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Bill the Butcher by Leopreston Bill the Butcher by Leopreston
William ‘Bill the Butcher’ Poole (or William Cutting if you prefer his fictionalised name), for ‘Mr Dandy’ himself, Steven (RelaxingDragon1) over on FA.

This piece was way too much fun to work on and the pre-prep for it presented the perfect opportunity to find out more about a figure I knew so little about. In all honesty, I had never seen Gangs of New York all the way through before and finally watched it a few days ago, as required research. I immediately realised just what I had been missing! It’s a truly great film, albeit slightly confusing because there are many details that have been changed, including Bill the Butcher’s real name. Anyway, thanks go to Steven for recommending it! ;)

So yes, Bill the Butcher, an ‘actual’ butcher, New York City gang member, bare-knuckle boxer, knife-thrower… and racist git (bloomin’ pro-‘native born’ American, anti-immigrant, anti-Irish, anti-Catholic whatnot!) Lol! I know that Steven would hit me hard over the head for mentioning that again, because the whole turf-war was a huge issue back then, but thankfully the word ‘unity’ has a little more meaning these days.

…Oh yeah, and he dispatched Liam Neeson damnit! Why? WHY? Wahahaha! :(

(Artwork © Leona Preston / Steven Burse 2009 /
Inspired by the motion picture ‘Gangs of New York’ © Miramax Films)

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:iconukalapi:
ukalapi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
wow!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay! :D
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:iconghostaura:
GhostAura Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Good god, You made him look as sexy as Daniel Day Lewis in the film. I applaud!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you, that's quite a compliment!
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:iconghostaura:
GhostAura Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Anytime, keep up the work :)
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) I will certainly aim to do so, thank you!
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:iconghostaura:
GhostAura Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Ya welcome :3
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:icongalileo-figaro:
Galileo-Figaro Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
cooooool :D
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:iconpyromaniacvampire:
PyromaniacVampire Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your style...Your art...a must love!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you very much! OMG... your icon. Crazy 'you sir!' look! XD
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:iconpirategirl37:
Pirategirl37 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Love it very nice small details and shading.
Love background and everything.
"I gota sleep with one eye open and I only got ONE eye"
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha, thank you. ;)
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:iconmaster-of-the-boot:
Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Who else agrees with me that Bill is not a man you want to get into a fight with.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
*puts her hand up in the air* Agreed! ;)
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
"My mustache, she is full and curly!"
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha, that she is, arrrrr! XD
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
:iconmustacheplz:
And yet again, the endless supply of plz accounts comes through and delivers a funny icon.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
:iconbeardplz: Ha ha ha ha! I'll say! XD
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
:icongoatplz:
I didn't see a goatee plz. What's with that!?
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha, it's high time someone made one! XD
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:iconwadifahtook:
wadifahtook Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Haven't watched it because I really, really can't stomach one of the actors in it. This however, is awesome. Love the mustache! ~^^~
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha, it's not so much the actors for me but all the racial hatred. Urgh, I know the times were different then, but... gah! :(
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ShilaDaLioness Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
WTFOMFGOMG!!!! BILL THE BUTCHER!! One of my favourite villians of ALL time!! :D :D :D

You did him perfectly!!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
LOL! You sound... very pleased to have found this. Hee hee hee, I'm glad! :lol:
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:iconcaptainjacksluv:
CaptainJacksLuv Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
That is so awesome!!! Love it!

What? Liam Nesson? ...wut...?
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha ha, Liam Neeson's character picked the wrong fight in the beginning of the movie... :(
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:iconcaptainjacksluv:
CaptainJacksLuv Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ooooooh.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
:( Sad scene.
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:iconlennan:
lennan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
He also has an insane 'stache. Seriously, looks at that thing, it's mad.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
AHAHA! Yes, I was waiting for someone to say that. XD
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:iconlennan:
lennan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Glad not to disappoint. XD
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:iconlostgiant:
LostGiant Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Yeah, Gangs of New York is one of my favorite films too.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
;)
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:iconmasikarain:
MasikaRain Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Sweet 'stash! I will not go down the alleyway he is hiding in.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha ha, good idea! XD
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:iconjamcub:
Jamcub Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
He looks cool, but at the same time like someone you wouldn't wanna cross. :D Brilliant is all I say...


... and he reminds me of Sweeney. ;)
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha, does a little of Sweeney creep into everything??? XD
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:iconjamcub:
Jamcub Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Certanly... he is like a creepy virus that creeps into everything... :D
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:iconlonewolfcave:
Lonewolfcave Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Why is everyting you draw smokin' hot? O_o


XDDDD
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
LOL! XD
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:iconpoila-invictiwerks:
Poila-Invictiwerks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Eeek~! It's the kind of thing that makes it a perfect addition to some Facebook game app called Gang of New York Wars :XD:
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha, now you know I'm going to have to search for that. :D
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:iconfyuvix:
Fyuvix Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
He's got such a great imposing pose. So full of power and really intimidating.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
RUN AWAY!!!!!! :fear:
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:iconmacgreen:
MacGreen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student Filmographer
Oh, I love Gangs of New York. :D
You made Bill look great in anthro form! :heart:
Great work!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
:boogie: Thank you!
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:iconfatalbellman:
FatalBellman Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Ha ha! Been a while since I watched that movie. I couldn't remember who Bill the Butcher was. But all you had to say was "Gangs of New York" and then, with the moustache and the creepy eyes, it was "Oh shoot, him!" Very nicely done, boss.
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha ha, I guess... he completely stole every scene in that movie! XD
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:iconlordfenrir:
LordFenrir Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely drawing...as always I love the parchment and sketch feeling to your pieces :D
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
:) I'm glad to hear it, and thank you once again!
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