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Collection: The Steampunk Menagerie

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 6:51 PM
51-img-00 by techgnotic

The magic of thousands of years of natural selection and other evolutionary factors has created in all living creatures pretty much the optimal version of each for where each fits in the world. But never tell a human being, especially a steampunk, that there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken.

Here’s a collection of interesting imaginings of mechanical steampunk replacements for the somewhat mundane denizens of the actual natural world. For some people, especially some artists, until there’s been an upgrade or enhancement to anything, there just isn’t any “there” there.

After creating my first Steampunk piece, I had a great time perusing the galleries and seeing what other things the creative minds of dA had come up with for this fun genre.  Here is just a small sample of what I found.  Enjoy!

Wikipedia's entry on Steampunk:…

Paintings, Sketches, 3D and Photomanipulations:

The Scientist by IdaLarsenArt:thumb66250549:Steampunk by PReillyAutumn Harvest by judgefangSteampunkster by quickreaverSteampunk Fairy aceo by MeredithDillmanSteampunk Street Lamp by rsandbergSteampunk concept by LebbeusSteampunk Airship Pilot by nicholaskoleSteampunk Gentleman by pixeleiderdownSteampunk Lookout by valaheriClockwork Frog 1280x1024 by 3232designSteampunk Penguin Professor by einenolde adventurers by SpaceCaptSteve:thumb77715348::thumb76042624:Future views by brain-err0rMechanical Man by CommissarKinyafA Novel Not Yet Written by Vermin-StarThe Laboratory by lorneniesartsteamjack by kinnasI'm with the Pilots by LadyDaggerOphelia by sh0ck-n-dIeantique d2 by amoebablokeRufus by Vermin-StarCaptain Persephone Blackmore by Foxfires


3R Stock Steampunk Instruments by NEOkeitaro3R Stock - Steampunk Objects by NEOkeitaroSteampunk Necklace Stock by Aethergoggles-Stock:thumb77819071::thumb64513773:Pocket Watch by BlackWolver-STOCKgears V by epitomei-stock
Steampunk machine Brushes by necrosensual-artVictorian wallpapers Brush Set by MyrusoDirigibles by NadinePau-stock


:thumb63460339:steampunk by inzombieasteampunk photoshoot 5 by verablue3618Waltzing by HMSChronabelle:thumb65777308:Gogglesmithing I by VynetteDantesNeo Victorian Steam Punk by DonnaRicciNeo Victorian Steam Punk II by DonnaRicciCorroded Elegance by silvergreyAnnie + Siera 3 by oscarfrancisRobber Bridegroom 1 by marc17


Bon Appetit by VynetteDantesShore Leave by ljvaughn

Mature Content

Steam Punk 1 by Myndzeye
Lighting Girl. by HelenaTearsThat's right... ALL the tea. by VynetteDantesSteam. by kairi-gA Motley Crew of Pirateers by ljvaughnWinter 08 Fashion 5 by MarcusstratusBring The Steam by VynetteDantesThe Parlor by damnitsasha

Jewelry & Artisan:

The Villanizer by SpazedOutSteampunk Goggles by joffumsteampunk boots by Dana by brucethelesserTime Flies by porkshankssteampunk brooches by cattislearningtoflyTime Traveler's Top-Hat No. 2 by AtratusLunar Restraint Pendant by porkshanksPeregrin's Fall by porkshanksAether Disrupter by brucethelesserThe Dark Wings of Time by clockwork-zeroNightingale-Lait by joffumair pirate eye patch by missmonsterWeerd Leather bag by MarcusstratusShoulder bag I by MarcusstratusPassage Pendant no. 27 by sojourncuriosities


Steampunk Stamp FTW :3 by IpnorospoSteampunk Stamp by francoslavic-banter

Steampunk name generator:…
After falling in love with all things Steampunk, I had a great time perusing the galleries and seeing what other things the creative minds of dA had come up with for this fun genre. This is my third spotlight on Steampunk, and I am still amazed at the ever growing community here on dA!  If you don't see yourself or a Steampunk you love featured here, never fear...there'll be more features coming soon!  

