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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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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's avatar
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!
JanCoombs's avatar
Is it possible to get aprint of this???
I'm planning a tattoo in steampunk style and is searching for parts to it. Can you recommend some sites?
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's avatar
I love how creative this is.
terriiz's avatar
I would love to purchase this for my home!
MicroNekoGirlPur's avatar
now this is my kind of thumbalina!
XccmX's avatar
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's avatar
Your wonderful work has been featured here [link]
AmerielleSeaglass's avatar
My two favorite things. Thank you.
AmerielleSeaglass's avatar
Oh. Her skirt. Impeccable.
SirPixis's avatar
That is all kinds of awesome.
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Marethyn's avatar
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.
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's avatar
This is gorgeous, love the composition
bittersweet-gin's avatar
Beautiful. There's nothing else to add. I fell in love with it at first sight!
O_O I think you just made my favorite fairytale even better...........XD
NeonHammerer's avatar
terribly charming
ScottMan2th's avatar
great in every respect...everything fits
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