No artist has done more to define the dieselpunk aesthetic than Stefan Prohaczka. All the genre’s influences come together in his work: deco, film noir, midcentury pulp, retro-futurism, totalitarian propaganda. Nobody combines it like Stefan and still make it feel coherent and natural.Continue reading “The Art of Stefan Prohaczka”
Günter Radtke was a German illustrator who mostly did work for Stern magazine.
He also illustrated various science-fiction stories, including Ulrich Schippke’s Zukunft: Das Bild der Welt von Morgen (“The Future: An Image of the World of Tomorrow”) (1974), which shows self-driving cars, skyscrapers in the sea and various imagined forms of public transportation.Continue reading “Günter Radtke’s World of Tomorrow”
Alexander Leydenfrost was born Sandor Leidenfrost in Debrecen in 1888, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was from a noble family and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine and Applied Arts of Budapest.
The First World War and the subsequent collapse of the monarchy convinced Leydenfrost to emigrate to the United States in 1923. He changed his name to Alexander, which was easier to pronounce for Americans, and found employment as an industrial illustrator.Continue reading “The Art of Sandor Leidenfrost”
Kurt Röschl (1923-1986) was an Austrian graphic artist and painter who illustrated various science-fiction stories in the 1950s. There’s not much information about him online, but it seems he illustrated quite a lot of books for Erich Dolezal (1902-1990), another Austrian.Continue reading “The Art of Kurt Röschl”
Battlefield 1 is a 2016 video game that takes place in a steampunk’ed World War I. There are battlecruisers, the first tanks, biplanes and zeppelins — all pretty historically accurate, from the looks of it, although these technologies were super modern at the time and not used as spectacularly as in the game.Continue reading “Battlefield 1: Alternate First World War Concept Art”
Kevin Conran is the mastermind behind dieselpunk classic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. He designed everything from the interior and exterior sets to the movie’s characters, costumes, props and vehicles.Continue reading “The Sky Captain Concept Art of Kevin Conran”
You may know Björn Hurri for his steampunk Star Wars art, which is amazing. More recently, he has also dabbled in dieselpunk, including this German walking tank.Continue reading “The Art of Björn Hurri”
Jakub Rozalski is a Polish concept artist and illustrator whose paintings combine typical scenes from early-twentieth-century Eastern Europe with gigantic machines.Continue reading “The Art of Jakub Rozalski”
Hugh Ferriss (1889-1962) was an American architect and illustrator, whose drawings inspired the look of Gotham City (the home of Batman) and dieselpunk classic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.Continue reading “The Art of Hugh Ferriss”
Mort Künstler is an American artist well-known for his highly-detailed Civil War paintings. He started his career as a magazine illustrator in the 1950s and 60s, contributing cover artwork to popular men’s magazines such as True, Argosy and Saga. Here is a taste of his work.Continue reading “The Pulp Art of Mort Künstler”