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Walkiesbooksm by BrianKesinger

Thank you all so much for the tremendous support and positive feedback you have given to two of my favorite creations, Otto and Victoria. i have been asked about them a lot lately so i thought i would do a journal entry to offer a little back story as well as a look forward to what is in store for these two unlikely p


looking back to about a year ago i had doodled a very rough sketch in my sketch book of a girl walking an octopus. and when i say rough i mean rough. the sketch itself was nothing more than a study of contrasting silhouettes. i was drawn to the play between a very rigid character and a squiggly one.

Photo by BrianKesinger

i had forgotten about that sketch until i heard about a steampunk t-shirt design for i thought that this design might have a chance so i went ahead and finished it off. well it got alot of attention and i am happy to say that it won the competition. the shirt started to sell well and people i talked to were very interested in Otto. i guess it goes to show the power of naming something. i had titled the piece, "walkies for otto" i wanted to suggest that this was just a daily routine of a high class lady and her pet. i might have been making some commentary about boutique pets or pets as accessories too but above all i was embracing the up surd.

what follows was several months of exploring different scenarios  inspired both from my experience of raising two young children with my wife as well as a one year old mutt we adopted from the pound.  I've talked before about the importance of finding a universal idea that many can relate too and throwing a twist on it and that is what i tried to do here:

Housebrokensm by BrianKesinger

Dogparksm by BrianKesinger

those of you with young pets and even young children know how frustrating it can be to housebreak young ones.  also how important it is to socialize ones pet with others to encourage good behavior. when you render it with an octopus it just adds a lot of character.

Carouselsm by BrianKesinger

not only was i having fun with drawing Otto, i found that i was having a lot of fun drawing Victoria and her fashions. she is definitely an iconoclast in her society. a bohemian among the upper-class and her style is a blend of classic Victorian design as well as some more recent gothic lolita influences. in fact i started building a whole tumblr site devoted to these styles to keep as reference as i sketch.

Swingsm by BrianKesinger

Sewingsm by BrianKesinger

as i worked on these they started to get more and more attention online and that just inspired me to do more. i was so grateful for the comments. next thing you know i started getting people cosplaying as victoria! the amazing ~itsrainingneon… sent me these amazing images that were shot by aryn jurgensen… !

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i was etremely flattered! it was incredible to see victoria come to life through this amazing recreation. and then i received the ultimate compliment...
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body art! well it's been a crazy journey so far and these two have offered me a lot of creative expression as well as the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people! i am excited to say that i have been working with to publish a book of all of my otto and victoria art that is due out next may. thank you again for all the support and stay tuned for more adventures.  cheers!

this just in! check out this awesome interpretation by none other than
So Let Me Know If It S Alright By Britt315-d5lhnps by BrianKesinger
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Digidox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Mr. Kesinger, thank you very much for your talent and inspiration. Today I am the biggest fan of the Steampunk art & lifestyle and, as a designer, interior contractor, architect, brass metal crafts maker, leather shoes and cloths creator, genius and whatever I startup today, your creation is simply perfect.

The sensibility, kindness, innocence and powerful performance and personalities makes your project drive to the stars in a steam express machine.

Thanks again,
Humberto Delgado-López
guiseshirousagi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!! I totally love your art!!!!!
Embraced-by-Angels Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
I Love Victorias Style And Otto Is So Adorable:)
OZ-2011 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Extraordinary characters. It's great when your work so people reach. Congratulations!
lcf80 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Absolutely brilliant, loved them! :D
aRt-sPoilagE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I am a fan now. And you have shared so much of knowledge with us, I consider myself lucky to be have come across your page!!
Eager to see more of Otto and Victoria!! ;)
Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I think these two are adorable!
j3winter Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are really fun.
Forsaken-Blue Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Totally unaware of these two until about half an hour ago. You deserve all the attention your art gets; you've got some kick-ass talent :love:
shadee Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wasn't aware of these two until today but I've instantly fallen in love with them.
Such a cool idea. Looking forward to following their adventures. :)
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