Spotlight Archive:
Issue I:…
Issue II:…

Silent Film:

Photography and Costumes: The heart machine by Hyracodon:thumb89928989:Steampunk by Nin-KittyFyodor by minnalousheHotR: Steampunk Clockwork 2 by SalemburnSteampunk by mirrormirrorSDCC Steampunk by QueenBotuSteam Ohyn 4 by ohynPercy and Helena by saqaxiwanSteampunk by misspixie93:thumb63460184::thumb93112762::thumb91168334:Ever Watchful by Unkillable-catSteampunk Goggles a la Tai by fire-nekoyasha:thumb82984105:SteamPunk Tea 2 by toth-and-ali:thumb82873692:Sartoraeus Crew and Passengers by brucethelesserYoung Angel Falls 2 by brucethelesser

Traditional: Steampunk Lady by jollyjackSteampunk Mag - no. 4 Cover by shoomlahSteampunk Gentleman 2 by pixeleiderdownKarakuri by KeithwormwoodClockwork Fetus In Chamber by porkshanksThe Creative Engine by brigidashwoodSteampunk Harmonic Resonator by rsandbergMister Oudek by ProtocolrainMercury's Universal Head Case by mythfitsElectro-Galvanic Aerator by RavenFeastAirship over Dalsland valley by jadeLoTuZ:thumb82298327:
Drink by Jenserai

Artisan:  Steampunk Hip Flask by dreadnoughtdesignsThe Nautilus Steampunk Guitar by SpazedOutFour of Six Book Set by TimBakerFXFiligree in Blue by cjgrandSteampunk Monitor Large by Unkillable-catMonocle 1 by dancing-dragonSteampunk tree by Inwiel:thumb93964541:McDonalds steampunk gobbler by brucethelesserNo.5-Detail 1 by ericfreitasSteampunk Shoes by hippyofdoomWinged Flight-Pack Preview by porkshanksSteampunk + cyberpunk Jewelry by clockwork-zeroCaptain and Baron by HMSChronabelleArcanepunk: Shock Gauntlet by TormentedArtifactsGypsy Steampunk Goggles by mantisred
The Heat Cinq. by UrstuPortable Steampunk Device by lilibat

Digital: :thumb90456211:Inscendium Insectum Steampunk by brigidashwoodtable for one by tralfazSteampunk Penguin Professor by Lalilulelo2003Sybera by Remton:thumb89886233:SteamFaerie: Lil'Red by CrackedClockworkSteampunk Hook by cjuzzzSteampunk Chic Coloured by SashaFitzgerald:thumb92838982:Steampunk Fairytale by Daniel-VelezSteampunk Journey by DaineN:thumb90668715:steampunk by vyxeeSteampunk Nicolai and Viktor by YoshiyukiKatanaThe Magnificent Flying Machine by PhospheratuSteampunk Queen Victoria by herrenmediaSteampunk Babe by ochie4Gwendolyn the Robot by sssssBEANSThe Royal StemaLev Express by XayzerAbney Park - Airship Pirates by FoxfiresDiary of a Watch by mythecaria

Resources: :thumb94728268:Aviator Cap and Goggles by FoxStoxSTEAMPUNK ARMS ? by louboumian:thumb90181189:Stock - Ships Equipment by OghamMoonIndustrial Gears Galore 1 by FoxStoxStock - Ships Speed Gauge by OghamMoonStock - Cannon 15 by OghamMoonChimney 2 by hever-stockCall Box 2 by hever-stockCall Box 1 by hever-stockBig Arse Gears by FoxStoxSteampunk Industrial Gizmo 3 by FoxStoxVictorian Steampunk Stock 36 by Aethergoggles-StockGinny 004 by zeldyn-stockvictorian converstation stock1 by DemoncherryStock

Wallpaper: Midnight clockwork by Tea-desuTreatise on Fireball Light by AiOlorWile

Dolls: Orpha Littlefield by blood-cocoaMs. Eudora Darknoll by Kryshna...steampunk? ::Lisa:: by elavoriaCyperSpider Lady by hesinmydreamsThe Steampunk Girl by ChanniniSteampunk Lolita by Risusa

Abney Park Goodness:  The Rescue -Aiship HMS Ophelia by mykeamendH.M.S. Ophelia's Crew by QuimtukOphelia and Chronabelle by HMSChronabelleNathans Amberic Array Violin by porkshanks

Welcome to the land that never was in an era that had never been looking forward to the future that never came.
Welcome, to steampunk.

