Well, I’m not sick of steampunk yet! In fact, at the end of this post I’ll post the initial sketch for my next 8 x 10. But mostly I wanted to post some ACEOs I’ve completed since the steampunk bug hit. And their intensely engrossing stories, of course (*cough*).
Chaz the blue llama is an inventor, first. The bird shaped device he is wearing over one eye is made of leather, brass and various other metals. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, he is particularly proud of the tiny wing fashioned from an orange washer. The mechanism, with a cable connected to a power source in his front pocket, has both long-focus and enhanced night vision capabilities.
Dean starting inventing eyepieces in seventh grade. The first had a rudimentary long-focus device which he made in order to better see Eliza, a popular and adorable Nubian, across the playground. Yes, of course they had a playground in seventh grade. These are farmyard type creatures, after all. Need their sunshine. Just like people actually, but that’s another story, isn’t it?
It is many years later now, and in that funny way life has of going in circles, Dean and Eliza are now dating. She doesn’t even remember him from seventh grade. Which he couldn’t be happier about.
Dean is also Chaz’s roommate (see above). They have a blue and green cat named Phil who has about as much interest in their inventions as he has in other cats, which is to say, absolutely none.
It may be no surprise to many that I am a dog person, and as such have been somewhat hesitant about drawing cats. Cats have an extremely long history in art (see Bast ). Anyway, I wouldn’t say Phil has a particularly animated expression. But sometimes that’s the way it is, with cats.
The very latest is this fine steampunk ferret. Or possibly a related rodent of indeterminate origin – which is to say – I’m not sure it looks exactly like a ferret (color notwithstanding). He is a terribly friendly fellow, but I haven’t been able to make heads or tails of his squeaky language. Anyone speak ferret?
And finally, the next steampunk beast. It was modeled on a donkey but the cheeks kept getting narrower so it may be a horse. With very tall ears.
Decided to do goggles (currently quite lopsided). Continued attempts to make quasi-mechanical seeming devices in the shapes of birds. Added a pipe. Not sure about the pipe. :) Thank you lovely people for stopping in!