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Austrian Princes Turning Gay by IsabelStar Austrian Princes Turning Gay by IsabelStar
Ooh, Mr. Sharp, ohhh.

It is perfectly natural to look at your best friend like that. Unnecessary physical contact is also wholly unremarkable. (Just kiss already, you guys).

Deryn Sharp, who cross-dresses as a boy to join the Air Service, and her friend Aleksandar Ferdinand, the fictional son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, from Scott Westerfeld's delightful WWI AU series, Leviathan. You should totally read it, and this is why.

With thanks to Kate Beaton and apologies to everybody else. More serious titles were not forthcoming. The character designs, etc, heavily inspired by Keith Thompson's illustrations.
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Pagescrawler95 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Out of all the books I've read (and I've read an unspeakable amount in my 21 years), the Leviathan Trilogy is my absolute favorite. When I finished Goliath, I found myself wanting there to be more to the story--and that almost NEVER happens to me.
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WhaleShipOverTheSea Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
They did do a LOT of hugging pre-reveal... :thumbsup: Deryn turns EVERYONE gay!
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NinjaWitchAlchemist Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Read the "this is why" with my friend... (Hello there! I'm the friend. HIJACKING YOUR FRIEND'S ACCOUNT FTW!!)

WE CHOKED ON OUR OWN TEARS OR JOY AND LAUGHTER. THANKS A LOT.

We especially loved the Leviathan in Four Acts part. That was...SO EPICALLY ACCURATE THAT IT MADE US DIE. OF THE ACCURATENESS.

And the picture. Is. Epic. (the hijacking friend does agree on this point. More than the one with a deviantART, actually.)
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AvisTheArtistGeek Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahahahahaha! *laughs too hard at the title* I love it!
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
ALWAYS GLAD TO AMUSE. Thank you.
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BigGolithFan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So funny, that it must be faved!Your art work is so beautiful and realistic, I wish I could steal your talent!
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Awwww, thanks! Hahaha, unfortunately there is no such thing as stealing talent, it just takes some practice.
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BigGolithFan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's why I said 'I WISH'
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Miotrew Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011   General Artist
Beautiful coloring!

And I, personally, like the title~ :iconohohoplz:
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it (and the title!) <3
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Miotrew Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011   General Artist
No problem. :meow:
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katchaphrase Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   General Artist
haha. Your comments really made me laugh. :D

I love the clouds!! They look so beautiful & fluffy....& you've captured the sunset light quality well. (I just assumed it's supposed to be sunset, that'd be embarassing if it wasn't... ^^; )
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
I'm always happy to contribute to people's amusement!

I'm glad you like them. In an early version of this picture there were no clouds at all, so I'm happy that this was the right decision. Thanks so much! (it IS sunset)
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katchaphrase Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   General Artist
Yes, the clouds add texture & make it feel more lifelike. It was good decision to add them :)
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Khoela Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
I didn;t catch the title until I read your comments... LOLOLOL :D
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Hahaha, glad it amuses you.
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Khoela Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
:D And the art is incredible! :D (Probably should have mentioned that part first) :D
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
It's okay! THANK YOU so much, I really appreciate it.
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Khoela Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
You're welcome! You're a really good artist.
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ReubenDeFlash Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Writer
I know - I'm sitting there and thinking "So this makes Alek mostly GAY right?"
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Hahahaha, I don't know, but it's a possibility, isn't it? Either way, I'm loving these books.
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ReubenDeFlash Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Writer
I second that!
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camau Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the way this was colored!- especially the background.

the title's epic too :)
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Thanks a lot! Glad you like it. <3
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camau Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob
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Stargirl8 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Writer
Omg! Barking hilarious!
"ooh, Mr. Sharp, ooh" :licking:
*Bodices ripping*
*Austrian princes turning gay :hump:*
That just totally made my day! (not that my day needed some cheering up...)
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Hahahaha, I know, right? That's the entire reason I decided to read the books. Glad you enjoyed!
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Stargirl8 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Writer
And for the rest of the week I'll be going around school thinking that secretly and cracking up and everyone will think, "oooookaaaaaaaay... scootch away from the crazy girl..." :hump:
Ya nobody at me school appreciates the series or hasn't read it yet or don't want to... its sad i know... :cries:
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Pffft hahaha. I know what are you are going through. I'm definitely not very dignified, breaking into giggling fits occasionally.

(Their loss!)
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Stargirl8 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Student Writer
True! *giggles*
Oh, Mr.Sharp, oh!
*breaks out laughing* :rofl:
Gets me every time!
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SwagSodas Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
xDDD nice title and i love the BG!
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BlissyBow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student General Artist
This is amazing! I love it. :heart:

Austrian Princes Turning Gay!
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Hahaha, glad you like it! <3
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Topazpearl93 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The anatomy looks off in some spots, but the BACKGROUND IS AMAZING. The lighting, ship, and clouds TOTALLY make up for it. :D
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
True! There was a point where I coudn't fugure out how to fix it, so I jus went ahead with the colouring...

Thanks! <3
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DerynOrDylan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
this is amazing!!
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Thank you :)
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grapefruitjuice Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student General Artist
AHH I love you! this is amazing :iconspeechlessplz: the lighting is perfect and and I could go on forever!!!
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Oh, gosh, thanks! <3
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grapefruitjuice Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student General Artist
your welcome! :iconloveloveplz:
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waxesnostalgic Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Beautiful! I saw this on my LJ f-list and had to come and see it on here.

The lighting is just fantastic.
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Thanks a lot! <3 Glad you liked it.
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MaiaBlackWolf Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH. This is amazing. I think I spazzed a bit when I saw it. <3 Do forgive my boundless enthusiasm. You have earned my eternal respect! :clap:

(Also, your clouds are eyegasmic)
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
No need to apologise. <333 Thank you so so so much, I'm glad you liked it (and the clouds)! =D
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Rairox64 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is brilliance. :I :heart:
The lighting is magnificent. Truly, the time of day is so well portrayed in how you colored and washed it with gold. I adore the dramatic shadows, too.
EMOTIONS. EMOTIONS EVERYWHERE. <3
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Thank you so much for your comment. I'm so happy the colour scheme and shading worked out. It's probably the first time I shade something so harshly, so it's a relief to know it works.

THANKS. <333
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Rairox64 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :heart: I love it when experimenting with new techniques works like magic, and I must agree that it is definitely one of those times with this piece. :)
I'm learning just by looking at it. xD

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME. <333
Actually, this is set as the background picture on my laptop, now. >u>'
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Ohgosh!! I can't say how honoured I am, THANK YOU. I'm glad you've found this something worth learning from, and something worth staring at. You've left me all blushing! <3
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Rairox64 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Bwahahaha, no, thank you, truly. :heart:

I look forward to seeing more work from you. ~
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IsabelStar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Haha, it might be a while yet. I'm notoriously slow. It takes me ages to finish anything (the first sketch for this one was drawn in December, I think!), but do expect more from me, specially after the final book comes out!

I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend/watching you. I checked out your gallery and you've got some truly nice sketches, plus you're so nice :)
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