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So, when I was a little girl, I never wanted a prince charming on a white horse to come and take me to his kingdom as most of my friends did. Instead, I was reading Jane Austen's novels and dreaming of how I would grow up and move to England where I would meet a perfect British gentleman with beautiful blue eyes, who would take me to see Shakespeare plays and with whom I would spend afternoons drinking Earl Grey tea with milk, and having intellectual conversations.
So much for that...

In brief, I have given up on that dream a long time ago and it has become a sort of private joke. But then, lately, I have started watching some interviews with a certain British actor (brace yourselves, tons of portraits of him are probably coming...) And every single little detail about him painfully reminds me of that childish daydream. And I get lost in it again.

What you guys just witnessed is the precise reason why I am most likely going to die alone with 40 cats. :D
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petite-sirene Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your story touch me. Because in fact it happen the same to me, but only since 3 years. I suddenly had interest for victorian england, (i don't read jane austen), but i write my own storys and make some drawings in this context (you can go see on my profile, and on my blog there a part named "a tea under the veranda". I have a prince in my mind, a prince incarned by a man i admire so much, and i project his portrait on my drawings and writings. He's not british, but he have exactly the style. And i know why i have this attraction for victorian england and why i project it through this man.
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MemoriesOfTime97 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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AfricanTammy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has also been my dream since I was little. I would totally love to meet this British actor, though I don't think my prince will be British

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booknerd213 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a similar fantasy....
And this is absolutely beautiful!
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Amrock Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oooooh my, this is beautiful.
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Chikasa Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student
Very Rococo :) I love it!
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AviHistten Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
pretty/////love your prince Hiddles
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:iconkawaiifairytaledream:
Ok, so you're (in my opinion) one of the best artists on this website. Everything you do is so detailed. Do you teach? I'd love to learn from you.
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exquisitely done. The art style is beautiful (so detailed!), and the coloring is lovely.

There is nothing wrong with dreaming, even if you know that dream will never be realized. It is dreams that help us to look beyond what we "know" to be true, and that ability to go beyond our senses and even our beliefs is what inspires us to imagine and create...

Sorry for the fortune cookie moment. I will counteract that by saying this picture reminds me a bit of Jim Henson's Labyrinth.
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RosyRose1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I love it is so....romantic =') (sorry for my bad eng XP ='( )
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misslysiak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long did this take you becasue it is amazing! I love the dress. Did you come up with the idea for it by yourself or did you copy a dress?
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shadows-leader Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Oh, I really like it. The dress is specially beautiful *A*

And yeah, he's the exact same reason why I am going to die with aprox the same quantity of cats as you. And I thought I gave up on that brittish-gentleman-dream long ago... /facepalm
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whiteirislady Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Love it! :D
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rpm1337 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply beautiful!!! Is this all freehand?

And I'm with you and the 40 cats. (Mine was always green eyes, though. ^_~)
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dancefever92 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm with you with that dream... lol :iconhurrdurrplz:
This drawing is so beautiful :heart:
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MissCosettePontmercy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've been featured! ;) [link]
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SomniaRomantica Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awww, what an adorbable story!

To encourage you a little, I also had some dreams about the perfect relastionship (with some cliché factors and some unconventional ones) and...well..here I am, 30 years old and 8,5 years together with my love, who is all I wished for and even more :) Yup, it's possible :heart: ^-^ :heart:

Lovely art as always by the way :)
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pocketsterling Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You read my mind about the childhood dream...
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Blurredx0x Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Artist
I'll die alone with 40 cats too, cause I grew up with a very similar dream.
But I live in Britain, and British guys, for the most part, sadly aren't as they are often portrayed. :/

But yes, definitelyl, I'd like to drink Earl Grey and have intellectual conversations with Tom too :D
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Thestarlitrose Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This is exactly my idea of the perfect man. *cough Tom* but seriously More of them need to exist. I'm 23 and in need of a Husband. Preferably British.
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AVthreads Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
It's so pretty!! I love all of the intricate details, colors, patterns, the design, everything!!
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brittybear109 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Your detail is phenomenal!
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Beautiful outfits. Wonderful work
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Fyngirl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
At the age of 18 it is a little too early to be giving up on that dream just yet ;) I haven't! :D (yet in my dream it is a Norwegian and the beverage dark beer :XD: - but so far "Pride and Prejudice" and "A Song of Ice and Fire" will have to do, and my cat...)
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flummo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Writer
Beautiful coloring as always. :D And maybe you think it's just a childish daydream, but I hope that your dream comes true. :)
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cecy-loveart Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The elegant manners and charming personality this characters have is what attracts me the most : ) I agree with you. And your drawing is lovely by the way :heart:
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the hem of her dress. Nice details!
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nataliaarizpe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry i already commented before but i just have to say it again! this is such a pretty picture!
i love the border
i love how you drew the people
i love the cute little tom
i love the dress
i love how that is probabl something that tom would do!
GGGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH !!!!
SO AWESOME!
*picks up cats* youre my only hope now little ones
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razorflame45 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, im going to die with 100 dogs. ;D
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c-chaN411 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I luv the detail!!!
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Moony-Aniu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you just wrote every real girls wish. except i want the irish gent.
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ghostyheart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness!! This is soooo romantic! Oooohhh I love the border of the picture and the hem on her dress looks like a stained glass window! I too am destined to be an old cat lady soooooo why don't we just move in together onto a cat farm? OH I'm just kidding! My dear, your dream will certainly come true as long as you never give up on it! Looking at this picture is making me all sentimental and romantic... *dreamy sigh*
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La-Chapeliere-Folle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Terribly sorry for the late response :hug:
It sure is always worth it to try and make a dream come true... But if anything, I like that cat farm idea :D
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ghostyheart Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!! Oh I'm glad you like the cat farm idea too :D
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MirunaP Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :rose:
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redambrosia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, don't think you'll die alone! I was convinced of that too, but just last week (8 days ago now) I married a wonderful man, a man a really couldn't have dreamt up, he's so perfect for me. Someone will find you, just don't hind yourself too well ;)
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Immortal-Physicist Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree also, Hiddleston is BEAUTIFUL.
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La-Chapeliere-Folle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
He is not even human!! :love:
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Immortal-Physicist Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree. Did you see him in the Hollow Crown? Probably not cos it was only aired over here i think, but it was awesome :) I maintain the notion that Britain has the best Cheekbones, and I think Hiddleston wins :D
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La-Chapeliere-Folle Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Not yet unfortunately, but I have seen a few screenshots and random scenes from it on youtube. This show would have been on my "to-watch-as-soon-as-possible" list even if Tom wasn't in it :boogie: The fact that he is though, playing a king, with his razor sharp British cheekbones just makes everything perfect :love:
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Immortal-Physicist Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yet again I utterly agree. Shakespeare and cheekbones, what more can you ask for? :D
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Immortal-Physicist Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally understand the cat thing, but there are still British Gents here in England :) You just have to look for them a bit harder than a few decades ago :) Beautiful drawing :D
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La-Chapeliere-Folle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! You give me hope :D
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Immortal-Physicist Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :D
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
This is truly lovely, and I cannot fault your taste in British gentlemen. (And cats are awesome! Though one or two might be better than forty.)
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La-Chapeliere-Folle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :huggle:
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Ryvienna Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
That is lovely!
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mugglebornprincess Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
well, you wouldn't die alone if you had 40 cats, now would you??? LOL

FANTASTIC job, by the way! very well done :)
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La-Chapeliere-Folle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well, if you look at it that way... :D
Thank you! :heart:
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mugglebornprincess Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
you're welcome :)
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