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Leviathan Cover Outtakes

August 30th, 2011

I was recently asked by some cosplayers about the clothes in the world of Leviathan. Like, what color are they? After all, the illustrations are in black and white.

Now, luckily for you detail-oriented costumers, the Manual of Aeronautics will have a ton of full-color illustrations of uniforms, both Clanker and Darwinist. But I don’t want to start releasing art from that book a year ahead. Especially not with Goliath about to come out.

But when I said so to these cosplayers, they suggested the next best thing: outtakes from the cover shoot for the series. (For the new covers, obviously.) These photos, after all, show the clothes that the models were wearing in color!

So I said, Sure, what the heck.

First we have Alek:

And here’s Deryn in the same coat:

As you can see, they put both models into the same clothing. After all, there was only so much steampunk-appropriate stuff on the rack. So here they are in black leather:

Hah! Not only are they wearing the same jackets, but also the same ties! Note that the fur collar (which made it to the final) is just stuffed in there. It’s not part of the jacket, really. And the jacket’s too small for him, and too big for her.

It’s pretty weird, how much gets changed in Photoshop.

In any case, these are not by any means canonical Leviathan-world uniforms. Use them if you want, cosplayers, but for me it doesn’t count unless Keith draws it! For the real ones, you’ll have to wait till August of next year, when the Manual of Aeronautics comes out.

(Of course, these could be like the Ravenclaw tie colors that are wrong—er,um, different—in the movies. Alternate reality cosplay!)

And now for a couple of outtakes, because models are peoples too:

And this look totally didn’t work for Alek:

On that somewhat dorky note, we end this blog post. See you in a few days for Fan Art Friday (now totally weekly)!

The September 1 art reveal is tomorrow, Thursday! And it is a doozie! Don’t miss it.

51 Responses to “Leviathan Cover Outtakes”

  1. 1
    August 30th, 2011 21:10

    Aww these are cool to look at :) It’s really cool to see the unedited versions then compare them to the covers to see how much was changed…

  2. 2
    August 30th, 2011 21:14

    That last one was dorky…I have GOLIATH pre-ordered. Anyone else?

  3. 3
    Books Before Boys
    August 30th, 2011 22:20

    I usually don’t spend a lot of time looking at covers on books, (especially when there are real people on them) but the outtakes were kind of interesting. These people are on books for a living. I’ve never really thought of that before.

    Yeah, it was a bit dorky.

  4. 4
    August 30th, 2011 22:25


  5. 5
    August 30th, 2011 22:26

    In the last photo Alek looks like one of my counslers from camp…weird. But thank you for the pics Scott-la! They have helped fuel my never-ending Leviathan obsession.

  6. 6
    August 30th, 2011 23:06

    The Alek model looks freakishly like my brother…
    Yeah, black leather was definitely the way to go for the cover. These photos are really cool, and the goggles? I. Want.

  7. 7
    August 30th, 2011 23:11

    @Shelby I do!! Had to pull studs outta a set of tires for me da to get it.

    LAWL. These people look awesome. XD Lotsa fun.

  8. 8
    August 31st, 2011 00:09

    I.Love.The.Model.Whoes.Deryn nuff said.

  9. 9
    August 31st, 2011 02:15

    *Squeals of joy*

    See, Deryn’s blonde-ish.

    Awesome! I have been looking forward to these all week, and now I want more. What is Alek looking at in the first pic? I love how they are all looking dramatically off into the middle distance. And is it just me or does the Deryn model look like Hailee Steinfeld?

    These were really cool.

  10. 10
    August 31st, 2011 03:27

    I like it when they smile. But that’s just me. Serious almost seems corny.

  11. 11
    August 31st, 2011 04:02

    I love these pictures! I must now raid my closet for my black leather jacket and some random bit of fur. And perhaps goggles. And a tie. And a new face. And hair. The last picture of Alek is so cute and dorky! It makes me want to hug him!

  12. 12
    August 31st, 2011 04:03

    I also like how they’re both wearing the same clothes!

  13. 13
    August 31st, 2011 05:39

    It was great seeing the “Ever-so-serious” models smiling and acting dorky. I loved it.

