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Have not posted in a while, so I finally put the finishing details on this in between working on other pieces. The timing's pretty appropriate, considering Zootopia bagged the Academy Award for best animated picture tonight.

Anyways, these are just practice sketches as well as some scenes and faces from my version of Dawn's past. Something about smol mistreated characters just does it for me.

ETA: Apparently you can only put stamps in your description if you're a Core member? Pooh. Well, I'll just say it then: yes, that's a dog there. If you don't like the idea of there being dogs in Zootopia... :shrug: And people who hate Dawn can just hit the X button at the top right-hand corner of your browser or the back button. Either or. I don't really get why someone would go looking for fan art of Dawn if you dislike her other then you just enjoy getting angry and salivate at the thought of picking a fight with total strangers for liking a cartoon sheep.
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Emilou1985 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing art! I love how you're able to portray her at different ages and stages of her life. I want to see more Zootopia art from you. Ignore those nay-sayers. Fanart is how the creator perceives the characters and their backgrounds. I love the concept you've portrayed here. Keep up being awesome!
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I had to really think about how to go about portraying her in her younger years, since her features are kind of childlike to begin with. I definitely plan on doing more Zootopia stuff, primarily with Dawn and Judy since they're my favorites. And exactly! That's the fun of  fan art, and I wish more people could realize that. But I suspect a bunch of them are of the mindset that other fans must cater to their tastes. :no:
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vaginajerky Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Who the hay would object to dogs being in Zootopia? Not only is that racist, but that flies in the face of logic. It's a metropolis with animals! Is there something I'm missing?!?! *rips out hair, foams at the mouth and jumps out the window*

People are cray-cray. But you know what's not cray-cray? THIS. This is the shepherd boy to the good sheep of this harsh and racist-against-dog world, I tell you whut. The top left and bottom right drawings are my favorites. I really like how you draw her eyes and give her 'hair' convincing texture and weight. Yep.

But I wish the dog-hating racists would just take a long walk off a short pier. And stop losing sanity over sheep. I'm so tired, actually. I should sleep. Haha, I'll count Dawn to fall asleep. :P
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Canon Cops/Nazis. The argument is that because no humans in Zootopia = no dogs. But there are domestic pigs, and the sheep are clearly of the domesticated variety. So how can you explain that away? I did get told that domestic livestock resemble their wild cousins more closely, but that dog don't hunt if you'll pardon the pun. Wild sheep and pigs look totally different from their tame counterparts. Plus, pairing a sheep with a sheep-herding dog was too good an idea for me to resist.

Now watch someone come along and try to fight me on this.

Thank you! I love her huge adorable eyes and floof. XD

LOL.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Coolness.
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for favving this!
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YW
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
I really like these! It's awesome to see different sides of her. Is that an older version of her at the bottom? This makes me want to learn so much more about her and who that dog character is! :D
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's her mother there. I've been calling her Barbara, but she may or not keep that name. The (nameless for now) dog is, believe it or not, her ex-fiancee who she first met back in high school. I plan to touch on Dawn's background in a later DND story called Dawn And Out (a working title since I almost never settle on a story title this early on). :)
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Yukinekocat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
I really like how you've captured her through these. I'm particularly curious about the final image, is that an older version of her or someone related to her? 
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) Yes, it's her mother. I've been calling her Barbara because I like dumb puns. XD I'm considering drawing Dawn's father and stepmother at some point too.

And I see I will have to be going though your gallery... :D
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Yukinekocat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
You're very welcome! You've definitely now peaked my interest in this father and Stepmother mention.