1. What is steampunk?

Steampunk is a retro-active subgenre of science fiction that incorporates elements of historical fiction, adventure, horror, speculative fiction, fantasy and alternative history. It exists as a hybrid genre that focuses on a re-imagining of the Industrial revolution when men and women create analog machines to achieve the fullest of human potential. Usually set in Victorian England during the mid- to late-1800’s or the American “Wild West” era, this genre incorporate the spirit of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells in their setting and general mood as well as the new-found relationship between man and his machine.

Steampunk has since become an aesthetic movement, sparking off subcultures that focus on visual art, comics, music, clothing, accessories and “custom mods” where modern-day machinery and equipment are modified to appear gear-run and steam-powered. Numerous conventions and live-action role-playing groups have since sprung up all over the world to embrace this new old-world aesthetic.

Let’s face it, Steampunk is one of the newest… and oldest darling in town.

2. History of steampunk.

The word “steampunk” was a tongue-in-cheek reference to Cyberpunk to reflect the technology of the Victorian fantasy era.

The word was coined by the author K.W. Jeter in 1987 as a way to describe the fictional works of Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983); James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986); and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987.) All of these authors based their work in the Victorian era and imitated the style and tone of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine”.  These authors are now known as the pioneers of modern steampunk. Jeter thought it would be the next big thing. He wasn’t mistaken.

However, they weren’t the first to experiment with the idea of alternative histories dealing with fantastical machines. Before the genre matured and had a name, several artists have experimented with the idea, creating landmark masterpieces such as Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (1927) and Mervyn Peake’s “Titus alone” (1959).  On the small screen, TV shows such as “Wild Wild West” (1965-1969) anticipated many tropes that eventually became known as Steampunk. In fiction, the "A Nomad of the Time Streams" trilogy by Michael Moorcock, which began in 1971 with The Warlord of the Air, was also an influential precursor.

3. Associates of steampunk.

As with many genres, sometimes they interact with each other with significant overlap. It’s easy enough to have some die-hard fans cry “That’s not steampunk!” So what are some of the associates of Steampunk that usually have people up in arms?

A. Clockpunk: The term was coined by the GURPS role-playing system and is similar to steampunk in that it portrays Renaissance-era science and technology based on pre-modern designs. The main difference is the heavier focus on clockwork and gears as the main mode of power generation instead of steam. Some would also state that Clockpunk focuses more on the Baroque and Renaissance aesthetic and lacks the sci-fi atmosphere of steampunk.
Steampunk Wood-based Gear Medal by Zackary Quartz No.6 by ericfreitas Dragonstomper.48 Pistol guide by jacemoore

B. Dieselpunk: First coined in 2001, dieselpunk is an art style based on the aesthetics popular between World War I and the end of World War II. The style combines the artistic and genre influences of the period (including pulp magazines, serial films, film noir, art deco, and wartime pin-ups.) Often seen as being more bleak and austere as compared to Steampunk.
DieselPunk by Von-Gore-AltModel Dieselpunk Clock 1 by dkart71 Dieselpunk Shock Trooper (3) by Zilochius

C. Decopunk: A more recent subgenre that started around 2008, Decopunk is centered on the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne styles, and based around the period between the 1920s and 1950s. In an interview, Steampunk author Sara M. Harvey commented:  "Dieselpunk is a gritty version of Steampunk set in the 1920s-1950s. The big war eras, specifically. Decopunk is the sleek, shiny very Art Deco version; same time period, but everything is chrome!"
New Business Cards by MurderousAutomaton The Archives Reborn Collection by LandgraveCustoms Empire Speeder by MikeMahle

4. Landmarks and Signposts.

What does one need to do to catch up to the Steampunk genre? Here are some good places to start:
A. In print: “The Difference Engine” , William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, 1990; “Infernal Devices”, K.W. Jeter, 1987; “Mortal Engines”, Philip Reeve, 2001; “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, 1999; “Steampunk” anthology, Ann and Jeff Van der Meer, 2008; “Extraordinary Engines” anthology, Nick Gevers, 2008.
B. Big Screen: “Wild Wild West” (1999), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Sherlock Holmes (2009, 2011), Hellboy (2004, 2008), Steamboy (2004)
C. Small Screen:  Dr. Who (1963- ), Murdoch Mysteries (2008- ), Tinman (2007- )
D. Music: Abney Park, Vernian Process, Steam powered Giraffe,  Frenchy and the Punk, Voltaire
This is by far not the most comprehensive list. If you know of more, comment below!

