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!

Steampunk Playing Card Deck

Playing cards were invented during in ancient China have been around since the Tang Dynasty. Which means Steampunk and the Victorian age can claim no particular right to playing cards other than their prevalence saloons and gambling dens of the American West.

This historical heritage, however, is more than enough to inspire people to create Steampunk versions of a playing card deck featuring steamy versions of the standard deck. Lance T. Miller is designing a set after a wildly successful kickstarter for the project.

The deck is planned to print sometime this month and is, at present, still available for pre-order at Lance’s online store. Perfect for Steampunk gamblers, soothsayers, and magicians as well as the casual card player, this deck will likely appeal to your sense of anachronistic style. Be sure to check back to Lance’s website often to see when this deck goes in to print!

Starving Artist Taking Digital Drawing Commissions

Moving to a new place with only a dream and a few measly possessions can be very daunting. The new environment, the strange people, the different pace of life, it can all get pretty overwhelming for someone new in town. It’s even more difficult when you move somewhere without a job on the hope that somehow, things will work out all right in the long run. I know from first hand experience; when I sold everything but what would fit in two suitcases and flew to Seattle to carve out my own corner of Steampunk bliss here in the Steampunk capitol of the world, I didn’t know everything was going to work out okay in the end. Thankfully, it did. I got my shit sorted with a lot of luck and help, but it took a while.

Another Steampunk, Ms. Dana Hill, also arrived in Seattle not too long ago with naught but a few possessions and the determination to make Seattle her new home. But without a job and the necessities of rent and food piling up, Dana has decided to start taking commissions so she can live out her own dream of making Seattle her new home. Most of you know Dana as the creator and guardian of Nathan Plushie. She’s a talented artist in a wide variety of mediums and styles. Here’s her note, straight off her Facebook Page:

I know I’ve done this a bunch of times before and immediately flaked on my offer, but that’s when I had a job. Alas… now I seriously am in need of some moneys and I haven’t found a new job yet. Correction… I’ve found a lot of jobs, but I haven’t been given any of them yet. Which is lame. So! I’m going to be offering up my, as StrongBad would say, skeels of an artist in exchange for your dollars that will go toward rectifying my sudden unintentional hunger strike. I don’t have internet at home so correspondence might be a bit slow (I check my messages almost every day here at the library, but I’m only here for an hour or two in the afternoon), but if you want to help me out here’s what you can do:

Send me a PM with a character (an original or existing character, doesn’t matter) you’d really really like to have drawn. If you have a reference picture of your character, fantastic. If not, be as descriptive as possible. Alternatively, if your character doesn’t have a design yet, you can be really vague and I’ll fill in the rest of the details with… probably stripes and boots, ’cause that’s how I roll.

How much you decide to help me out with will determine how much time I spend on your drawing. Based on the pricing chart below, pick how much of your character you want drawn and in what coloring style. I’ll reply with my paypal address, you drop some moneys in it, and in a day or two you’ll have some shiny new doodlies. (All examples are from my deviantART gallery.)

  •  $1 – $5: Head sketch (Example)
  • $6 – $10 Full body sketch (Example)
  • $11 – $20 Head or full body flat colors (Example)
  • $21 – $30 Head or full body cell shading (Example)
  • $31 – $40 Head or full body soft shading (Example)
  • $41 – $50 Head or full body cell or soft shading with simple background (Example 1 | Example 2)
  • $51+ Head or full body cell or soft shading with complex background (Example)

On a side note, pixel art (Example) falls into the cell shading category. As of right now, my traditional art supplies are all packed away in storage, so I’m only able to offer digital art at this time.

Help a starving artist!

If you’re at all interested, be sure to contact Dana and chat with her about working out something. You’ll both be very happy you did!

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Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination Kickstarter

Those of you who love helping to fund Steampunk creative ventures will likely be very interested in one of the more recent projects to appear on Kickstarter. History Beyond Imagination is a museum exhibit imagined by Aeronaut Productions L.L.C. and The Muzeo. They hope to create a traveling, museum exhibit that will “explore the origins, personalities, and lasting effects of an imaginative aesthetic born in “The Age of Steam”, through a collection of artifacts, replicas and informational displays.”

Here’s their video on the project:

It looks to be a rather impressive exhibition. If you’d like to see it become a reality, do head over to their kickstarter page and contribute. Every dollar helps in a kickstarter project, inching them ever closer to their goal. If, however, they fail to meet that goal, they don’t get any of the pledged money. So be sure to swing by and help out if you can!

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