Who's gallery are we talking about?
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oops, sorry I wasn't clear. :sheepish: I meant yours'. See, I thought I recognized your username, and when I took a peek at your gallery and saw your Zootopia OCs, it confirmed it. I really like it when fans put real thought into the minor characters like Lionheart as well as Dawn's situation, as opposed to stuff like "and then Bellwether wented to jail for ALL OF TIME until she broke out and tried to kill Nick and Judy on their honeymoon!!111"*

*If someone wants to do that, they can. I more then likely won't be looking at it though, LOL.
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Yukinekocat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Aw thank you, I thought it was an interesting topic to pursue on; especially since there wasn't a great deal of closure for Bellwether in the first film. 

How would she be able to find them on their Honeymoon if she had been in jail, though?
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gonzo22 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
I like the one where she smiling and the hearts are above her head
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hee. :D That's one I really love too. Thank you!
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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I know that Dawn Bellwether was not born evil to begin with, meaning she must have possibly once been a victim of prejudice, bullying, and abuse because of what she is, a sheep which makes them easy targets. While her past with her parents is a mystery, either they were loving, or unloving to the point where Dawn felt unwanted and abandoned with only one friend and one family member that cared for her. But even if only one parent was supportive with the other rather prejudice against predators for a reason, even that could not save Dawn from what would soon follow her into adulthood which happened to her in school. Other tragic villains have been victimized by cruelty, prejudice, bullying, abuse, and trauma, worse is them having nobody to turn to when they needed it, and ended up making bad choices out of anger, fear, stress, confusion, trauma, and self loathing. You can check out my meme if you want. As for Bellwether, it's possible that her past bullies were more predators than prey that caused her to fear them and later blind her vision that all of them were her enemies that needed to be dealt with, and wanted to run away into fantasy where prey like her are accepted, love, and safe from a society without predators, only for it to become a warped kind of fantasy that went too far. I must agree with what you said that people who hate Bellwether personally just for being a villain shouldn't go around spitting vile at users who want to feel sympathy for her. I suggest you watch out for one called DragonStrider

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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I think she fell victim to her own bitterness and hurt rather then being psychopathic or born bad too. And I actually buy it with her. Some villains that fans do this with I don't see as being innocent little angels even when they were young. But that's totally the fun of characters like Dawn, where we're not told about their backstory. We can speculate to our heart's content. :) I created my own take on Dawn's backstory, but you are right in that I have her mom here as being the bigoted parent.

I looked at your meme, and agree with most of the choices there. Personally I don't realy think of Agatha as being a villain myself. I guess to me she was more of... an antagonist or even a force of nature, rather then actively evil? I never hated her or anything though. I definitely agree about Callaghan. Fun fact: he's in my number one spot for favorite Disney villain while Dawn's number two. I love 'em both though! Pretty ironic how they're both hated by people in spite of actually being a little more complex then most Disney villains are and not obvious bad guys (even though there are a few characters like that I like).

:nod: I mean, so what if someone likes a character you ("you" as in the Bellwether anti-fans) don't like? Why do these people care so much about what some strangers on the Internet do? If it's not hurting anybody, then just live and let live I say. Thanks for the warning. I've seen him around before. I'm gonna be drawing more Dawn fan art, and if people like him don't like it, then I can't say I care what they think. 8-)
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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's what happened to a lot of the villains on my meme list, falling victim to their own bitterness, pain, depression, loneliness, anger, fear, confusion, and self loathing, having nobody to turn to when they needed it. Even Randall Boggs didn't start out villainous, he was used, tainted, and manipulated by those who would later toss him aside when he was no longer useful and possibly told all his life that he'll never amount to anything big to earn enough respect and appreciation. Sure maybe none of the villains on my sympathy list are complete innocent angels, perhaps nobody is in real life since we all have flaws and make mistakes big and small. But even if we're only given the small amount of clues to what their life is like, we can still speculate what really happened to them that made them what they are. I would love to hear your story version of Dawn's history, whether she once had loving parents or if one of them was a stepparent who wasn't very kind to her or predators.

