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1914 by effleur 1914 by effleur
drawing this to procrastinate with my uni work, oh yeahhh
was listening to the Steam Boy ost while drawing this, and this particular song. it's a seriously underrated anime, with a good dub. they got the accents pretty accurate. but i might be a little biased since it's set in victorian england....anyway;

inspired by Blackadder Goes Forth and Downton Abbey (Dan Stevens in uniform, oh my goddd.) :heart:

i'm sure Leo has some vague idea of what he's in for but he's gonna smile away for Gwen. I tried to make her look impressed but sort of worried for him at the same time, not sure it worked out though.
I figured with Leo being a lawyer and of course, educated, he'd become a ranked officer when he enlisted. Lieutenant I guess?

i'm thinking of following this up with an illustration of them in 1918, after the war...with a few differences, of course. i doubt Leo will be quite as smiley after four years in the trenches.

the garden in the background was a photo i took at the Blists Hill Victorian Museum back home. i guess it is kinda lazy to use a manipulated photo but it's more interesting to look at than a blank colour. hurr.

i also used a paper texture in this, but i honestly cannot remember where i got it from. it was somewhere on dA so...it's not mine.

Gwen and Leo however, are. no steal.
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Sabi13 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he looks very similar to Hiddles in War Horse =D
then again everything reminds me of Hiddles ^^;
either way, this is amazing :aww:
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effleur Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
eurghh this is really old now, i need to redraw it! haha. Hiddles was an inspiration for Leo because well..he's hot and adorable and i wanted to xP thank you!
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Sabi13 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, yes he is hot and adorable :heart: and you're very welcome =D
Capt. Nicholls doesn't have nearly enough fanart TT.TT this is close enough X3 and beautiful :heart:
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effleur Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i listened to the audio tape before i watched the film (mostly because it was read by Dan Stevens) and i literally couldn't get over it when he died! it happened so soon :( but Ben Cumberbatch being the other guy makes up for it...kinda.
And yes! he does need more fan art! i might have to draw some now XD
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Sabi13 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kinda. Though Tom's face right before Nicholls died was abdolutely perfect. I still can't get over it. It was the most expressive, most perfect single face I've ever seen in film
you should! Do it!!
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effleur Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh it was! it made it worse that he knew it was coming :( and i will! :D
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Sabi13 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes it did TT.TT and yay!!
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InkyRose Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love her expression in this picture and the shading and detail of his uniform is great as well. I'm not a 'Downton' fan but I agree- Dan Stevens did look great as a solder! :D
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HarkyMalarky Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
:iconiloveitplz: so pretty! very nice work!
Hell yes, Dowton Abbey! :D
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effleur Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
...oh sweet lord if you COME FROM THE INTERNET and you watch downton abbey you are my new best best friend
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