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On a Cold Winter Night by Aspendragon On a Cold Winter Night by Aspendragon
Shall I tell you a story about a young reindeer with a nose so bright he guided Santa's sleigh one foggy night?

No, no, prior to all that.

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I actually finished this piece as a holiday art swap a few weeks ago, but I didn't want to put it up until I had some certainty the other artist received it. There's some odd thing going on, I think he sent me his swap but the fedex post office sent me a note claiming just to come in to their nearest office and present the sent receipt to get it...um, ok, but the receipt downloads as a zip, darn thing won't open.

Anyway, now that I did this, I really want to write my own novel about Rudolph...is he public domain like Peter Pan guys? Anyone know? I have this idea of toying with Rudolph being born to a herd of migrating caribou (which I read are 'slightly' larger than reindeer, but are essentially the same thing...more research will be put into the matter) and they abandoned him when his red nose was attracting predators. That's when Santa and his reindeer come in...or something.

Artwork Amber McDonald
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donkeylongears Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
This is beautiful
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: Excellent!
Rudolph is not one of my favs, I'll admit. But this might be a step to winning me over. ;}
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope so! The more I think about the more excited I get! I'm still trying to figure out if I the 8 reindeer are copyrighted or not? Any idea? I don't think they are...
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well... Clement Clark Moore's poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" first named the "eight tiny reindeer." But I think by now intellectual property rights have expired and they have entered public domain.
Rudolph however is the creation of Robert L. May, and he or his estate may still hold the copyright.

Probably more in depth than you were looking for. ;p
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nope, you did good. I can always have creative license for the eight tiny reindeer, but the challenge is the name for Rudolph ~
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heh. Right. Roodoff ;p
Rudehalf? :lmao:

Nevermind me.
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Making names is one of the fun parts of creating a story! :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Truth! ;)
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gotgrey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely picture! I too, would buy a copy. I love reindeer, caribou, and the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! I also collect story books.
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
If you're into storybooks you definitely need to check out William Joyce's Sandman and the Man in the Moon! Very beautifully illustrated! As for this story keep an eye out for it! I hope to have the roughs and story drafted by the end of the year!
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