The very first wolf in sheep's clothing villain was another lamb named Chirin (Ringing Bell of Chirin) who is on the first list. The movie itself is an allegory on the WWII society using animals as symbols and representations. Makes me wonder if any of the artists or creators saw the film and were inspired to come up with the idea of Bellwether, and no, I doubt she was based on politicians because the film was in production long before the election. Just now I'm tired of all the stupid Hitler and Trump comparisons with Bellwether which drives me insane when people can't shut up about those guys. Well even if Agatha wasn't an evil villain, she was still a sympathetic and tragic character that didn't deserve what happened to her and in most ways, her actions are understandable and justified in a way. Sometimes I don't understand how villains like Randall, Hans, Callaghan, and Bellwether are hated as if people act like their actions really happened, but ignore the actions of other past villains that have done a whole lot worse than they did. Even reformed villains had once murdered, or even attempted murder like Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin) and Xena: Warrior Princess. Sometimes it just too easy to hate the villains on my list without understanding where they came from and what drove them there, which is what villain haters forget. Not to mention "evil for the sake of being evil" is already overused and cliché, even making their reasons only for money and power, which is also overused.

I know right, I'll never understand the rabid villain haters (when I say rabid, I mean people that tend to take every single villain's actions too seriously and believing all of them deserve to die for being villains, then attack other people who love villains they don't personally) must look up villains or heroes they hate personally and bother wondering what strangers online think about them enough to create fandoms for those guys. I once got attacked by someone for mentioning I love Bellwether and he/she took it like I was supporting real life terrorism. You're welcome, usually I'm not the one to spread rumors or gossip about someone, but when I take notice of someone's nasty attitude toward others, I feel that I must spread a warning one way or another. If any of his remarks begin to sound more like insults, it must be dealt with and can't be tolerated. I already had him insulting three of my friends over Bellwether.
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

With Dawn's backstory, I wanted to do something different instead of her being bullied in school. I’m not bashing on that idea if fans want to do that/like it, but I just like to be different from everybody else. So I came up with the idea of her being a product of divorce. Her overbearing mother detested her husband’s new wife (a predator) and told Dawn her stepmother was responsible for taking her father away from them. Then Dawn wound up in a relationship with a predator (the dog guy) that ended very badly. No abuse or anything, it just ended badly and that was her breaking point.

I’ve never seen Ringing Bell of Chirin before, but heard a little about it. I’d be curious to know how the creators originated Dawn's character too. I did read that her design was based on some previous sheep characters in Disney animation. I also heard about people comparing Dawn to Trump, which is stupid. At first glance the Hitler comparison makes a tad more sense -- until you sit down and really think about it. He and Dawn are totally different. She operated on spreading fear, while Hitler was outright wiping out anyone who didn’t live up to the ideals of the Aryan race. So no... not similar.

Well even if Agatha wasn't an evil villain, she was still a sympathetic and tragic character that didn't deserve what happened to her and in most ways, her actions are understandable and justified in a way.

Oh no, I never said that I didn’t find her character unsympathetic or anything. Just that I never really thought of her as a villain.

This is a theory, but I think what it is that these more complex villains are too human-like. it's easier for people to sympathize with crazy, over-the-top characters like Joker and Jafar because they’re so.... well cartoonish and far removed from reality, versus more down-to-earth characters motivated by prejudice or feelings of sadness, bitterness, revenge, etc. Jafar and Joker are also clear-cut bad guys, whereas our dear sheep, Callaghan, etc aren’t, and that confuses and upsets fans because it takes too much thinking to process what they're seeing. I’ll just copy and paste what my friend because I think she hit the problem on the head XD: "It's also harder to project whatever you want onto a villain who is more complex. It also throws our whole black and white thinking of good vs evil into question even if we don't actively acknowledge it.”

Also, in the case of Zootopia, I’ve come to notice a bunch of fans are really obsessed with Judy and Nick. Judy’s my second favorite character in the film, but the fanbase takes their love to an uncomfortable level. Anyone who threatens her or Nick is a source of pure undiluted evil, and to them, Bellwether is just that.