5. Steampunk on dA.

Steampunk Incredible Hulk by DubuGomdori One Man Blitzkrieg Walker by plushman Elsewhere Venice (after Canaletto) by marcobrunez
Leviathan goggles on by LahmatTea Aether Brass Tank by Nymla Steampunk Vial Holster the 4th by Skinz-N-Hydez
Steampunk doctors by Sunymao  Epaulettes and Aviator Caps by AethertechIndustries Lady Eliane Steam V by MADmoiselleMeli
SWORD - ESPADA STEAMPUNK - CALEB by lego999666 Lorem Ipsum by AlladdinSEAzur by perlesdutemps
Steampunk Ring by DeZzibELlWinged propeller necklace by Pinkabsinthe Vintage steampunk victorian cufflinks by Hiddendemon-666
Steampunk NERF Finished by S17s17 Steampunk Psu by 42RUS Steampunk Computer by steamworker

7. How do I get involved?

Communities on dA: :iconsteampunk: :iconsteampunkartists: :iconsteamstock: :iconsteampunk-horror: :iconsteampunkforever: :iconthesteampunkradicals: :iconsteampunkish: :iconsteampunk-club:

Events and gatherings: the Steampunk World's Fair (Piscataway, NJ) , Up in the Aether: The Steampunk Convention (Dearborn, MI), San Diego Comic-Con International’s “Steampunk day”, Weekend at the Asylum(Lawn, Lincoln, UK), EuroSteamCon. Many renaissance fairs and anime/comic conventions also have time and space set out just for Steampunk and related topics.

On-line Resources:
1. Dieselpunk Encylopedia: dieselpunksencyclopedia.wordpr…
2. The Gate House (on-line steampunk and dieselpunk magazine):
3. The Gate House Gazette:…

8: Readers' Suggestions!

Thank you so very much for all of them! Keep them coming! :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:
Fiction: "Clockwork Century" (series) by Cherie Priest, "Leviathan" series by Scott Westerfeld, "The Clocksmith" by Cody Brown (support a fellow deviant; first chapter here! ), "Parasol Protectorate" (series) and "Finishing School" (series) by Gail Carringer, "Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences" series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Graphic Novels: "Gotham by Gaslight" by Mike Mignola, "Girl Genius" by Phil and Kaja Foglio, "Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory" by Greg Broadmore, "Tea Girls" and "Otto and Victoria" (series) by Brian Kesinger :iconbriankesinger:

Games: Dishonoured (2012), Bioshock (series), Machinarium (2009)

Music: The Cog is Dead, Soundtrack to Machinarium (2009) by Tomáš Dvořák 

Events and Gatherings: Brass Confederacy in Port Townsend, WA; Rise of Aester (LARP group), Seattle Steam Rats (LARP group), Seattle

Here on dA: :iconsteampunk-italia: (also found here: )

:bulletblue: What does steampunk mean to you?
:bulletblue: What’s your favourite part of steampunk?
:bulletblue: Who are some must-see authors/artists/etc. that you recommend?
:bulletblue: What are your local steampunk gatherings?
:bulletblue: Did we miss anything? Comment below!

After falling in love with all things Steampunk, I had a great time perusing the galleries and seeing what other things the creative minds of dA had come up with for this fun genre. Here is just a small sample of what I found. Enjoy!


