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Collection: The Steampunk Menagerie

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 6:51 PM
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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.

The Airships are rising and we are gathering our forces for this our 3rd Annual Dark Beauty Magazine Steampunk issue out in April 2013. Featuring cover art by Brian Kesinger. If you are interested in featuring your fashion, weapons, gadgets, jewelry and other amazing air quality steampunk goodies we are more than excited to share it with our readership this April. Content is due March 15th, send to us at

Past Steampunk issues can be found here:…

Good luck!! :D

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 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 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 ljvaughnSteam Punk 1 by MyndzeyeLighting 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:…
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Prepare for a high-flying steampunk adventure in this all-new sci-fi/fantasy series about a pair of talented inventors called, the TINKERS. Set in an alternate history in the late 19th century, TINKER takes place in a smoggy, overpopulated San Francisco where the TINKERS ply their trade to the wealthy and famous. When a wealthy and eccentric noblewoman from British Hong Kong named, Lady Cushing, hires the father/daughter duo, they are instantly thrust into a world of intrigue, lies, danger and excitement in which the balance of worldly power rests unaware, alternately in both the calloused hands of Sho Tinker and the gloved hands of Lady Cushing.
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 DaineNTrippy Gunpoint by Lynxiasteampunk 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

Project Educate: Steampunk

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 3:50 PM


Some source cited from

Project Educate: Steampunk:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction. It typically will feature steam powered vehicles not limited to trains, and is inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. It may also convey traces of a dystopian or post-apocalyptic environment, and often contains elements of the Wild West.

Before we called it 'Steampunk', there were elements in books and movies. The oldest precursor is the film 'Metropolis', a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction directed by Fritz Lang.

The term we now call it originated in the late 1980's, a variant of cyberpunk. It wasn't until 1995, though, that something was actually titled using it, Paul Di Filippo's Steampunk Trilogy.

For a long time, the elements of steampunk were used mainly in literature. It was easier, and of course cheaper, to describe the giant cities, and steam based machinery then it would be to create it for the screen. There was a 1960's television show which featured many elements of advanced steam-powered technology set in the Wild West, but it was Dr.Who that really set things in to motion.

As we know it now, steampunk is a widely acknowledged genre of film and literary media, and it is cosplayed often. A key element in choosing a cosplay outfit is that you can become your character, and it doesn't need to exist in a game, movie or book for you to be realistic.

Using cogs, clocks, goggles, corsets, bomber jackets, tophats and modified weapons, anyone can come up with a believable and excellent cosplay with a little time and effort.

Some people say that in order to make a great Steampunk cosplay, though, you have to believe you are the character. It wouldn't make sense for you to have vials and potions if you wanted to be a pilot!

Steampunk Goggles Tutorials:

One thing almost every Steampunk cosplay needs is Goggles. Below are some excellent tutorials for you to try your hand at making this accessory.

Steampunk Goggles Tutorial by mtaniSteampunk Goggles: A Tutorial by FenrisDesignshow to maka goggles tutorial by Guineve-earth

Random Steampunk Bits n' Bobs:

STEAMPUNK EAR CUFF TUTORIAL by bodaszilviaSteampunk Nailart Tutorial by KythanaSteampunk Wings Tutorial by Yazzzle
Process by bug-in-my-eyeSteampunk Heart Necklace Tut. by aliceazzoSteampunk on a Budget by HiddenYume-stock

Excellent Steampunk Cosplay:

Steampunk with Outland Armour by yayacosplay:thumb122399577:Harley Quinn Steampunk - Cosplay by Thecrystalshoe
Steampunk Starshooter by MarcoRibbe-deSteampunk Overlord, beckoning. by overlord-costume-artSteampunk Fett - V by DimHorizonStudio

Project Educate: Welcome to Cosplay Week!
PE: The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (A, B, C)
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (D, E, F)
Costuming for a Cause - by ^j-z-belexes
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (G, H, I)


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 sluggoweezulI'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:
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?

