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: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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REMmeline Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I got into Picture This a long while back, but it was only until a while ago when I realized I was really looking forward to Stella and Gale's story. (I'm most excited for Sam&Sara and Mona&Su-Mi, but aaaah!!) :D
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Argh yay!! I'm happy you're excited for stellagale too :love: Thank you!!
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SuperHeroSockMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh wow even after half a year I still get real emotional whenever I check this pic out....especially with the story synopsis :heart:
I have a feeling that I'll really get to love their story together and them as individuals....I really do :heart:
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh! That makes me SO happy! :excited: I'm so so glad you feel that way, ahh thank you! :huggle:
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Pretty nice piece!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Sure thing, you're welcome! ;)
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Black-Velvet-Sama Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
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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Black-Velvet-Sama Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm really happy to hear that! :love: :heart:
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 
:huggle:
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hahah! Oooooh that makes sense- she was probably pretty close to your heart then, and you're able to show that about her character now! Seriously makes me love her so much more. I'm glad you're more comfortable wit the whole thing now. :glomp:

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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Miss Universe indeed ! :love:
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hee, thank you! :love:
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep !
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PastaMaker Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Aww, Stell-Bell, you're insecure about your ability to 'pass'? Aww...:'( Don't worry baby, Gale is there to show you that you ARE a woman, no matter what anyone else will say...
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amynichole1993 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Love this pic <3 And I will ALWAYS love Stella and Gale. But I might even love them more now =-O

BUT.....I dont want to sound ignorant but.....what exactly does cis-gendered mean? I've never heard that term before and I'd like to know exactly what it means. I love Gale probably more than any the characters. So I'd like to know all about her :-)

Thanks for......being awesome!!!!!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy to hear that! :love:
Cisgender simply means someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth, whereas a transgender person does not. :)
It's to avoid the comparison of transgender people and "normal" (who are actually just cisgender) people. It's so the playing field of gender identities are even, if that makes sense. It's the same as how heterosexual is being used now to compliment homosexual too. You can also check out the wiki article on it!

If you're still confused let me know :love:
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amynichole1993 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Thanks :-) i think I understand it now. I appreciate you getting back to me!!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! I'm happy to help :love: :heart:
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Jaimz-AG Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cisgender is the opposite of transgender, it means your gender and sex are the same
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amynichole1993 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Soooo....Gale is female but she considers herself as more of a male? Like she's always been boyish and thats just how she is? Almost like a cross dresser? Please correct me if I'm wrong but that's how I'm understanding it thus far.
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Jaimz-AG Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She's female-bodied and identifies as female, however she does have some more masculine traits, so kind of a tomboy
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amynichole1993 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Awwwww ok gotcha :-) thanks!!
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Jaimz-AG Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, I'm happy to be helpful UvU
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Shinobigami Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no mind changed here at all! if anything, this just makes precious little Stella more intricate and possess much more depth than people would initially expect! ;w;

and this is really beautiful, by the way uWu <3
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I couldn't agree more ;//v//;

:huggle: :heart:
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Shinobigami Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent! and don't believe anyone who says otherwise~ ;//v//;

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TheFlamingZebra Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am really sorry I didn't comment on this one before because I have been staring at it and coming back to it a lot since you posted it.

Bee this is wonderful. I love her expression. I think her hands are just SO quality. Like god, look at that shape, look how elegant they are. I really like the folds of her dress against her thighs. The design aspect with her hair and the night sky is so wonderful. The strands you made passing through it only makes it look more natural even. 

Thank you both so much for coming out with this. I'm so excited for this, I'm so excited for Stella I'm so happy for her and I just think this was the best thing in the world to do. Thank you.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh omg cait you sweetie I'm all fuzzy inside knowing you revisit this one ;___;
To be honest I think this is my favorite work of her ever, not just because it's the most updated, but it feels liberating after letting her come out. She's definitely safe here and in my head and she deserves that kinda freedom. afvgbgf *rambles words*

You're welcome b-b-but thank you most :cuddle: :heart:
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sarahsmiles916 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Beautiful
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Also, just as an aside, if anybody does have an issue or changes their preference because Stella is trans, fuck 'em.

*puts his personal two cents out there*
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HECK YEAH SIG YOU KNOW WHERE IT'S AT MAN

thankfully no one has felt the need to voice that to me as of yet- I've gotten nothing but unending support from trans* and cisgendered people alike, it's wonderful really :love:
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
STELLLLLLLLLLAAAAAA~ *glomps* jeezus, I love this girl. I blame you for giving me the over-FEEELS with her picture being all emotionally broken down and crying. Just resonates with me.

I hope she has a very satisfying birthday.

And now for your scheduled insomnia driven non sequitur part of a Siggy comment.

*stands menacingly over Gale, like a squat Irish stormcloud of fury and perdition* Break her heart, and I will. End. You. *goes back to all smiles of sunshine and puppies, like a cuddly teddybear* Kay? OkayIloveyoubuhbye.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WAHHAHHA SIG YOU SPAZ OMG
I'm only a little sorry about pummeling you with feels over her emotional breakdown piece. A little. Yeahhh.... :3c

YOU'D PROBABLY MAKE GALE PEE HERSELF SHE'S A BIG BABY ON THE INSIDE
AKA YOU PROBABLY HAVE NOTHIN TO WORRY ABOUT HEEHEE
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RainingDesperation Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   General Artist
AHHHH  YESS I KNEW IT WAS GONNA BE STELLA <3 <3 I KNEW ITTTTT <3 <3 <3
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHA I'M HAPPY YOU'RE GLAD THOUGH YAY <333
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DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Omfg, this makes me even more fucking happy!! I love this arch!! Don't stop making good stuff!!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhh thank you so much!! I'll do my best! :love:
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Lin-Kitty13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
When you guys first mentioned that not all of the girls are biological females, Stella was my first guess. You two gave us bits and pieces of info that caused me to rule out everyone but her and Sumi, but I still leaned toward Stella.
It does make you look at her story differently thought. Not better or worse, just different. Make no mistake, I still love her and I'm still looking forward to her and Gale the most.
Also, out of curiosity, has she had any surgeries yet or not.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) I do feel like it's different- her struggles have an added layer of complexity to them than before. It's really important to her story, so I'm glad I went with this.
Also, those questions are going to be addressed in her story, since it's directly about her transition. :nod: (But keep in mind you shouldn't ask a trans*person that sort of thing "out of curiosity" unless they offer it to you themselves! I hope you understand.)
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Lin-Kitty13 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Yes, I understand. I would never ask that to/ about a real trans-person.
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GopherFrog Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it probably hurt when she fell from heaven *coos at*
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH YOUUU
GIRL YOU KNOW IT :heart: :heart:
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InsomniaSong Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I FREAKING KNEW IT <3 
LOVE YOU STELLA.
but I has question, and feel free to bonk my face if its dumb, but is she pre-op, or post-op?
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY STELLA LOVES YOU TOO
and it's okay, I'll only bonk gently- but we'll probably save revealing that for her actual story since it covers that topic :nod:
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TheAvianLimits Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I remember whn I asked Ty if she ever concidered to have any trans*-characters, I recall tha she said that one of the PT-girls are trans*. I got really excited, because it is a very personal topic for me, and started to speculate who might be trans*. I realized the story I was least curious about was GaleStella, and then I thought "What if Stella was trans*? OMFG THAT WOULD BE AWESOME"

AND NOW YOU SAY THIS

SDFGHJKL


I WANT THIS STORY NOW!
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