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Wrist, Stomach, Art.

Posted in Art & Illustration, Everything Steampunk, Generic Musings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

It is taking me titanic effort to write anything today. I feel so desperate for isolation and sleep. Why? Well, First, my wrist is worse than I thought and I am going to need to get surgery for it in the next few months. I couldn’t finish Inktober/Drawlloween because of it. Which really bummed me out.

Second, I have (after much deliberation and seeing 2 sisters, my dad, and his sister doing it) decided to get the Gastric Sleeve surgery. This is the one where they remove 80% of your stomach. All my family members who have gotten the surgery are doing great and have lost nearly 300lb combined. My surgery will be on January 7th. At my fattest I was 455lb and with Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Insulin resistance and PCOS, plus my low functioning thyroid I need the help.

I started the pre-op diet last week. No sugars, no carbs… ugh it has been hard. The cravings and temptations are awful but the very nasty withdrawals and de-toxing has been worse. The whole point of it is to get my fatty liver as trim as possible to prevent trouble.

However, yesterday I felt sore and achy but clear headed and focused like I haven’t in years. If this is what I get to look forward to I will gladly take it. So much of my life for the past 20 years has been eaten by brain fog. I hate brain Fog.

The odd benefit I didn’t foresee is that I have been terribly productive in making jewelry and designing the last half of the pictures I need for my new ‘Gothic Steampunk’ coloring book: “Madam Mezmerelda’s Digest of the Mystic, the Mad, and the Macabre.”

SO that is the update.  For good measure, here is a small look at the latest coloring book page I inked…

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New Art: Ralph Jr. & the Girls

Posted in Art & Illustration, Everything Steampunk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

And at long last, here is the last of the completed illustrations from the “Miss Minerva Prim’s PocketGuide to the Fashionable Elite of St. Augustine.”

Here we have The Bricklesbury kids titled Ralph Jr. & the Girls.

“Rarely does a single man of such gifted gear minded genius come along as St. Augustine’s own Ralph Bricklesbury.  Ralph is a true metal minded man and though he is now retired the city has been gifted with his children who seemed to inherit his gear-mindedness.
The Bricklesbury clan, also referred to as simply ‘Ralph’s Girls’ even though the youngest is a boy, have made their way into the public eye many times.  As builders, bustle racers, mechanics, and engineers, they have shown the entire city that your mind is what maters.
The clan roster is as follows top to bottom:  Alexia age 16,  the Twins: Elizabeth  & Ellanore ages 17, Lydia age 13, Rafina age 18, Ralph Jr. age  12 and Claire age 14.
Though very close in friendship, the girls admittedly do have many friendly rivalries with each other.  Jr. writes very interesting and humorous novels about his sisters and their adventures.”

Prints are for sale in the shop: Metallic Visions

Day 5 Art Challenge

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration, Everything Steampunk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

And for the last day…  More Steampunk!

Steampunk Nouveau or Alexia at work and play: A life balancing work and play can be challenging for some, not for Alexia Bricklesbury, fourth daughter of the famed mechanic known as Ralph. She begins her days elbow deep in grease and cogs working on one of her many ingenious devices, has lunch with the boys on her crew, then heads home to clean up and dress for whatever socialite occasion she has for the evening. Though possibly not the prettiest of Ralph’s girls, Alexia is the most sociable and a very popular guest at any upper class event. She is often found at these parties entertaining a large group of metal-minded men like her father with tales of life and limb among the gears. Alexia has recently founded a charitable organization to benefit the widows of the brave men who work the engines of our ships, trains, Dirigibles, and flying machines.

Rafina in Striped Stockings: An adventuress at heart, Ralph’s eldest daughter Rafina prefers to ply her trade abroad on one of the several flying ships she has helped pioneer. Early in her life, her father Ralph took her to work with him often while he was working with a close group of engineers on a new flying ship. Her youthful ideas and drawings inspired and amused the engineers and the finished ship looked strongly similar to her art. She began saving money then to buy her own ship and at the age of 19, with a little help from Ralph, she purchased her first. Full of enterprising spirit she quickly grew her budding company, Wild Winds, to the four ships she has today. Her company offers local tourist flights around St. Augustine and it’s waterways, as well as long and short trips abroad. While traveling, Rafina can usually be found either on deck sketching her guests or below deck helping her engineers.

