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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Character Design: Steampunk Research

Steampunk = a “retro futuristic” genre of fiction or fantasy featuring
 wildly imagined inventions and anachronistic.

At first I didn’t really have an understanding of what Steampunk was or how I was going to use this as a genre for my characters. But after researching and looking at different references of Steampunk, I am rather excited about joining it together with my other genre secret agent, and start brain storming on ideas of a backstory.

Here is a basic outline of the research that I found out :

- Steampunk is the sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy that came into prominence during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
- Steampunk involves the setting where steam power is still widely used (usually Victorian era Britain) and incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy.
- Here Victorian is not meant to indicate a specific culture but rather a reference to a time period and a visual understanding of the 19th century.
- Historically, this period saw the development of many key aspects of the modern world and Steampunk uses this existing technology and structure to image an even more advanced 19th century.

Steampunk References
Steamboy (2005)

Wild Wild West (1999)

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
Directed by Anthony Lucas

20,000 Leagues under the sea (1950)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sasha,
    Some food for thought here. I think the genres will work well together - its essentially victorian era james bond, with steam powered gadgets, which immediately conjures up an interesting world of adventure. I think whats great about both genres is that they are both chock full of eccentric characters, so I am hoping for some very interesting designs.