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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…

BarnabusWMsm

Week 2 of Inktober/Drawlliween

Posted in Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

HA!  I actually got this blog up when I said I would.  Hooray for little triumphs.  I am going to use a bunch of these as supplemental art for my new Neo-Victorian Gothic coloring book I am working on.  It saddens me that I have to have watermarks, I wish people were more honest.

So here we have this weeks pictures…

Dianna Ink Drawing 9: Vampire

Dianna Ink Drawing 9: Vampire

Large Eared Desert Bat Ink Drawing 10: Bat

Large Eared Desert Bat Ink Drawing 10: Bat

Inappropriate work relations among the eyes of Kilrogg. Ink Drawing 11: eyeball

Inappropriate work relations among the eyes of Kilrogg. Ink Drawing 11: eyeball

Rat Motel Ink Drawing 12: Scarecrow

Rat Motel Ink Drawing 12: Scarecrow

Sir Harold is Awake Again Ink Drawing 13 & 14: Zombie & Grave

Sir Harold is Awake Again Ink Drawing 13 & 14: Zombie & Grave

Candy Jack Ink Drawing 15 & 16: Jack-O-Lantern & Candy

Candy Jack Ink Drawing 15 & 16: Jack-O-Lantern & Candy

Week One of Inktober/Drawlliween

Posted in Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

So life has been crazy.  I did Salt City Steamfest then Salt Lake Comic Con  as well as sending art to DragonCon, Steamposium, Gaslight Gathering, and an excellent Gallery show in Portland (more on that awesomeness later).  It has been a tad bit exhausting so I am taking a break from art shows for a little while and focusing on stocking up for Winter Faire.

Still I am going to try to post once a week with art for this year’s Inktober!  I have such a hard time thinking of what to draw in these challenges so I am using the Drawlliween list.  It is awfully fun, and I am posting everything even though a lot of these drawings are not going to be very good…

Here we go!

Ghostly Woman Ink Drawing 1: Ghost

Ghostly Woman Ink Drawing 1: Ghost

Devil Thief Ink Drawing Two: Devil

Devil Thief Ink Drawing Two: Devil

Gobellina making a Pumpkin Pie Ink Drawing Three & Four: Goblin and Pumpkin

Gobellina making a Pumpkin Pie Ink Drawing Three & Four: Goblin and Pumpkin

Study by Candlelight Ink Drawing Five & Six: Skull & Raven

Study by Candlelight Ink Drawing Five & Six: Skull & Raven

Ezlynn's Treasures Ink Drawing Seven & Eight: Mask & Amulet

Ezlynn’s Treasures Ink Drawing Seven & Eight: Mask & Amulet

Time Short, Little Chatter, and New Art!

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

Sooooo much going on.  Not a lot of time for me to chatter.  HOWEVER I have new art!

This is the one and only Madam Mezmerelda doing a reading in her parlor.  Enjoy!

Madam Mezmerelda’s Parlor

New Mermaid Art, Opinions, & Internet Kerfuffles

Posted in Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

I have been seeing a lot on prejudices about race and sexuality, a lot of take down (blank) or take back (misc.) or stand up for (assorted). Just going to drop my opinion in here… I think the problem is deeper than race, sexuality, or politics. We are becoming a very selfish and insular species that is forgetting how to see outside of ourselves, how it interact without feeling defensive, and care about anyone who may not be ‘one of us’. The “us vs. them” mentality will destroy us in all areas: race, politics, religion, environment, and civil rights, all of it. When we can care about our fellow humans regardless of their opinion, race, or beliefs, but rather because they are another rare being on this rock hurtling with us through unfriendly space, the world will be a much better place.

The world of late seems to be pickling in its opinions. It may be just because we are more connected as a species than ever before with the internet. Regardless, our responses have been defensive and angry. It make me think of being 5 and talking to kids at recess and having very bitter and defensive arguments about which super hero was better. These sometimes devolved into tears, feuds, and very bitter feelings. We are adults now aren’t we? Do we really need to get so nasty and mean over differing opinions? A differing opinion is not a personal attack. Those are much more intimate and obvious. This problem isn’t even consistently over important things either.

Just the other day my sister posted this:

hahanumbers

It was funny and made me laugh. The firestorm that erupted afterwards was sadly emblematic of what I am talking about. My hubby is a very funny guy and he likes to make jokes and poke bears a bit, I thought this was obvious but… Check it out below (I have changed only the names of the hyper defensive. My husband and sister get no such luxury.)

Steven Wilcox: Numerology is the tool of Satan.

(Name not disclosed) It isn’t numerology. Its a joke. And u obv. Did it wrong. Satan doesn’t have any rights over divination.

Sara Bear Wow (name here). Steven is my brother. Hes just making a joke

(Name not disclosed) You also suck at math

Steven Wilcox Math is the tool of Satan.

