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Steampowered Bumble Bees by SqueekyTheBalletRat Steampowered Bumble Bees by SqueekyTheBalletRat
I was going through the DA browser looking at Steampunk things and it struck me that there weren't many Steampunk Lolita, which is odd I think because both are rather popular... So I decided that I wanted to make an outfit.

This was inspired by the tons of Steampunk bees that were on every page at least once. *shrug*

I want this dress... I think it's cute. I really like spats... They make me smile. And I am horribly fond of the bustle thing... c:

Oh yeah, the 'model' for this lovely dress is Lysandra... She is a friend to Mabuiko... Or something... I don't know...

Enjoy~

Lysandra and design (c) me
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
This design is so unbelievably adorable <3 I love it! aioshdasuihdsa
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it :3
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Your designs are super creative. I hope you dont mind if I do fanart of them one of these days ;A;
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have at it, I love fanart~ >w<

I am hosting a contest right now, too. If you'd be interested~ [link]
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Oh a contest, that sounds amazing O: I really hope I can get an entry in on time. The deadline is right near my friend's bday XD
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*beams*
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
How long of an extension do you allow?
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right now, the extension is until the 16th.
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AethertechIndustries Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
You, know you have a nice style. Have you considered making your lines black before you color it? There should be a tool in GIMP or Phtotoshop called Levels. If you move the Input Level up to 75% or so, it'll give you nice black lines in a second! If you like then you can print it out and color it, or just color it digitally.
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you~

Make my lines black? I'm sorry, I don't really understand what you mean.

Just about everything I've drawn is done by hand. I draw it out in pencil on normal printer paper, then with a (crappy, lol) light board, I trace it over to a smooth surface Bristol with thin black lining markers, then color it with Prismacolor markers. I don't really do digital work unless it's pixel/sprite work on MSPaint, because I'm still trying to get good at traditional styles first.
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AethertechIndustries Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
A solid foundation in traditional styles is great and in fact it's 97% of what we do too. We don't work digitally very much, though we are slowly gravitating towards that.

Notice how your lines look kind of gray? What I am suggesting is a simple method to give your drawing some strong black lines from a hand drawn illustration (do this before you add the color). This will really give your drawing very clean comic-y or manga-y lines, if you will.

GIMP is a free image editing tool like photoshop, but not quite so fancy. You can download it here: [link]

1) Scan your line art as a JPG (preferably B & W if that is an option, also turn off anti aliasing, if that is an option).
2) Open the .jpg in GIMP
3) pull down Colors -> Levels
4) The Input Levels has a slider that is halfway on the scale, slide it toward the righthand side and watch your lines turn black!

This can then be printed and colored by hand (like you like to do) or perfectly prepared for digital coloring.

Anway, it's up to you whether or not you try it out.

I love your lines!
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh ok. Now I get it. I'll have to try that sometime. Thank you!
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