Today’s bit of inspiration comes via a few people who had a vision, then made it happen!
This first bit is via Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School founder, Molly Crabapple. A serial comic with some fantastical sort-of-steampunk-ish, sort of edwardian fantasy undertones.
“Versailles 1685, France has industrialized centuries before her neighbors but focuses on creating exquisitely ornate robotic shells for the aristocracy called, DOLLIES. Towering, lavishly expensive, and run on electricity provided by damming the Seine. Only the court elite wears Dollies, but their upkeep is beginning to bankrupt France. During the king’s birthday party, his Dolly explodes but is found to be empty. Rumors fly, blaming THE SMASHERS, a ring of Luddite terrorists who may lurk within the palace. The church’s cardinal sends a neophyte priest, JEAN JAQUES, to uncover Smashers at court. Amidst the contrary, conniving and self-indulgent upper class, Jean is thwarted at every turn. As he begins to uncover the truth behind the king’s disappearance, he finds that decadence and deceit may be a greater threat to the throne of France and his own life than her missing monarch.”
Did you ever wonder how the TinMan got to be the TinMan? Well, here’s an amazing interpretation of his story. The prop work here is amazing…
And I didn’t really intend for this post to be steampunk 101, but the next photo is of the I’m sure you’ve seen it Steampunk Treehouse. However, I’m gearing up for the season of burns, and I just can’t get over this fantastic contraption. I would really like this on my backyard please? With a lyra instead of a tire swing?
Oh, and here’s a bit of inspiration you can actually help create. Titania. See the trailer here
“As the result of a misunderstanding, the faery queen, Titania, is banished from the forest surrounding her estate, closed off from her beloved realm. However, when she defies this edict and enters the forest, she finds herself suddenly betrayed by one of her own and brutally attacked. After her wings are torn from her body, the queen sets out on a journey of rediscovery to become whole again…”
At the above link, you can help fund the making of this film. They’re almost there, but every little bit helps!