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Cheery Littlebottom by katzille Cheery Littlebottom by katzille
Only one day after my last update. It must be Christmas ^^

Here is one of my favourite characters from the Discworld series: Cheery Littlebottom. In the real world she would be a normal girl just like you and me. She is a bit shy and likes to do girly things you know, like wearing nice clothes or make-up. Except that Cheery lives in the fantasy world, is a dwarf and has a nice silky beard. How much more problems a girl could have?
With all her alchemistic equipment and the sherlogical approach to the crime scene she adds a little bit of CSI flair to the City Watch.

Cheery in a dress is my favourite ^^
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
In a dress and short skirt she's got to be the hottest bearded lady ever
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Knees! Scandalous!
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She's one of my favorites too! :) I always pictured her as a blond, for some reason, but other than that you've captured her almost perfectly like I imagine her here. :aww:
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salt364 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Cherry! Sweet!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
This is so adorable. I can't even pick a favorite!
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BlackBirdInk Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
omg man now i have to try drawing Cheery like this! XD
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PrincessBlackRabbit Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grinsi <3
Oh wie s :la: ~
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Megaptera-Meganekko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You made her so feminine and so androgynously dwarvish at the same time. Love.
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CrazyMaisy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
This is the best characterisation of Cheery that I have ever seen. It's glorious.
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NyssaShaw Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
By far the best Cheery I've seen! Love it(especially the dress. With the dwarven boots. Priceless)!
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OuroborosI Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love her in that dress ^^
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Gilbert-Dulbert Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Bwahahahahaha. That's just priceless.
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SithLordLiisa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it. I really like her in the red dress. I'm just re reading the fifth elephant and I love the image of her in a dress. :D
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Aseenkantaja Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Good day there. I don't know anything about art and art criticism so I'll leave it to someone better, but I have to say that I love this picture!!! Cheery is for sure one of my favourite (dwarf) characters from Discworld, and you just described her just the way I have thought her to be. :D Anyway, have you ever drawn Gunilla Goodmountain (another dwarf, worked with the News or whatsitcalled)?
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oxyderces Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is perfect. I love your version of her.

That iconograph is the best.
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katzille Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
You summed up the dwarfish nature perfectly ^^ I would also choose them everytime in any game or whatsoever.

And if I want to see short women with curves I just have to look in to the mirror ;)
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheery Littlebottom is my sole exception to an otherwise-ravenous hatred of dwarven women being portrayed as bearded.

Why she gets a pass and others don't, even I am not entirely sure.
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katzille Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I think Terry wanted to play with the cliche (as he often does), that in the long history of dwarf appearances in films and books they are always portraid as bearded and masculin whereas female dwarfs are never mentioned
(at least that's my impression, correct me if I'm wrong).

What makes Cheery so sympathetic is (in my opinion) the fact, that she doesn't want to live this cliche anymore. She hates 'typical' dwarfish things like beer and songs about gold. She has an undwarfish hobby (alchemy) and wants to show her femininity without betraying her ethnicity.

And last but not least: she just wants to be a normal girl :)
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True enough.

I think also the reason I find her so acceptable is, unlike a lot of others I've encountered (usually idiotic roleplayers who think Tolkien is second only to the Bible), Mr. Pratchett actually has plausible and valid reasons for his dwarf women having beards, they're not just "lolol dwarf wimminz has beards because dwarf is dwarf rofl elves r ghey" mindless cliche'.

Speaking of J.R.R., by the way, a lot of folks cite him for the whole "bearded women" notion, but he never actually says the women are bearded. In fact, he only ever specifically mentions one female dwarf by name - Dis, daughter of Thrain II and mother of Fili and Kili. Aragorn in the movie suggests the women are bearded, but he is Human and possibly a bit drunk at the time. The closest Tolkien ever comes to the "bearded women" idea is to say that the women are rare and thus tend to disguise as men when traveling, and that to most members of other races, all dwarves seem to look alike. This doesn't mean that the women had beards, though, just that a dwarf was able to pick up on subtle differences in the dwarven face that a non-dwarf could not - I imagine the same would hold true for elves as well.
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katzille Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Ahh, now I understand your dislike towards bearded female dwarfs.

I must admit, I never read Tolkin, just watched the movies. Do you know, how dwarf womens are portrayed in other books? I'm a dwarf fan and want to know everything about them :)
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, aside from misinterpreted Tolkien and the aforementioned Pratchett, dwarven women tend to be beardless, in the times they're mentioned at all - even D&D has them smooth-faced, and not because of shaving.

