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Sleepy Hollow by theterriblezodin
Sleepy Hollow
Not really seasonable, but I finished it at last.
Kay for 3Dogz (Thought Up Secret Santa 2014) by theterriblezodin
Kay for 3Dogz (Thought Up Secret Santa 2014)
Happy holidays, 3Dogz!  3Dogz requested art of his OC Kay.  Since 3Dogz is a keen photographer, I thought I'd give Kay a similar hobby.  This was fun to do; different to my usual style, but I'm glad I was given the chance, and I hope 3Dogz likes it. 
'I changed into red and green for a stop and go' by theterriblezodin
'I changed into red and green for a stop and go'
" . . . (also for Christmas) . . ."

"Candy Matson" is another OTR drama featuring a female protagonist (more rare than you might imagine) with Natalie Masters playing the tough, chic, smart, San Francisco-based eponymous heroine.  The 1949 Christmas story, "Jack Frost," was a delightful introduction to a character I'd so far only read about.  With her here is her tool of the trade, the telephone (every episode begins as she picks up the phone, about to start a case) and her friend Rembrandt Watson, recovering alcoholic and photographer.  She has persuaded him to take the job of department store Santa Claus helper Jack Frost after the last one was murdered.

Although she was described as blonde, I thought I'd make Candy a brunette to distinguish her from her sassy radio sister, Margo Lane.  Her outfit is based on several clothing advertisements from 1949. 
'I just piled the snow on my best hat to look...' by theterriblezodin
'I just piled the snow on my best hat to look...'
" . . . like the Spirit of Christmas!"

I have been listening to a lot of OTR (Old Time Radio) drama (mainly American), and I simply adored some of the scenes popping into my head while listening of "The Shadow."  As a long-running (and one of the most famous) serials, it was hit-and-miss.  However, the Christmas story, "The Stockings Were Hung," from 1939, was wonderful.  Orson Welles, of course, played The Shadow (and his playboy alter ego, Lamont Cranston) for most of its run.  His "constant companion" (his sidekick and girlfriend, for all intents and purposes) was Margo Lane.  I liked this story partially because Margo had a wonderful '30s screwball comedy role with lots of barbs that made her Lamont's equal, but she was happy enough to receive the gift of a Christmas puppy. 

"Oh Margo, have you been waiting long?"
"Oh, no, no, Lamont.  I just piled the snow on my best hat to look like the Spirit of Christmas!"

I modeled Margo's outfits based on some advertisements for coats from 1939 (also, it's not that much different from the mother's coat in "A Christmas Story" which I believe was set in 1937.)
Harvey and the light by theterriblezodin
Harvey and the light
This wasn't particularly seasonal when I drew it, but it kind of works (on nearly the shortest day of the year).


The Terrible Zodin
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
This is the art branch of The Terrible Zodin, a Doctor Who fanzine which uses fan art to illustrate its pages. We do this for fun, and we need your art!

(Also, occasionally, the real life artist does her own thang.)

Current Residence: The Five Doctors
saniika had this wonderful idea and by golly, I’m going for it!  (See the original post:…)  

Step 1.

Make a post in your dA journal (please include this manual). The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real-life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Step 2.

Surf around your friends list (or friends friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Step 3.

The list (I've got 9)
1.  I’d love some more comments on dA.  I have a core of loyal Watchers, but it can feel a bit lonely from time to time.  I got this!  Thank you!

2.  A holiday card.  I always recipocate with my own.  E-mail me, I’ll e-mail you one in return!

3.  A carton of egg nog.  It’s somewhat difficult to find in the UK and it seems ridiculous to try to whip up a huge batch with dozens of eggs just for me. Or even tips on where to buy it in the UK!

4.  Feedback on my radio play, The Mesmerist.  You can listen to it for free here:… Note me—I’d love to hear what you think.

5.  I need a new crow quill nib for pen and ink work.  Mine gave up the ghost.

6.  A book on watercolour technique.  Anything would help me improve.

7.  I’m so jonesin’ for OC artwork, it isn’t even funny.  I really want a piece of Harvey chopping wood with an axe.  Haha, don’t judge.  Or anything at all.  Draw me something.  I’d be so pleased.

8.  An artist to collaborate with on The Spy. (See the kind journal MaripazVillar made about this:… This is really important to me, I’ve worked very hard on it for the past year and have a publisher who might be interested in volume 1 at least.  I really need a partner on this who enjoys drawing the 18th century and is receptive to a story that is action-packed but also quite heavy on dialogue.  A better artist than I am would help, but it’s also hard to stay motivated without some kind of incentive to keep going.

9.  A career in radio drama.  Ha!

Wishes I granted:
I bought a commission which helped an artist raise money to see her fiance at Christmas. 
I sent an e-card to an artist & a snail mail card is on its way to another artist.
I made something for another artist, which is on its way.
OC artwork for FadedLightning and x-shadowed-dawn-x .
I sent stickers to another artist.

I might have time to grant a few more wishes!

The Elves can reach me here on DA via note or on my email (fatoprofugus17 (at) 

I will be granting wishes until 6th of January 2015. You can select any other date you are comfortable with - there is no rule about this!

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Phantom of the Opera

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BlueCaroline Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci Terrible Zodin & merry Christmas!

Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake  :snowman:  Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake 
moonbound92 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch! Meow :3 
SmudgeThistle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you very much for the favourite on my drawing of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart! :D
akitku Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the fav! :hug:
MaripazVillar Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy birthday, Leslie! Enjoy your day. Lily Wishing a Happy Birthday birthday cake 
theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  (It's not really my birthday, it's the birthday of The Terrible Zodin, the fanzine, which was born on Doctor Who's 45th anniversary 6 years ago!!)
MaripazVillar Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I knew it! Ha ha ha! That's what I meant! :dignity-laugh: 

No, I had no idea. Have a cake anyway. 
theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yesss cake!
Martina-G Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch :)
nekkuu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! :blowkiss:
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