Thursday, May 3, 2012

Steampunk Trio

Wikipedia describes Steampunk like this: It is a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of Steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.

When it comes to illustrative Steampunk no one beats Antarctic Press. Currently Antarctic has three publications about Steampunk: two containing art and one of photographs.

The Steampunk Sketchbook #1 contains art by David Hutchinson and is as much an instruction manual on how to draw Steampunk as a showcase for his incredible art. David illustrates everything from attire to modes of transportation in eye-straining detail with pen and wash drawings.

Artist Brain Denham shows off his considerable talent illustrating beautiful Steampunk women in the first issue of Steampunk Angels. His mastery of female figures, clothing, accessories and settings is second to none.

For a taste of Steampunk reality don’t miss issue #2 of Antarctic’s Gearhearts Steam-Punk Glamour Revue starring some of the most beautiful live Steampunk ladies imaginable-all in full color showcasing their incredible Steampunk attire. Also included is an interview with writer Gail Carriger, a Leatherskin story and a Michael Dashow gallery of full color Steampunk art.