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The Truth about A Christmas Carol by Taqresu650 The Truth about A Christmas Carol by Taqresu650
First of all, I would like to say my hand hurts, and it starting to cramp. I do not have the fortune of owning a drawing pad for digital art, so all of this was either drawn on paper, or made with a wireless mouse. It's a long process I'll describe after the message for this picture. This is also for Christmas contest.

You have probably seen or read some version of "A Christmas Carol." There are countless plays and television adaptions out there. Some are truer to the book like 1984 television version or Disney's CG version, and there are some that play around with the story and characters like the Looney Tunes "Bah Humduck" or the live-action "Scrooged." Needless to say, it has become a widely spread, and often repeated, Christmas Tradition. But there is something behind the true nature of this classic tale that is unknown to most. A Christmas Carol, by its original intention, is a Christian story from a Christian Author.
From the title to the story's conclusion, A Christmas Carol is full of Christian messages and morals that are often missed. When it was written, there were no secular Christmas Carols, and the Carols there were celebrated the birth of Christ. The text had Stanzas instead of chapters signifying that it was a carol honoring Christ. Scrooge is called a sinner in the text, which is, more often than not, a Christian term used to describe men and women cursed by the Fall. And while it never mention's Christ's name directly, he is indirectly referenced everywhere. Cratchit even tells his family that Tiny Tim hoped people would noticed him because he was a cripple, and that they should be reminded of the one "who made lame beggers walk and blind men see."
If you divided A Christmas Carol into 4 parts, you will see the steps taken to find Salvation. From the beginning to the exit of Marley's Ghost, you will see the sinful nature of Scrooge. During the visit of the Ghost of Christmas Past, you see Scrooge regretting his sinful past. During the visit of the Ghost of Christmas Present, you'll see Scrooge repenting of his sins. And finally, during the visit of the Ghost of Christmas future, you'll see Scrooge finding Salvation. The transformation Scrooge takes is a spiritual one we must all make to find Christ.
There are quite a few Christian symbols as well. Scrooge is a man of the worldly mind and tarnished soul. He likes the dark in his office and his home, and he values the world over the heart and soul. Marley was much the same way and died the day before Christmas to signify that he never knew Christ. And since he never walked the Earth serving benevolence and God's word, he is punished by travelling the world with just his own misery. The Ghost of Christmas Past is often represented with lights or candles to signify Christ being the light and truth of the world (which many try to extinguish). The Ghost of Christmas Present has a wreath upon his head (like the crown of thorns worn by Jesus) and has over 1800 brothers (one for every year and Christmas). The Ghost of Christmas Future represents death (and I personally believe he is the Angel of Death from the Bible, but that's my theory).
There are many, many more references beside. If I were to list them all, I would be at this all day. But you are all free to comment. God bless everyone.

As for the process of making this art. I started by sketching the scene out with minimal shading. I took a picture of it and uploaded it to my Stash where I used damuro for the rest. This had around 8 layers, each with a different purpose, but I tried to keep to the drawing's original look. I spent some hours (I lost count) on the shading and color, and I must say I love how this turned out. It was not easy, but this is one of my best digital art pieces. Forgive me if I don't want to go over the entire process in detail.

Made with DeviantArt muro

I do not own A Christmas Carol or its characters, this is merely fan art.

EDIT: By the way, I tried to portray the Ghost of Christmas Future among the shadows in the background.
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oooangelicartooo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
wew! i can't imagine the hardwork you must've put up while making this! Its very hard drawing with mouse, but It came out really well. Its soo pretty! Great job! 

