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Hold Me Close by Leopreston Hold Me Close by Leopreston
This is a little gift piece for Kat ~Foxenawolf and Simon *Siman2000 of their characters in DEVIA [link] two wonderful people and fond friends. I feel like I've been neglecting so many friends recently and am often reminded that it's a sad thing to lose touch.

Kat and Si are often far too kind to me, kinder than I deserve really, and I hope that this expresses at least a little of my gratitude towards them. It's also a huge thank you to them both for the thoughtful things they've done. Kat sent me a goodie bag full of amazing DEVIA artwork a while ago (among other things) and Si also sent me an amazing Naval officer's coat last Christmas. I just couldn't accept so grand a gift, but, the thought alone was the best gift he could have given! :)

This piece was actually a labour of love for me too, as I ended up painting it twice! The first time, Photoshop tricked me into trusting it and then crashed before I could save (my bad), so it was a task and a half to start from scratch. Still, as I said, a thank you well worth the effort.

So here's to you Kat & Si and also other wonderful friends; David, Bryan, Kai, Sean, Cindy... far too many to mention here in fact. Remember that, even though I may not be around, I'm still thinking of you! :love:

(Artwork Leona Preston 2010 / (DEVIA) characters Si & Kat)

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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Such resplendent work! This piece is there a story behind it? It is magnificent. The close comradeship and bond is evident, and being Napoleonic War fanatic, the uniform is delightfully accurate and detailed!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
You flatter me... far too much in fact! Well, I guess you could say that there is a story behind this piece. I mean the two people it was gifted to are an item, so visual affection is, as an invisible rule, a kind of must, but the characters are also from a webcomic that Kat herself has been working on. There's a link to this in the description (DEVIA). I'd highly recommend checking it out as it's well worth the read and interesting if you like Napoleonic history. :)
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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nay, you are such exceptional artist.
It is somehow reminiscent in my view of "Master and Commander:The Far Side of the World"

I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to Miss Kat's work. It is brilliant to say the very least, and it delights, being the Napoleonic War fanatic I am!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love that film! And no problem at all! :)
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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, yes, I watched it 33 time and counting...
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Now's the time for the main opponents on old Devia...FARRELL THE UNIFORM ROBBER vs DAUPHIN ZE FRENCHMAN!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Farrell stole my boot and Dauphin smells... like a Frenchman! I shall have to lock them both in a barrel... TOGETHER! MWAHAHAHAHAAA! XD
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theFishWhisperer1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It makes my head explode into candy! :iconiloveitplz:
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
OMG! Free candies! *scoops them up* :D
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theFishWhisperer1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
om nom nom nom nom!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha ha! Sweet, sweet candies...
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theFishWhisperer1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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haffri Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Wow. It's quite simple, but it has an extraordinarily gentle feel to it. I love it.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you and I'm so glad you like it! :)
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Puppeteerz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student General Artist
That's sweet. :iconawwplz:
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you most kindly.
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SweeneyFan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
A monkey! Very good! Also love the tendernes of the whole pease. :D
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, it makes a change to work on a more unusual character. Loved every second of it. :)
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lennan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Awww. Hey, it's totally understandable, I'm pretty much generally awol these days, and I'm pretty bad about keeping in contact too, it's rather sad. But still, you're trying your best, and so am I, and that's is more than enough. =)
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awol... ha ha ha, that's a good one. I'll have to remember it! :)
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CaptainJacksLuv Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Cute ^^ Nicely done as always. :)
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you and neat icon by the way! Ha ha, love it. :D
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CaptainJacksLuv Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Haha thanks ;p Charlie is amazing.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
He sure is... err... was... is. Yes! :D
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CaptainJacksLuv Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, he'll always be. XD
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Agreed. :nod:
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*JAWDROP*...
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) Hee hee, a positive response I gather?
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mein gott yes!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yaaaay! :boogie:
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D
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Foxenawolf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This brought me to tears THANK YOUUU
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, I didn't mean to make you cry! :O But I do mean everything I said up there. I am lucky to have you both as friends. :hug:
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rodrev Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks wonderfull.
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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rodrev Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome :)
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LordFenrir Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome as always :D
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, no, awesome is too strong a word for anything I do, but regardless, I appreciate it. Thank you. :)

How goes work on SOTDL? I've not been around much recently to keep up-to-date with it, so I hope all is well!
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LordFenrir Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still chugging along slowly I'm afraid, but it is nearer completion than a few months ago. I have yet to get 'round to commissioning for filler art yet, but with the holidays coming up, I get to be working tremendous amounts of overtime ( D: ), but will be able to afford arts :D
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, I'm glad to hear that you're still going with that, and you know what they say, if you enjoy working on it, that's the main thing! ;)
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argenholydrake Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore this very much. Hugs
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) So glad to hear that too! :hug:
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argenholydrake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^ warm and tightly hugs
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s1lv37w0lf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
WOW!! How do you make your work so awesome?!?! *Glomps* brilliant I love the colours!! Xx
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww heck, there's that awesome word. I never know what to make of it! XD Still, thank you so much for the kind comment! I appreciate it a lot! :)
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s1lv37w0lf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
No problem :3, I wouldnt comment if I didnt like it....

I love the word glomp too XD Xx
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hee hee. :D
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s1lv37w0lf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Yus for glompiness.... Xx
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very sweet. :)
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