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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 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.

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

Presenting Claire And Hatchlings for Sale

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

Greetings all.  I have a new picture to present today.  This one is titled Claire Bricklesbury on Aerial Day in St. Augustine and paper 8×10 prints are available of her in the shop!

Here is her lil story from the Coloring book:

“Claire Bricklesbury is the third youngest of the clan and has found her place in the fashion industry.  Not only does she design, model, and sew her own creations, she has developed several adaptations to her sewing machine.
She won her first patent on one of her designs when she was 16.  It was an ingenious device that attached to any sewing machine and mechanically gathered fabric to make ruffles.  Her second was an addition to the machine pedals to make it smoother and easier to run the machine.
Claire also has a passion for Haberdashery and is always sketching ideas for simple to elaborate hats.  She makes use of her custom designed ribbons and laces not only on her dresses but also her hats.
With many a famous client, Claire hopes to someday design an outfit for the queen herself.”

I am tickled with the ‘Wright’s Delivery Boys’ in the background!  Now I need to do a picture with them…

And as promised we have 2 dragon hatchlings available to a good home.

Flame Drakling 03

Lilac Dragon Hatchling 01

Hurry over to the Metallic Visions etsy shop to snag them before they are gone for good.  Oh and while you are there pick up a copy of the coloring book: “Miss Minerva Prim’s Pocket Guide to the Fashionable Elite of St. Augustine.”  and you can color a version of Claire yourself!