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wrapped with love by ebas wrapped with love by ebas
this is the final version of the wonderland xmas special i just posted the layout for....

this is the first attempt...my editor said he wanted a "playful" cover and i did so on the initial version...

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and colored by the amazingly talented steve firchow

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but as u can see i took that idea and tossed it in the garbage...if i wouldve went with that one....i wouldve felt i had let myself down...it just didnt feel right the way it was...not only was it too goofy and not in keeping with "grim" in grim fairy tails...plus i dont get to draw darker covers very often...

i went with my gut on this one...after i woke up the next morning and looked at the layout again i (honestly) hit my forehead in frustration cause i had waisted all that time drawing this layout i wasnt going to even use....blah..

i wanted a skinny lanky hatter and in the thumb nail ( litterally about 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches)...i captured his essance...so i tried to capture it again the second time around...

he now has a much stronger stance and creepier...and the whole point of this concept was her being bound and tied up...so why was she surprised and him so goofy looking...now she looks like she's given up on hope and in a trance and he's going to have his way with her...

i moved the bow of the ribbon up to her jubblies cause my perverted mind wanted to have more skin showing down south..nobody in comics does that......... and i knew i could get away with it...so i say why not...plus it leads ur eye bettter

her stance is changed too... cause b4, it felt like she was struggling...but had a suprised look which didnt go...now its sexy and matches her expression of giving up better....and now that her knee's are together i had her in the ground....which is damn cool...makes no sense really but what ever...she's naked ; )

the robbon's that are going away from her body are suppose to resemble the shape of an xmas tree...not sure anybody would see that...but i tried

i wanted wonderland style everything..from the concept, feel and to the candy canes...even the hill in the background is an homage to tim burton...i like the look of the candy canes....as if they are alive....but with wonderland patterns on them

him standing on the pile of gifts is also symbolism...it raises him higher than her to give him more power over her...plus its a grinch like ambiance of him having stolen xmas....

the candy cains really helped establish a lot of depth here...the get bigger as they get closer to the camera and further down as well...and i put a few in between the ribbon strands to define the plains more...

the thing above her head is my fav part...i think it very true to the disney wonderland cartoon

for those of u who liked the first layout better..."sticks out tongue" cause im drawing covers and not u.... ; )

still no ass....sniff...go ass

i say again

GO ASS

AND THONGS!!!
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:iconbaileyalea:
baileyalea Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I Want This On My Wall SO Amazing
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SERTAPHIM1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
This is just too awesome. Your skills are impeccable and Iīd kill for that craftsmanship. I canīt say whether I envy or admire you. Please enrich peopleīs life with more outstanding art.
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DragonianDeity Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Missile... toe! HAHA! And can I have that for Christmas? I've been very naughty, and I think I deserve such a present!

Wonderfully done and comically morbid and sexy, all in one!
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jackrussle101 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow... just amazing
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Jymistriel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011   General Artist
a mad gift for christmas !
'always love the details
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Okina-SilentEcho Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Don't know why I didn't comment on this before... I must have been out of it...

This is fantastic for all the usual reasons. You never disappoint!

GO ASS!

AND RIBBON!!
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mumitrold Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
awesome! I really like your descriptions..so detailed yay :D

Btw, u ever seen the work of Milo Manara? (Italian comic book artis) Her facial expression reminds me lot of his style..
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ArtbyBones Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Superb work.
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Elinewton Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Thats a very good gift!! ^^
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Glindur Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Ebas
May i have permission to try a color on it too?
I't ll be cool to work on a piece like it.
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BoundPromethius Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Freud would have a field day if he saw this. I have rarely seen such unabashed dominance symbolism in one image. From the gift wrapping to the resigned expression, everything about her says 'prey'.
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ebas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
well said, and yes freud would...as would any other shrink....as im sure most ppl that are going to see it...but i have confidence enough to know that im deeper and complex than the obvious
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discipleneil777 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really liked the original because I liked the emotion on t heir faces, which told a different story.

I imagined that he had just whispered something in her ear that frightened her. So I imagined what might do that, and I imagined that, instead, he was holding up a snake, and that he had just whispered what he was going to her with that snake.

I did a quick mock up for this re-imagining. Here is the link.

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If you would like me to take it down, that is not a problem :) But I hope it can stay.

Also, would you mind if I colored one of your drawings?
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Ferzog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
omg. I love u eric haha
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fish-purse Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I love the fact that you post these huge explanations about your artwork. I rarely ever see that. There are so many people that are too modest, too lazy, or don't want anyone to know their secrets or something. But your honesty and openness is so refreshing. Your form is also impeccable. Especially when you draw the female figure with no reference! You have obviously studied, and hard. I would love to study under you.
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Saagsi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
=O Nice
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BlueWolf-2020 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Saw this cover on the Zenescope site and then came over here to see if you had it on your page so I could let you know how unbearably awesome I thought the concept and execution was.

