If you’ve ever searched for steampunk art, there’s a good chance you’ll have found James Ng’s “Imperial Airship”. But did you know this is only one in a series of artworks? Called Imperial Steam & Light, they depict a world in which China, not the United Kingdom, industrialized first.
The Hong Kong-born Ng imagines the possibilities:
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Maybe skyscrapers would look like Chinese temples? Cars would look like carriages? Perhaps China will still be in imperial rule? And maybe we would have fantastical machines that look both futuristic and historical.
Eddie Bennun is a concept artist from Bulgaria who has worked on the Assassin’s Creed video-game franchise. His personal work includes various steam- and dieselpunk scenes.
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Marcin Jakubowski is a self-taught Polish concept artist and illustrator with a few diesel- and steampunk pieces in his collection.
He won the Texture Award in GCSociety’s 2008-09 Steampunk: Myths and Legends competition with “The Fall of Hyperion”. That painting, and three more, are displayed below.
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Benjamin Carre is a concept artist from France. He cites Blade Runner as an influence, but do I detect a hint of Rapture?
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“DomNX” is a Hawaiian artist renowned for his gorgeous (and often hilarious) propaganda-style posters.
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Rowena Wang is a Chinese Canadian concept artist. Most of her work is fantasy and science-fiction, but she has a few great steampunk pieces in her collection.
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Craig Sellars works in the film industry as a freelance concept artist and production designer. He has recently worked on Tomorrowland (2015) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
Here is a selection of his concept and personal art.
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Sebastian Giacobino is an artist from Argentina. His specialty is fantasy, but there are a few artworks in his collection that have a steam- or dieselpunk feel.
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Steampunk fans will be familiar with Keith Thompson as the illustrator of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan (2009, our review here) and its sequels, Behemoth (2010) and Goliath (2011).
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Alejandro Lee has worked as a concept artist for the steampunk game Pure Steam. His personal work includes various diesel- and steampunk pieces.
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