Please :+fav: and adhere to the artist's terms before using any stock images.

At the time when this article was published, each of these images was under 50 +favs. Please go give them some love!!

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

Want MOAR Steampunk?

steampunk stamp by abyssus

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.
Every once in a while I get asked, "What is steampunk?"  In order to help facilitate answering this question, I have created this journal entry so that I might link to it whenever this question comes up again in the future.

At its most basic, steampunk is a science-fiction sub-genre involving the introduction of advanced technology into the era when steam-power was most prevalent, that being the mid-to-late 19th century.  The most typical settings are Victorian England and Wild West America, though some variation does occur.

Now, when I say "advanced technology", this includes any tech that came out after the age of steam.  Modern is most common, but there is no shortage of both futuristic and older styles of equipment.  The most important thing about this tech is that it is not how we know it to be today, but created as if it were made with the limited resources and knowledge of the day.  Virtually everything is run by steam power, heavy cogs and springs and pipes are prevalent, plastics are generally unheard of, the microchip doesn't exist, and so on.

Ultimately, this is not future technology brought whole to the past.  You won't find a modern laptop computer in a steampunk setting.  Instead you will find a portable analytical engine, probably the size of a large briefcase, running on clockwork, storing information in an etherbox, and featuring a display made of clacking, flipping, multicolored tiles.  It would be a laptop as denizens of the 19th century would have envisioned it after having the concept of a laptop described to them.

The steampunk sub-genre solidified in the 1980's, around the same time as its cousin cyberpunk - from which, in fact, it derives the "punk" part of its name.  Its roots, however, reach much further back than that, to the age of steam itself.  The writings of science-fiction authors of the time - such as Jules Verne, who might be considered the great-granddaddy of steampunk - had a heavy influence on the modern writers and artists that started developing the setting in the 60's and 70's.

Though steampunk covers an immense variety of stories, drawings, music, and other artworks, all with many different elements, there are some themes that many of them have in common.  For example, the prominence of engineers, those people who develop, build, and repair the machines so prevalent in the sub-genre.  Some steampunk stories feature a substance known as "ether", "aether", or "Šther", which has many unique properties that allow various technologies to exist, allowing the writer to merely add onto the laws of physics without strictly breaking or supplanting them.  The colors of steampunk - especially obvious in the artwork - are brown, black, bronze, copper, grey, and various shades thereof.  Zeppelins are a popular form of air travel, which is much more widely used and has given rise to the often romanticized notion of sky pirates.  Because of both this popularity of air travel and the fact that the air is heavily polluted with coal smoke and other eye-irritating vectors (especially when using the Victorian Britain setting), goggles are a popular accessory.  Often a form of meritocracy has taken form, where those with the most knowledge or the best gadgets are afforded the greatest respect.  And so forth and so on.

Examples of steampunk literature, movies, music, and art can be found all over the place, and it is almost certain that even those not familiar with the term itself and/or those who don't realize that it is a "thing" have already been exposed to at least one bit of steampunk, and quite likely many more.  A short list of these examples include The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan More and Kevin O'Neill, Sherlock Holmes featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. featuring Bruce Campbell, and Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura by Troika Games and Sierra Entertainment.

The next and probably most natural question most people would ask, I think, is . . . why combine steampunk with My Little Pony?  This is a fair question, and aside from the obvious answer that both of these things are awesome and together they are double the awesome, there are many reasons for this.  I did an informal survey of the group members a while back regarding this very question.  You may peruse the answers given here, and please feel free to add your own if you'd like.

Hopefully this will answer the question of what steampunk is well enough for folks.  If not, I shall modify and add onto this journal entry as needed to help further clarify any point as it becomes necessary.  In the meantime, here is a list of other resources regarding steampunk and other related categories.

Steampunk on Wikipedia
List of Steampunk Works on Wikipedia
Steam Punk on TV Tropes
Punk Punk (a listing of the various other -punk subgenres) on TV Tropes
Steampunk Wiki
Steampunk Fashion on Tumblr