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Trick AND Treat by phantom-inker Trick AND Treat by phantom-inker
Sandy, Jeremy, and Chloe went out trick-or-treating this Halloween, and they went to the house they'd never seen before. Inside, a Witch greeted them warmly and gave them not just a Trick or a Treat but both.

This was a very special request from my lovely wife, a special Halloween picture of three cute kids getting transformed on Halloween night by a real Witch. So here we have the kids:
  • Sandy, dressed as Tinkerbell, is now a satyr.
  • Jeremy, dressed as a pirate, is now a naga.
  • Chloe, dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, is now riding for a bit longer than she expected ;)

Goodness only knows how many hours went into this. 40? It's a good guess. I'm only really stopping now because I'm out of time there's only twenty more minutes of Halloween left tonight! As usual, this was CorelDRAW and a mouse from start to finish, and some of you watched as I drew it on LiveStream from start to finish!

Yay, a G-rated transformation picture! :D

Anyway, enjoy, and let us know what you think!
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AndyofIndiana Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist
I saw three girls dressed as Red Riding Hood come trick or treating to our house tonight.  Right now, I am listening to the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds.… of these facts are Halloween related in some way, shape, or form.
Curious4ever Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Excellent illustration. Nice expressions on their faces. Why don't you do a follow-up illustration to it? Maybe they could scare some other trick or treaters? Unintentionally of course.
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Maybe she didn't change them back but taught them how to change themselves to a human state...sort of a start on magic and being magical creatures.
nobodyofdistinction Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
....... so does she change them back? It's at least not completely harmless even if this state lasts for 10 seconds since she destroyed little red riding hood's shoes.
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think she does, actually.  As I recall, the story goes that they run home to their parents, and the whole neighborhood gets together to go after the witch, but when the kids lead them to her house, the witch and the house are both gone, nothing there but a dusty empty lot.  So the kids grow up like this, and several years later, in their early twenties, after searching and following every rumor they can, they manage to find the witch again — and then things get complicated ^_^
nobodyofdistinction Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
Doesn't SOUND like she does, based on what you said next. Unless you mean she changes them back, like 15 years later. But, so if this picture is an illustration for an actual story that exists elsewhere, do you have a link to this story? I'd like to take a look at it.
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, there's no actual story:  Just what my wife and I were hashing out at the time I was drawing the picture.

But, no, I don't think she ever ends up changing them back.  And after they've grown up like that, they don't really want to be human either, since they spent most of their lives as something else, but that doesn't mean they don't want to get even for her severely messing up their lives.
nobodyofdistinction Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
That is distressing to me. I can't buy that none of them would want to turn back. They're like 10 here, not 1, and even if they were changed as newborns, I think some of them would want to just be "normal", if not all 3. Maybe if they were made into things that were a little cuddlier and more manageable. Like maybe a medusa instead of a naga for instance (without the turning-into-stone-anyone-who-looks-at-you part, just the snakes for hair thing, which could be hidden under a hat if necessary). Or at least a sphynx/lion-centaur instead of a horse one, a horse just isn't cute, it's clumsy, awkward and unsanitary and no one wants one in their house. Or not even that far, just a catgirl, with add-ons that could be hidden with a hat and baggy pants. Or a shapeshifting kitsune, with actual powers, something that's actually positive with no drawbacks (because remember, shapeshifter). And the other one can be a werewolf instead of a satre. The kind that only has something to worry about 1 or 2 nights a month. As it is, their bodies have been made so flagrantly monstrous and repulsive that they're helplessly unable to hide from even for a moment, there's no way they could not suffer for it. I'm not objecting to cruelty, mind you. Not even cruelty to children. I'm objecting to the negativity of it being tacitly dismissed.

If you did make a story about it, I strongly recommend it ought to either be just a Halloween trick lasting until the end of Halloween - or MAYBE that they henceforth turn into these forms on EVERY Halloween, but only on one day a year - or maybe they get a different one every year, then every Halloween would be a new adventure, one Halloween it's a centaur, the next, a mermaid, the next after that, a dragon, a hydra, a harpie, take your pick - it could be a really minor curse that wouldn't ruin their lives. Or that they should never give up returning to normal, or at least never give up getting revenge, and if it is a persistent change, that the witch should be portrayed as evil, and there should be NO stockholm syndrome (to give the benefit of the doubt) recasting her image as some kind of benefactor at the end, that would just be absolutely horrible.
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you're not perhaps thinking about it in the right way.  Yes, they spent the first decade of their lives as humans, but they went through puberty as nonhumans, and who really is even close to the same after puberty that they are before?  Your teenage years are some of the longest years of your life, and in many ways far more influential than your childhood.

