Wednesday 12 June 2024

Guards Steampunk 1

 Greetings

A while ago, I was lucky enough to find an Irish Guards musician's dress tunic in a charity shop.

It was missing the cuffs ( and cuff buttons), one shoulder button, the wing epaulettes and the previous owner had attached some random small British military buttons to the raw sleeve ends by making holes and backing them with rings.

However, it fit me with the raw sleeve ends being only a little too long, so I bought it.

Originally, I planned to make replica cuffs , using my Scots Guard tunic as a pattern, but I have now decided to gently Steampunk it.

First, I trimmed an inch or so from the sleeve ends and added new cuffs, edged with a turn of tape.



 


The tap is very narrow, so I sewed it on by hand.

So far, the new cuff mimics the original uniform, however...

I am currently working on the button flaps and will post more later.

Until next time

Adieu

Thursday 6 June 2024

Judge Declan 4

 Greetings

Here is another version of my new computer art.




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Regency Ball 3

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Here are some more pictures from the Regency Ball Teddy and I attended at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.


Here are some of the other attendees












We danced in the music room.


and Teddy and I dined in the Great Kitchen



Finally, it was all organised by Zack Pinsent, who attended in his splendid Windsor Uniform( complete with small sword, Garter and Garter Star)


It was an excellent event and we both really enjoyed it.

The only fly in the ointment, was our accommodation, which had purported to be a small hotel on line.

It, unfortunately, turned out to be a run-down dosshouse with an all-night  Burger King next door. This was used as a taxi pick-up point for the noisy beach-side nightclub just over the road- into the small hours.

This-and several other massive failings- earned the place a very negative review...

However, to end on a more positive note, Teddy and I had gone to a couple of Regency Dance practices to prepare for the event and, as we have discovered these take place fortnightly in Surbtion ( at a easy walk from the station) we have decided to continue to go and hope to attend  further balls.

Now, I've just got to make some more breeches...and another shirt...and maybe a coat...and I should look out for new bicorn...

Until next time

Adieu



Saturday 1 June 2024

Judge Declan 3

 Greetings

Here is another version of this new computer art.



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday 29 May 2024

Regency Ball 2

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Teddy wore the suit that Zack Pinsent made him for our wedding eight years ago.

He had to make some small alterations to the shirt collar.

He also made a stock, which hooked at the back of the neck. Ingeniously taking his cue from my best ready-made bow tie ( Simpsons- so it looks very real ) , he tied a cravat knot and attached it to the front.


it was only later, when editing the photos, that he realised he had gone the whole event with his waistcoat lapels inside his coat...

I will post more later

Until next time

Adieu



Saturday 25 May 2024

Judge Declan 2

 Greetings

Here is the next version of this new computer art.


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday 22 May 2024

Regency Ball 1

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Teddy and I recently attended a Regency Ball hosted by Zack Pinsent at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

I chose to attend in Ball Dress for the 18th Hussars.

I had a full Hussar rig made for our wedding ( 8 years ago).

I had made the white britches seven /years ago for a Regency dance at a convention. 

I had to make some minor alterations...


As it was a ball, I wore my bicorn, instead of the usual fur cap.

This was also the first outing for my late Georgian shoes (courtesy of Mr Andy Burke), which were excellently comfortable, both for walking and dancing

I will post more later.

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday 18 May 2024

Judge Declan 1

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I have been working on a strip version of my adult comic Bright Judges.

This will, eventually be posted in The Garden of Dubious Delights ( there is a link a the base of Gay Art page of my main website -for those who like that sort of thing) 

The action takes place in a alternate reality very loosely based on the Mega City One Universe.  

The concept is inspired by the Dark Judges stories, where Judges from a warped dimension where life is a crime cross into the Mega City dimension and cause havoc. They were Judges Death, Fear , Fire and Mortis , along with two female character called Judges Phobia and Nausea

Well, if you can have a dimension where life is a crime, you can have one where sex is the law. I therefore came up up with the Bright Judges: Judges Sex, Love, Lust and Leather and two female Judges Fantasy and Ecstasy.

I have already completed one story, where Judge Alvin and a citizen encounter Judge Lust.

For this new story, the protagonist this time is Judge Declan, who gets a little tied up when he meets Judge Leather.

This story will black and white, but I thought I should do a cover picture, so have done some compute art, 

This is the first variant of this. Many further variants will be posted later.


Until next time


Adieu



Wednesday 15 May 2024

Regency Stock 2

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Having cut out the pieces of my regency stock , I started to make it up.

First, I loosely box-pleated the facing to the back. I wanted to simulated the first turns of a cravat.


Next, I sewed the folds down and made up the buckle tab and strap.



I then machine sewed the tab and strap to the front of the stock and hand finished the back.


