#Art of Fantasy 33: The Steampunk Edition


My wife told me I should do a special steampunk post and some of you thought that was a great idea and so I’ve complied. Instead of my normal focus on one artist, today’s collection features a variety of artists.

In curating this collection, I tried to stay within or as close as possible to a fantasy setting. Not sure if I succeeded all that well, but then the lines do blur after a while. As usual, each image is linked to the artist’s gallery. Enjoy!












And this last one below somehow reminded me of Kat from Red River Rangers by Jessica West. Not sure why, maybe it’s the tough-looking woman giving no quarter, I don’t know.


I like steampunk, specifically the engineering aspect, and truthfully, my fascination with it started long before K.W. Jetter uttered the term that formalized this subgenre. See, my first contact with steampunk happened when I watched the 1954 film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, adapted from Jules Verne’s book of the same name. I fell in love with Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. The submarine in the movie looked awesome with its brass-like exterior and interior stitched together with thousands of rivets.


I loved those rivets. I loved the leather seats and brass fittings of the interior and the round, paneled window hatches. I don’t know why it had such an everlasting effect on me, but it did. It still does. Back then, I fantasized about having a secret submarine that looked just like the interior of the Nautilus, riveted brass walls, and all. Sometimes I still long for that secret submarine.


I hope you enjoyed today’s special steampunk post. Remember, my latest Art of Science Fiction post is also live over at Kōsa Press. Also, if you still want to support me and pre-order a copy of The Mercy Giver you can still do so without it costing you a cent. Check out the FAQ here, specifically the one about Inkshares credits.

See, I know you want me to win the Nerdist Collection Contest, so here is a chance to help me do just that. You’ll notice I have an uphill battle ahead of me, but then, I still believe in miracles and I’m good at building air castles. We’ve got this!


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