So some additional storyline to assure you that I have, in fact, thought a bit about this:

In Sandy's (the satyr girl's) case, this messes her up pretty badly. She was always nervous and a bit neurotic, and she first spends a lot of her time trying to hide what happened, as best she can; after all, her legs can be hidden under long dresses with a bit of effort.  But other children are cruel, and at one point she's exposed for what she is, and ends up spending most of her teenage years clinically-depressed and angry.  She takes up smoking and drinking, and starts dressing goth, and by the time she's twenty has a rap sheet for shoplifting.  She doesn't really hate what she is, though: She hates the world for hating what she is.  So when she meets the witch again, she doesn't care if she's changed back or not:  All she really wants is revenge on the woman who f**ed her up. 

As for Jeremy (the naga boy), he's actually celebrated among his friends at first:  Being a snake is cool if you're a young boy.  But --- he endures the stares, from adults, from people he doesn't know, and puberty ends up pretty hard for him, because girls are terrified of him.  High school is a nightmare, and while he grows big enough and strong enough to take care of himself, the fact that people are always, always, always afraid of him everywhere he goes takes a toll on him.  He graduates high school, and ends up working in a mechanic's shop, a job where he's hidden away where nobody except his close friends can see him.  He avoids alcohol, though, because he knows he'd drink too much if he touched it, so most of his evenings are spent watching old movies alone in his tiny apartment.  When he meets the witch again, the only thing he really wants from her is not to be hated and feared anymore.

And finally, Chloe (the centaur girl), she's a celebrity among the little girls for a while; after all, she's a pony!  But as she gets a little older, she realizes they only like her because she's a pony; she's just a plaything.  She fights with depression for a while during her teenage years.  Puberty, however, is very kind to her, and she grows up into the prettiest girl in school --- albeit with a horse attached.  Despite what she's become, there are a few guys who seem to like her, and she manages to even go to the prom.  At college, she meets even more guys who like her, and eventually meets a guy who really likes her, who not just likes her mind and human half but thinks she's perfect just the way she is.  When she meets the witch again, the only thing she really wants is for her to cast the same spell again --- on her fiance.

So there you go.  Three people, three stories, and while they arrive in very, very different places, none of them really want an "undo" spell from the witch, although you could argue that's probably still the best solution for Sandy and maybe Jeremy.
nobodyofdistinction Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
I just can't buy these reactions for one fundamental reason which I'll explain shortly, and also I believe it is you who are seeing this in an unhealthy way. That's what I find disturbing. Though the plot structure you have outlined is well thought out, I just can't buy that they wouldn't want to be changed back. Puberty is irrelevant. How much was your own self overwritten by puberty? Mine wasn't overwritten at all. I wasn't even happy with the changes that came over me as a RESULT of puberty, I'd gladly have changed my body out for its 10 year old version when I was 12, 15, or 18 (and I CERTAINLY would do it now). But consider this. If someone had cut off my legs when I was 8 years old, I not be happy with that after puberty either, and I certainly would not see that as "who I am". I wouldn't start lusting after legless women because puberty had changed something about my mind either. I would hate everything about this thing that had been done to me. I'd hate BOTH the one who did it to me for doing it AND the new state I found myself in. And if when I was 60 years old, biotechnology had developed to the point that I could get a new pair of legs grafted onto me, I'd be on that train like an alcoholic hobo on a vodka transport, I wouldn't just be after revenge on the person who cut my legs off and I wouldn't be motivated to get nothing more than acceptance by other people of my legless self! That would be kind of like 60-year-old-me deciding to take antidepressants to be not sad about being legless instead of actually fixing the problem when that solution became available! Like I said, if the witch had merely done some changes that were a bit more minor, or aesthetic, I could buy them reacting this way, but the problem here is that in your character reactions to the situation, it mostly bothers me that they're not as pissed off about this as they should be, and by not being as pissed off as they should be, it harkens back to a suspicion that the author of the story itself is not seeing the transformation "trick" as nearly as evil as it is. This is the biggest problem with these tf stories as a set, much of the time I think the authors wish for these things to happen to them, and that desire bleeds into the story, and the result is quite toxic. Now, I don't have an objection to an act of evil on its own accord, in a fictional story, or an evil character. I can accept evil in a story, and not every story even needs to have a happy ending for all parties in my humble opinion. Bad things are done to innocent people in real life, and it's usually a necessary driving force for a fictional story as well. Villains are allowed to exist, and without them, most stories would be pretty boring. But what I really don't like is the notion of trying to pretend those villains are anything else but villains, either by the tone of the story or by the reactions of the victims. Even if they are accepting of their victimhood in a Stockholm Syndrome sort of way, though that's very dark, even that can be ok if it's presented in the correct light. But if this witch in your hypothetical story you're talking about did as you say, she's pure evil, and she should be recognized as such by the story itself, the issue here shouldn't just be about these 3 getting other people to accept "who they are", that's absolutely frigging nuts, can't you see that?! And if those kids don't see it, then what was done to them was all the more evil. They shouldn't be so accepting, a horrible, horrible thing has been done to them.
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, wall of text.