  14. 14
    August 31st, 2011 06:03

    Love the pics! So good! I especially love the girl who is Deryn. Possible cosplay for ComicCon next year? I think so. :)

    And yeah. The movie screwed up my house colors. And made the Ravenclaw animal a raven instead of an eagle. Bleh.

  15. 15
    August 31st, 2011 07:13

    I love these models! I always have a hard time imagining characters faces, especially unique ones like Deryn (girl pretending to be a boy). I could never quite picture a girl that could pass as a boy. This model is perfect. Feminine but could pull off a boy (until she smiles).

  16. 16
    Bookworm 1000
    August 31st, 2011 07:24

    O.o More!

  17. 17
    Books Before Boys
    August 31st, 2011 07:50

    I agree with you.

  18. 18
    August 31st, 2011 08:08

    I just realized that they are wearing the same jackets on the cover of Goliath. *face palm* That’s kind of sweet actually. ;)

    Any chance you will give us their names. I am asuming Alek and Deryn aren’t their real names. Although it would be SO cool if they were.

    Oh, and how old are they? Model Alek looks older than 15, early twenties perhaps.

  19. 19
    The Joker-la
    August 31st, 2011 09:22

    Wait. “A year ahead”?! Is THAT when The Manuel of Aeronautics comes out?! Can I really wait that long?! Why am I constantly pissed off all the time?! Does every single one of my comments have to be written in an annoyed, angry hand, trembling with anticipation for the release of Goliath and The Manuel of Aeronautics?!

    The concise answer: yes.

    Because considering just how much I loved Leviathan and Behemoth I am understandably impatient for its conclusion, and equally eager to devour any Leviathan series related media, regardless of whether it’s spoilery, typoey (which is a typo in and of itself), or just plain false, as in the case of Fanfic; I adore it all the same. I yearn to wake in the dawn of September 20th and wait outside Borders for it to open, so as I may finally grasp my copy of the 3rd installment of the venerable Leviathan series in my shaking hands, and to drink my fill of its long-awaited contents, and finally know the end of my favourite trilogy.

    “Everyone who hasn’t had pre-marital sex gets ice cream!”

    – Hank Hill

  20. 20
    August 31st, 2011 10:41

    Dear Lord! The model who’s playing Alek has so much blush on! Hah! It makes me giggle.

  21. 21
    August 31st, 2011 13:49

    As i scrolled through the pictures i thought “oh yeah they are pretty cool” then the last picture comes into view and i just LAUGHED!!!! No, that look does not work….at all

  22. 22
    August 31st, 2011 15:39

    Why did you remove the art reveal??
    It was fantastic!! the best art reveal yet!

  23. 23
    August 31st, 2011 16:32

    I like the one of Alek with the binoculars.

  24. 24
    August 31st, 2011 17:01

    So it WAS a photoshoot! I was right! *victory fists*

  25. 25
    August 31st, 2011 19:48

    Well, the only problem I can see is that these models look NOTHING like Alek and Deryn are supposed to!

  26. 26
    August 31st, 2011 20:17

    It went up a day early by accident. But it will return tomorrow!

  27. 27
    August 31st, 2011 20:24

    Wait though….isn’t today Wednsday?

  28. 28
    Books Before Boys
    August 31st, 2011 22:29

    @ The Joker-La


  29. 29
    September 1st, 2011 00:08

    Okay that’s a bit of a relief, I thought I was going crazy when the art reveal was gone!

  30. 30
    September 1st, 2011 02:26

    Alek is sexxxxyyy! (:

  31. 31
    September 1st, 2011 05:28

    i want Deryns goggles, they’re so cool

  32. 32
    deryn sharpie
    September 1st, 2011 06:20

    omg yes! i want his goggles!!!!

  33. 33
    deryn sharpie
    September 1st, 2011 06:22

    yes it is! good for you, aparently you are smarterer then scott!

