Steampunk, as we discussed before, has become a very popular genre among crafters and artists. The best part about it is that it offers an amazing amount of creative freedom to the artists and will inspire your steampunk craft. You can mix imagination with reality, a bit of vintage as you remember, a bit future as you imagine – and voila! You just created something extremely original and extra-ordinary.
However, just because it is unique doesn’t mean it is not inspired. Remember, how we discussed the origins of the genre. Authors most known for writing Steampunk based books were not really the pioneers. In fact, their work too was sparked by someone else’s work. Influence is something crucial in the world of arts and craft. Every masterpiece is inspired by something or someone, and it is a good practice to discover all the aspects of a genre before picking it as an inspiration for your Steampunk craft product.
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My favorite Steampunk coloring books
Where to find an Inspiration for your Steampunk Craft
In case of Steampunk, the best place to find inspiration is books and movies. Now, I understand that reading may not be everyone’s cup of tea. That is why, today, I will talk about some of the movies I find really helpful in sparking ideas in your mind.
So, let’s begin the countdown.
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman
The movie may not have found much respect from the movie lovers, but it definitely depicts some of the best Steampunk inspired costumes and props. In fact, the extravagant yet elegant submarine of Captain Nemo is definitely the best means of transport in the Steampunk universe, especially the ones too scared to board the flying machines. Even the characters depict such a wonderful amalgam of Victorian grace and futuristic madness. A lot could have been done to make the movie better in terms of plot and execution, but overall it is a treat for artist looking for Steampunk craft inspiration.
The City of Lost Children
The City of Lost Children (French: La cité des enfants perdus) is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Ron Perlman. The film is stylistically related to the previous and subsequent Jeunet films, Delicatessen and Amélie. The music score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti. It was entered into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
Steampunk is not just popular in Hollywood alone. In fact, foreign cinemas have created some of the most memorable and outrageous work in the genre. The City of Lost Children is shining example from French movie industry.
A story about a scientist on a dream stealing spree, the movie is a perfect definition of sci-fi in every sense. From dramatic headgears and gadgets to Victorian-esque costumes, the Steampunk element is at its might in this movie.
Once again, a gem from outside the Hollywood. Howl’s Moving Castle is definitely one of the best works of the legendary anime creator Hayao Miyazaki. While characters and plot are commendable, the steampunkiness of the movie is simple the biggest reason behind its success. The whole castle is an inspiration to crafters and artist experimenting in genre. If you are good enough at imagination, you can create at least thousand pieces inspired from that steam-powered castle alone.
There are many other great movies, but I though a longer list might get a bit overwhelming. We don’t want inspiration overload, do we?
But if you are looking for ideas to start with Steampunk craft and looking to start right now, take a look at these amazing tutorials by steampunk experts.
Also, if you have your favorite Steampunk movie, or any other piece of work that inspired your interest in the genre, do share with us in the comment section!
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