Anyway, I think you misconstrue me.  The witch isn't exactly a nice person.  (She has her own issues, but we'll leave those out for now.)  And what she did wasn't good.  Mischievous, in her opinion, but likely very cruel in everyone else's.

And for a long time, all three really wanted to "just be normal again."  But there comes a point when you have to put up and move on with life, and they did — well, somewhat.  Sandy went goth and got into drugs and drinking to cope with it.  Jeremy ended up isolated and lonely, and honestly didn't cope that much better than Sandy did.  Chloe turned out passably okay thanks to the emotional support of a guy friend.

But there's a difference between "I accept this" and "I like this," and that's what I think you aren't seeing.  After a decade of living a certain way, you accept that as your lot in life, good, bad, or otherwise.  And after a while, that becomes comfortable and normal, even if a younger you would be horrified by it — not good, just normal, and that's a key distinction.  There's fear in change, and after a decade of having four legs, or nothing but a tail, you'd pick the status quo too, not because you like it, but because you're used to it and you'd fear being anything else.  Even your amputee would fear a magic spell to suddenly give him legs, not because his current state is so good, but because change is worrisome:  Because he's built a life around his missing limbs and his wheelchair.  Good, bad, or otherwise, it's status quo for him.

And then if you take all of that and multiply by the effects of puberty, it's the same, only ten times stronger.  The me of ten years old would recognize some parts of the me today, would like some of them, and would be horrified by others.  The me of today would likely have to apologize a bit to the me of ten years old, and then explain a lot of the complicated, messy things that were about to happen to him.  If you made it through puberty unscathed, congratulations; the rest of us weren't so lucky.  But at the same time, I wouldn't go back.  I wouldn't be me without all those experiences, good, bad, and otherwise; they inform and influence who I am today, and some of my successes today are directly attributable to some of my dark times in high school.

So that's the thing here:  These kids had something bad happen to them, not as bad as losing their legs entirely, but definitely bad.  But that still doesn't stop them from moving forward in their lives anyway.

It also doesn't stop them from going after the witch when they do finally find her again, and that's likely not a very pretty scene.
Curious4ever Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Very imaginative.
Xemnas-sama Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tricking a real witch is a bad idea guys.
chaltaq Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is a really well-done image, and it's refreshing to see a g-rated addition to transformation art! Their expressions are adorable. :D
cartoonfanboyone Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What would their parents think?
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Let this be a lesson to you; never, never, EVER go trick-or-treating at the Sorceress's house...PERIOD!
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
They're all so CUTE! I could just hug every one of thrm n.n
bluegill Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
neat picture
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
A fun, innocent Halloween picture. I like it. Nice change of pace.
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Oh, but wouldn't Jeremy be a Lamia? A Naga only has a human head, while a Lamia also has human arms and torso (unless there are different variations).
914four Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the expressions, their faces are perfect!
human72 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Well thats going to be a problem for them. Not to mention there parents once they find out about this. Not to mention the Catholic church knowing that they got a heratic in there presence. Beyond that nicely done.
Cukeman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Artist
Nah, you've done G-rated transformations before--what's more suprising is the presence of underage transformation. And the presence of a satyr. =P

...Actually, I would be amazed if Jeremy didn't think he got a second treat, to be perfectly honest. XD
SlitherFin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I agree wholeheartedly about Jeremy. XD
SilentNinja214 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Cyberalbi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Digital Artist
Awesome and original, very well done, my compliments!!
DivineTaur Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
RedKnight33 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Sorry - 4 a sec there, I thought Sandy was a cross between a satyr and a fairy - btw, aren't they called fauns if they're that young? :confused:
bluegill Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
neat, should have a short story.
Rogue7 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Magnificent job :)
xlef Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Halloween! Ilike it!
xaiGatomon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Digital Artist
i say those tricks are treats themselves~
Dak0n Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
looks good!
lasserine Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Daw, that is so cute.
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Funny, good, and charming! A Trifecta!
Shadowghost368 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Awww, I want to go to her house for Halloween.
Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Great job, Phantom.

This turned out quite well from the lines I saw so long ago. I wished I could have watched more, but I had art of my own that was stealing my time.
kyllaros Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Very nice
kenlybop Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! looks great. n_n i think the kids are just really cute! and the witch looks like a good witch, to me. :meow:
Xweetara Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
This could take some explaining... XD

Great job once again! I love it!
ladyAnnadawn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
what lucky kids i want to be a centar
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
So cute! I wonder how they're going to explain this to their parents!
nothingsp Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
D'aww, how cute.
sngbrd2002 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Thank you darlin'! Best Halloween Ever!
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very welcome, m'dear! I rather enjoyed this Halloween myself :)
rempage Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So adorable! :D Love it!
fares002 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
how cute
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