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The Patchwork Girl of Oz by Negaduck9 The Patchwork Girl of Oz by Negaduck9
"Labor of Love," an inspirational pic based on an idea that got lodged in my head while reading a collection of all 14 of Baum's Oz books.

Scraps, AKA The Patchwork Girl, is my favorite character in the Oz books. This is my first attempt at drawing her. I stuck the Woozy in when I realized that she needed something to sit upon, and The Sawhorse wasn't the right shape. Plus, the two are an interesting contrast - monochromatic versus a jumble of colors; hard straight lines and right angles as opposed to soft, floppy cloth.

We'll see how the story associated with this turns out.

Baum's Oz books, and all the characters therein, are in the public domain, so I can't give him copyright credit, but I can give him a heck of a lot of respect. You can find all Baum's original Oz books in Project Gutenberg, but I highly recommend the Del Rey printings, or any of the editions with John Neill's drawings, as the artwork adds a lot of flavor to the stories.
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CatDefender Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  New member
Ah, cats don't seem to have changed much over the years. Girls and cats are still natural companions.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
The Woozy isn't a cat.  He's a...well, a Woozy.  There's only one of him in the world, and he's it.
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10th-letter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
fun!
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
She is a fun character.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I see the hairs in its tail. In my Oz novel, Scraps, soon after she enters "on stage" , she sings -rather spontaneously- "Krizzle krazy woozy
makes anybody doozy
three hairs in its tail
land anybody in jail !
Go pick a 6-leaf clover,
Only then it's only all over.
Go draw water from a dark well,
keep it covered and all is well.
The left wing of a yellow butterfly
Without it the poor thing can't flutter by ..."
She also sings other songs. In fact, her efforts to set her poetry down on paper for publication, is a subplot in my Oz book.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Woozy - an Unexplained Phenomenum of Oz.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
One of many.
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KARLTHEGIANT376 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Is it bad that the Woozy is my favorite Oz character of all times? :iconbadplz: Cuz he is, and I love him, and-and-and... :icontiredplz: Yeah, he and Scraps are the bomb.com/cool. :iconimevenhappierplz:
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KARLTHEGIANT376 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Yuppers.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Why should it be bad? Wooz is a good character. He and Scraps make a great team.
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H2-O Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Cool beans! Scraps and woozy look great.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Thanks! They are definitely fun to draw.
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glasscat13 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome picture! I love how you made the Woozy blue (as that's how the book describes him) instead of the brown color Neil makes him. Great job!
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thanks, I'm glad you like my picture. And thanks for the fave.
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glasscat13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Your welcome :)
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cute! I love the Woozy! (I'm glad you made him blue, so many people draw him tan by mistake!)
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Thanks! I went back to the original The Patchwork Girl of Oz book and stuck tape flags on the pages with descriptions and useful illustration so I'd get things like the colors on Scraps's face and the Woozy's "ears" right. I suspect that in that one pic Neill thought the Woozy was based on a block of wood.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
In chapter 10, there is an oblique hint of Fleur Moufette. Check the DevArt.
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the problem was, neither Baum nor Neill had control over the colors, there were colorists at Reilly and Lee who usually seemed to just not hair. Which is probably why Neill draws Trot brunette but they color her blonde, and why people like Woot the Wanderer and Ojo have colors that do not match the Gillikin/ Munchkin Countries.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Then there is an illustration by Neill in which the Woozy looks as if he is covered with wood grain. Baum told him that the Woozy isn't wood, that it has skin like hippo hide.
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it always annoys me how they made him seem like wood...it plainly states in the text that he's an animal, not wood.
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, I didn't know there were 14 books. Well now that I do know this and knowing there are plenty of other characters to get interested in I think I'll go and read them.

I really like the contrast in this picture. I'm instantly drawn too all of the bright colors but then my eyes are drawn to the Woozy. I don't know which to really look at first so I just take my time to drink in the whole thing.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
There are actually 40 canon Oz books, plus many more non-canon ones, the most famous being Wicked. Only Baum's 15 are in print now. And since those are in public domain, you can find them all in Project Gutenberg.
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Nightshade-Phantom Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, I see. I figured Wicked would be non-canon. And thanks for the link!
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's decidedly non-canon !! It's like Volkov's Oz with ravines, spaceships, and land-barges, etc. Also like Farmer's Oz where nothing after book #1 ever took place.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
No problem. However, I should have said that the Del Rey books, or any of them with John Neill's illustrations, are much better than plain text. His art adds quite a lot to the stories.
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Books of Wonder Editions are especially nice, having color art work.
John R. Neill is one of my fav artists ever!
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
I think the Del Rey ones I have are the Books of Wonder. Of the ones I have, the covers are paintings based closely on Neill's illustrations.
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, The cover art on those is pretty, especially on the Ruth Plumly Thompson ones.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Unfortunately, I don't have any of her books, only Baum's. Judging from the prices I've seen online, I won't be getting any unless they decide to reprint them as paperbacks unless I luck out in a used book store. :(
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