Saturday, May 26, 2012

Take your inspriation where you can get it.

I just finished reading a steampunk novel featuring a time travelling H.G Wells and Jack the Ripper, called The Map of Time (Felix Palma). It got me thinking about this week's art prompt: look through art books for inspiration. But why limit yourself to art books and magazines when the whole world of literature lies at your fingertips?

"Steampunk Louie"

The origins of Steampunk Art were born from the writings of H.G Wells, Mary Shelley and Jules Verne.  Steampunk melds aesthetics from the late 1800's with scientific discovery and it's mechanical objects. Steampunk is the love child of Jane Austin and H.G. Wells wearing a rivet studded corset and aviator goggles.

Steampunk art uses found mechanical objects. Here I've used a motorcycle sprocket and an old compass to create a time travelling instrument.

There are no boundaries to the imaginations of writers and artists. Take your inspiration from wherever it comes to you. I took mine curled up with a good book and a cup of tea on the left side of the sofa.

If you'd like to know more about Steampunk Art, check out the book "1000 Steampunk Creations" by Dr. Grymm.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic, I can't wait to read the book now. It reminds me of the time your shaved a portion of your head and painted it bright blue. As you mother I was sure you were on a different time warp.