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PT - Miss Universe by Ai-Bee PT - Miss Universe by Ai-Bee
:bulletpurple::star::bulletblue: Happy birthday, Stella! :bulletpurple::star::bulletblue:

Sorry I've been a little quiet this month! I've been working on something you all should get to see at the end of the month! :'P
I can't believe how much my stellababy's changed since her last b-day picture. Time sure flies when you're drawing your hands off... *waves limp hands* To be fair, all of the girls have been slowly growing, and I did draw her not too long ago for PT's second anni, but even in that amount of time she's grown.

I had a very specific idea for this picture (and I only regret how small the res is... *bonks self on head*) But I've always loved the fact StellaGale's story has a very obvious astrology/astronomy and nautical theme to it (in comparison to SamSara's day/night, sky/ocean theme) because I really love Stella being my little starlet.

A lot of things have been going on this year in terms of Ty and I's personal growth and ambitions as artists within the QUILTBAG/LGBTQA* spectrum, and we both decided something really important recently... When we first made this story we ourselves were still relatively new to the idea of being truly out... but our activism has shifted the way we've been handling issues and presenting our queer characters.

Stella has been a difficult character for me to work with because I've been keeping a major part of her story marked as a spoiler, so her development has suffered for it considerably. Both Ty and I have dropped hints about it before, but I think it's important at this point to be upfront about something very integral to their story.

We are completely aware that this may change some people's opinions or preferences for Stella or this couple, and for that, we are not sorry. I hope no one feels any differently considering we have plenty of similar characters in our galleries, but if you do change your mind, I would be pretty disappointed in you.

So without further ado; for her birthday, I'm going to share a more accurate summary of what StellaGale is about.

Arc 3: Stella & Gale
Gale, a masculine cis-gendered lesbian working as a tattoo artist and a small-time rockstar, leads the hopelessly heartbroken life of a bachelor and struggles with her watered down dreams. She crosses paths with Stella, an ambitious fashion-major trans woman who has just finally found courage in her ability to "pass" to try the lesbian dating scene instead of the safe-haven of gay men she'd been accustomed to but now is finding herself alienated in because of her changing identity.

They're a truly star-crossed couple, but they both realize that it takes a lot more to completely trust and commit yourself to someone while fighting your own inner demons and limitations as a human being.

Stella and Gale are about identity, gender, and what it means to be who you want to be.


And I think that should do it. :thanks:
Thank you for all the favorites, comments, and watches!
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Pretty nice piece!
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Ai-Bee Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Sure thing, you're welcome! ;)
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You know I'm going to admit I wasn't aware any of the hints so this was somewhat unexpected for me and to be honest I was kind of struck by how much I really didn't care. I mean that in a good way though, it just doesn't matter to me what Stella was or what anyone else was for that matter, what matters to me is what they choose to be now.
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No problem. Funniest thing though back in high school I was one of those girls who thought they committed an atrocious act for staring at another girls breasts. Amusing how opinions change in just a manner of a few years.
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Ai-Bee Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's totally 100% okay that you didn't pick up any hints, I definitely didn't expect everyone to :) I'm really happy you felt that way after reading about it though! That is really important. It's exactly an example of how gender is what we want it to be, or what we choose to share! But I'm really happy you shared this with me, so thank you! :hug:
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SuperHeroSockMonkey Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really really really love her! She's so beautiful in this picture :heart: I can't wait to read all of the PT stories, and Stella/Gale story sounds so deep and interesting. Keep up the great work! :D
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Ai-Bee Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm really happy to hear that! :love: :heart:
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ARTabstraction Jan 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YESSSSSS. OMG.
I didn't think there were any more changes to be made that I didn't know I'd wanted in your story but Stella being a trans*woman is definitely one I wanted! IT FITS SO PERFECTLY! And it gives her more of a concrete struggle in my eyes at least. I'm sure you guys had conflict for her as a character before this change, but this makes me like her as a character more. It makes it easier for me to relate to her.
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Ai-Bee Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHHH GOSH THANK YOU// Forgive me for the late reply but ahh I'm so freaking excited, I don't think I could put it into words.
She was always trans from the very beginning, so this was just like a revelation for me that I was still fairly closeted even back when I first made PT~ so this is just like... sharing the depth of her struggle with the world, finally. I'm so so happy you can relate to her 
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