Finally, I carefully marked and eased open the holes for the buckle studs and whip-stitched them open.

Here is a picture of the completed stock and a close up of the buckle end




It fits me ( without being too tight) and I have also experimented with tying a cravat over it.

This achieves a fuller, more pleasing effect.

Another successful project completed...

Until next time

Adieu








Thursday 9 May 2024

Regency Stock 1

 Greetings

I am going to be attending a Regency Ball, for which I will be wearing Ball Dress for the 18th Hussars.

For a Ball I would usually be wearing a cravat, but, as the Hussar Dress buttons at the collar, there is not room for a cravat.

Thus, I need a stock.

Luckily, I hard already bought a stock buckle


This has three studs that attach to the stock through round holes. The buckle can then be removed when the stock need laundering.

Next I found pictures and patterns on line and calculated the stock's dimensions. This included making a newspaper strip to check the length.


With Teddy's help, I cut out the backing, facing, buckle tab and strap. I decided to make the facing three times the width of the backing to give the stock a reasonable fullness.



Here are close-up pictures of the tab and strap pieces open (cut to a fold)


and folded



I will post later on making it up.

Until next time

Adieu




Wednesday 8 May 2024

Fish

 Greeting

I do not often post about food and drink.

However, when I observed this pleasing image in my morning coffee, I felt it was justified.


It looks just like a fish turning away from the viewer...

Until next time

Adieu

Saturday 4 May 2024

Cryptofauna 5

 Greetings

Here are two more creatures from the display case

This the Lesser Azurewing

and this is the Shieldhead


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Working on new painting

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I have done some more work to the new painting.

It now looks like this


I have tightened up the splash, added more daffodils, worked on the foreground flowers and created an earth bank at the base of the tree mound.

Until next time

Adieu



Saturday 27 April 2024

Cryptofauna 4

 Greetings

Here is a sprite from the display case

This is the Green Fairae


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Dock Tart

 Greetings

Here is a new piece of computer art.


Until next time

Adieu

Thursday 18 April 2024

Cryptofauna 3

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An early second post again for this week...

Here is a further creature from the display case

This is the Jack O'Green


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 17 April 2024

New Orc ,New Orc

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It just popped into my mind.

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it...


Until next time


Adieu

Saturday 13 April 2024

Cryptofauna 2

 Greetings

Here is another creature from the display case.


This is the Azurewing

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday 10 April 2024

Eastercon Artshow

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Here is a picture of my Art Show exhibit at the Eastercon.



I've always maintained that achieving a balanced display is an art in itself...

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday 6 April 2024

Cryptofauna 1

 Greetings

Here are detail pictures of two of the compartments.


This is the Redhorn



and this is the Oakgall Wyrm



Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Eastercon 2024

 Greetings

I have just come back from the Eastercon, which was in Telford this year.

Both Teddy and I have had quite gunky colds (non-covid) which have proved very persistent and are failing to obey the usual progression.

As Teddy's version causes him to cough for long periods during the night, he decided to stay home.

I had pictures in the artshow and was giving our friend Julie a lift, so went without him.

It was held in a conference centre with adjacent hotels, which I usually do not like. In this case, however, the hotel was very close to the centre, so it wasn't a problem.

The centre also had a large central bar area which made meeting and conversing with lots of people pleasantly easy.

I attended more program items than I usually do, ranging from archaeology of bones, via regalia and robes and the use of fairy tales to comedy and the Muppets.

I was please with my artshow display ( which I may post about later when I've furkeled the photos) and sold two items:

Catspaw


and 

British Woodland Cryptofauna


...so, all in all, an excellent result.

Driving to and from the convention was a bit of a pain due to weather  and delays caused by other drivers not driving right for the conditions, but  I enjoyed this convention more than the previous time I'd ended up going on my own.

Until next time

Adieu


Thursday 28 March 2024

Cryptofauna

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I have recently done a little more work to the display case of British Woodland Cryptofauna.

Here it is with the case closed.


And open.


I will post more detail pictures later.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Dragon Blade 8

 Greetings

Here is the last variation.

I have applied some  censorship to this one, as with the previous version.


Until next time

Adieu


Saturday 23 March 2024

Diving Board

Greetings

Here is a new coloured pencil drawing from my sketch book


 until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Dragon Blade 7

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Here is the penultimate variation of this piece.

Some censorship has been applied for this blog.


Until next time

Adieu


Friday 15 March 2024

Dragon Blade 6

 Greetings

Posting early this week due to life...

Here is a further version of this computer art piece


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Officer Jane

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I revisited a small acrylic painting I did in 2021, as I was not quite happy with it.

I have reworked it. I t now looks like this.


Until next time

Adieu