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This is Americana, a character from my "Steam" series that explored different applications of steam and dieselpunk. [link] I began working a story around those characters, and now it'll follow Americana as she travels across a retro-future America to find her destiny at The City of Tomorrow! Sort of like the Wizard of Oz crossed with Huck Finn, but on Route 66. And with more robots. ^__^

I'm writing this along with The Revival (the 80s toy war story), and I hope to post more art from both soon!
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I would totally read a comic about her!

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Thank you so much!  I've got plans to tell her story, but I have some other projects I'm working on right now that need to be finished first.  Stay tuned! :la:
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That's Wendy
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Yeah, she's sort of an amalgamation of American culture and literature, so her design is meant embody the quintessential American girl: Wendy Thomas, Dorothy Gale, Little Debbie, etc., with the dieselpunk elements to give her a retro-future twist. :D
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While some may disagree, I think that red was a good color choice for the gloves. It gives it a nice, Atompunk 50s style.

My only critique would be that, if Atompunk was the style you were going for, the gloves probably could've been more streamlined, and then it'd be perfectly Atompunk!
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Thank you, sir!  I agree!  Plus, the whole point was to make her colors red, white and blue, so the red tech fits well with the white and blue dress. :D

Good point!  Though I guess I had more of a Dieselpunk look in mind, or sort of a combination of Dieselpunk and Atompunk.  Her look is supposed to span different decades, with her dress and aviator cap having more of a 30's/40's feel, and the gloves and boots giving the impression of a 50's Chevy or maybe a Vespa scooter. :)
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Awesome! I'd like to read both stories! Have you posted them anywhere? :)
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Thanks so much! Unfortunately I've haven't posted any story stuff yet, but I hope to soon! The Revival I'm going to either post as a web comic or submit to a publisher, and Americana's a little trickier--I have it envisioned as a movie, but it might be fun to write it out as a comic or novel first. We'll see how it goes! :D
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Wow, that's awesome! The Revival would look so cool as a webcomic, I would definitely read it! And a movie for Americana? I say GREAT! I look forward to both, they are such interesting projects!
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Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! I'm super excited about these projects, and I'll do whatever it takes to make them happen! ^__^
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You're welcome! Me too, I will give them all the support I can! :D
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MurderousAutomatonProfessional Digital Artist
Awesome! I really appreciate it! You're too kind. ^__^
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Well thanks! :)
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^__^
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This is such an adorable, creative idea. I love it, and will definately read the series! <3
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MurderousAutomatonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. ^__^ I'm very excited about this project, though I'm not totally sure what form it's going to take yet--I'm writing it like a movie script, but obviously I can't make it myself. Perhaps a book or graphic novel first? We'll see! :la:
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A SURE WIN!!!!!!
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THANKS!!! :la: I'm really happy with this one!
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I love her dress. It so pretty.
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MurderousAutomatonProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! I really wanted her to embody all the simple, American country life I could. With robotic gauntlets, of course. :XD:
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Of course with robotic gauntlets. It would not be as fun.
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So true. They're the spice of life! :XD:
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;p
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