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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

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!

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

and…

Red Riding Hood

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