, walls, flooring, perspective, realisticness, flow, effects, movement, atmosphere, hues, textures, concept, composition, uniqueness, colors, lighting, style, and other details are also sensational! Amazingly beautiful work :iconfantasticplz:
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nikogeyerProfessional Digital Artist
That's a lot of excitement for my humble little illustration. Glad you like it!
Alfazil's avatar
One of my favorite Christmas stories.
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SilverSugarHobbyist General Artist
Yesss, a proper rat king~! I cannot even begin to tell you how happy this makes me.
ShinigamiRyuku's avatar
WOW! STUNNING WORK!
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BadusevProfessional Traditional Artist
Fabulous!
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DenisDlugasProfessional Digital Artist
Geniales Bild... endlich einmal eine Darstellung, die der Originalgeschichte am nähsten kommt. Oft wird der Mausekönig ja fälschlicherweise mit nur einem Kopf darstellt. Klasse, dass es hier mal buchgetreu umgesetzt wurde!!! :love: :aww:
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Raff-DrawsHobbyist Traditional Artist
It's actually disturbing about the mouse king with multiple heads
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I love this a lot. it reminds me of the nutcracker ballet!
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Wonderful!!!
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Electric-RaichuHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not familiar with this story, but this illustration is amazing!
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Certainly an interesting take on the Mouse King. 
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nikogeyerProfessional Digital Artist
The Mouse King does canonically have seven heads (I would have preferred drawing just one for sure)!
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Hm, I actually hadn't heard that. I guess even the old stories can still surprise you. 
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