Lydia Clock Queen: The youngest of the Bricklesbury girls is Lydia. Her mind is a maze of ticking gears and careful timing. Even as a baby she loved clocks and often fell asleep curled up next to the families ancient grandfather clock. Lydia completed her first working clock with her father when she was just 14. It was a simple affair housed in an amateurishly carved wooden case made to look like a pineapple. She was and still is very proud of it and it keeps perfect even time ten years later. At the age of twenty she was recruited to the town’s Clocker’s Guild. The Guild is responsible for tending to and maintaining the cities more than three dozen public clocks as well as the most important clock in Brickman Square. The enormous Brickman Square clock, or Old Cranky as the Guild calls it, has become Lydia’s favorite. It was always a touchy clock with many quirks, but under Lydia’s maintenance it has never been more accurate. In her working leathers designed by her sister Claire, she is a force to be reckoned with if you are a faulty clock.

I have more that has not yet been seen on the inter-webs and a entirely new project or two in the works.  Hints: Steampunk fortune telling devices and creepy Gothic Victorian series…  Mwahahahaha!

Art for day 4… Steampunk!

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration, Everything Steampunk with tags , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Ok, so Today I have been working on my Steampunk Art Panel at LTUE this week and So you get Steampunk art.  hehehehe

Our Lady of the Gears: Saint Augustine, a city of wonders. One of the most famous sites to visit in beautiful St. Augustine, is the cathedral of the Lady of the Gears. Built by the talented masons and engineers who call this city home, the cathedral towers over all in St. Augustine. The most stunning part of the cathedral is its massive rose window depicting the patron saint of tinkerers, creative types, and watchmakers. Many a visitor has been awed by the colorful glow that fills the chapel as the sunlight hits the window as it sets for the evening. It is a fitting tradition that adventurers of all types begin their new endeavors and quests with a visit to this magnificent place of peace and contemplation. Be sure to stop by at sunset when the choir is practicing and the window is shining.

The Steampunk Fairy: St. Augustine is well known for it’s curious theater district. Just about any kind of theater can be found, from the traditionally dramatic to modern comedic. There are also plenty of opera houses and ballet parlors. An up and coming new trend is a combination of acrobatics, dancing, music, and media. Here we have St. Augustine’s Steampunk Fairy, one Ms. Adeline Stephenson. Trained in traditional ballet and dance, she has taken the theater district by storm by directing and starring in a number of her own ‘Steampunk Flights of Fancy”. Her shows include such daring exploits as tightrope walking, trapeze artists, ribbon dancers, musicians, balancing acts, and more. Her latest work tells the whimsical story of how geared up fairies keep the town clock running properly and the trials and travails of doing so.

Lady Lenore & Gnome Gustavus of the St. Augustine Bustle Racing Club: A favorite sport in St. Augustine is racing; airship racing, horse racing, and Bustle racing. Young and old, high and low born alike line the boardwalks on Saturday afternoons to watch the pageant that is the bustle races. Each race consists of six to ten racers. Each racer consists of one gnomish pilot, one generally high born woman who is the ‘face’ of the racer, and their spring powered rig. The gnome keeps the rig going and steers, the lady is counterbalance and poise. Since the races are equal parts race and pageant the role of the ‘face’ is just as important as the pilot. Though usually low speed and genteel, small tussles do occasionally break out around corners where the judges lose sight of the contestants. The ladies will try to disturb each other’s posture, ruffle hair, smudge make-up, rattle nerves, or force one another to drop items. All these factors are judged and scored. One can win the race time wise and still lose if the ‘face’ is not pristine and perfectly polished.

