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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.”

Art Challenge Day 3

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Day three, working on preparing stuff for my upcoming panels at LTUE and feeling oddly depressed and humorous.  So I think I will stick with that theme…

This is called Family Portrait. The idea is that Death falls in love and has a family but he still looks like a skeleton in photos.

Buttons and Bows Just a pretty way to attach flesh.

Captive A bit of a riff on Beauty and the Beast with a gargoyle.

Art Challenge Day 2

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Yes I know I skipped Saturday, I had 0 time to post anything.  So today is day two, and for day 2 we have…

Fairy Tales!

Beauty and the Beast

Snow White


Red Riding Hood

All these illustrations, and 9 more, are available in coloring book form at the etsy shop here: Metallic Visions

Art Challenges and Meatballs

Posted in All Things Costume, Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2015 by Bobbie Berendson W.

Had a couple rough months health-wise, but all is getting better.  My friend, Kathrin Elsholz, nominated me for the 5 day art today and I decided to make it into a blog thing.

The Rules:  Simply post 1-3 pieces of art for 5 days and nominate someone else when I am done.

So here are my pictures for today…

1. Something old: This was for a final in one of my Illustration classes back in 2001, it is called ‘What a Charming Sound…’ and was inspired by a song by Splashdown called ‘beguiled’. (ignore the website, it has been dead for ages.)

2. More old… This was from 2009 and is titled Ximona the first. It is a character with a long history and lore in one of my hubby’s RP worlds. Some experimenting with pen and graphite. I like making awesome looking armor, and no I do not care what you have to say about boob-shaped breastplates, there is historical president for it so :P.

3. Not so old… And for fun here is Ximona the 2nd, no relation to Ximona the first just named after her. She has a metric ton of stories about her since she is my Hubby’s favorite character of mine. Note her awesome sentient 2 handed eyeball sword named Ochma with abandonment issues.

3 more coming tomorrow.

And meatballs… ‘Moochies Meatballs and more’ is opening a location in Lehi, eventually.  Hurry Up Moochies!!!

Week 2 of #Inktober

Posted in Art & Illustration, Art Jewelry with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Bobbie Berendson W.


I have been doing the #inktober challenge where you do an ink drawing every day. So I have here for you week two’s seven pictures.  I also have been working with Copic markers.  I was lucky enough to purchase a set recently and I am really happy with the colors I am getting in my work now.  These are all mini pieces that will be turned into jewelry pendants and/or pins and be available for sale soonish on the Metallic Visions etsy store.

I will be posting, in the next couple days, the black and white vs color versions of #inktober week one’s drawings so stay tuned!

Fun With Color: Beauty and the Beast

Posted in Art & Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2014 by Bobbie Berendson W.

So here is another of my experimentations with digitally coloring my art…

I like this one.  I do not think i will do a lot of this because I really hate painting on the comp.  I don’t fee connected to the art since I cannot touch it or use my hands on it.  I do really like the antique paper look with the pen and ink though.  Lemmie know what you think in the comments!


Also here is her story snippet from the Twelve Tales Coloring Book

“Bright sunlight fell on the open book that rested in her lap.  Beauty’s smooth comforting voice filled the room as she read aloud.  The Beast sat curled at her feet, head resting on her knee.  All these years alone in the castle had been difficult, but the worst had been having all these stories at hand and not being able to read them because of his beastly hands.

It had become their habit to sit for hours in the library and read before the fire, it was one of the few things to do in the depth of winter.  They would read stories of adventure, tales of humor, books of philosophy and history.  Then they would talk about what they had read.  Beauty was surprised at the Beast’s intelligence and obvious education, and he enthusiastically shared with her his knowledge.

Beauty loved reading aloud, she loved sharing the stories that thrilled her imagination, and best of all being able to talk to someone else about them.  At home her sisters and father and herself had all been too busy to enjoy them.  It was a rare but special occasion when the family could afford to let her use a candle and read to them on the evenings when winter left them with little to do.  She felt a pang of homesickness in her chest and paused in her reading.

The Beast looked up at her and he felt that tightening around his heart that had been bothering him so much of late.  He knew she was thinking of home, of her family, and he felt guilty keeping her from them.  He looked away with a sigh.  He also knew what the tightness in his chest meant, he was in love with his dear Beauty and knew he could not go back to living without her.  It would kill him.  There was another option though, he could give her the magical mirror that would show her what and whom she desired to see, hopefully it would be enough.”