April 17th, 2013
Steampunk Art In 3D Modeling
Whaaaat..? What is that 'steampunk'? Definitely, most of you have had some dreams and fantasies in the childhood, where you were time travelling dressed as an astronaut with a steam-powered jet-set and a bag full of coal to launch it.
So, steampunk is a symbolical form of romanticism mixed with technology, seeping both into arts and culture since the 1980s. Aesthetic British Victorian era, American Wild-Wild West lunacy, steam-powered technologies - all of these convey direct inspiration to nowadays. This particular genre has conquered all possible forms of art.
The concept was brought to life in a letter sent to science-fiction magazine Locus in 1987 by American sci-fi and horror writer K.W.Jeter. He was trying to distinguish himself and his fellows, who were in love with sci-fi technologies in retro style, from the futuristic cyberpunks by saying: Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on a appropriate technology of that era; like steampunks perhaps...
And...bang! Right there it emerged from behind the history.
Jules Verne, H.G Wells and Mary Shelley were the ones to create the best scientific novels of 19th century. So the whole stream of steampunk is highly influenced by these texts. Well-known Metropolis by Fritz Lang made in 1927 is a movie to be treated as the single most important early film, extracting steampunk as a an emerging stylistic genre. It is betrayed in the artwork with the old extraordinarily fashionable costumes, top gear accessories and mystical atmosphere, which grabs and brings you 20000 Leagues Under The Sea.
Caitlin Kittredge, who is the American author of dark fantasy and urban fantasy noir, says that It is sort of Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans.
Literature, music, cinematography, fashion, art and, finally, design pulses with a high need to represent dream and fiction fueled Victorian retro-future. 3D artists are not an exception. They push a button in their head, let the fantasy to stream and set a plot in Victorian or quasi-Victorian era and truly rely on science-fiction, using concepts, objects and technologies which are inconsistent with the chosen period of time.
Misty and mysterious atmosphere, mean lighting, steam engine based technologies, pre or post-apocalyptic environments, war, space invasions, demented experiments, futuristic characters, wearing incredible diving-suits or vintage aviator glasses, inhabiting a skin made from billions of screws, pins, nuts and helixes, are anchored in a gilded age, but transcend the bounds of time, space and measurement.
Past combined with the future always affect the present. In order to reveal how different a genre of steampunk is, filtered through the mind of a particular 3D designer, we represent an inspirational list of steampunk in 3D artwork. Charge yourself as much as you can, letting your fantasy flow to the quasi-reality of science-fiction in the majestic Victorian era.
Star Wars Steampunk by Nikolai Miroshnishenko
Steampunk Cockroach by Skif_Nomad
The Warmachine by Ted Terranova
Steampunk Brawler byPaul La rge
Steampunk by Laurent Pierlot
R2D2 Steampunk by Denis
Automaton by Kazuhiko Nakamura
...dry dock... by Adam Tredowski
Begemot by Aleksandr Kuskov
Steampunk iPod by Oscar Blanco
Hall of Miscarried Runagrounds by Ryan Moeck
Character by Aleksandr Kuskov
Fall by Toni Bratincevic
Rhinoceros by Kazuhiko Nakamura
ZYGOSIS by Kazuhiko Nakamura
Consumed by Toni Bratincevic
Atoma by Kazuhiko Nakamura
Requiem for Industry by Kazuhiko Nakamura
Gemini by Dmitriy Filippov
Steampunk Desk by Michael Grote
The Time Machine by Dmitriy Filippov
Steamnocchio by Fabricio Moraes
Steampunk MINI Countryman by Carlex Design
Stream Flower by Denis Anfilov
Tell us what you think!