It's been a while since I drew a big ol' muscular dude ... was starting to feel out of practice. Plus I couldn't get him out of my head. Also? Steampunk hairdryers. So there.
Bernard was the lead hairdresser for the Boiler Tour.Reg Lahey
: I've known Bernard for 18 years. When I met him, I was a student and he just got his hairdressing license. So I was poor as hell, and he was the only guy I could afford to go to. It got to be a habit for me. Every month, I'd spare the cash and go down to the Wow-Cuts on the corner to bother him. I could walk in there feeling like crap and feel like a million dollars when he was done. And *that*, my friends, is the power of a hairdresser. So when I began to go somewhere and become someone, I knew I had to bring him with me. He was cool enough to take the chance and go on our first (really crappy) tour. He was as much a part of the crew as Gavin, Dulcinee or me. Doubled as security, too. He and Steven. He stuck with me through all the bullcrap ... even when I traded him in for Lisa. Oh! He was so mad at me! And he *HATED* Lisa! But she did that super-endearing thing she does to everyone. They've been best friends ever since. Of course I wanted Lisa with me for this tour. There is never a time I don't want her with me. But it's been fantastic to bring him along again. It's been a while since he, Steven, Dulcinee and I have traveled together. And it was as great as it was sad. We were all in a room together at one point and no one was saying anything. Everyone was thinking of Gavin. *sigh* He's been in San Francisco for about three years running one of Lisa's salons. I was afraid it would change him ... but it hadn't. I am sure he's open to change and adaptation like any healthy person. But I have yet to find a force in heaven or earth that could make any marked difference in him. And thank god for it. The world would be a poorer place without Bernard being exactly who he is. Oh, that hair is an exact replica to what Lisa did for him to earn his friendship and respect.Matt Vitae
: I knew Bernard before this tour. I go to Lisa when I can, but Bernard is more accessible and the only person I know who can measure up to the Great Mrs. Lahey. So I am no stranger to all things Bernard, for good and for evil. Because he can be evil ... but funny evil. He has a bit of an ego .. but he knows it and can turn it on and off at will. He's not one of those men who can stand in a room and go unnoticed. Maybe the 1.97m height, the red hair and the muscles have something to do with it. I think it's his presence. Needless to say, he's no wallflower. He's not afraid to dance, to sing, to speak loudly, or to let you know that he will not take your crap nor will he sit back and let someone suffer in silence. He's also a self-described man-slut. Hey, I was there at one time in my life, can't blame a guy for having fun (so long as he's safe, which he assures me he is). Anyway ... I'm supposed to talk about the costume. The important thing for me was to keep it simple. Bernard would be able to fill whatever I gave him and make it his own. Originally all I had were the bracers, the vest, the pants and the boots. Lisa gave him the belt, holsters, apron and those amazing hairdryers. Decorated especially for him by the tour's set director Elias Mulciber (very talented man) ... which he used both for their intended purpose and as play guns when the mood struck him. He'd sneak up behind people, turn the dryers on, blast them in the hair and declare, with a mischievous whisper "blow job"! Bernard, everyone.Reg and Lisa Lahey, Steven and Dulcinee de Vignolles, Matt Vitae, Bernard DeWitt, Gavin Ashby, costume & accessory design and art (C) *NuisanceBearEull
Elias Mulciber (C) ~CarnelianKey
Brush by *melemel [link]