And one more for good measure…

Ellenore & Gnomess Grinda of the DeLancey St. Underground Bustle Racers: Although the genteel version of this sport is primarily practiced on the public boardwalks, the more adventurous version is to be found under-ground in the old city streets. The streets were covered over a century ago and have since been used as cheep housing and are the prime locations for shady dealings. Once a week the corridors are cleared out for the races. Ladies not of high birth are most common as racers but the occasional high born lady has been seen underground racing. The tunnels are very hot during the races and most of the girls prefer to do the racing in as little clothing as is safe. The biggest differences from above racers is that the underground bustles are steam powered therefore they are much faster and more dangerous. So are the underground racers though, and bruises and black eyes are common in this sport. It is also the only place that female gnomes will be seen outside of the home. Not allowed to pilot bustles officially, many a gnomess with an adventuring spirit find their way to the underground to become pilots. Some Bustle racing enthusiasts insist that they are better pilots than the male gnomes.

Also these pics are all in coloring book line form in the coloring book: “Miss Minerva Prim’s PocketGuide to the Fashionable Elite of St. Augustine.”

SLCC nine days to go… For today: EB’s Confectionarium

Posted in Art & Illustration, Everything Steampunk with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2014 by Bobbie Berendson W.

So for today’s countdown to Comic Con I have a treat from my coloring book ‘Miss Minerva Prim’s PocketGuide to the Fashionable Elite of St. Augustine’.  This is a charming couple enjoying a frozen confection at Elizabeth Bricklesbury’s confectionarium after taking a sky tour of St. Augustine.  The coloring book version is of course just outlines, this is my completed version.  (click it for a larger view…)

 

“Not all of Ralph’s girls build huge machines or budding empires.  The Second daughter Elizabeth, specializes in smaller machines that make sugary confections.  Also called the ‘Sweets Queen’ of St. Augustine, Elizabeth began by intently watching her mother in the kitchen.  Every time her father brought home a gizmo or gadget to help her mother’s work load in the kitchen she would fine tune them and keep them running.  It wasn’t long before she was making plans for new machines that chilled cream or pulled sugar.

Today she runs a very special sweets shop in  St. Augustine along the bustling boardwalk overlooking the boat harbor and airship port.  The city’s favorite treats are available there such as, lemon ice, berry custard, almond cranberry cookies, toasted nuts, salt water taffy, and more.  You can even watch Elizabeth and the machines at work through the large workshop windows.  
Be sure to visit after your flying tour of the city.”

–from the coloring book: ‘Miss Minerva Prim’s PocketGuide to the Fashionable Elite of St. Augustine’

The coloring book is for sale in my etsy shop here: Steampunk Coloring Book

 

For those of you who have ever been to a Leatherby’s you may recognize the ice cream, it is modeled on their ‘Grandma Grace’s Sundae’. 

Playing with Colors…

Posted in Art & Illustration, Coloring Books, Everything Steampunk with tags , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2014 by Bobbie Berendson W.

So I have decided to do some background coloring to my latest set of canvas prints.  Also to my pics on the website (go see: www.metallicvisions.com).  Embracing the worn and oldy-timey wholeheartedly.  So here you can see what I have wrought:

Striped Stockings

Steampunk Fairy

Our Lady of the Gears

Lady Lenore and Gnome Gustavus of the St. Augustine Bustle Racing Club

Ellanore and Gnomess Grinda of the DeLancey St. Underground Bustle Racers

Also as i write little blurbs about them for the soon to be complete Steampunk Coloring book I will feature the blurbs with their picture here.  Now Availible: Steampunk Coloring Book

New Coloring Book: A Young Persons Guide to Fashionable Adventuring or The Fashionable Guide to St. Augustine

New Coloring Book: A Young Persons Guide to Fashionable Adventuring or The Fashionable Guide to St. Augustine

Under the Umbrella

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration, Everything Steampunk on March 5, 2014 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Some more new art. Just fun at the steam fest and swirling lines.
Under the Umbrella