Running Like Clockwork: Steampunk Art to Inspire You
The Steampunk style has been a part of fantasy and science fiction artwork and literature for a few years now. Some proponents insist on keeping it entirely science-based, while others like to throw in healthy doses of fantasy. The question they all seem to be asking, though, is "what if X ran on steam?" X can be anything from computers to cars to personal jetpacks. Working prototypes of steampunk-esque machines have even been made (and used). It's an entire subculture, defined by a propensity toward Victorian aesthetics, practicality, and steam-powered anything. Below are 80 fantastic steampunk artworks to get your gears turning and start you on your way to designing your own steampunk creations.
Here are a handful of tutorials for creating your own steampunk-esque artworks.
Make A Steampunk Gear Using Photoshop Patterns and Effects - A tutorial that covers how to create realistic-looking gears in Photoshop by combining patterns with effects like Bevel and Emboss and Drop Shadows.
How to Create a Steampunk Style Illustration in Photoshop - A tutorial for creating a steampunk-esque photomanipulation.
Create a Dark Steampunk Digital Painting - A fantastic digital painting tutorial from ForCG.
20 Steps to Create a Steampunk Cyborg in Photoshop - Another photomanipulation tutorial.
Create a Steam Powered Typography Treatment - A Psdtuts+ tutorial for creating steampunk-inspired type.