Steam Pug

Yeah.

I… I literally don’t think that I could say that would make this any more awesome or hilarious. So just go here to see the original post by Steam Pug’s creator.

And if you want a Steam Pug print, swing by here for some ridiculously charming art.

Industrial Decay

One of my favorite visual subjects is abandoned spaces. If you’ve never seen the work of the photographic community on Live Journal Abandoned Places, you absolutely must go check it out. Go ahead, I’ll be here whenever you can tear yourself away from it to finish this post.

Welcome back!

For just a little bit more amazing photography, writer Mark Fenger posted the entry Monday Inspiration: Industrial Decay earlier this week that has some great photographs sure to inspire both Steam and Dieselpunks alike. Check out the first picture in the post:

If that doesn’t inspire something in you, I don’t know what will. There’s a story waiting to be told here, I can just feel it.

Be sure to check out the entire blog post for more fantastic photographs, and to keep up with all of Mark’s activities.

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Tesla: The Celebate Scientist

Anyone with even a passing interest in Steampunk eventually stumbles upon the subculture’s favorite scientist, Nicola Tesla. Tesla was so overwhelmingly ahead of his time that many people thought him completely insane. He conceptualized ideas like the radio before the world at the time could actualize and, in many cases, even imagine. Unfortunately, when you’re so far ahead of your time as Tesla was, most of the people in your time think you’re pretty nuts. Time might vindicate you, but by that time, you and all the people that scoffed at you are probably dead. Which means your only vindication might happen in history books, rather than getting the opportunity to say, “I told you so.”

Tesla did, however, have many admirers that pursued him with some determination despite the fact that he was celibate and and seemed to have absolutely no interest in women or romance. In fact, be believed that his celibacy was helpful to his scientific research. He was, by every stretch of the imagination, a man of science and science alone.

Hark a Deviant created a cartoon of this aspect of Tesla’s life and it’s freaking hilarious. But I’m not posting it here. You’ll need to go to their website and check out all the hilarity for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

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The Art of Steampunk

In what seems to be a honest to goodness onslaught of Steampunk art books, I have yet another title featuring another assortment of the amazingly varied art from the subculture. The fact that I’ve been able to cover something like three art books on Steampunk in the past two weeks really does seem to speak not only to the current popularity of the subculture, but also to the incredible talent and creativity it is able to draw out of its adherents.

Today’s book is entitled The Art of Steampunk: Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement and was written by Art Donovan.

Here’s a brief description of the book:

The Art of Steampunk seeks to celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation.  A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking.

Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world.  The 17 artists featured on these pages, among the frontrunners of the Steampunk genre, have had their work displayed at an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford, UK and have attracted the media attention of BoingBoing, one of the world’s largest blogs.  Their artwork consists of everything from clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewelry, but every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator.  You will find that the artists themselves are just as unique and colorful as their masterpieces.  Fully embracing Steampunk ideology, many have adopted a Victorian alter ego—a mad scientist persona to match the complicated intricacies of their artwork.

You can pick the book up from Amazon or from Fox Chapel Publishing.

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Frahnknshtyne Updates

And to follow up with yesterday’s post the book Steampunk: The Art of Victorian Futurism,one of the many artists featured in the compendium was the very talented Kevin Mowrer the author and illustrator of Frahnknshtyne. His presence in yesterday’s highlight made me curious as to what he’s been up to since my interview with him back in January.

Turns out the story of Frahnknshtyne is progressing along quite nicely and the art is, as is to be expected, positively breathtaking. Here’s what he had to tell me about his project in a recent message:

I’m well into the writing of the story for Frahnknshtyne and it’s going quite well.  In the process, a side story and characters popped out so I captured them as a future additional story to develop in the same world once Frahnknshtyne is done and out.  To solidify the concept before I set it aside for later, I illustrated the two main characters and put it on the blog. The working title is “The Pinkerton and the Princess

That’s some fabulous looking art! If this sort of thing piques your interest, I must insist that you go immediately over to the Frahnknshtyne site because more awesomeness awaits you there. You can also follow all of Kevin’s posts from his site and keep up to date on all his releases on his Facebook page.

Steampunk, the Art of Victorian Futurism

A new book featuring the work of some amazingly talented Steampunk authors has been recently published in the UK under the title: Steampunk, the Art of Victorian Futurism. This publication, by Jay Strongman and released by Korero Books, contains some breathtakingly gorgeous art from the subculture. Look!

Ooh, shiney.

This absolutely gorgeous book is being sold via Korero’s website for £24.99. I’m not currently sure on the price of purchase and shipping to the United States as you have to contact the publisher to get particular  rates beyond the UK and EU. Here’s the publisher’s description of the work:

Discover a remarkable world of invention and wonder. From gaslight horrors, to steam-powered dirigibles; from anthropomorphic machine sculptures, to eccentric creations from the cast-offs of Empire. Embark on a literary and artistic adventure to a Neo-Victorian world of talented craftsmen and artists. Brass goggles not provided.

If you’re looking to keep your Steampunk library up to date on all the latest publications, this is one release you certianly don’t want to disregard.

atomefabrik

While I myself do not consider goggles an absolute necessity to Steampunk fashion, there are few pieces that so enhance a Steampunk’s overall presentation as a pair of impressive goggles. Finding that right pair of goggles, however, is something of a challenge. You want them the  be as unique as your own style and definition of Steampunk, but finding that perfect pair is difficult when a lot of goggles that are available these days just have gears glued to the sides of a standard goggle. Thanks, but no thanks.

The goggles created by atomefabrik, however, are works of art. Gorgeous in their handcrafted detail, these goggles are sure to give you the exact look that you want. Check out the full image gallery for goggles to see all the wonderful designs.

Atomefabrik is dedicated to creating original, hand crafted designs by the artist. The website’s About Me Section is particularly illuminating as to the maker’s philosophy, which, in my mind, is perfectly in line with how Steampunk should be thinking about itself:

“atomefabrik” is the name for my “autonomous manufacture of possible items”,

autonomous= AtomeFabrik is a small business , independant, free of any constraint set by a conservative marketing line or enchained to some bank loans. By “small” I mean = I do the work alone, designing, engineering, manufacturing, packing, web design, emails, and all the cleaning…and I don’t want to grow big.

manufacture= all items are handcrafted using craftmanship processing, which means conventionnal machining rather than high productivity stamping or CNC machining; bolting and riveting rather than robotic welding, hand assembly etc…human “imperfection” rather than mass production ! Like any craftmanship this manufacturing work comes at a cost. Generally speaking by buying from a craftsman you contribute to the making and the perpetuation of unique and true skills that would desapear otherwise, because, honnestly, that’s the way it is.

possible Items= anything at all, I just try to experiment what Victor Hugo said: ” Possible worlds are a fantastic matrix”

Amazing art and a fabulous philosophy behind it. Be sure to check it out!