    *nudge nudge*

  34. 34
    deryn sharpie
    September 1st, 2011 06:24

    totally agree, makees alek look like an acorn-head haha

  35. 35
    deryn sharpie
    September 1st, 2011 06:26

    where can i get those goggles? obviously i cant just go to aeropostale and grab a pair

  36. 36
    deryn sharpie
    September 1st, 2011 06:30


  37. 37
    September 1st, 2011 07:44

    Mmh? The forth one isn’t showing up on my computer….

    Still….I want those goggles…and that hat Alek’s wearing in the last pic. Like, super want. I’ll put them on my little mannequin (made up of a volley ball and a kirara hat) along with my princess tiara and dork glasses that my brother stole….dammit.

  38. 38
    deryn sharpie
    September 2nd, 2011 04:16

    dammit indeed, i wish i had my dork glasses but my friend has “borrowed” them and he is still “using them”

  39. 39
    September 2nd, 2011 11:28

    “Borrow” them back! :D

  40. 40
    September 4th, 2011 09:11

    @ deryn sharpie

    yup, yup, he is! (:

  41. 41
    fire makes me smile
    September 10th, 2011 07:14

    i love how you can totally tell the model for Deryn’s ears are pierce, which just wouldn’t work in the book
    “Hey Deryn, why do your ears have holes in them?”
    “…Oh, ya, uh… I got attacked by a, uh, porchipine in a totally manly, male way, and it, uh, pierced my earlobe. not for jewelery at all.”
    “In both ears? and are there even porchipines in Glasglow???”
    “What’s a OMG WHAT A AWESOME HAT!”

  42. 42
    September 15th, 2011 01:18

    @fire makes me smile: Your comment had me rolling on the floor. No joke.

    I really like the pics of the models smiling. They look so much nicer when they smile!! :D And in that last pic, I think Alek looks like a Sherpa. XD

  43. 43
    September 19th, 2011 04:23


  44. 44
    September 20th, 2011 05:41

    *pant* *pant*….wait, why am i panting? Oh, right!!!!! BECAUSE GOLIATH COMES OUT TOMMORROOOWWW!!!!!!! I’m gonna have a smile all throughout the school day tomm. and i think I’m actually getting a copy tomm night! THANK YOU SCOTTY WESTERFIELDY!!!( i purposely added the Y’s to them, don’t worry, i would never forget your name!) Did u know I’ve actually had dreams about Goliath? weeeiiirrrddd……maybe they’ll come true. I also have a completely different soundtrack for it too. ANYWAY…THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE YA BOOK WORLD!! I’m always sad when a series ends, but then i realize I’m actually part-happy to be over with those long-miserable-lifetaking-breathless-moments I’ve had to go through to get that book. haha, I’ll sop talking now! BYE!

  45. 45
    September 20th, 2011 05:42

    *stop not sop. i had to do that. bye

  46. 46
    September 20th, 2011 08:18

    SERIOUS IMPORTANT QUESTION!!!! In a fight who whould win, Special Tally Youngblood or Katniss Everdeen? It would be cool if someone somewhere would take a vote and see. The one with the most votes wins? ya? >.>
    Just me athinking late at night. Sorry lovelies!

  47. 47
    September 21st, 2011 02:35

    alek looks much older for a 14 year old boy, but who am i to talk, i’m like 14 and i’m 5’9 and a half

  48. 48
    Hurricane Heart
    October 22nd, 2011 00:48

    OMG I didn’t even know this “manual of aeronautics” will be coming out! I can’t believe I have to wait so long for it though!
    Alek is my favorite. <3 And Deryn is just adorable.

  49. 49
    December 3rd, 2011 11:23

    Alek is the sexiest thing ever! After reading the book I decidied that I’m going to buy an old coat that was really worn during 1914 and wear it every day! Okay…That’s a pretty unrealistic fantasy.. Just wait. Gogles are going to go into style one of these days. Forgets 80′s fashion! Lets go all the way back to 10′s fashion!

  50. 50
    February 17th, 2012 04:01

    ‘Alek’ looks SO much better tan. Giggle

  51. 51
    March 11th, 2013 10:29

    Why on the cover of Goliath Alek apears taller than Deryn, but in reality Deryn is actually taller than Alek?

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