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The Snow Queen by Achen089 The Snow Queen by Achen089
My take on the titular character of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale. I've mostly seen her depicted wearing coats and fur - which apart from being the look in many of my favourite illustrations with her, is also very accurate with the story, i know - but i wanted to do something different. What if she wore the clothes only to appear human enough to lure her victims? She wouldn't really need them in her frosty palace, would she? She is not human after all and she definitely doesn't feel any cold so in my version she doesn't wear much. She's only covered with ice and snow, which her skirt also turns into. Her hair dissolves into snowflakes and cold air and so does her shawl.
This turned out a little different than i had in mind but i still hope you like it. :)

Pencil, watercolours, white and silver acrylic on an A3 watercolour paper

Available as a bookmark in my Etsy shop [link] !
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BB-CBS-Fan Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2015
I couldn't resist commenting, but great job on here! I really like how some ice is on her dress. This is just perfect, as your art always is for me! This would really make a good depiction of Night's Queen from ASoIaF and even the White Witch Jadis from Narnia, except that Jadis is depicted as having dark hair in the books. No seriously, it reminds me of Night's Queen and the White Witch Jadis. You have such a talent in your art! Wow! 
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Gothgirl378 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I can see your point there by what you meant. My version of the Snow Queen wouldn't even be wearing fur at all, since she's never human.
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night-ciris Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
I love to both paint in watercolor and see what others have done with the medium. You have a great touch with them!
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litoramultumille Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
the snow queen has been my favorite fairy tales for years, and i adore how you brought the title character to life!  very much how i had imagined her to be.
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Rhi-Raven97 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you have some truly amazing control of watercolors I can never get people's features to turn out so elegant as you can!
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Lavendereyes16 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Very beautiful. I really adored the 'classic' style in which you drew her. It's like I'm looking at a page in a storybook.
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Historybuff262 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
wow. :highfive:
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Zyoura Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love, love love this illustration! This is exactly how I see the Snow Queen as well. Looks human-like, but not human at all. No need for a big fur coat for warmth and icy, white complexion which indicates that she's not warm-blooded, or actually has no blood at all!

Beautiful job. :)
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EmillySilva Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
beautiful
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WiccaChickie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
i love the fairytale about the snow queen
your drawing is amazing
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beachlovingirl Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I love that fairytale and think you did a wonderful job painting her.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
It makes me very happy to hear that, thank you. :)
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3luvingGreen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
you always handle watercolors so amazingly. I envy your talent to no end. this is really lovely. the snow and ice effects look amazing.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your compliments, i'm honoured. :)
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IRideAMagicalLadle Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the soft coloring you did! I think its water colors but i just wanted to make sure :D GREAT JOB!
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"Na dein nos agus na bris nos (neither make nor break a custom)"
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! And yes, it's watercolour. :)
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Farothiel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Your paintings are always very inspirational! Great work!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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haius Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Absolutely gorgeous. The way the frost seems to stand out from the page is a really cool effect.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Juja-Anandini Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
that's some gorgeous technique there! lovely take on it!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Bakarti Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
very beautiful ^^
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foreverbeginstoday Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the way you envisioned her! my version isn't super bundled up either but i couldn't resist a little fur. but i love that you stayed away from the traditional view and i think it really is perfect
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, it's great to know you find it still works for the character. :)
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Fulvio84 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
she reminds me of Lady Gaga
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mageofthebooksolivia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Now that is truly appropriate
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, i'm so glad you find so. :)
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SerifeB Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
stupendous ! :faint:
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lycanthropica Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh I love this!
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blackbettyes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
featured here [link]
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks again, i appreciate your kind gesture. :)
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blackbettyes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Iwyn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely! :D
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :wave:
This deviation has been featured in my journal :heart: [link]

Happy Holidays :holly:
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you again and happy holidays to you too. :)
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome!
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lluviosa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Writer
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KaytlynES Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very gorgeous and just a bit scary.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
That's great, i wanted her to look both. ;)
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htereble Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Λατρευω τα χρωματα σ'αυτο!!! Υπεροχο σχεδιο, αιθερια ομορφια! Πραγματικα εξαιρετικο ^_^
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Σ'ευχαριστώ πολύ για τα καλά σου λόγια όπως πάντα. :hug:
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
She's not wearing furs in the classic HJ Ford illustration and is very lightly dressed in quite a few others.

You're right why should she need to wear furs?

I like this painting.
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WithinAReverie88 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very lovely rendering.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Rathika Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Breathtakingly beautiful.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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ArticGladiolus Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is fantastic!!!! :clap:

I love it! It's perfect!! :heart:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Beautiful work, and interesting artist comments too. I love the effects on her lashes and hair :nod:
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Achen089 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Cathy! I do enjoy putting some thought into the characters i paint and why i make them look the way i do. It's not anything deep but i like to think it gives them some sense of character perhaps. :)
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