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Vintage Paperdolls - Leviathan by Peachdust Vintage Paperdolls - Leviathan by Peachdust
Alright then! Notes.
Sorry if I'm doing nothing but Leviathan lately, but it's a good frame for trying out vintage styles. Annnnd I've been busy and tired - these paper dolls took me weeks to make while I originally it just takes one day or two to get elaborate illustrations done.

I used normal sketchbook paper and pieces of paper to transfer the body design. I had to think and do some research, like what sort of underwear was in vogue in 1914. It's not something I wanted to think about when it comes to someone as, um, dignified as Alek. It's kind of like when characters never use the bathroom or something like that. Quite embarrassing, I confess. Still, I managed to give him something pretty diplomatic, since what men actually wore was something like this:…  Quite fancy. As for the girls, the usual.

I started playing with colors right away and went for blue when drawing European clothing, and red/Orange for Ottoman clothing. So you can see that when Lilit dresses up as an European lady to help Alek and Deryn getting back in the hotel, blue, totally breaking her color palette. But Alek's European himself, so he gets a lot of blues until he tries the native fashion while in Istambul. Don't forget the fez, never forget the fez. And since a piece of that place stayed with him, red tie(not to mention Austrian flag-red). Deryn seems to be the most European when she's with Alek and Lilit, and she doesn't want to leave her duty behind when Alek's okay with staying in the USA. So it's blue all the way, and a fancy uniform ruined with the red spice after the mechanical elephant thing.

Studying the story and illustrations was interesting but tiresome, and I didn't want any clothing looking too much like the illustrations. Lilit's red dress Scott mentions is vibrant and fierce, but the one that's based on the original drawings is fading into orange.
Alek doesn't get high altitude wear like Deryn, though I considered it, but he gets a suit like many illustrations, and he gets Volger's cavalry uniform jacket. That detail seemed to be somewhat big(like when you know that what they're showing you in a movie leads somewhere important). Why is Volger giving Alek a jacket so symbolic? Could be father-figure stuff, or Volger's way of saying he cares. Or the jacket shows how Alek grew up and is now wearing big men's clothing in order to play his part. Or something! Tell me what you think! Later on, Deryn thinks Alek looks awesome in his new princely clothes. The one I drew isn't that awesome, I think, since it was born out of hurried consideration. Yes.

You can see book 2 was the main base for this project, and Deryn steals a sailor's uniform, buuut I didn't do that. Instead, I went for the mechanic overalls she wears while working on the walkers. Maybe it's not really a mechanic overall from 1914, but I ended up drawing what Roger(left) wears in The Great Escape:…
Then I had fun doing stains with a brown marker and making it look as if she had been frustratingly sprayed with oil. Which happens, one time it got me in the eye.

Mmm, what else? Walker pilot uniform. The jacket was a bit of a nightmare, getting the right color. The knee pads... I love the walker pilot uniform, and walkers, I just love walkers so muchO_O

>So those are my notes. I really loved designing clothes!, and I'll do it more often.
>About paper dolls themselves, they're very vintage things, and since Leviathan sort of recreates books from that era, I reckon there'd be Deryn paper dolls printed on the last page of friday newspapers and all that. I was actually thinking of 1930's illustration styles.... mmm...

>Since this took quite a bit of time and effort, I've got Belgian cookies for any Leviathaneer who sends me a picture of these paper dolls being used! Pleeeeeaseee do.

>I can't put one watermark over each outfit, so... there's a little tag in case this ends up on tumblr and things. Please respect the little tag.
>I'm feeling kind of anxious about getting this out there... I never post just for feedback, but I might consider deleting it if I see I'm not going anywhere with posting this.
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EricaHarp Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
THIS IS AMAZING! I love your vintage art style and how you included Deryn's knee wound too. And an attachable Bovril. XD I need one of those!
Peachdust Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!:la:
Oh yes, attachable Bovrils all around!
JulietCelia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhhhh, I looooove these! Must read this series!
Peachdust Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
You must you really must agh do it!:D
steam-powered-girl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
 these are beautiful! you always get the littlest details in there. you're absolutely brilliant. 
Peachdust Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Why you're too kind! Thank you, as always!:party:
Camelfaging Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohmyglob *undignified shrieking noises* THIS IS AMAZING! Me want. Nao. *grabby hands* Unfortunately I am not currently in the possession of a functioning printer. hide (Please excuse me while I simultaneously cry and fangirl in a corner.) This is f*cking perfect. Blisters. And also - BOVRIL HAT! GAH! :happybounce: 

Okay I'm done.
Peachdust Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
What an awesome comment, oh my!!!:D
Thank you so much!:D:D:D
Sorcaron Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   Digital Artist
You. are. freakin'. amazing. This is wonderful!! (I can see why the artist's comment is so long lol) Did you put this on tumblr yet?

I'm a bit confused as to how some of the headpieces go on? e.g. Alek's helmet---would you tape it on behind his head?

LOL @ Bovril :rofl:
Peachdust Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
That. Is. An awesome comment!!:aww:Thank you:D
No tumblr:) Though I know there's a Leviathan tumblr that somestimes decides to post some of my art with proper credit:nod:

Of course, hmm. Alek's helmet, tape the little tag behind his head. The tag on the  some of the headpieces(goggles) is sticking up, so fold it and tape it behind their heads.
The last method is the best one, actually, since I'm now seeing that the hats will just sit on their heads, which is quite okay with the fez or Bovril or Lilit's feathers, but if you want a little more depth, here's a trick: use something like Paint to cut out  the little tag and rotate it so it sticks up like the goggles. That way you will be able to fold it and it will fit better:nod:
Man, paper dolls are serious business:faint:
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