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The Hatter by Zeeksie The Hatter by Zeeksie
My third take on the Mad Hatter, and probably not the last one.

After witnessing the recent invasion of atrocious depictions and renditions of the Hatter (Yeah, I'm looking at you Tim Burton). I had to reassure myself and had to paint him again and see if I can still get it right.

Yes, this is the way the Hatter should look like: ugly, red headed, bad mannered, short tempered, big nosed, bucktoothed lunatic (possibly Irish). And he is NOT your friend!

PS: I have nothing against Irish people, I love Ireland and I love Irish people and mostly everything Irish. Much luv. <3
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Critique by Fuhrer-Glasses Jul 3, 2011, 12:48:39 AM
Ah! The Mad Hatter…

For a minute, I swore this was “The hatter” from the Batman series. He was such a loveably comical and classic villain from the series, really. I must admit that this image that you’ve done is quite beautifully made and captures some of the earlier depictions of this character quite wonderfully, yet I do have to say that as well done as it is, it’s also quite overly done, too.

No offense meant to you as an artist, of course, but as you’ve said, the Mad Hatter is an overly done image and almost as cliché as a Dracula piece. But that’s where it ends, really. I must applaud you on showing how menacing this character is portrayed in the various series (that have used him in one way or another) and how much of a delinquent he is. I also like the rat-like qualities that you’ve given to your version of the Hatter.

I would suggest that--no offense to you--you keep doing original works. I just feel that your talent was meant for more than just trying to prove to others how that, no matter what happen, a classic can always be reshaped to its original form. As someone who has spent too much time on the internet, believe me when I say you’ll not get through to no-one people if you keep trying to show how something needs to be done. I understand an artist needs to vent every so often, but wasting your talent to try and change the course of some social meme is similar to trying to teach a blind man to drive.

I mean, it’s possible, but near impossible to have the limitless patience needed for the feat to be done.

All in all, I will admit that is well done, but it still seems like a cliché piece.
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JJHatter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Question: have you seen "Dreamchild?" If not, you should; given your opinion on the Hatter in particular, I think you'd greatly enjoy the depiction from the film, if not the film itself...again, that is, if you haven't seen it already.

Sincerely yours,
Zeeksie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, sorry for the delayed reply. And no I haven't seen Dreamchild but it was brought up to me more times than I can remember, so I should probably check it out.
I've seen some screencaps of the Hatter you mention and although his appearance seems influenced by Tenniel's version - he does look quite grotesque... even for my standards. Even so, I can't be a judge of his appearance since I haven't seen the whole movie yet.
JJHatter Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Unless absolutely necessary, don't watch the YouTube version; the quality is just plain dreadful.

There's a site called VeeHD that has a perfect quality copy, last time I checked. If you join - which is free - you should be able to download it - which is also free. (Streaming requires some sort of crazy plugin that I am both too lazy and too frustrated to bother with.) You might try there. Even if you don't end up liking the Hatter, I hope you'll like the film. It's one of my all-time favorites. :)

Anyway, good picture, once again! Riasing Hat 

Sincerely yours,
fackingbastard Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I love your interpretation of Hatter! And like you I do NOT approve of Tim Burtons Hatter. Burton totally ruin Mad Hatter, its up to you to spread the awareness how a proper Mad Hatter look like.
BLUE-eternal-laser Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
epic, i used this as a reference for a paint i am going to do (hand paintind on wood)  in real life for my mother. i will refer the original on my page to notice my watcher that your's is the original. so that no one get funny idea. i enjoyed drawing a linear of this one. hope you understand that its for personal use and that i will never try to declare it mine, nor to make cash with it.

linear : imbluedabedeedabedie.deviantar…

paint will come later
BLUE-eternal-laser Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
BLUE-eternal-laser Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
better picture with a canon camera : imbluedabedeedabedie.deviantar…
Spazzbert Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
This is great! Looks a lot like his appearance in the Tenniel drawngs, but rendered beautifully in digital painting. :D

The Burton film basically sucked any personality or interest out of the entirety of Wonderland, turning it into a colourful saccharine world of swirly nonsense and turning brilliant characters like the Mad Hatter into an over-designed mess.
My personal favourite Hatter is Martin Short in the 1999 Hallmark film. His mannerisms and appearance and voice were just all so spot-on to how I pictured the character in the book. And I don't even like Martin Short.
roxasora225 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Thank you thank you thank you!!! finally someone who feels the same about that piece of crap movie!!!!! I love what you've done with him here he looks awesome!!! i actually played him in my 7th grade production of AIW. haha! Btw have you seen the SciFi movie "alice"? Andrew-Lee Potts does an amazing job as the Hatter in that production!!! hes probably my favorite version of the Hatter that has come out! maybe you should draw that version of him? i think that would be really cool!!!!