Wikipedia on Steampunk:…

Steampunk Spotlight #1 found here:…


Traditional Art:
Invention Delay by nexusmindSteampunk Vortex Portal by rsandbergChitty-Chitty Boom Boom by joshuajoelSteampunk Cyborg Palanquin by rsandbergSteampunk Chicka Revisited by cwalton73Gyroscopic Navigation Footwear by mcmatzAbsurdopolis Cargo Bay final by Absurdostudio-KrumSteam Monocycle by tigermoph

Digital Art:
Steampunk flight by zimfinSteampunk Girl by Miggs69Secret thoughts by DaywishSteampunk Gentleman by JohnMalcolm1970Steampunk Oil Rig by ZackF-Steam punk pepper- by p0p5Technology - Steam Autogyro 01 by clockworkuniverseEscape this steampunk city by ftouriniSteam Punk by JUADread Captain Robert Brown by Foxfires

the claw by verablue3618Photo by Rayce Conway 3 by AurumProductions:thumb78431543::thumb66263824:Dream Team. by HelenaTearsAnachronaut 02 by AnachronautMaybe Amelia by belialjoneshelena by saqaxiwanAbney Park-Robert by lordpanthereMagdalene Veen by dispodip


Steampunk by TheHWordsteampunk by abyssus:thumb74484579:Ysabella Daugney .:SteamPunk:. by Randoms-Foundling:thumb61947606:Strange Vehicles by jjnaasSteampunk Icons by beblue

Steampunk Tank by daregThe Airship Pickle by pforsSTEAMPUNK JAPAN FINAL by phishy


Dagon Rite of First Immersion by porkshanksSteampunk blaster in holster by lilibatMonical on velvet by mantisredCalculating Engine by garybwattsI'm Not Left Handed Either by VynetteDantesSteampunk Lamp 3 by oldtugReconstructed Watch Pendant by GomoDucky'Bloody Aether' brooch by Space-InvaderSteampunk Goggles tinted by joffumantique r2d2 10 by amoebablokeA.F.P.D.L.M. - Steampunk Dunny by evanjensenSteampunk Valentine by JadedanddarkMarshal Falls, evening attire1 by brucethelesserSteampunk CD player by Zuntaras:thumb61947129:Steampunk Old Vic Ray Gun by buildersstudio7 Selected Wood Retro Ray Guns by buildersstudio:thumb55611327::thumb81755291:

Sky Captain - 7 by mjranum-stockBinoculars 5 by BlackWolver-STOCKIndustrial Thingamajig by FoxStoxIndustrial 149_quaddles by quaddlesclockwork by zeldyn-stockSteam stock 18 by Random-Acts-StockSteam Punk - 06 by onestockSteamPunk Pin Up by stock4profsVictorian Steampunk Stock 20 by Aethergoggles-Stock

Ian Tregillis Wallpaper by 3232design3232design steampunk wallpaper by 3232design:thumb78621525:
Ladies and gentleman...

We have the honor of presenting...

:bulletpurple::bulletpurple::bulletpurple: Steampunkism :bulletpurple::bulletpurple::bulletpurple:

What is Steampunkism?

It's a fussion between Steampunk and Impressionism. The perfect and unique combination of both elements is what we want from you! :heart:

:bulletpurple: Steampunk: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality."

:bulletpurple: Impressionism: "A theory or style of painting originating and developed in France during the 1870s, characterized by concentration on the immediate visual impression produced by a scene and by the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light."

So now you know the basics, let's go to the thing:

:bulletyellow: The aim: Design a character (or more) using steampunk elements and aesthethics, following the bases of impressionism art movement.
You can create whatever kind of character you want, always respecting the pressence of enough steampunk elements, and applying the use of impressionism in the creation process.

:bulletyellow: Requirements:

1. The art must contain a quite heavy steampunk influence, in form of decorative elements, customes, weapons, transports, etc...
2. The piece must follow the Impressionism art movement. The technique must be clear enough to avoid confussions.
3. Visual artworks only. Digital and traditional.
4. Old artworks are not accepted. All entries must be new and made with this contest's purpose.
5. All the entries must be submitted to the oficial category before November the 20th 2010 23:59 PST.

