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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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TheSilverBells Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome idea for a story! I would so buy that book. lol Beautiful artwork also. ♥
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I hope to do more work on this this coming year! If not then definitely they'll be some work drawn up - I want to get it done by the time I register for conventions! :)
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Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm pretty sure he's not public domain, but if you're really serious about it you might try contacting the company that holds the rights, if you ever had something done with an offer of publication on the table they might consider selling rights to it for a cut of the pie. It was originally written by Robert May.
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Meaning I have strong idea for it or I already have something published under my belt?
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Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
It wouldn't hurt to ask before you start, though if it were already written you could put it up to the publisher to obtain the rights, but not sure how keen on that they'd be.
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SpeedyAlchemist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Writer
Great concept and execution! ^^
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, thanks!
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Silver-Dreamer-Mist Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Sounds like a great idea to me!
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LadyKnightPounce83 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
No clue about the public domain stuff, but I'd be willing to buy that book should you be able to get it written and published! :)
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's not public domain, darn, but maybe in the future I can get permission. Senior thesis work first :)
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LadyKnightPounce83 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
That sucks! Well, if you are ever able to get the rights for doing your book, I'll definitely buy it!
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, thanks! :)
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LadyKnightPounce83 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
No problem! :)
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