It was funny to find out they wanted a different idea as the cover. I'm glad they let you do your idea!

I kind of also liked the way the your first layout for this idea looked, I LIKED the surprised expression on the first one.. but that's just me. I do also think it looks better with red ribbons than blue ribbons. But anyway, the main point of me coming here was to let you know I loved the cover, keep up the good work. :D
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured! [link]
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RYDE-Artwork Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Student General Artist
wow man I love your pencils. this is an amazing piece!
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AMUNpg Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
great detail!
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mistakendestiny Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
the boobage is good.
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RayArtz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Excellent work Eric, you always amaze me.

I saw this on Zene's server and my jaw just dropped.
I love it.
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:iconebas:
ebas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
on the sever???

who is this??

and thanks

E
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RayArtz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Hey Eric, This is Corey--I did the "Forgotten" collab image with Nei
We actually spoke at SDCC (one of the thousands you probably talked too and you told me how to say Knee-eye's name correctly, haha)
I'm currently coloring covers for Zenescope. So far I've only done 6 covers but it has been an absolute blast. And seeing my work in the previews catalog is really surreal for me right now.

Someday, like many people, I hope to do my own covers. So I always look at what you do and read your super long descriptions for some pointers and to have an understanding of what editors look for. That and your work is a major inspiration to me.
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vas-is-nus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your pencil drawings more than anything. I feel like when they colour or line your work it losses a little something.

and yes, I agree, go. ass.
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:iconebas:
ebas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
i know...color never comes out good on my art for some reason
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vas-is-nus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not a bad thing! I'll just drule over your sexy ladys without them being tampered with. ... then again being tampered with isnt a bad thing.... 8D
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Sanskarans Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional
Fantastic as always sir.Love it
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thandav Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
awesome
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Ehsan1945 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Hey ebas! you ROCK man!!
can you check out my page?
I'll be happy to see your comments!
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Kriddles Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautifully done. I am in awe with those details. Simply Fan-freakin' tastic. However, I'm curious as to how her jubblies haven't popped out of that bow. I can't imagine that fabric being thick/strong enough to hold them together very long (Unless utilizing some very heavy duty staples or something of the sort). ;d And though a clever play on words it took me a while to get the "missile-toe". Anyhoo, lovely piece. I can't wait to see more of your work. :heart:
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ebas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
not everyone got the missile right away and others did...its my fav part of the piece

and u are taking the jubblies thing waaaay too serious...what about her legs knee deep in the "cracked" ground...as if the ground were solid and hard and dry and cracked as if she shot out of it...

or the hatter's weight being supported by toy boxes...or how a bloody toe is stuck to a rocket that is WAY too small??

shall i go on??
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Kriddles Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Naaaaah. Sexy women shoot out of the ground all the time as well as defy gravity. ;d Anyone knows that.

The jubblies don't bug me. It was just an... observation that made me smile. ;3
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meepymoof Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gah, I didn't get the missle-toe thing until I read the comments.......boy, do I feel dumb!!!!!

But yep, I do think that this version is way better than the other concept.

BRAVO!!!!! :clap:
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:iconebas:
ebas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
u should dig a hole and die dumb ass...hehe...kidding ; )
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meepymoof Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gah, I hope you are!!!! :confused:
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JudeDeluca Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
But not the good kind.
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milosmilos Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Great drawing, like the idea and very creative work!
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Artuxandra Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
WOW!like it!
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FrapJedi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Count me among those that like the first one better, or at least elements of it.

I agree that Hatter is stronger in the second. He's more imposing.

However, I prefer the girl's expression and stance in the first one BECAUSE it looks like she's struggling. It gives the picture a lot more energy, and the stance is sexier.

I really hope you do finish the first one. I'd love a crack at coloring it if you ever do.

-Frappy
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ebas Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
frappy? thats a funny name...

sadly i will never finish the first one... i dont like it enough...plus it would never see print even if i do...
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Nice work!
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darkmeow1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
It's an amazing peice, but I totally get what you mean about wanting to redo it.

Might not be much, but I'll be watching for the new peice, I'm excited :D
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ebas Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
thanks for the support
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R3D-K1NG Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
nice
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marti-c Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009   General Artist
i loove your comments to every drawing cause you share all your thoughts.. it was nice to know that i was right when i thought i saw an homage to tim burton :D
your drawings are so sexy, i really enjoy them
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ebas Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
not everyone saw the tim burton homage...but im glad some did...

glad u like em
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qxvw198 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
I like the first version when I saw it, but this is way better.
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ebas Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
thanks
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etjedinat1 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
I do like this one much better.
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