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Sunken Simpson by jbwarner86 Sunken Simpson by jbwarner86
It was hard to think up a scene for Marge at first, since even the writers admit that she's kind of a bland character. How do you devise an interesting underwater scenario for a "spineless, potato-cooking housewife" (see 5F06 "Realty Bites") who "spends 23 hours a day" at home (see 3F07 "Marge Be Not Proud")? Well, with my nerd-like knowledge of everything related to "The Simpsons", I recalled the not-entirely classic episode DABF18 "Large Marge", wherein Marge's accidental breast implants secure her a job as a spokesmodel at various trade shows. The whole thing snowballed from there.

There's actually a few other things at work here, too. The underwater kitchen is inspired by a recent ad campaign for Bounty paper towels, but the coffeepot is inspired by a long-lost kitchenware commercial from the 1960s that nobody in the underwater photography circles has been able to locate in years. But hey, no pop culture reference is too obscure for "The Simpsons"...
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see that happening on The Simpsons!
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Yamato-san Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
when I first saw this, I was thinking of "Time and Punishment", a segment from the 5th Treehouse of Horror. During the part near the end where they speed things up and quickly shift through some of the bizarre present periods that Homer accidentally created, one of them depicted Springfield underwater.
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broad86new Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I love that episode of Marge with bigger breasts. Nice work.
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kamenriderace Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Marge certainly is Large and in Charge and is about to Barge here.
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MegGriffinFanClub Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
What is it with u and underwater? I just gotta know.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
It's just a thing I like. Underwater photography fascinates me, so I try to instill the same attributes into my artwork.
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MegGriffinFanClub Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Ok. Well, I also a huge Kim Possible fan, think u draw her underwater?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Sure! I've been planning an underwater fight scene between Kim and Shego ever since I started this thing.
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MegGriffinFanClub Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Nice. Oh, if u get a message saying hyperforcego has favorited something, that's me.
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White-Heron Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Well damn, that's real nice! :D She does look rather nice this way!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... that could be tricky, making tea underwater! :XD: ;)
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qwertypictures Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With all these pop cultures, I'm kinda surprised you didn't use any for Family Guy ;P

Seriously, it's rather cool how you've included tiny refs vere and making good use of Marge, despite how bland anyone thinks her. I can probably imagine her hair completely undone and snaking out like some kinda octopus. Actually puts me in mind of Homer's underwater home in "Homer Badman" (Episode 2F06).

And yes, I sadly watched the "Large Marge" episode. Weird thing was it edited out scenes that were shown in a commercial advertising it.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
A lot of times, the network promos for new episodes are put together before the last-minute edits are made to the show, so they occasionally feature lines and scenes that don't appear in the final cut. Actually, with "The Simpsons", it happens with alarming frequency.
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Frobman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007   Filmographer
Looks grand, even with the slightest obscure references. I'm now reminded of this line for some reason:
Fat Tony: You have 24 hours to get us back our money! And, to show you how serious we are... you have 12 hours now!

Keep up the good, soggy work!
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
4F08 "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson", original airdate January 19, 1997, written by Jennifer Crittenden, directed by Chuck Sheetz, executive produced by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinsten.

Oh, and thank you!
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Comickook Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
(nods) Beautiful artwork in this picture as usual. Even though I haven't watched an episode of the Simpsons in years, I can still have great respect for the talent you put into this.
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Da-Wabbit Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you go marge! luv her dress! eat your heart out Jessica Rabbit! :giggle:
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
That reminds me. What, exactly IS sexy about Marge? I know a lot of guys think she's hot, but I don't get it. As you pointed out, she's pretty bland. Not to mention the raspy voice. She's definitely longsuffering and forgiving, but I see that more as a motherly thing than a sexy thing.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
I think there are a few aspects at work. As they've pointed out on a few DVD commentaries (namely 2F07 "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" and 2F21 "The Springfield Connection"), she's got an amazingly good body for a mother of three. And there's also the fact that she's able to accept a person for who they really are, which is why she still loves Homer in spite of all the lunkheaded things he does - I imagine a lot of guys like that kind of loving quality in a woman.

It's hard to explain, since I'm not personally attracted to her either, but I can only guess that this is the line of thinking behind it.
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
*nods* I suppose...
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lateralsnowflake Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
I was thinking of the episode where Homer flooded the entire town as an artistic statement, until I noticed how well-endowed she was. Heh.

And, since you're like, 3 for 3 insofar as Fox series programming goes, are there any plans to do any of the women from King of the Hill?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
It's a possibility, although I don't watch "King of the Hill" quite as much as the other three (perhaps I could consult with :iconyeldarb86: for reference - he seems to know a lot about how to work with those characters).
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lateralsnowflake Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Most awesome, even if it is just a possibility; it's the thought that counts.
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Zimeta Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I love the detail in this one!
You even have the corn-patterned curtains :3
Vereh awesome indeed!
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ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! =D

I remember that episode with the breasts... wow! :-O
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TailsCorra Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Wow, I'm particularlly impressed with this picture. You've shown good apitute drawing the Simpsons and the effect is not lost here. I particularlly like the smaller details in the background like the various items floating here and about.

If I can be a knit-picker though, there are a few places where the lining in the background isn't as steady in certain places as others. The shelving, windows etc are nice and sharp, but the outlines around the sink's rims or the washing machine's control panel are still a little shaky. Sorry, just a stickler for details like that.

Otherwise, I wonder if you could pass this off as a still from an unseen episode (and given the nature of the show it wouldn't be too far fetch, perhaps a dream sequence of Homer coming back to his inexplicidly underwater home after a rough day of working on a submarine... if he didn't do that already)
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