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...Is Steampunk more fantasy or more sci-fi? I DON'T KNOW.

Anyway, here is a picture. It took waaaay longer than it should have to finish....

Keeeees y so mangled
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:iconfayerin:
Fayerin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :aww:

your amazing piece was featured in my "Finding Feel Feature"  :aww:
fayerin.deviantart.com/journal…
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Ah, thank you! :D It's an honour to be up among so much amazing steampunk stuff.
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:iconfayerin:
Fayerin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a plesure :huggle: your piece is amazing :aww: keep with your work :)
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Banana-Banshee Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional
Wow great artwork!
Very well done *-*:heart:
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1000thsummer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you for being a geek :)
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Hehe, yer welcome? XD

(Glad you like it!)
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:icon1000thsummer:
1000thsummer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I love it :)
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skyblue000 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so detailed and amazing! :D Love the steampunk/sci-fi theme~ :aww:
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Whiterisu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!! It's so detailed!!! *-*
I think steampunk is both fantasy and sci-fi for equal :)
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks! C: I love fantasy and sci-fi equally, so maybe it stands to reason that I like steampunk a lot? XD
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:iconwhiterisu:
Whiterisu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha perhaps I love steampunk for the same reason :love:
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nikutsuki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
wow! Isn't all that mechanical stuff really hard to do?
It would be impossible to me! ;u;
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Actually the mechanical stuff was a lot of fun! I kind of went into a trance while I was drawing it, haha.
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Kitsuru Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Looks very good, all that machinery seems hard to do @_@
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straangely2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
that's so cool! :D
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DreamingHummingBird Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
WOW Love this! So many details there!
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DedosGordos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Awesome work! Feels a little bit Steampunk-ish :D
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Annikayna Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
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.
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing :love:
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:iconellenoric:
Ellenoric Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is insane! What materials did you use? The texture it's on works really well with the drawing.
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
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.
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Ellenoric Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
alright cool.
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Rutana Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Writer
Officially, Steampunk is a subgenre of Science Fiction, that can - not must - include elements of Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction and Speculative Fiction - according to Wiki.

This aside...
OMG this work is absolutly BEAUTIFUL and detailed!
Awesome!
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Hmm, interesting... Though I'd hesitate to categorize things like the steampunkier Final Fantasy games as being more science fiction than fantasy, haha. XD

Thanks!
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Rutana Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
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.
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greggileano Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ahh this is lovely :D.. 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

anyway i enjoy looking at it. :la:
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
That's kind of what I think too, but it doesn't make it any easier when I try to choose a category for it on DA... XD;; (although DA might have a steampunk category now? Should check that...)

Thanks!
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Enkaharal Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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. ^_^
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Varethane Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
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. :B

I love drawing stuff like this... just need more excuses to XD
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Kero-sempai Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   General Artist
holy crepes i choked on my hot beverage when the page loaded
the searing in my throat reflects my feelings of awe and amazement for this piece *n*

I follow your comics and stuff and, of course, it's all amazing, but this really goes above and beyond. :love:
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Varethane Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
D'aw.... thanks! C:
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KuaKness Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wooow...
Now that's one awesome robotic arm :la:
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Thanks! :D I had a lot of fun drawing it. :B
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Razvan-Sedekiah Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great work! I love all the bits and pieces! It all flows together very nicely!
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Man I would love to do a picture like this, all deconstructed. But I don't know enough mechanical basics to make anything that looked good.
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Varethane Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Hey, neither did I. I actually only had references for the muscular/skeletal parts of the image-- all the mechanical stuff is 100% made up. XD;;
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I am even more impressed now 0.o
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Buuya Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011   Digital Artist
Ah, you have such a keen eye for intricate detail :D
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SOV3000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
your work is awesome!
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jentajenta Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Your coloring is impressive, I can´t stop staring at all the details
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ScarletWaterBender Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
This is really beautiful, like you're exposing the inner machine in all of us..... XD
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scatandpounce Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, this is really cool
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vashperado Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
whooooaaa thats aweosme! so detailed
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geralin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist
This looks so freaking amazing!
The details on his arms are so breathtaking, it give me the impression that this construction would really work.^^
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
depends on the steampunk. this one....would be more sci-fi, cos of the lack of mythical creatures, and the awsome nature of the technology. also, nice pic.
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mialythila Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
OH this is realy awesome! What did you colour it with? Is it marker?
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
All marker, yep!
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mialythila Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
That is frakking awesome!
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Twinerism Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Boy, that's some complex arm engineering. Probably designed by the Swiss! :dummy:
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ricochetspidey Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
That is amazing! I love it! :)
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