Research- Steampunk and Such

Inspiration comes from all angles- and in this case it was a shelf in my room. I was looking up at the books lining my ‘library’ (a girl can dream) and was drawn to the Terry Pratchett books I used to read as a child. The illustrations in it always stuck my attention as they were not as ‘clean cut’ as those that I was used to.

The drawings were full of colour and each piece had lots of different elements involved, entertaining for the eye. The characters involved were also very natural and were shown in a great light- more brutal and true to the character Pratchett had described or written, such as the trolls and witches.

Paul Kidby and Josh Kirby are two of the artists whose work I was most familiarised with, both the the Disc World Series and the Charmed Realm chronicles included their illustrations.

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The Fourth Disc World cover by Josh Kirby. (Pratchett, 2001).

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More work by Josh Kirby. I really liked the visual of the floating carpet/wagon in this as transport. This could be something we look into in our own world- could transport be by flying chariots?  (Pratchett, 2001).

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Disc World itself- a world on the back of a turtle, balanced on top of elephants. Could we incorporate the animals common to Rome in our own designs?  By Josh Kirby. (Pratchett, 2001).

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Not original artwork but I really like the muted colours in this. This piece by Bartosz Kosowski is an interpretation of Terry Pratchett’s Disc World environment. (Fleskes et al., 2016).

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These are some of Paul Kidby’s illustrations from The Wee Free Men. I loved the design in the characters in this and how Kidby really captured the Scottish look in their design.  (Pratchett, 2003).

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I loved the contrast in colours in this- the feminine pinks against the harsh Scottish Wee Men. (Pratchett, 2003).

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Another piece I love- the composition really shows the size of the Wee Men- the bird giving an idea of their literal height. (Pratchett, 2003).

When searching through some of the artwork for the books a friend suggested to me that I look into the artist Gábor Eszenyi, a sculpture maker.

I couldn’t actually find much about the artist himself, however, I was able to find a good few examples of his work.

Sound of the pieces I was inspired by. (Anon, 2016).

I really loved how he joined the various parts of the world or houses together with metallic pillars- I thought these really added to the patch work quality of the world.

Looking at this artist’s work really made me want to research ‘Steampunk’ more, as it is reminiscent of the style.

Steam Punk is defined as a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. Most of the elements of this world is mechanical or made from some sort of machinery. The term was driven by the fictional works of authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells (both responsible for books like War of the Worlds and Around the World in Eighty Days).

The word ‘punk’ used in the term is used to emphasise the need to go against the normal. Creativity and declaration of one’s individuality through style, gadgets, or attitudes gives this ‘punk’ nature to us all. Our world is the encapsulation of the ‘punk’ element as Roman citizens go against the world that they live in- standing up for themselves.

In this alternate universe there are certain characteristics that apply with the iconology. Buildings, machinery and even the clothing, all have mechanical elements to them. They are heavily adorned in buttons, nobs and cogs. These can actually provide a function or just be for fashion choice.

The worlds themselves often seem to be smog ridden, or blanketed in it anyway. The time period being that of the Victorian times which fits with this smog- burning of coal was the main fuel source.

Artwork by J.Otto Szatmari. (ArtStation, 2016).

I thought the artwork of J. Otto Szatmari was really helpful in showing this movement. The hot hair balloon/ blimp seems to be a common theme in these designs- maybe this is something we could use in our own work.

References

ArtStation. (2016). J.Otto Szatmari. [online] Available at: https://www.artstation.com/artist/jotto [Accessed 3 Apr. 2016].

Pratchett, T. (2001). Mort. New York, N.Y.: HarperTorch.

Fleskes, J., Fleskes, J., Fleskes, J., Fleskes, J., Fleskes, J. and Fleskes, J. (2016). Spectrum Fantastic Art News | Flesk and Spectrum Fantastic Art Blog written by John Fleskes. [online] Fleskpublications.com. Available at: http://fleskpublications.com/blog/category/spectrum-fantastic-art-news/ [Accessed 26 Mar. 2016].

Pratchett, T. (2003). The Wee Free Men. New York, N.Y.: HarperCollins Pub.

Anon, (2016). [online] Available at: http://www.steampunktendencies.com/post/76224272745/gábor-eszenyi-facebook-google-twitter [Accessed 26 Mar. 2016].

 

 

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