Oh and btw i love all of the rest of your artwork as well!!!!! i add you to my watch list! keep up the great work!!!!!!

roxasora225 aka Colin! :)
GregLakowske Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent version of the Hatter! Great work!!
Jassijass Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Yay! I've got Irish in me. I've loved. Beautiful take on the Hatter. THis was one of the ways I saw him.
lukaner-Z Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
resembles a lot the original design(by lewis carrol),though he is ugly and bad manered in my point of view he seemed at least good humored =)
ShadedinMisfit Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Amazing artwork looks like one of alice in wonderland video games
SarahMarshmallow-art Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
beautifully grotesque
killerkiiwiieNija117 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sooooooooooo bad ass
SirNerdly Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! thank you! This is the way the Hatter was meant to look like.
Makai-de-Senkei Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
THANK you. I'm tired of searching for unique Hatter picks in a sea of Burton. I don't mind his design, but still. I adore what you've done, because it's how I've always seen him. ^^
Aeoles Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Yay, why is a raven like a writing desk?
inkedout128 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Warmics Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Totally agree, this IS the mad hatter. Always felt he had rodent-ish features.
Kokoro-Junko Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Freaking amazing.. I love it.
Shadymissionary Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Have you seen the Arkham City edition of the Hatter?
Tragacanth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
gfj123 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist
cant agree more even in the original Disney film the mad hatter looked this way. you really captured the character here
doctor3uk Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Lewis Carrol actualy based him on an Englishman called Theophile Carter. This version looks like the Mad Hatter from Batman, my secondfavourate villian. A great picture, well done.
freezerrr Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I love it :)
Last-Kiss-of-Damaris Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah, there's a massive influx of Burton Hatters at the minute. I much prefer the original appearance, John Tenniel created such a cool looking character. This is amazing and very accurate!!
clatu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
great characterization. where did you study ?
Trashka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Mad-Hatter-1955 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant pic man, I always saw the hatter as more of a clownish figure, sort of like a grown man acting as a little kid :)
JordenKHG Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I am going to make this my wallpaper :^| and never gonna to take it down <3 - L o v e s - O: I love you for all time for this and if there's going to be more <3 I'll just die! He is one of my Fav of All Hatter's C:<

Not really a big fan of Tim's Hatter D: Sorry Burton.
siborg626 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Yep! he Does look Quite Mad Indeed!
Great job on the Colors!!!!!!!
whatonearth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is unfortunate that the only critique you got was completely unhelpful.
leeandcodeviantart Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
i thought michael's version was gud
fuhrmannskoffer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
very well done! love eet!!!
MeddlerInc Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that you mention it, I can totally see the Mad Hatter with some Irish blood in him.
robb58 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional
Great characterisation and I love the painterly quality - good stuff
primusmh79 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Absolutely love this, the eyes add so much
Mike2468 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Very classic tone here. I love it.
Nick-is-Safferion Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Looks simply fantastic~!
mababangungutin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :)
aurora-crow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesome hatter!
Snapfoo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Would you ever consider doing a tutorial on how you lay down paint? I'm amazed at the painted feel every time I see your works and it's a bit beyond me how you get it just that way.
SBGothik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Looks vaguely reminiscent to the Alice in Wonderland that appeared on television with Martin Short as the Mad Hatter. I love the way you've done his eyes. Beautiful work!
DeZsaSmith Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...I can't explain how much I love this. What? How? Just...amazing.
Dwarfose Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
This is definitely closer to the Hatter from the original drawings from the books (well I dont know how original but at least "old school") than the Tim Burton depiction - loving his beady little eyes :thumbsup:
RichardTheRough Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Nice portrait and interesting description.
AnayaBladewind Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Irish!!!! Yes!!! ... i just started loving you for this picture. probably the most exact description of the Hatter i've seen recently...
ChocolateFan98 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
This is the original hatter
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