What was once restricted to literature is now its own culture and style. Steampunk was built around ideas of what history might have been but it’s now a genre of art and fashion. The kind of inventive and fantastical imagery we read in stories from such authors as K.W. Jeter, Tim Powers, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells inspired fans of the genre to extend its influence into the worlds of fashion and art. Many now see steampunk as something that is not limited to fiction but also an art form, a dream, a wardrobe, and even a lifestyle.

Steampunk art comes in many forms, such as redesigned laptops, pocket watches, and even vehicles and homes. As it’s a way of the individual expressing himself, it’s only his imagination and passion that determines the scale of steampunk art.

Examples of steampunk art

It could be in the form of casual gadget tinkering or in the design and painting of highly detailed and expansive Victorian utopias. Whether in the eyes of an admirer, a collector, or an artist, steampunk art is everywhere, from the tiny to the sheer magnificent.

To determine whether something is either steampunk or authentically Victorian, the difference is generally in the piece’s inventiveness or technology. Steampunk typically bears Strong Victorian influences. However, it’s through the work’s reimagining and modernisation that enables one to tell one from the other. Steampunk often looks like what those who dream of the Victorian era think about when pondering on future technology and how it might appear.

Creating steampunk art

For anyone wishing to create a piece of art influenced by steampunk, a good place to start is to decide which materials to use. Wood, glass, leather, copper, and brass are all authentic materials for constructing a Victorian piece. Of course, other materials can be used due to steampunk being a form meant to reinvent the period. Adhering to materials that could be produced using steam-powered technology typically gives the work a steampunk aesthetic.

Such materials like plastic are typically avoided as they are used in more contemporary practices. Standard accessories and addictions could include items like chains, cogs, gears, rivets, and other industrial materials but should be used only if it helps to create the look you had in mind, as opposed to forcing the steampunk look.

Collecting steampunk art

Those wishing to become a collector of steampunk art may be able to access artworks at a local gallery, where you may be able to get your hands on works you would otherwise have to find online. Etsy.com and other such sites sell handmade steampunk works or you could look on eBay.com, or speciality sites if you’re looking for something in particular.

Steampunk art doesn’t always adhere to an individual’s definition of steampunk style. However, since it’s based on a futuristic or fantastical Victorian world, the form that that definition takes is in the eyes of the artist. Stick to your own definition and inspiration and creativity in order to create art that expresses what steampunk art means to you.