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Astra is an independent Artistic Factotum - that is a sort of Jack-of-All-Trades. Some of those trades include: published fantasy author, freelance illustrator, cosplayer, clothing designer, crafter and games designer. She builds worlds instead of sleeping, and has no idea what the elusive creature 'free time' is. She hopes someday to do well enough at her many artistic pursuits that she might find out.
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    Astra Crompton
  • Age
    35
  • Gender
    Female
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@Yulenna: Ah, merci beaucoup!
@Guest: He's definitely a charmer!
Aaand the Sparkle has been turned on. If she's the Sun, he's all the stars in the sky!

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Aaaand he's turned on the charm!

Even though that hat would technically be fore an outdoor event, I really wanted to give her something a bit different from all the gauze/pearl/feather adorned ladies' hair-dos.



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@Captain Apricot: She'd probably think him "Sportsmanlike"!
At least we get to switch away from his journal and into direct thought. I am really glad that I don't have to colour this page, because that ballroom scene would make me cry.



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(his cape was in the carriage, m'kay?)
On his way to a party...

Again, here's the Blade narration:

"True that some men carry on their affairs after marriage...but with such a high profile wife as the Duchess, my proclivities could lead to scandal.

If my father found out he'd cut me off without a second thought.

What to do?"



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@Captain Apricot: They all have different hazards:
Francois is the most likely to get them into debt; Etoile's husband would likely challenge Dominic to a duel to the death; and Vincent has the sort of self-loathing homophobia that could end in a hate crime.
Again, Blade's cursive journalling:

"Love making should be a matter of passion, not cheapened into an act of duty.

Mon dieu! and what of my current lovers? Lord Fran├žois Beauregarde; Marchessa Etoile de Bois; Viscount Vincent Dumas."

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@Captain Apricot: Even though he's a dandy on the ship, he's way more of a dandy on land!

And yeah, younger Blade relished in being wealthy and privileged and wasn't keen to lose either.

...and yet he gave it all up for a life of piracy!
I'm sorry in advance to all those who struggle with reading Blade's cursive narration. For your ease of reading:

"Journal, see what pressures I am under? I am young yet. Marriage seems a door akin to an early death. / I have seen my companions shrivel under the yoke of an advantageous wife. Suddenly their finances must go to draping them in jewels, their only pressing concern to produce an heir."



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Blade is the quintessential spoiled rich kid.

No one is surprised.



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I don't often get to do these full-page spreads, and I'm a little sad that this one is in sepia, as I think it'd look mighty fine in full colour. It makes me still want to finish up that old Blade Paperdoll I had started as a stretch goal for a crowdfunding campaign for chapter 3.

Perhaps I will eventually as a bonus download for the higher tier Patreons.


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Hello!

Rococo for daaaays. Drawing Blade's mom's clothes makes me want to make a rococo dress for myself.



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Pretty much the only thing about Blade that was different three years ago was his hair was shorter. He's always had a very strong sense of himself and was very strong-willed. And, let's face it....spoiled as the seas are high.

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Blade's mom isn't having any of that attitude.



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This townhouse is only one of the Montblanche family's many properties. This is where they stay when they come to court functions and so on.



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Blade's Origin Story
Here are the colours for this bonus chapter's cover. As with the previous ones, the bonus chapters will be in B&W, so I'll be posting the pages here a week in advance of anywhere else.

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@sly: Fiiiinally! Hopefully he'll be less pent up after this.
@Sly: I'm glad that it translated the way I'd hoped!