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Alan and Celia by suburbanbeatnik Alan and Celia by suburbanbeatnik
I have some really awesome news. Some of you might remember a time travel romance novella I've been trying to sell lately, called A Question of Time (you can see the characters here, here, and here). Well... I now have a contract with Champagne Books! A Question of Time is going to be published next year-- Nov. 2012 to be exact-- so mark your calendars, everyone!

So, here is the hero and heroine from QoT-- Alan and Celia. If you're wondering why Alan is dressed in such a dated way, it's because he's from the 1980s. But Celia is not. Here's a bit more of what the story is about:

Successful author Celia Cavalotti is still mourning the death of her favorite teacher, who died in a car crash in 1989. But when a car crash of her own hurtles her back in time to the week of his death, she finally has a chance to set things right.

Finding herself in the 1980s is a shock to the extremely modern Celia-- but even more shocking is seeing her dead English teacher, Alan Forrest, alive before her very eyes. Alan is far more handsome than she remembers, and she can't resist the urge to flirt. After all, they have so much in common, like writing and a shared love of science fiction. Celia knows she's falling in love with him-- but can she use this opportunity to prevent his tragic death? What is happening to her? And why can't she seem to stay in one place and time?
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haius Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
He's very cute. I hope she succeeds in saving him!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It does have a happy ending-- I hope that's not giving away too much!
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GlamourousGlue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh wow thats wonderful!!! =0
I wonder if my library will order it?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Possibly? I'm told it's long enough, it might go into print. But I don't think Champagne sells to a lot of libraries.
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GlamourousGlue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
aw poopy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
But you can buy a cheap copy online next year! :)
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GlamourousGlue Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
awesome!
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
IIIIIIIIIII love these guys! Once again, congratulations on your big publication! :D I really hope they let you do your own cover.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! You know you're going to make it in the dedication, right? :hug:

Re: the cover, let's see-- I can't make any promises!
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yay! :D I feel so honored.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Yay! I am totally going to read that!
And I seriously love how 80's Alan looks. You are a genius with period fashion.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! What do you think looks particularly '80s about him-- other than the glasses, of course?
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Nothing super obvious, but little things about the cut of his suit and the styling of his hair look very 80's to me. It's the little things like that, which you couldn't necessarily put your finger on but which are somehow subtly DIFFERENT from what men wear today, which make the piece so authentic-looking.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so true-- thanks so much for the thoughtful comment! I actually drew a modern guy by way of contrast: [link]

LOL, doesn't he look hugely different from Alan? I can't see the two getting along at all...
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Wow, thanks for drawing that for me! He definitely looks very different from Alan. Not only in terms of looks but in terms of personality.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Tell me more! :D
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NatAsplund Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Ooo Celia is so pretty! and Alan is so hot!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :love:
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
FAV FAV FAV! OMG, this is awesome! <3 I really really love how you drew both of them. Their poses are great, and I love Celia's hair, and Alan just looks super-hot and cute and adorable! AGH! I am fangirling so hard!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
*Does a happy dance* I can't tell you how pleased your comment makes me! Alan really does look super-hot? I'm so happy you think so! :glomp:
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I do! I think it's my fav picture of him that you've done so far. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! Why's that? :XD:
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ha, you would ask me that!

I think it's his expression, the way he's sort of smiling while he makes eye contact with Celia. I don't know, something about his expression is just really great: sort of wry, humble, humorous, definitely sexy. I like it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, SQUEE! Thanks for that! :dance:
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Those glasses... call me stupid or fashionless, but the only thing that really stood out to me as being outdated was his GLASSES. They're just... really really 80's. :XD: Thankfully I didn't grow up then, but I still remember seeing people in my childhood who wore these kind of glasses.

If I can ask, what did you use to color Ceila's jacket? It looks opaque.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I admit, in Alan's case, I am fetishizing his ridiculous glasses. There is something endearingly wonderfully awful about them.

Regarding the rest of his clothes, allow me to go all fashion-nerd for a moment: the basics of the professional-casual wardrobe has not changed that much over the past twenty-odd years, but there's a lot of subtle changes in the cut and fabric of the clothes, that differentiate a mid to late '80s ensemble from what you can buy in the stores now. Alan's outfit is basically the same as Alan Bradley's outfit in TRON, so you've got the wider lapels on the blazer, the weirdly textured corduroy, plus the Farah-style trousers that sit a bit higher on the waist. If I saw a guy dressed that way on the streets of NYC or ATL, I'd think his clothes were kind of weirdly retro.

For the colors, I used colored pencils over the Copic markers. It was a bit of an experiment. :)
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Heh, I had a feeling it had something to do with that.:XD: Glasses fetish. lol

Wow, you are a total fashion nerd.:XD: What's the difference in the fabric from then and now? Don't we use more cotton compared to back then? (I noticed that corduroy was more popular back then) And what's Farah-style trousers??? I've never even heard of that.:o

I thought it was markers. Did you use B29 on her jacket? xD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I think fabrics in the '80s were heavier, and you're right, they used a lot more polyester, dacron blends and the like. I remember my old landlady back in SoCal asked me once if I wanted to borrow her evening gowns once (I was going on a cruise), and she brought forward these.... heavy turquoise and aqua double-weave polyester dresses with shoulder pads that screamed 1982. (It took as much tact as I could to get out of it.)

T-shirt fabrics for women, for example, are now a really light cotton, and are much more clingy and figure-flattering than they used to be. I remember tees back in the '80s had heavier cotton fabric, with thicker necks that always seemed to itch against your collarbone. You couldn't find the pretty collar-less tees you can buy now at Urban Outfitters-- I also remember girls at school definitely wore blouses more. (It's so weird to recall that, because man that kind of look seems so matronly now.)

Farah was a big manufacturer of trousers for men-- they were very fashionable in the UK, and they popularized the 'hopsack' style. If you google 'hopsack,' you'll see the kind of pants you saw a lot of guys wore back then. [link]

Yup, B29 and C5-- LOL!
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:rofl: :rofl: That's awful. :XD: What did you tell her? :lol:

Weird.:o My mom has a bunch of old pictures of her and her friend and family members in the 1980's. There was a picture of my uncle Raymond of him wearing some really terrible stuff. I was like, "Wow, if he walked out wearing that nowadays, he'd look like a mental patient." :XD:

Wow, they even have modern-day pictures of those hopsack pants? :rofl: So that's what they're called. Fashion was more interesting than I thought. :lol:

I knew it! :evillaugh:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I told her I had enough evening gowns, but she didn't understand why I'd wear such musty old dresses from the 1930s (even though they were flowing silk and rayon dresses with cap sleeves and plunge backs), when I could wear her newer dacron frocks. *sighs*

I was in junior high when the '80s ended, and I came from a pretty conservative family (as far as clothes went). From about '86 to '89 I dressed on the safe end of preppy myself, in blouses and skirts and beads. By the time grunge hit, I stopped giving a shit and started wearing torn-up jeans and cheap leggings. It was liberating in a way...

Fashion is a weird, weird animal. You think you know it, but it always has a way of surprising you. And it definitely strongly shapes the way people see you, and the way you see the world.

You do know your Copics! :XD:
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