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The Somnambulant Assassin 1 by suburbanbeatnik The Somnambulant Assassin 1 by suburbanbeatnik
I'm about to start working on Chris Dabnor's next Herbert Smythe adventure story for Astonishing Adventures #6, so here's the first of the pictures I did for Chris in the last issue. This story is called "The Somnambulant Assassin," and it's a fun steampunk story with thuggees, cultists and outlandish machinery. You can read it in Astonishing Adventures Issue #5.
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In this picture, nerdy but adventurous Victorian inventor Herbert Smythe alights from his steam carriage. He doffs his hat for a passing lady, who is less than impressed. In the background, faithful butler Jarvis clutches his master's detecting bag.

This picture was my first foray into steampunk-- drawing that carriage was hard! But I'm pleased with the result. The 1850s fashions were fun too.
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planxtafroggie Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the lady's dress, even though that's missing the point... XDDDD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I had way too much fun drawing her bonnet!
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planxtafroggie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, bonnets and hoopskirts were such a lovely custom of that era.  The dresses looked especially pretty when sitting down or billowing with their many petticoats underneath. (I know, big skirt physics are awesome! ^^ )
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It's all pretty fascinating! Especially trying to navigate about with such hoops and skirts... 
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planxtafroggie Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I can understand the difficulty strolling in those cage crinolines... must have felt fascinating at a young woman's coming of age though, attending a ball maybe, wearing so many layers for the first time an wanting to swish and swirl all that skirt and petticoat fluff around. XDD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah... well said. It reminds me of the ball scene in Little Women. I love that movie! 
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ElegantAndrogyne Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Somnambulant assassin? This seems oddly familiar, I've seen something like that in an old movie ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Most likely! The author was inspired by a lot of older pulp films. :)
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome use of cross-hatching!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome.
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I think you should do more 19th century. I would LOVE to see your interpretation of Scarlett O'Hara. Have you read GWTW?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I tried to read it-- I'm not really a fan. However, my 1850s era illos for Chris Dabnor's steampunk story "The Eternal Sleeper" will be up next week, so prepare yourself for zeppelins and crinoline!
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Lovely-O Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009   Writer
i love the expression in your faces!

and, of course, everything else.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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jiggly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Very cool! I think I'm understanding and appreciating this whole steampunk thing now.

Great expression on the passing lady. She doesn't look impressed with him. Maybe it's those goggles.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Herbert Smythe is more on the historical end of steampunk, I'd say. Pulpy adventures happen and there's Herb's wacky machines, but you don't have huge cityscapes filled with zeppelins (maybe because I lack the time to draw such things).

Two excellent steampunk comics are Girl Genius- [link] - and the League of Extraordinary Gentleman, a six part comic series which is infinitely superior to the craptastic movie that was released a few years ago.

Those goggles are embarrassingly geeky, aren't they? :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Amazing! :) i love how you use cross hatch pattern.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love crosshatching, as you can tell. ;P
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
So do I. Just wish I was better at it... ;_;
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Practice! XD
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
XD Yes you're right.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
I love the title of the story : D

But I love the piece even more :iconohjoyplz:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I like your enthusiasm. :D
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Any time : D
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savivi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love this one! I love the lady's expression.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, yes, it was fun to do. She's thinking of "Oh God, what a dweeb, make him stop looking at me, please.." XD
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Wonderful work! I love the details! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
You're welcome! ^^
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Foxy-Lady-Jacqueline Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha ha, I like the lady's expression. Poor inventor, he's just trying to be cordial & polite. That's a neat carriage you created as well. I wouldn't even know how to draw a simple carriage!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, poor little Herbie. He tries to be dashing, but can't... quite pull it off. Maybe he needs a new pair of goggles.

Re: the steam carriage, it's hard, I gotta say. It actually took me a while to figure out... :P
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