Ive seen perseverance with this piece of yours! Congrats on finishing it!
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you for the compliment, as well as the llama and the faves. :) I still have to use a mouse, which is why I haven't posted many digital art pieces. And without programs like Photoshop, I'm left with da muro.
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oooangelicartooo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No problem! I feel like that sometimes with the limited tools i used to have. But being limited shouldnt stop us from pursuing our passion in life :D Lets work on what we have or what is available and just do our best. If we ask God, he will find ways to provide for our needs :D God bless you dear! May you be blessed with the tools you need in the perfect time and season :D
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Indeed, while we may always seek more, God always provides us with what we need. There is a time and place for everything, and God always knows when, where, and what to provide. :D
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oooangelicartooo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yes bro! Coudn't have said it better ! :D :D :D
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks. :) While rereading A Christmas Carol, I found the exact quotes I used as reference here, such as the exact quote from Tiny Tim (Through his father);

"'And how did little Tim behave?' asked Mrs. Cratchit, when she had rallied Bob on his credulity, and Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart's content.
"'As good as gold,' said Bob, 'and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember, upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk and blind men see.'"
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ItsaboutChrist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
with a mouse?? omg, looks amazing!!!
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks. I don't try a lot of Digital art because I only have a mouse to use. It takes a while, and my hand gets tired of it.
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Someone once said that, based on entries in his diary, Mr. Dickens was grieved by how people were losing the "spirit" of Christmas. By this he meant things like the inclinations to give and be neighborly, and to celebrate loving each other (and loving Christ).

Instead, people were calling it a "humbug" (deception) and focusing on greed... working at their jobs, ignoring their families, ignoring those in need, and thinking only about what they could get instead of what they could give. Sound familiar? ;P

He considered writing an essay in a pamphlet and distributing it. He prayed about what to write, and felt as if God told him that an essay simply outlining his concerns would be read by only a few of those who received it, and then quickly forgotten. Some might change for a year or two, but then its influence would end. However, if he wrote a story instead of an essay-style pamphlet, that story would continue to reach people for generations.

So he wrote the story, "A Christmas Carol."

I don't have access to Charles Dickens' diary, but the general concept mentioned above is included in the Wikipedia article on the story.

Quote: "Dickens believed the best way to reach the broadest segment of the population regarding his concerns about poverty and social injustice was to write a deeply felt Christmas story rather than polemical pamphlets and essays."

The Wikipedia article also indicates that Mr. Dickens was corresponding with others, expressing concern and an intention to write on the subject, for more than a year before his holiday classic was published.

May you have a safe, healthy and blessed holiday. :aww:
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student General Artist
You clearly know a lot more than I do in the origin of this story, I got most of what described from a version of the book where someone used footnotes on each of the segments. As a Christian I found most of this fascinating because people (christians and non-christians alike) still watch some version of A Christmas Carol as a tradition.

God bless you as well.
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EdenEvergreen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Oh, I wouldn't say that I know more. :blushes:

I just happened to catch someone talking about it on TV some years ago. And I read the Wikipedia article I linked. It's been a very long time since I read the original tale, so I'm sure you're well ahead of me there! :)

Also... You did a great job of capturing a mood in your picture. The last time I finished a physical drawing, it took me about a month... and that included nearly erasing clean through the page in several places. It was years later before it got scanned into my computer and colored. It didn't turn out nearly this good.

So you can feel confident that you've done well. :nod:
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks. It's also nice to re-read the book, you'll notice and remember nice details. One detail I find interesting in the book (and I saw this while re-reading just now) was the Christian fireplace Scrooge had.

"The fireplace was and old one, built by some Dutch merchant long ago and paved all around with quaint Dutch tiles, designed to illustrate the Scriptures. There were Cains and Abels, Pharoh's daughters, Queens of Sheba, angelic messengers descending through the air on clouds like featherbeds. Abrahams, Belshazzars, Apostles putting off to sea in butter boats, hundreds of figures to attract his thoughts; and yet that face of Marley, seven years dead, came like the ancient Prophet's rod and swallowed up the whole. If each smooth tile had been a blank at first, with power to shape some picture on its surface from the disjointed fragments of his thoughts, there would have been a copy of old Marley's head on every one."
-Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

The drawing I used as a base barely had any shading on it, just something like an outline, and my camera did a very poor job at capturing the drawing, but it made a kind of grainy effect on the drawing. The rest took longer to make (the smearing tool is now one of my favorite tools), and since I didn't have programs like Photoshop, I had to use damuro.
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EdenEvergreen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Oh, that fireplace sounds like it would be amazing!