Official category for Digital Art:  Contests > 2010 > Steampunkism > Digital

Official category for Traditional Art:  Contests > 2010 > Steampunkism > Traditional

6. The non-authorized use of photos, patterns, textures and other resources will leave the piece out of the voting.

:bulletyellow: Judging: Both originality and skills will have the same weitgh while evaluating the artworks. Take in consideration that both requirements, Steampunk and Impressionism, must be present with a quite strong influence in the piece. If the judges think the piece lacks one of these conditions, the artwork wont be qualified to get to the next round.
Joining the judges panel: :iconchutkat: :iconatramina: :iconsambees: :iconrydi1689: :icondapper-owl: :iconnorke:

:bulletyellow: Prizes (thanks to communityrelations :heart:) :

     :winner: Digital Art Category:

First - deviantART tshirt + 1 year premium membership + 1 full colour traditional art commission by chutkat + 1 character full colour digital art commission by Atramina

        Second - emoticon stressballs series 1 or 2 + 6 months premium membership

Third - deviantART stickerpack + 3 months premium membership

     :winner: Traditional Art Category:

First - deviantART tshirt + 1 year premium membership + 1 full colour digital art commission by chutkat + 1 character full colour digital art commission by Atramina

        Second - emoticon stressballs series 1 or 2 + 6 months premium membership

Third - deviantART stickerpack + 3 months premium membership

Note: All DeviantWear is subject to availability.

:heart: And now... Some inspiration:

Commission : BambinoShop No.2 by JinkiMania steampunk fashion 10 by DizyDezi Steampunk by jfdavis28 Steampunk Cuff Watch -Silver by Aranwen
:thumb114259627: steampunk boots by Dana by brucethelesser Steampunk Circus Doll 3 by mizzd-stock Steampunk Alice Caterpillar by CatherinetteRings
:: Steampunk :: by Liek Steampunk Parade Armor by kinnas :thumb66436021: -Amaranthine Project- by dapper-owl

Browse Steampunk in DA

Digital Impressionism by MartaNael 'Lady' by LouieLorry impressionism.jpeg_sioti by 117a Bayou by Operaghost1
singapore_in_impressionist by JSF07 Samurai Jin by DavidCuriel Impression by Owll girl in the lake by gabrio76
:thumb74016008: Cherished by pogopuggie Serenity by clydine bottles by carmelaine

Browse Impresssionism in DA

We'll be waiting for your entries! If you have any doubt, feel free to leave a comment here or note Atramina or chutkat with your question :heart:

:heart: :iconcommunityrelations: :heart:

Outcast Odyssey Card Master Challenge

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 12:09 PM
thumb by SpicyGingerr
Outcast Odyssey

Your Art In The Game!

Create a new Steampunk Warrior, Witch/Warlock, or Dragon/Monster that belongs in the adventurous fantasy world of Outcast Odyssey.

Three grand-prize winners will work with the Outcast Odyssey creative team to bring their portrait or illustration to life as a limited edition trading card available within the game! Outcast Odyssey has already worked with deviants to create art for the game - chuck-piresart and yigitkoroglu have each created beautiful pieces featured in the world of Outcast Odyssey. Will you be next?

What is
outcast odyssey?

Do you have what it takes to become a legend?

Outcast Odyssey is a visually stunning, action-packed card battler game for your mobile devices.


Uncover monsters, lost dungeons, and frequent rewards as you explore the floating islands of Outcast Odyssey. What treasures and trouble will you find on your journies?


Fight in epic battles using the explosive power of your cards and your strategic mastermind! You'll be able to take on monsters through the in-game storyline, challenge players in the PvP arena, and link up to test your skills against your friends!


Collect hundreds of monsters and their evolutions, hand-drawn by some of the top artists in the industry (including some of our very own deviants)! Watch your power grow as your creatures and skills evolve!

Are You the next
master creator?

Each of the three (3) Grand Prize Packages will consist of the following:

  • a check for $1,200 USD
  • 128GB Apple iPad mini with retina display
  • Razer Blackshark Gaming Headset
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points
  • one year Premium Membership to
  • use of the winning Entry in the Game

Each of the twenty-two (22) Semi-Finalist Prize Packages will consist of the following:

  • a check for $200 USD
  • 2,000 DeviantArt Points
  • three month Premium Membership to
How To Enter

View the trailer above, then go to the assets page to learn about the world of Outcast Odyssey and the characters and creatures that inhabit it!

You may use the visual materials on the assets page for reference, but you may not duplicate them.

Create an original character portrait or illustration inspired by Outcast Odyssey of a Dragon/Monster, Witch/Warlock, or Steampunk Warrior. You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable.

Submit your entry using the button below! Entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG file, at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length.


