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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

artners.

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 www.welovefine.com. 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. tophatandgoggles.tumblr.com/

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 its-raining-neon.deviantart.co… sent me these amazing images that were shot by aryn jurgensen www.facebook.com/arynjurgensen… !

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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 mrbabytattoo.deviantart.com/ 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 britt315.deviantart.com/
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
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guiseshirousagi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!! I totally love your art!!!!!
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Embraced-by-Angels Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
I Love Victorias Style And Otto Is So Adorable:)
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OZ-2011 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Extraordinary characters. It's great when your work so people reach. Congratulations!
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lcf80 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Absolutely brilliant, loved them! :D
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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!! ;)
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I think these two are adorable!
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j3winter Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are really fun.
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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:
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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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:iconintoverflow:
intoverflow Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Got linked here from Wil Wheaton's tumblr and glad I did. These are so great!
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LilFred Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I want to fav you something, I swear... But I just can't decide! All your pictures are just too beautiful! :D
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:icongolden-archer:
golden-archer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Photographer
Stumbled across your work and knew I had to watch when I saw an octopus hiding behind a house plant. Awesome awesome stuff :D
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:iconjleighkohl:
jleighkohl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I saw your prints at Steampunk in Valley Village this morning! Love them!
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:iconbraulino:
Braulino Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
You have a great talent! Congratulations :)
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martyyn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
i love how you put Kesinger on the Singer sewing machine :D:D:D:D
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someoneabletofindana Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
This is one of those rare moments were I actually fav a journal. It is really heartwarming reading this and I wish the best for you and your family <3
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LadyRavenMichaels Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
These are some of my favorite characters for Steampunk! Exceptional!
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:iconladytempusmori:
LadyTempusMori Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad I stumbled onto your page today. Your artwork is amazing, and these two characters are just so lovable.
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ashrafkadry Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
You are one great talented beautiful artist...
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Scealai-Storyteller Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
This is awesome!! Please let us know when the book will be available. I was just thinking I would love a collection of your artwork. :)
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almostconceptartist Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh god that's great!They're great! you're great! you deserve all the buzz. Can't wait to buy the book.
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Phyllipa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore this couple, I love your style, I love the fashion, I love the colours, I love the characters, they're simply wonderful! I'm very excited that there'll be a book :) Is there any reason why you don't make them available as prints? Or are they sold as prints on another website? I'm in the process of decorating my flat and it just won't be complete without an Otto and Victoria print!
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Phyllipa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have just seen the print on the link you included :)
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
So excited to hear you'll be bringing out a book of them! :)
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KitsuneCookie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had no idea there were t-shirts! I ADORE Otto and Victoria and I actually started watching you just to see what you would do the the characters. They have so much amazing personality and I get excited every time you post a new piece with them! I am going to have to get myself a t-shirt! I am also very happy to hear that there will be more of them and an artbook of them, which I think could be an amazing and fun thing to put on a coffee table for conversation.
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Yetac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're going to publish a book for these two? =D In May? =DDDD
May I just say then that I am always looking forward to getting updates of your art. Yes, it truely has been an adventure for us all. :heart:
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Kutekiki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i love otto and victoria, maybe you can draw her underwater with otto! i want to get a tattoo of an octopus underwater and otto would be perfect, he would just need victoria.=D
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Kutekiki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
crap just saw it. stupid....-_-
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UrShiningStar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Otto and Victoria are awesome and I always look forward to new drawings of them!
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LilBluPenguinCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooo, now I want to buy that book! I love your Otto and Victoria. 1. Because I'd love if I could have a pet cephalopod (perhaps a cuttlefish) and 2. Victoria knows how to dress! I hope that one day you'll have Victoria and Otto plushies made. I will buy them.
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legrosclown Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! I love these two too!

I love like to see the process to do these do!
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KekeIllustrations Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing! I LOVE these two. They brighten up my day! Can't wait to see more adventures.
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SRSC-kenny Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Congratulations! I have to say we're all more than delighted that you have shared these characters with us and thought of adorable/relatable scenarios to put them in. :) Keep up the great work.~
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SimonJM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Not sure I'd go quite so far as a tattoo, but there could well be a t-shirt in my life soon! :)
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10thMuse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore those two! And I was ecstatic to see a Gear Owl Photo on your inspiration tumblr :D The blonde with the blue corset looking up at the camera is :iconpockypants: my little muse and doing that Steampunk set was a ton of fun.

Can't wait to see more cephalopod antics and Victoria visions in the future!
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zeara263 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Wonderful! I just bought one a print of Bathtime with Otto, i'm so excited to receive it! I too can't wait to see more!
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BrianKesinger Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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sunfiretakesit Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Brian....I tried to order your book on Amazon....Check out the link.... [link] They apparently have 2 listings for it...and one says it's unavailable....You should try to get this corrected so potential buyers don't get confused. Thanks! Please message me at janarrah1@aol.com if you have a reply.
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GrimMoira Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are brilliant! Otto's adorable and Victoria's such a classy lady!
Can't wait to see more! :D
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marvelleftw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for this!
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