Even with the poor camera capture, you made the picture work. :)

You can also read the Wikipedia article I linked in my first post. I found it interesting, so you might also. Then you'd know more than I do, because I only recall the little bit I wrote in my first post about what was said on TV. *winks conspiratorially*

Regarding art programs, I've heard good things about Gimp. It's free. I use an old competitor for Photoshop when doing my art (and I also like the smudge tool, and Gaussian blur, a lot). Sadly, the company which made that art program has gone out of business. :sighs:  If the program you use is not adequate for your needs, or the manner in which it functions frustrates you, perhaps it would be worth trying Gimp? :shrug:

At least "free" is a price that should be within budget! ;P

Merry Christmas, and happy New Year! :aww:

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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, I would love a fireplace like that.

Thanks.

I'll take a look at the article.

I've heard of Gimp, and I have for my laptop, but I'm having mouse issues with my laptop.

lol true.

And you have a Merry Christmas too.
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ChiharusMoon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this is amazing :) I'm watching the redraw and wow, you are TALENTED :nod::hug:

Yea it is true that not many people know there are so many Christian messages in A Christmas Carol :) It's awesome! Always such a great classic to read that makes you think, laugh, cry and smile all at once :D
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the compliment, honestly I kind of forgot about the watch redraw button. It's just missing the drawing I drew and used as the background. My hand hurt after most of that though because all I had was a wireless mouse. I'm hoping to get a drawing tablet, but I don't see myself getting one soon. :) I used a lot from what I learned over the years. Like using purple or dark blue to create darkness (although I made the Ghost of Christmas Future pure black to help him stand out a bit). And I love using the smearing tool.

There are a ton of awesome Christian themes and messages in A Christmas Carol, and I only listed a few in the description. And I can understand Marley's fate in a Christian context. As Christians we were called to spread throughout the world and share the gospel. Marley told Scrooge that mankind was his business, along with benevolence compassion, and mercy, and that his business in money was only a drop in the ocean of his business. But since he never left his worldly greed, he has to travel the world and only watch what he should have done in life.
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ChiharusMoon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome :) oh wow hope your hand heals soon :nod: that's good that you've used your tablet so much and you've learned how to color correctly ^^

Wow I've never thought about the true meaning of Marley's fate. Ya know that makes a lot of sense. It really brings a light to a hidden message I would have never guessed. :D
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student General Artist
lol my hand it's broken, just tired. I think I may have worded things wrong (my bad lol) I never had a tablet, I just used a mouse (except for the traditional drawing I used for the base).

Yeah it's really interesting. I'm not sure how ghosts would fit in Christianity (I need to read my Bible more), but A Christmas Carol does offer up a good explanation. It makes sense for unsaved ghosts (who were particularly bad) to end up wandering the Earth to witness what they should have done in life.
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ChiharusMoon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
aw ouch :/
oh oops xD wow just using a mouse huh? Talent :D

true it does.
Yes I agree :)
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student General Artist
lol thanks. I'm glad it was a wireless mouse though, The cord would have made it a little harder.

There are also hints that Marley his his eternal torment involved with Hell. He came from the cellar basement of Scrooge's home, and... "There was something very awful, too, in the specter's being provided with an infernal atmosphere of his own. Scrooge could no feel it himself, but this was clearly the case; for though the Ghost sat perfectly motionless, his hair, and skirts, and tassels were still agitated as by the hot vapor from an oven." which seems to imply where Marley was (or still is) before meeting Scrooge.
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ChiharusMoon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yea the cord would have definitely made things harder. They always get in the way xD

Oh wow I forgot about that. Then again it's been a long while since I've read the book :p
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah.

That's alright, I'm just enjoying the book right now.
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