The Outcast Odyssey Card Master Challenge begins at 12:00 AM PACIFIC TIME ON December 16, 2014 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) ON January 25, 2015!

  • Entrant must be at least 18 years old as of December 16, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PT) on January 25, 2015 and be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt;
  • Membership to is required to enter the contest; Membership to is free.
  • Your submitted entry is to be an original artwork inspired by Outcast Odyssey in the form of a portrait or an illustration of a Dragon/Monster, Witch/Warlock, or Steampunk Warrior.
  • You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted.
  • You may reference but may not duplicate the visual materials found on the Outcast Odyssey game.
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single .JPG or a single .PNG file at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest length and at a minimum of 72 dpi.
  • Any artist who has previously worked on the Outcast Odyssey game is not allowed to enter contest.
  • Please read Official Rules carefully for more details.

Twenty-five semi-finalists will be chosen by DeviantArt staff. The three winners will be selected by DeviantArt member and contracted Outcast Odyssey artist, Warren Louw, Senior Designer at Magic Pixel Games, Jonathan Durr, and Mobile Games Producer at Namco Bandai Games America, Joe Riego. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Overall impact of the work
  • Technical Skill
  • Originality and presentation of the character
  • Suitability for use in the game

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.

Remember to :heart: the news article so more people can read it!

The Color-Me-Club is hosting the color portion of the 'Steampunk' contest throughout the month of April.  Prizes include subscriptions and points!  Click on the news headline for link to lineart, prize listing, and contest guidelines.

What is the Stock Treasury? :dalove: This is the first in a series of articles that I've been thinking about for a while. I want to create a treasury of stock resources from around dA. Please leave comments below if you have ideas for future themes. If I choose your suggestion for an article, you'll be credited when your theme is featured.

What is Steampunk? There are lots of articles and web pages on this subject. However, in my own words, Steampunk immediately makes me think of Jules Verne, author of such works as "Around the World in Eighty Days" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea." These stories take place in a world of Victorian science fiction. The movies "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and 2009's "Sherlock Holmes" were both set within a Steampunk universe too.

Steampunk is akin to Cyberpunk, which has some similarities. Each has been influenced by punk style/fashion and science fiction, but the science in each one is rather different. Cyberpunk is about futuristic computer technologies and cybernetics, while Steampunk is more about an era that embraces the use of steam engines, balloon airships, clockwork gears, and other marvelous inventions like time machines and potions that conjure Mr Hyde! Anyway, I digress...

Steam Punk Features!

In the following features, you will find some great Steampunk resources from dA's Resources & Stock Galleries to use in your artwork. FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

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Steampunk Stock Photos: Female Models

Steampunk spy 6 by Meltys-stock:thumb170680592:Damsel in distress 17 by couleur-chocolatSteampunk - Airship Captain 3 by kirileeSteam punk 9 by magikstock

Steampunk Stock Photos: Male Models

Steam - Hero 06 by Nemesis-19Victorian Steampunk Stock 46 by Aethergoggles-Stocksteampunk stock9 by DemoncherryStockVictorian Steampunk Stock 37 by Aethergoggles-StockC Pirate 7 by wyldangel-stock

Steampunk Stock Photos: Model Groups

Post Apocalypse 6 by mizzd-stockUrban Gothic stock 30 by Random-Acts-Stocksteampunk stock12 by DemoncherryStockvictorian converstation stock1 by DemoncherryStockSteampunk 13 by CAStock

Steampunk Stock Photos: Timepieces

:thumb168291056::thumb98903828:Book clock by ForestGirlStock
Pocket watch specific angle 4 by CAStockantique pocket watch by objekt-stock

Steampunk Stock Photos: Props & Gadgets

:thumb172075260:Steam punk'd stock 16 by Random-Acts-Stock:thumb160149684:
:thumb166566600:Steam punk'd stock 13 by Random-Acts-StockA Little Steampunk 3 by Sitara-LeotaStock
:thumb152319464:technical03 by art70Propeller PNG by AbsurdWordPreferred

Steampunk Stock Photos: Gears

Gear Machine by Stock7000The Cog Shot by hokum-deadfallClockwork III by shapestock
stockpile 9 by thecapricechained by JensStockCollection

