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How to Draw Steampunk: Discover the secrets to drawing, painting, and illustrating the curious world of science fiction in the Victorian Age [Paperback]

Allison DeBlasio , Joey Marsocci , Bob Berry

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Nov. 1 2011 Fantasy Underground

Enter into a world where fashion is Victorian punk, technology hasn't surpassed the steam engine, and inventors' workshops are filled with bizarre gadgets and contraptions that you haven't imagined in your wildest dreams. This is the world of steampunk; a world that has fueled a growing subculture and is making its presence known in mainstream media. From a crafty villain and steampunk laden woman to a steam-powered pet and a flying galleon complete with sails and propellers, talented illustrator Bob Berry takes readers through the process of drawing, painting, and digitally illustrating the marvelous players and elements of the steampunk genre. As aspiring artists learn how to create steam-powered machines and gadget-toting characters, Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories explain the history and origin of steampunk, its cultural relevance, and other interesting facts about real-life steampunk machines and their makers.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600582400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600582400
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 22.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steampunk, once a little-known subcultural phenomenon, has gained popularity. After a brief discussion of the origins and influences of steampunk, husband and wife Marsocci and DeBlasio—who design steampunk props for films—and artist Berry provide background on basic tools and techniques, then go on to present exercises in steampunk-themed drawing, painting, and illustration. These projects increase in complexity over the course of the book, including some digital tools along the way. This title will appeal especially to young adult readers. - Library Journal

About the Author

Joey Marsocci and his wife, Allison DeBlasio, are the proprietors of Dr. Grymm Laboratories, a business that provides custom designs of steampunk props and creatures for film production companies across the United States. Joey’s contraptions and sculptures have been seen in steampunk exhibits and publications around the world. Joey has a BFA in Film and Animation from the California Institute of the Arts.

Bob Berry has been an artist, illustrator, and character and graphic designer for more than 15 years. While the mainstay of Bob Berry’s work is for children’s publishing and textbooks, Bob has also provided art and illustration for CDs, children’s games, toy packaging, and more. Visit bobberryillustration.com.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to put the steam into your punk April 1 2012
By Ralph E. Vaughan - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great little book about drawing steampunk devices, characters and vistas. One of the nice things is that the authors assume you already know the basics of drawing and painting, so not a lot of time is wasted going over what is already so easily found in so many other general art books, and you can get right into the heart of steampunk philosophy and depiction. The artist with whom the authors worked did a great job providing step-by-step drawings of the projects, but his style was very "soft" for what was an uber-mechanical age; it would have been nice to include examples of a few other artistic styles, but since there are already several steampunk compilations around -- such as "The Steampunk Bible" -- it's a minor quibble. One aspect of the book which I really enjoyed was the inclusion of computer illustration techniques, ways to take your original drawings into the digital realm -- the instructions were clear, concise and concrete. If you're looking for a basic instruction/inspiration book on creating steampunk art, it's hard to beat this combination of value and scope of information.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From sketch to completion Nov. 1 2011
By James D. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
This book was very handy for getting an idea of the style of artwork associated with this genre. The author takes you step-by-step, using original examples, to show you how it's done. A great book! I only wish it was longer with both additional illustrtaion/models and with some types of details expected in this type of artwork.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting information Nov. 16 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book, How to Draw Steampunk, is very informative and has wonderful illustrations and instructions. It gives great ideas how the mind works when "out there" and want to draw something out of the ordinary. I love the time period it covers and it amazed me to see that some of our forefathers actually did use this method of engineering and creating.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Usual How-To Jan. 3 2013
By M. J. Baerman - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy this tome of steampunk style very much for the references on how to add detail and character to your masterpieces. However, it's an awful lot like any how-to book, showing you exactly the process of the author/artist, and leaving relatively little room for you to explore your own style.

Unlike most how-to's it's a great source for art projects in different mediums you may not have tried before. The mixed media approach is described in great detail and is helpful in showing you how to make your own artwork look truly steampunk. The step-by-step for some of the multi-media processes is also greatly appreciated.

Overall, it's a wonderful source for the aspiring steampunk artist.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro March 16 2013
By Lucas Himebaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently learned of Steampunk and found it to be wildly interesting. Since I'm trying to draw some just for the heck of it, I thought this would be of great use. It has some good information in it, and some great example drawings, but, honestly, there are too few drawings/too many pages used on each drawing, that it didn't necessarily meet my expectations. However, it does give me some good ideas for use, so it has value.

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