this is... wow, I really don't know what to say. it's overwhelmingly beautiful, I love every detail of it. it's just so perfect. the human figure put such a contrast to all the mechanisms, the result is haunting. All the keys and stuff, the background, the pose... I kinda get a "Leonardo da Vinci drawing" style kinda of thing, it's really interesting.
I used markers for this. It's done in a sketchbook I bound myself (across two pages), inked with Micron pen, coloured with markers (combination of Tria Pantone, Prismacolour, and Copic), and slightly adjusted in photoshop afterwards cuz the scan made it a little washed out.
Well... depends on which Final Fantasy you're talking about. Final Fantasy VIII for example is clearly Science Fiction. Final Fantasy VI and VII are veeery close to the border of Science Fiction as well, but still more in the genre of Fantasy - or directly Steampunk. I would say that the games are simply located in Fantasy genre with influences of Steampunk, as they are usually not clearly Steampunk either, and only have a few hints to Steampunk.
Steampunk itself is a genre, that evolved through different genre. And it's a clear example that it's not a must to stay in one genre clearly for a story. Look at Star Wars. Even though it's obvious Science Fiction, it's still heavy influenced by Fantasy as well. In terms of pictures that you have to categorize as either Science Fiction or Fantasy, I would go with the structure of the image, or the world it's settled in. If it has more Fantasy elements then Science Fiction or the other way around.
ahh this is lovely .. i haven't really thought of it, but i think Steampunk lies in between fantasy & sci-fi; since it uses fictional technology and tools to achieve realistic fantasy. well, that's just me. hehe
I'd never really thought about it before but I guess Steampunk tends to swing towards sci-fi more often than fantasy, but without ever really letting go of those mythological joys...like people with wings ^_^
That aside I find this picture fascinating and a little chilling since those strands look an awful lot like muscle tendons, if they are then I'm super curious to know what the arches are for. ^_^
Part of my love for steampunk is how a lot of it is exposed workings, images like these make me want to hop in there and fiddle with everything just to see how it's all going to go together, I'm silently squeeing in my seat looking at this. I say silently because I'm in a library at the moment. ^_^
I think I partly agree that steampunk is more sci-fi, but it really depends on the series in question. XD Some of them involve fictional elements that are relied upon to do things like make un-aerodynamic aircraft fly... sometimes the elements do way more than that, like giving people powers or whatever, and the origins of the element can be mystical, which kind of gives the entire story a fantastical undercurrent.
The strands are synthetic fibres that are being used to construct an artificial arm, with the goal being that it be as functional (if not moreso) as the real arm that it's replacing. The arches are to help with positioning before everything is installed.
I love drawing stuff like this... just need more excuses to XD