Steampunk Stock Photos: Backgrounds

Steampunk background 4 by indigodeepSaw mill 1 by LucieG-Stock
By Lamplight by Elandrialab 01 by Caltha-stock

Steampunk Stock Photos: Vehicles

SkyShip 7 by SilverRose-StockSteam Train Stock by Sassy-StockA Flight in a Blimp-1- by lucas-stock
Steam boat 05 by TillDeath-StockTrain 2 by raindroppe

Steampunk: Textures

leather by Meltys-stock:thumb129433942:Gassworks 10 by yolistock
Rust 322 by snakstock2008 Kansas Antiques 6 by Falln-Stock

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Steampunk Groups

:bulletyellow: SteamStock - This is a group for all Victorian and Steampunk stock - from models to objects to backgrounds.

:bulletyellow: ScifiStock - The repository for all science fiction related stock and tutorials.

:bulletyellow: SteampunkARTISTS - A group for anyone who has a passion for the world of steampunk!

:bulletyellow: Steampunk-Artists - dedicated to uniting the Steampunk artists and appreciators of deviantART.

:bulletyellow: steampunk - A one-stop channel for all things steampunk, be they works of traditional or digital media!

:bulletyellow: Steampunk-club - Bringing together and providing inspiration and a community for Steampunk artists.

:bulletyellow: ClockpunkWorks - The main focus of this club may be clockpunk, but steampunk is also a big part of it too.

:bulletyellow: SCI-FI-Archives - The intention of this group is to make an archive of science fiction artwork.

Note to Model Stock Providers: If you enjoy costume design, you may also like the selection of Steampunk and other costume tutorials featured in this article.
Walkiesbooksm by BrianKesinger

Thank you all so much for the tremendous support and positive feedback you have given to two of my favorite creations, Otto and Victoria. i have been asked about them a lot lately so i thought i would do a journal entry to offer a little back story as well as a look forward to what is in store for these two unlikely p


looking back to about a year ago i had doodled a very rough sketch in my sketch book of a girl walking an octopus. and when i say rough i mean rough. the sketch itself was nothing more than a study of contrasting silhouettes. i was drawn to the play between a very rigid character and a squiggly one.

Photo by BrianKesinger

i had forgotten about that sketch until i heard about a steampunk t-shirt design for i thought that this design might have a chance so i went ahead and finished it off. well it got alot of attention and i am happy to say that it won the competition. the shirt started to sell well and people i talked to were very interested in Otto. i guess it goes to show the power of naming something. i had titled the piece, "walkies for otto" i wanted to suggest that this was just a daily routine of a high class lady and her pet. i might have been making some commentary about boutique pets or pets as accessories too but above all i was embracing the up surd.

what follows was several months of exploring different scenarios  inspired both from my experience of raising two young children with my wife as well as a one year old mutt we adopted from the pound.  I've talked before about the importance of finding a universal idea that many can relate too and throwing a twist on it and that is what i tried to do here:

Housebrokensm by BrianKesinger

Dogparksm by BrianKesinger

those of you with young pets and even young children know how frustrating it can be to housebreak young ones.  also how important it is to socialize ones pet with others to encourage good behavior. when you render it with an octopus it just adds a lot of character.

Carouselsm by BrianKesinger

not only was i having fun with drawing Otto, i found that i was having a lot of fun drawing Victoria and her fashions. she is definitely an iconoclast in her society. a bohemian among the upper-class and her style is a blend of classic Victorian design as well as some more recent gothic lolita influences. in fact i started building a whole tumblr site devoted to these styles to keep as reference as i sketch.

Swingsm by BrianKesinger

Sewingsm by BrianKesinger

as i worked on these they started to get more and more attention online and that just inspired me to do more. i was so grateful for the comments. next thing you know i started getting people cosplaying as victoria! the amazing ~itsrainingneon… sent me these amazing images that were shot by aryn jurgensen… !

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i was etremely flattered! it was incredible to see victoria come to life through this amazing recreation. and then i received the ultimate compliment...
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body art! well it's been a crazy journey so far and these two have offered me a lot of creative expression as well as the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people! i am excited to say that i have been working with to publish a book of all of my otto and victoria art that is due out next may. thank you again for all the support and stay tuned for more adventures.  cheers!

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