For more then twenty years “Captain” Robert of Abney Park has been creating a world. Each song he’s written is like a tiny window revealing a new detail or character in this lush UNIVERSE. This book is a collection of all the lyrics to all the songs that shape the World of Abney Park. It also contains hundreds of full color illustrations by –
Artists: Juan Pablo Valdecantos Anfuso
Rachel Esmeralda Schwarting
Model Maker: Matthew Slater
Photographer: Jonathan Happs
Copies are available for purchase in the Abney Park Marketplace.
First off, here’s some steampunk for you. I actually started this back in June 2010, it was one of the first things I tried to create when I upgraded from my beloved (but clunky) G4. Because I also upgraded from Photoshop CS2 to CS5 at the same time, I found myself totally overwhelmed. The program was too different and the screen too much better. Seriously going from a tiny cheap plasma screen to a wide screen beast makes any kind of graphics work look and feel totally different. Well, having abandoned this mostly uncoloured, I finally dragged it out again just before Christmas and got it finished.
I’ve never been terribly happy with the focus on pirates and other ne’er-do-wells in the steampunk subculture, I think it might be time to start representing the other side of the argument. Airship pirates are all glamourous and that, but in reality I think I’d probably have more fun on the side of justice and not having all your stuff nicked 😀 Plus I wanted an opportunity to portray a slightly more realistic female fighting outfit 🙂
Prints available at DeviantArt : Folksy : Etsy
One of the major changes with Photoshop CS5 was the paint-effect brushes. I haven’t had many opportunities to play with them, other than when I was first learning my way around the program. I’ve been feeling a bit restless with the Art Nouveau style recently, so when a friend asked for fan art of the modern BBC Sherlock adaptation it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
At 4am this morning I randomly decided to change my Facebook timeline cover. This is from a REALLY old piece, but it’s the only thing I have that suits the horizontal format. I’ll get around to making something specific eventually. If you’d like to use this as your cover just click on the image to download it 🙂
Hope you all have a good weekend 😀
2011 is almost over, 2012 is just around the corner and I wanted to make you all a little freebie gift for being so good to me this year. So here’s a little desk calendar featuring the Airship Pirates city mascots.
Click on the image above to get the full size image. (It’s set to A4, the standard international printer size, if you’re using another size just scale to fit when you print.)
Cut off the white areas and cut the slits on the left hand side to put the tabs through.
Then just fold along the lines between the images.
You’ll end up a three sided calendar that stands on its own.
Please note that whilst it works with paper it’ll look better and last longer on thin card.
You can purchase photo quality prints of this, in various sizes, from DeviantArt if your printer won’t cooperate 😀
Eeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Can you tell that I’m hugely excited about this?!?! Three of my designs are now available as print-on-demand fabric!
The examples shown here are in the basic quilting cotton, but it’s also available in canvas, knit, twill, SILK, and pieces start from the 8″ square sample size to as many yards as you’d like. There are only three designs available at the moment, but I’ll be adding more in the run up to the winter holidays.
Check them out on Spoonflower!
Also, the DeviantArt calendars are now set up to print for 2012, if you like to get your calendar buying in early.
Zodiac Calendar by *phantoms-siren on deviantART
Art of Phantoms Siren Calendar by *phantoms-siren on deviantART
All sorts of other prints are available in the DeviantArt store, and greeting cards are available from Etsy and Folksy.
In other news, .the Abney Park Airship Pirates RPG is now available as a PDF!
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Hr. Drosselmeyer’s Doll Redux by =phantoms-siren on deviantART
Here’s a little bit of new art for you all before I head off to the Lincoln Steampunk Asylum this weekend.
Made for the Abney Park Airship Pirates RPG project and designed to match one of Mandem’s images.
Here’s the song that inspired it-
Those of you with your own WordPress site will no doubt be familiar with the stats graphs on the Dashboard page. Generally I just glance at it when I log on and for the last six months its been pottering along at about 500 views per month. But when I logged in on Wednesday I noticed that the graph looked strange. I’d gone from 67 views the day before to over 350 so far for Wednesday (ended up over 470, which was my monthly average). I’d never looked at the “Referrers” section before (I’m new to WordPress and a bit clueless) and was surprised to see both StumbleUpon and The Steampunk Tribune in the list.
So first of all,many thanks to the person who Stumbled me! Also thank you to anyone who has come here from StumbleUpon and taken the time to look around, I really appreciate it!!
Secondly, a huge amount of thanks are due to the staff at The Steampunk Tribune, both for mentioning my desktops and for the incredibly flattering article they posted about my art. Thanks also to Steampunk News for posting the same article. It means a great deal to me, I’m still blushing about being called “one of the signature artists of Steampunk”.
Ok, I’ll stop sounding like an Oscar acceptance speech now. The Airship Pirates RPG went on sale at GenCon at 1pm on friday and sold out in minutes. However, the book is still available to order from the Abney Park Marketplace (Autographed by Captain Robert too!), and for those in Europe who might not want to deal with US shipping times, it’s available from the Cubicle7 UK store. Copies bought from Cubicle7 aren’t autographed though 😦
To celebrate I’m planning a competition or giveaway of some kind in the next week or so. If you have any suggestions for how I should run it, please let me know in the comments 🙂
I might have mentioned Abney Park here a few times in the past.
Amongst their current projects (Including a novel that I can’t wait to get my hands on) they are currently working on an RPG book called Airship Pirates. Created in conjunction with Cakebread and Walton the book will allow players to run amok in Captain Robert’s wierd and wonderful steampunk world.
Geek Native have just run a short article showing a sample of the artwork for the book, by such artists as Mandem, Myke Amend and ummm… me! Huzzah!
Will share further updates as they are received.