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Illustration Project - The Snow Queen by KicsterAsh Illustration Project - The Snow Queen by KicsterAsh
For my Editorial Illustration Course, we had to make three illustrations of a short story or fairy tale. My friends told me to take one that hasn't been done by Disney yet, and so I turned to one of my all time favorites by H.C. Andersen, The Snow Queen.

I looked for so many references of the Snow Queen, yet they were either incredibly horrifying or just too beautiful to be evil. So I redesigned one, and that's how my character Empress Irena was born. So this is she, as the Snow Queen.

The German Shepherd is Otto. He will be replacing Simon in the original KICS series. I will introduce him more along with the other two dogs that come along with him. Otto is Kai, the boy in the story who gets a shard of evil glass in his heart and eye, and then is kidnapped by the Snow Queen.

Sasha is the black cat. She will be appearing in KICS as well as Simon's coworker. More will be discussed of her later on. She is Gerda, the little girl who goes on an adventure to rescue the little boy she loves dear.

:star::star:There were TWO SONGS that I used as inspiration for these pictures, both featuring Adam Young:
----->Alive (Schiller Ft. Adam Young) ** [link] **
----->Eternity (Paul Van Dyk ft. Adam Young) **[link] **

Okeh, so that's the ruler of the Earth Kingdom on Marya. Hope you like^^ More of Otto and his two companions will be coming up later on.

art, characters (c) Kicsterash
story (c) H.C. Andersen
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This is awesome! I love winter styles!
KicsterAsh Jul 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
thank ya^^
AfraidOf-Monsters Jul 25, 2013  Student Artist

Ooooh~ So pretty!! I absolutely love this!!


 What is it with snow and foxes...?? xD I have an ice-based demon, and he looks like a little fox... Is your Snow Queen based of a Kitsune?? She is absolutely beautiful!! And Otto and Sasha look like such loveable characters.

who is the black cat ??
Talongrasp Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
You know, some Bad-Guys may be Evil, but that doesn't mean that THEY'RE mean...
KicsterAsh Mar 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
what in the world are you talking about?
Talongrasp Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, you know how different people in the world have different attitudes? I mean, just because you see a hobo on the street, probably doesn't mean that he's nice. You know what they say, "Don't judge a Book by it's cover!"
KicsterAsh Mar 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
And what the heck does that have to do with my illustrations???
JaydiaRae Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is totally epic!!! I can't help but to think of Alvin (one of The Chipmunks) when I look at Otto in the first frame. Probably because of the red top on brown fur. xD I especially love your Empress Irena as the Snow Queen. She is so beautiful! This is probably one of the best re-designs of "The Snow Queen" I've ever seen. Your new concept is so unique, and epically done.
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