Even reformed villains had once murdered, or even attempted murder like Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin) and Xena: Warrior Princess.

People conveniently forget about stuff like that, especially if they’re trying to prove how right they are. :roll:

Funnily enough, I’m more of a hero fan then a villain fan. I actually don't mind villains who are evil for the sake of being evil, but that totally depends on the story being told. Different plots require different types of villains, yknow? I do think that you can’t judge every single villain by the same merits though.

I once got attacked by someone for mentioning I love Bellwether and he/she took it like I was supporting real life terrorism.

That’s crazy. I notice people are far more receptive towards female villains if they're attractive. I’m willing to bet you anything that if Dawn was more traditionally pretty (I certainly don’t think she's ugly or anything, but she isn’t designed like the typical gorgeous female character either) these same detractors would be slobbering all over her. I'm kind of conflicted with people like that. On one hand I don’t like giving them attention, which is precisely what a bunch of them want when they lash out at others the way they do. But on the other, they do need to get called out. Maybe you guys just need to block him.

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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's fine if you want to do a different version other than her being bullied horribly in school. Some of the villains on my list are victimized more by trauma, loss, and tragedy like Chirin, Mr. Freeze, and Callaghan. Your idea sounds like a good one, as I heard many cases that divorce destroys the children, depending on the situation, but it happens and they don't know how to deal with the fact that their parents no longer love each other, or if one of them who was more loving than the other is suddenly gone from your life and it makes that child feel abandoned and no longer loved. And there is nobody there to comfort and teach them how to deal with the sudden loss and change that has happened. Whatever her real mother was life, I do hope she wasn't entirely heartless; racist against predators possibly for more than one reason that happened in her life, but maybe some part of her did love Dawn at that time and who knows if she still does, but struggles to overcome her prejudice and grudge against predators. I wonder also what Dawn's stepmother was like soon after, whether she was good or not. It would be sad to hear how bad the relationship Dawn once had with a predator will end badly, even if there was no abuse, but maybe he gave made her think that it was because she was a sheep and couldn't love her because of that. However badly it ended, there was nobody to teach her how to move on from relationships that don't work out and I still feel some of the students at school did not give her a good time with anything either.

You can find Ringing Bell of Chirin on YouTube which really will make you cry to see how the main character starts from being born a lamb until he grows into a wolf in sheep's clothing. Since it is supposed to be an allegory of the WWII society, Chirin is supposed to represent the loss of innocence and childhood snatched away from children who were around at that time, losing mothers and loved ones, even a backlash against the actions of the Emperor who sent families out into a war they never wanted to be a part of. I remember all the sheep from past Disney shorts, and I made a drawing with Chirin and Dawn in it together. Of course it is stupid and shallow comparing Dawn Bellwether to Hitler and Trump. Those guys only hate a certain group of people for no real reason other than political agenda, money, power, and world domination. It's also sickening to ever think of Dawn ever falling for a man who has been married three times and doesn't care for anyone but himself and I seriously doubt Dawn would ever share his ideals with him, because she is nothing like those two guys because it is not only money and power she was after. I hate using real life comparisons with Dawn Bellwether, because her ideals are different. Hitler started on concentration camps, and killing of babies, children, and families, making himself known right away. Trump, I doubt ever wants to do good for this country, but too bad the idiots here voted for him in the first place, now who knows what other countries will think of us after this. I prefer using fictional villains for comparisons, or for differences in how they start their reign of terror, like Fire Lord Ozai and Kuvira, responsible for real mass genocide once placed in power, and even make themselves known rather than doing it all too slowly. Dawn has nothing in common with those guys either.

