These adorable steampunk illustrations make us want a pet octopus of our ownLauren Davis10/28/12 12:30pmFiled to: Concept ArtSteampunkBrian KesingerOctopusvictorianArtIllustrationOtto and victoriatweetFb45EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAs it turns out, the entirely imaginary Victorian Land Octopus makes an excellent pet. He's fiercely loyal, knows how to lace up a corset, is a master behind the sewing machine, and plays a mean game of hide and go seek. (The camouflage helps with that one.) Brian Kesinger's Otto and Victoria illustrations bring us sweet scenes between a not-so-proper steampunk lady and her true blue (or red, or translucent) pet octopus.Kesinger has a particular talent for steampunk. We adored his sepia-toned cast of Disney-style steampunk heroines, and he's added a touch of English class to the Transformers as well. But, like so many artists, he's at his best when he's building his own characters. Otto and Victoria inhabit a world that is recognizably steampunk, but beyond that, they also inhabit the sort of secret world that only a pair of close friends can—one filled with ice cream and carousel rides and occasional detours under the sea. They would be the perfect subjects for a picture book or a series of animated shorts.