(Name not disclosed) You don’t even know what divination is. And wtf does a wiki pedia know about Satan.

Sara Bear STOP NOW OR I WILL FLIP THE F*#@ OUT!!! (Sara had reached her ‘enough stupid drama’ point)

Steven Wilcox Dearest (name here), Poe’s law is an internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, parodies of extremism are indistinguishable from sincere expressions of extremism.[1][2] Poe’s Law implies that parody will often be mistaken for sincere belief, and sincere beliefs for parody. I thought my parody was clear. Obviously it was not, so I linked Poe’s Law. No offense was intended. (linked to Wikipedia)

Steven Wilcox Poe’s Law is also the tool of Satan, btw.

Sara Bear Steven Wilcox, mom says “hehehe and I get it. And no offense taken”

(Name not disclosed) That second comment was over kill

Sara Bear Just stop

(Name not disclosed) If u do

Steven Wilcox Here’s a picture of a fluffy kitten. Kittens make everything better. http://wallpaperswide.com/fluffy_kittens_2-wallpapers.html

That was pretty much the end of it.

Steve mentioned Poe’s Law above but I think internet interactions all fall to this problem. We see a post or a meme, especially a meme, and REACT instead of choosing how we are going to ACT. On the internet we are all that one bitter old stereotype of a person where all these new fangled ideas are ruining the country and back in our day kids were better and by the way get off my lawn.

Oh, and the ‘I’m not going to stop until you do’. This is convenient. I don’t have to take responsibility for my actions because YOU provoked me. I don’t have to stop because I am the victim here. In one way or another we are all victims of something. Stand up and be better than a victim, be a person! Choose how you ACT!

I am just going to end my random tirade on these things with 3 more things. First I will quote some of the best advice for internet or in person interactions I have ever heard. Ahem… “Does this need to be said, does it need to be said right now, and does it need to be said by me?” Thank you Craig Ferguson.

Second, is overreaction and anger working for us?

And Last, and arguably most important… NEW ART!!!!!

The Mermaids Tea

Vampiresses, Face-Overs, and Dead Things.

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Ok, so I have a breather for the moment and have a new/old picture to share.  I drew this one in 2011 and loved this picture except for the face.  Hated the face but didn’t know how to fix the original.  Well after some creative knife skills I managed it.  And now I love it again!  So check out the before and after face and tell me which one looks better and more natural:

PABbefore-after

And here is is in all it’s completed and colored glory!

Peek-A-Boo

Had some real fun with the skulls as you can tell, hehehehe.

New Jewelry, New Con, and the sad/practical truth about my art.

Posted in Art Jewelry, Morbid Jewelry, Necklace & Earring Jewelry Sets with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Had to miss last weeks blog, It is my busy season.  However I figured I needed to write something for this week so I decided I would talk a little about my art and how it goes.  Firstly, the new con news….  I passed the jury and was accepted into the DragonCon art show!!!!!!!  This is huge for me, I am so excited!

I am having some significant issues with a particular convention and their lack of communication.  I have been waiting for weeks for my art to be returned to me and it got me thinking.  I think there is this huge misconception out there about artists and they money they make.  I cannot afford in any way for a box of art to disappear.

I am going to open my studio doors and let you all in on a few things.  I make no money.  In the year and a half that I have determinedly been sending my art to shows and trying to be an actual artist I have not even made the money back that I have spent. Not nearly.

If I am lucky a convention show will only charge $5-$20 per panel space for their show and then $5 or so for print show space, $30 is totally reasonable and acceptable for getting in a show.  Then there are the mail in fees, some as low as $.25 per piece and some as high as $40.  Add to that shipping both ways which will run from $10-$20 each way and before you know it you are in $50 or so for a single show.  And I am lucky if I sell a single $20 piece at any given show.  This doesn’t take into account the costs for prints, foam board, mat board, adhesives, deco papers, time crafting each print, etc.

So why am I doing it?  Not for fame, not for money, not even for a sense of accomplishment.  I do it because I am a huge nerd.  I am so nerdy about the pictures and stories that I make up I just want to find others who like the same subjects and things.  I need more people to nerd out with me about Bustle racers and giant spider silk factories, Steampunk Fairies, and Victorian dead things…

And there it is.  My art does not yet financially support itself at all.  I will say this… My jewelry does sometimes, but I have nearly zero online sales (just a few from friends and family).  I only make a little at the 6 or so cons I do in a year.  It is rough going but the thought of quitting these creative endeavors just makes me sad.

With all that said I will leave you with some new jewelry sets that will be for sale at this summer’s upcoming events: ConDuit and Salt City Steamfest

Go ahead and click to see them closer.  I have more new jewelry sets coming next week including some that will only be available online in my etsy shop: Metallic Visions.