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Sweeney Todd - 'The String of Pearls'

Beware the Demon Barber by LeoprestonTo Die For by LeoprestonI Laughed... by Leopreston

“Some mysterious fiddlestick!”

A little insight into my current project... an adaptation of the Fleet Street publisher Edward Lloyd's 1846/47 Penny Dreadful serial (Sweeney Todd) 'The String of Pearls: A Romance' into graphic format (a kind of anthropomorphic visual melodrama... and terribly murderous!)

It's my tribute to London, the place of my birth and a constant source of inspiration, as well as the chance to indulge in specific interests; vintage ephemera and details of the gritty reality of 18th century life.

You can check out all the various concept artwork for the project in the following gallery:…


I don't often get the chance to express my full appreciation for the wonderful pieces of gift art fellow artists send me. With this in mind, I thought I'd feature some of those that I both applaud and treasure right here!

Sweeney - Art Trade by tavingtonTodd and Tobias by ExpressionTobias Ragg by Tsuchan

Birthday barber by ShoJoJimDeadly laugh by GellyhSweeny Icon by Not-Quite-Normal

General Information



I'm dotted around the Internet, so be sure to visit some of my other art galleries (as some of them feature work not posted here):

Elfwood -…
Yerf - (and the Yerf archive -
FurAffinity -…
ArtSpots -

Tumblr -


Also, don't forget to check out my available prints. They are all ready to grace your walls (and in some cases scare your family members!)

• Featured prints:…

Whistle Smoke by Leopreston Caeruleus by Leopreston Cold Shoulder by Leopreston

Copyright Information~

The artworks displayed within this gallery are Copyright to Leona Preston (unless otherwise stated) under the Designs and Patents Act 1988. No part of these works may be used, copied, distributed, reproduced or altered in any way without the expressed written permission of myself (as the copyright owner). All rights reserved. Taking images for use (be it for personal or commercial reasons) without permission is considered to be a form of copyright theft. Please contact me concerning permissions (publishing or general).






I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the wonderful people who left me a birthday message on Sunday. It's incredibly kind that people still remember me here. I'm quite touched by it!

As far as everything goes, I'm still attempting to gain a better work-life balance. At the moment I'm spending a lot of time commuting and working in my full time position and it doesn't leave much wiggle room for my own work. I want to review and better manage the time I do have so that I can refresh things and get back to doing what I love. So in short, it's taking some time but I will get there in the end!

Thank you for sticking with me during this uphill climb over a particularly precipitous mountain! :)

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I'm on a break from DA until I can figure out what I want to do with this account (I'm not leaving, just looking to refresh things!) ;)

Until then, you can find me on tumblr where I post regularly:


Leona Preston
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
Graphic Designer & Illustrator

The Implied Illusion:

A perfectly sane and well adjusted individual.

The Perceived Reality:

An eccentric English type with a hopeless Bohemian sense of fashion, jazzy designer by day, frenetic illustrator by night, working on a murderous graphic novel of sorts, singularly contemplative, an example of organized chaos, an incurable prankster with a quirky sense of humour, a collector of all things odd and truly fascinating, supporter of the highest order of post-it note misuse, deeply philosophical, erudite in several 'ological' studies of interest, a pensive observer of seasonal changes, an addicted tea sipper, of wide ranging musical tastes, a feverish consumer of classic and modern literature, film enthusiast, semi-realistic visual contortionist, convicted sketcher and long-suffering, versatile creative... sadly lacking a pair of fetching pantaloons.

Favourite Quotes:

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

"My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work!" - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)

"I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result... I will do something sooner or later." - Beatrix Potter

"All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession." - William Hogarth


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solangedrawing Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy (late) birthday!I am a dummy! 
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Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Happy Birthday!! (Whenever you see this again)
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FortunataFox Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!)))
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Stygma Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Birthday Sweets by KmyGraphic
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greensam Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
...the happiest of birthdays to you great artist...hope your special day is filled with joy...=3
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Mirumoto-Kenjiro Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Happy Birthday!
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, hope you like this:… 
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NevadaCoyotle Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!:D (Big Grin) :happybounce: Airborne 
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Tygriess Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday!!
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