Typically, however, settings with dwarves in fiction (at least in my experience) don't often make mention of females - either they are rare, kept secluded, or sometimes don't exist at all and the monogendered dwarves simply are born fullgrown from holes in the earth or carved from mystic statuary.

From my personal experience, dwarves, in the "classic stereotype" of them as being pragmatic, strong-willed, fond of fight and drink and forgework, and so forth, are actually best presented by the Warcraft universe in my opinion.

[link] Frankly, if it were somehow possible to become one of the in-game races, I think I'd pick Dwarf. Bold-hearted, courageous, fond of knowledge, yet not so entrenched that they can't enjoy good times, and close-knit ties with one's friends and family. Plus, the women are quite easy on the eye, if you're like me and are fond of curves, heheh.
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Aseenkantaja Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
You, my friend... You just said what I was going to say and what I have thought all the time. Phew, I was afraid I am only one who thinks that dwarf females _deserve_ to be beardless.
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From what I've seen of discussions of the topic online, it seems that most people prefer them beardless, and that most who insist upon otherwise - with the obvious exception of Pratchett fans, of course - tend to just be saying so to be obnoxious and get a reaction.
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Aseenkantaja Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Oh, alright!
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stacieyates Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Cheery in a dress is totally the most adorabuhls.
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katzille Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
And your spelling of adorable is also adorabuhl :D
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Yes!
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WolfBiyo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, she seems so interesting! Also, adorable drawings! ^^
In which book does she make an appearance? I'm having an awful hard time keeping up with the series. D: Last time I read about the City Watch, they didn't have a lovely dwarf-lady.
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katzille Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Cheery starts her career in 'Feets of Clay'. In chronological order she appears also in 'Jingo', 'The Fifth Elephant' (where she is one of the main characters), 'Klonk' (also main character) and 'Snuff'.

Hope I could help ^^ Just out of curiosity; which discworld books have you read so far?
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WolfBiyo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, so many books!... And I've never even heard of them, for shame!...
/needs to catch up on her TP reading, yessir.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer this, mate! ^^
Oh, and the books I've read so far are "The Colour of Magic", "The Light Fantastic", "Equal Rites", "Wyrd Sisters", "Sourcery", "Reaper Man", "Mort", "Moving Pictures", "Pyramids", and "Witches Abroad".
And I sincerely can't chose a favourite. xDDD
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heart-of-glass Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
You've nailed her in my book! Brilliant design! Although I aspire to be Angua, I'm clearly more like Cheery. As you say, she's shy, geeky, but loves girly things! I like that she tries to redefine what it is to be a dwarf and try to get the right to be, y'know a girl! I think of her being close to Abby on NCIS, maybe Cheery could experiment with goth?
Great work! More Discworld please!
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katzille Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thanks for the compliment!

Don't worry I plan to flood you with Discworld fanart ^^
I think Cheery has quite a lot of fashion disasters to catch up on (I presume that she is in her 70s).
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Aki3b Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love it! I wish there were more pictures of Cheery out there. You did a great job of capturing her. :D
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Monkey19934 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha love it! The little guy looking out the window longingly is great! XD I like the armour design too :)
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NicoleMcCurry Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O love these so much! She is also one my fav characters. I especially love her dancing without abandon in her red dress. Many bearded heads turned that night! :)
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Roruna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
she looks lovely in that red dress!
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CoraOrvat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww she's sooo cute :aww:
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Koekje Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I love this so much I don't know what to say :D Cheery is fantastic, you don't see many pictures of her.
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InleLendri Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no words - my first reaction was literally :3 and "d'aaaaaaaaaaw!!"
I *adore* Cheery and apart from the fact that she's more blondish in my book, you've just nailed her and I love you for that! She doesn't get enough love, honestly!
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openbookworm Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Writer
I love how you made the face feminine despite the beard by using makeup and the eyelashes.
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artsytarts Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This must be the best design for Cheery I have ever seen!
She looks exactly how I've always imagined her! And I love that dress ^^
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Igoretta Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I absolutely love the way you combined her dwarvishness (what a weird word :D) and femininity! Especially the skirt is fantastic, I think that makes the one where she is in the lab my favourite.
(The little iconograph is very cool as well.)
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