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steampunk thumbelina by hakubaikou steampunk thumbelina by hakubaikou
My entry for *nJoo's 2D Rock-off contest. It's a bi-weekly contest that's part of the Starock contest he's co-hosting with `zemotion, so if you're interested check out his journal for info on the 2D art portion of the contest, and her journal for info on the photography portion of the contest. Thanks to both of them for hosting something so fun. :)

As for this, hmm. The theme was to draw a fairytale steampunk style. I've never done a full steampunk painting before, and now I know why. It. Takes. Forever. :-P Goodness knows, I love doing textures, but I think I'm all textured out for a while. Sheesh!

The usual. Start to finish in Photoshop. Used Google for loose refs of swallows, piping, and aviator outfits. Textures were done via a combination of *leventep's, my own, and Photoshop's default brushes.
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JaneEyreII Featured By Owner Edited Apr 19, 2017
What a wonderful piece of artwork.  I'm just coming across it now, and was saddened to learn that the artist had passed away.  My condolences.
QuantumFairyTales Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
Love your work. Would love to feature it in our magazine, Shoot me a msg if this sounds good to you - (Yes, the website is .org, email is .com) CHEERS!
MouraMoura Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Love it.
JanCoombs Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is it possible to get aprint of this???
Tacanacy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I'm planning a tattoo in steampunk style and is searching for parts to it. Can you recommend some sites?
rpcrazy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I'd like to make this a print about the same size in real life, any chance I can get a large sized file?
randomfandom22 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I love how creative this is.
EthanAnarchy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
terriiz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I would love to purchase this for my home!
MicroNekoGirlPur Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
now this is my kind of thumbalina!
XccmX Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your picture is wonferful! I was wondering, I'm bulding a forum on steam punk, and we're looking for avatars who can fit the style, and this picture this would be perfect for that. So i'm asking if we can use this picture for our website for an avatar? We gonna say that you are the creator of this picture, and put a like to your deviantart page. But we are poor and we can't pay you X) So, give me your opinion, and I hope you'll say yes!


N.B. I,m french, so my english is not wonderful X) And the forum is : . It's all in french, so probably you wont understand.
AlisonBlue Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Writer
Your wonderful work has been featured here [link]
AmerielleSeaglass Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
My two favorite things. Thank you.
AmerielleSeaglass Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Oh. Her skirt. Impeccable.
SirPixis Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
That is all kinds of awesome.
callyrox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Marethyn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
After seeing this, I wish I was told a steampunk version of Thumbelina as a child. Or at least have a book illustrated like that.
jbdryden Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
This is awesome. If you're ever in the mood to do some airships, let me know. I'm looking for some companion artwork for a series of short stories that I'm working on. The colors in this are great.
foxeysquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, love the composition
Stabuwitabrick Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bittersweet-gin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Beautiful. There's nothing else to add. I fell in love with it at first sight!
I-AM-FINALLY-FREE Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
O_O I think you just made my favorite fairytale even better...........XD
NeonHammerer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
terribly charming
ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great in every respect...everything fits
jawoltze Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've been featured here.. [link]
faerie-elfpire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Felikiss Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010   Interface Designer
fstltna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I am working on a open-source strategy game for the iPad & iPhone, and would like to get some artwork done for the character portraits or the hexagon map tiles. Would you consider contributing to the project?

Gwasanee Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here [link]
KasaiYoukai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool concept
scharskowitz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
wow! beautiful!!! I love steapunk art!!!
Tyngel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Magnificent work!
Gwasanee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is absolutely and totally awesome and breathtakingly beautiful artwork my friend,
a absolute it. :heart:
Sanaryelle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Love the steampunk bird. Clever signature! Thumbelina's wardrobe is great; feminine, but still practical for flying. The aviator cap is a nice touch!
My-Safe-Haven Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist
*Speechless* :omg:
BleedingHearts37 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Wow! Forget the contest, you win the internet for this!
I love the concept, and the whole thing looks amazing.
MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hello dear friend!
I just wanna let you know that I featured your work into this newsarticle [link]
If you like the collection please fav the article.
Thanks for showing us your beautyfull arts!
Nexlon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
I want one.
KMont Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Hello, I'm writing an article on steampunk art for The Book Smugglers, a great blog featuring steampunk all this week, and I was hoping it would be permissible to use your picture as an example. I would be linking back to your page here. I appreciate your time and consideration and I hope to be using your beautiful picture. Thank you.
ReddScaarr Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
P.S. Plus, added it into my journal...
ReddScaarr Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is wickedly beautiful and I love the train of thought. *grins*
manic-goose Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
This has been featured here: [link]
Hohlochink Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Absolutely love the bird!
WildWinyan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010   Photographer
Featured [link]
pier101 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
this is awesome
i love steampunk art and this
is one of my favorites
Ramani-Rayne Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Oh wow. The textures are AMAZING, as is the tiny detial of the gears in the bird.
BlameMyMuses Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
This is amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't get over how completely epic this is!
PuppitProductions Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Awesomeness!!! I love the clothing, the light, the expression, and especially the sparrow... Actually i love everything about it!! * marks as favourite*
SarahLaurel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Love this, everything about it is fabulous. The way you have framed it, the chain with slight out of focus movement, the cheeky eye on the swallow and fantastic helmet it wears. The colours and clouds and slight indication of city in the distance. Just about to fly off?
CyannSentry1775 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
AMAZING!!!! WOW! I absolutely love the life of this picture. I love the fact that you used the close-up, blurry images to add so much depth. If I may add a small constructive criticism though? It seems that her face, however beautiful, lacks the incredible attention to detail that is evident throughout the rest of the piece. I know the face is mostly covered by the obligatory steampunk goggles, but perhaps if you could add some dimension to her face (a scar or smudge of dirt or engine grease) it may help with continuity.
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