Oh actually I only mean to say that whether or not Agatha was truly a villain of the film or antagonist, I still wanted to add her on the list and give reasons why felt sympathy for her. And to be honest, I never feel sympathy for any pure evil monsters like Freddy Kreuger, Joker, Jafar, Ursula, Riddler, Fire Lord Ozai, Kuvira, or even King Candy/Turbo, as there is nothing sympathetic about any of them. The villains on my list have been chosen as more sympathetic and understanding once you hear their story on what motivated for them to do what they did, even the ones like Chirin, Bellwether, Randall Boggs, Lord Shen (still think they should have used the other background story that made his descent into madness a lot more sense instead of the same evil for the sake of it cliché), Baby Doll, Two Face, Mr. Freeze, Agatha, Phantom of the Opera, and Callaghan, including the ones in the honorable mentions down below. It always pains and saddens me to hear their story and that they were not born evil, but were motivated into that path by many things that they did not understand.

Well I have nothing against people shipping Nick and Judy, but to treat it to a degree where a villain like Bellwether deserves to die, just for being a villain. I don't know why they have to take it like that when there were so many unanswered questions going on after the conference meeting when it was mentioned the 27th attack. Off screen moments that raised more questions than answers. But that doesn't mean I don't love heroes as much as I love villains in movies, comics, games, television and books. Some villains who are evil for the sake of it I can tolerate, but not when some studios try to expect us to believe that with almost every single villain when most of them give us more than one clue that they are more than what they seem.

Of course it's crazy for someone to think I'm supporting real terrorism just because I love Dawn Bellwether, especially when there have been other fictional villains that are responsible for the same crimes, but did far worse than she did. Dawn may not be human, but she is beautiful to me. Oh don't worry, we already know how to block people that give us a hard time or just won't stop with whatever crap they throw on us. Sometimes we'll call out on them when we need to, even when protecting our friends. But I don't do it to give them attention, I only do when I think they need it, and after that, I just warn my friends and others to avoid spamming or trolling on their page in the future.
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MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Well if any Dawn-haters did come across this, it wouldn't be because they were looking for fanart of her, but for Zootopia fanart in general. Either that, or they're just trolls with no life. Either way...

Great artwork, though! Makes me curious about what you have in mind for Ms. Bellwether's past. I'm a little on the fence about there being dogs in Zootopia, since dogs are supposed to be domesticated descendants of wolves, and since humans never existed in Zootopia... but then again, this *is* fanart/fanwork. Plus it hasn't been confirmed whether or not domesticated animals *can* exist in that world, so right now you have a free reign. x)

Btw, the dog reminds me of Blitz. xD
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional General Artist
I was wondering who that mysterious canine was LOL. These are very cool sketches depicting Dawn here. The one where she's touching her cheek in a lovingly way interests me and makes me curious as to what happened there. Now I'm curious as to what her backstory here with all the expressions and gestures. Nice work! :)
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! He's an ex of her's. A sheep and a breed of dog known for herding them hooking up was too good an idea to pass up. XD I thought "what if she had a more intimate connection to a predator, but the relationship soured?" That could certainly make someone bitter and vengeful (though it's not the only factor in the picture).

The sketch of her acting all twitterpatted is just that. :D I left it up to viewer interpretation who she could be looking at/thinking about, but in my mind she's making bedroom eyes at one of her cohorts in DND. I think you know who, LOL.
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Ah, I see. An ex of Dawn's...DUN DUN DUUUUN. That is a brilliant idea. I dig it! :D I can certainly see that as a part of Dawn's past and part of what set her on the path to her bitterness and vengeful vendetta against predators. I'm definitely psyched to want to learn more on what your take on her past is. 

Ohohohohoho, I think I know whom you're talking about. Giggle 
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1Unicorn-on-the-cob Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD Thanks! I look around and see everyone going the "she was bullied as a child" route and wanted to try something different. You might like to know hat I'm planning to write a story set in the DND-verse about her past as well as do some more doodles on the subjects.

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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
No problem! :)
Ooooh, more doodles and a story set in the DND-verse about her past? Color me intrigued! >D

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