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The Four Queens by leighyoung The Four Queens by leighyoung
These ladies are based on the four queens in a deck of cards from a Vegas casino. It's what you get when you're looking around the room for inspiration, you don't find any so you start poking around in drawers and baskets to see what's actually in there and then find the inspiration you're looking for.

I was thinking of posting each of them separately, to fill up my gallery, but I like the way they look when they're all together like this. I'll put them up on their own when they go up on my web site. But I might pick my favourite of the four and make that my feature deviation.

All done in Illustrator CS2, played and practised with pattern brushes a lot.

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To my great shock and surprise, I discovered that this became a DD on the weekend! I'll be here all week answering comments and thanking people for favourites! This really is incredibly flattering. It's such a nice feeling to be appreciated and to know people are interested in what I can do and like to do. Thank you!
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Given 2006-03-05
The Four Queens by *leighyoung, a wonderful take on a classic subject! ( Featured by Einion )
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Really beautiful ... well done!  

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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Very pretty! I love the art style!
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
WOW, what a genious concept!
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dog-eggs Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
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Hope to here from you soon, you have nothing to lose as they are freeeeeeeeeeeeeee......
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dog-eggs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Why not check out www.diavoli.de for custom made Bicycle card decks made to order.......
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LunaTicToc Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
This is awesome! Such a cool and fresh take on a classic deck of cards.
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dog-eggs Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Please check out www.diavoli.de we can make this into a real deck of cards for you.......
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's pretty neat. I'll have to take a closer look around.
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:iconbrodaeo:
brodaeo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this piece, of course, but I especially relate to your thoughts on where to find inspiration...
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:iconbraeonart:
braeonArt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nice piece
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:iconmatiasfrom:
MatiasFrom Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You captured the style of the common card illustrations so well that I'm just stunned.
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:iconrozichka:
rozichka Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
i love 'em! :)
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wiciwiciwictor Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
that's just too badass!
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SwordStitcher Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
i love this :D its an exellent peice +fav
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mclaren1141 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
I love your work...you are very talented!
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:iconmarlwood:
Marlwood Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
Cool.. I don't normally like pictures on normal playing cards cos they seem a bit, well, normal to me. I always used to think it was the colours, but you've proved that theory wrong because I love these!
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salamanderFLAME Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
awesome job:D
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:iconesoup:
esoup Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007   Writer
nice... givn me some great ideas for some stencil pieces. thanks.
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:iconalammi:
alammi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
Damn!! It so cool!!! :+fav: of course:)
Please, tell me that there will be other cards :yum:?
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! I still have 8 months to post!
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papertigress Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
That deck's beautiful...
This is absolutely perfect, the hair is the best detail for me, they all look gorgeous!
:blowkiss:


:kiss:
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank! I got the idea for the hair directly from the deck of cards I was using for inspiration.
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papertigress Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
I know but you interpreted the hair so well! :worship:





:kiss:
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adrianperezacosta Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
I know I'm not very original favin' this piece but is just so damn good. Plus, I have personal reasons, I love decks of cards cause I practice some Magic.
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I still appreciate it.
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Juan-Doe Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
this is gorgeous
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:iconmaylah:
Maylah Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Professional Photographer
very cute!
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:iconscarrillo:
Scarrillo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006   Digital Artist
Amazing style! love it
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Jounouchi Featured By Owner May 21, 2006
really really really lvoe the art :D especiallty he card theme!
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the-suicide-king Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Awesome picture, very original. I know what you mean about looking to odd things for insparation, but you've done a wonderful job just the same.
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner May 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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ArieruInuyasha Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006  Hobbyist
:wow: :WOW thats really good keep it up
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only-zuul Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2006
I think my favorite part of this set is their hands. You've captured such grace in the shape of their hands. I love it when an artist can achieve such stellar results with only a few simple lines. Lovely, simply lovely.
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for noticing the details. I'm used to trying dynamic hands so for this one I wanted them to be relaxed.
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GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
This came out so great, sometimes chance is the best inspiration of all :) Too bad it's not an actual deck, that would be too fun :)
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leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
They're aren't any more ladies in a deck. Bo-ring! ;P
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GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006
Who says you can't switch them out, though? The king would be the harder one to differentiate, but the knave could become a wench or something like that and the number cards become a design based on the suit...it could work ;)
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Don't give any more ideas! ;P I've got a list to work on already. It is a great idea you have. I wonder where one would go to get playing cards made?
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Italiux Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
simply amazing,l love the design, , love the lines, love the faces, love the poses, what else can u ask for. im shoked, im in love with that pic, in love.
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leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That's a whole lotta love! Thank you!
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supergenius23 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
Lovely work you have here, I love their poses and everything. Excellent work!
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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Gigicom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Four great ladies! Four fantastic cards! Four wonderful positions! ---> AWSOME WORK! :clap::clap::clap:


I really like their hairs and dresses :clap:
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I can't take too much credit for the dresses and hair styles, those were pretty much taken from the playing cards I was working from.
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krisglobe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
i like a lot!! 4 queens very prety
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hen-Hen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
also beautiful
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Hethien Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
Ah! Adorable piece of vector work! I love the curves! And ah - the evil Queen of Spades! [I play Hearts too much, and well, she's not a good card to have XD]. Very very nice!
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I tried to not make them all look evil. If you have a personal vendetta against a particular suit, that's your problem. ;)
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Hethien Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
XD That's very true! My problem and mine alone!
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