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Confessions of a Snow Queen by MattesWorks Confessions of a Snow Queen by MattesWorks
I wanted to do another Elsa piece once I saw the movie and got to know her character more. My first piece was just for fun.
This piece is much more serious and full of emotion. I wanted to create a scene of my own that still felt like the movie. I wanted to show a moment for Elsa in the early part of coronation day where she felt overcome with sadness and regret. Regret in all the time that she didn’t get to spend with her sister. Thinking of all the fun they could’ve had together, and how much she really wanted to “build a snowman.” I also softly put the ship representing her parents; another aspect of family that she missed out on growing up.
I wanted to show this torn feeling between hiding her powers and just “letting them go.” I wanted to show her powers as well as her memories and remorse. So I combined the two. As far as the background, I HAD to use a door to reference the cutest scene from the film.
I also revamped and accessorized her gown a little. I did more of a Snow Flake pattern on the chest part rather than the floral print, but I wanted it to still look and feel like her dress.
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Student General Artist
this is beautiful with her memories show in the snow and I do feel for her
Cold105 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
Great work!
aquarelqueen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Student
Adalack Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
Wonderful material for a fanfic, though... painful, but brilliant- I love it!
DGraymanFanatic Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
honestly, that movie was missing emotion like this. it was missing heart. 
MattesWorks Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
I completely agree!!!
I'm glad someone does! I honestly thought Elsa was way too cold too Anna. I get that she was supposed to be distant but there was a disconnect between that and the sister that supposedly loved anna. I never really saw that loving side of Elsa i yearned for. i also wanted more sisterly love moments. I just thought the heart was missing in this movie.
Renegade1765 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I see where you're coming from. The emotion mainly comes from the songs and simply empathizing with the characters.
The simple visuals in Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? are cute on the surface but morose in their depth. Anna is young and playful, so it's only natural for her to want to be with her sister, especially because she has all these fond memories of the two of them playing together. Elsa shut out Anna for a reason; she remembers nearly killing her sister. Anna recalls being abandoned by her sister for no reason at all. It becomes truly emotional when their parents die, and Elsa is the only one who could possibly understand how Anna's feeling. She needs support from the one person who can't provide it.
Later on, in the For The First Time In Forever reprise, you can see just how much Elsa loves her sister. Anna tried to apologize and she brushes it off, no longer afraid of hurting anyone. She kindly tells her to go away with a sympathetic smile on her face, insisting Anna will be happier living the life she always wanted. Anna loves her sister just as much, so the part in the song when they're singing over each other shows how desperate they are to make things right. Neither of them knows how to do that because they can't agree on a solution.
And let's not forget Elsa sobbing and clutching Anna's frozen figure while everyone stands there in painful silence. You think she's actually dead. This poor girl that was just trying to bring her sister home - her sister that shut her out for years.
So you're right, a lot of the struggle occurs off screen. It's the subtle moments in between that allow the viewers to empathize with the characters.
ehhh. I like powerful, moving dramatic emotions, that's what makes a good movie. That's makes me empathize with a character is feeling their powerful emotions. Delivering the tragedy effectively. They weren't powerful enough. They just scratched the surface, barely.  
Its funny, they're usually really good at emotions in disney. whoever directed frozen or the writers, they just didn't cut it. 
If they had explored the girls emotions more deeply, that would've been what the movie needed. Like, maybe how Anna doesn't feel any honest resentment or hurt towards Elsa for abandoning her. Just a little more human emotion. I think that got lost in the weak storyline. 
I think the storyline was probably the biggest mistake, or at least some elements of it. It didn't allow enough heart. 
gibbs615 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Very good job!;) (Wink) Yeah perhaps she was doing that all the time in her room cause Elsa knows she was missing Anna like Anna was missing Elsa all that time.No, I disagree! 
NKS1982 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept- really love this idea. It's quite unique how you've depicted her memories in snow.
ElsaAriel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, it's amazing and so beautiful. I wish I could draw as well as you do.
bloodrosered Featured By Owner Edited Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Anna: What did I ever do to you? Why do you shut me out?
You certainly a lot of time into this. This is an extremely detailed and very emotional picture. It showcases Elsa's powers as well as her sadness. It's actually making me tear up a little. I want to give Elsa a hug and tell her that everything will be fine. I'm adding this to my favorites.

How long did it take you to make this?
Quarteon01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is simply beautiful and touching. I really like the lighting effect on the snow. It was as if they had their own light. 
AngelTrueSpirit Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :) I wish I could do that, that's the kind of emotion I convey in my writing and I try to in my art
thebingbang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this piece is remarkable! fantastic!
ScratStitch Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
You have no idea how sad you just made me.

Beautiful work!
MattesWorks Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Good sad right? That's the goal.
ScratStitch Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Yes, good sad, of course. :)
RebekahKroeplin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
"...the past is in the past..."
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hits you right where you live. :(
PinkPrincessLora Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi! I'm Lora! :-)

Wow, this is so beautiful! This must have taken FOREVER, but it's worth it because this is so amazingly elegant! Great job! :D
MattesWorks Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Sure did! I like to work on many pieces at once. That was I can go back and forth without getting board working on the same one for too long.
PinkPrincessLora Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I can totally relate to that! :-)

doctordonna131 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thats so sad and yet so beautiful!
MattesWorks Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Well then mission accomplished. Thanks!
ScarKa Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
BenMajoraDrowned Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love how you captured this
DarkNightlitMoons Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, and really shows the emotions she was going through during that time...
FanGirl116 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ITS SO SAD!!! :(
Dotterall Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014   General Artist
... So beautiful... 
...I'm not crying, I swear!
MattesWorks Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
naseem-art12 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks amazing!!
ThereseOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
it's lovely, nice scene, fit's the character and story very well.
MattesWorks Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks! :)
Phoenix-Dream-Angel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing and I"ve seen 2 of your works and I love how you have these multiple chapters all in one pic! Great work! 

Caroprincessx3 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
wow, just wow! soo pretty and i am so in love with Elsa *-*
minawu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Such an epic way to show her feelings....Oh, Elsa! I really dig the details on her dress, too.
DeadDancers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVELY emotion! Pieces like this are rare.
NewportMuse Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A very powerful window into Elsa's tortured heart. Thankfully, this is only part of the story, as ultimately Her Majesty is finally able to let it go once and for all through the greater powers of forgiveness and unconditional love.

With her abilities, Elsa is far and away the most powerful Disney Princess (Queen) ever created. But she may also be the most human. Everyone who loves "Frozen" can relate to some aspect of Elsa's struggles and regrets. It was a brilliant move to recast Elsa as a good Snow Queen rather than an evil one, a frightened little girl in the body of a seemingly cold and stern young woman who just want to be loved. I cried like a baby when she finally thawed out the kingdom through the power of love.
kungfu-blaziken Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Safnari Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
It's truly amazing. Sad and beautiful drawings are my favourites, they're full of emotions and this work is one of the best I've ever seen.
MattesWorks Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Why thank you! I love (good) sad things 
keixayaka Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg that detail and that snow annas i'm gone bye
DuckOfDuckness Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
This actually made me tear up a bit. Very well done.
Kaystronaut Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow the emotion . . . . . .*faints*
Baku-babe Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
This is so sad yet so beautiful at the same time...
MattesWorks Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks!
dttb6296 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I also felt the same.
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