Draw: SteamPunk





Steam punk designs just look cool, and drawing them isn't too hard, either. This is a quick tutorial on the steam punk design, but you are going to have to do all the drawing -- I won't walk you through on HOW to draw, but how to ENHANCE the drawing via steam punk.

If you make a picture, don't forget to show me! Thanks.

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Step 1: Basic Outlines

Start with the basic outline of what you want to punk out. Try to refrain from installing too much detail inside the figure itself. This method helps if you are drawing something big and would rather fill in details via chunks rather than freestyling the entire piece -- that would be used for something smaller and already without any general detail.

Step 2: Refine and Conquer

Refine the rough (Or pristine) outline of your drawing, and fill in the large details that keeps your model iconic. If you are just drawing something completely random and just want to make it steam punk-like, just forget this.

Take this time to think of where you want to place the numerous armaments or apparel. . . and stuff.

Step 3: Barf on It (Figuratively)

Gears, switches, hydraulics -- put as many instruments as you want on the thing. The more you give your drawing, the more authentic it looks. . . Well, until you overdo it (There is such a thing, surprisingly).

Step 4: Armors and Plates

Here we have an armor plate that sort of looks like a uni-brow on the peashooter. This usually works better for dragons or heavy vehicles, but can look good on smaller objects. Then we need to establish the sheet work -- basically a spiderweb of lines, but be sparse on the seams. There are two ways to do this: the normal spiderweb look, and the shapes tacked together. The spiderweb look goes more toward lighter industry, where you probably made it out of car skin. Whereas the tacked shapes are more like armor, just not. This is like cutting heavy blocks in a neat design and sticking them on a thing for skin.

Step 5: Nuts and Bolts

No, not the people -- I'm talking about screws and stuff. This fastens everything together, or at least gives it the look. Small screws usually run along the edge of to plates while big screws can hold on their own. All in all, small screws are just dots and big screws are circles.

Step 6: War Scars and Shades

Chances are that whatever you tacked this thing together with will be damaged. You don't have to do this, but it usually adds effect to its use -- steam does the same thing. Then shade things in -- I made the background dark with rough edges of light and made the center piece glow a little it. The dents and things cast shadows in the opposite direction of the light source (Naturally) which is to the left (The light source, I mean).

Step 7: Finish

Stick your signature on it and go over it one more time. Your piece is complete! Well. . . maybe it is. Maybe you just wanted to stare at the pictures or something. . .

Have a good day and remember to put your socks on before your shoes! Adieu.

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22 Discussions


2 years ago

Wow! this really makes it look easy!


2 years ago

I have an art project where you have to create a piece of steampunk art, ad no idea what it was till today:) thank you very helpful

Steam Master

3 years ago

Thergox, Please make a tutorial for steampunk clothes, it would be much appreciated.

Steam Master

3 years ago

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3 years ago

You should try drawing a steampunk Big Daddy from bioshock if you haven't already, I'm really curious to see what that would look like. Secondly is it easier to make a bigger drawing or a smaller one?

Incredibly helpful! I have such a hard time drawing steampunk, especially when it comes down to details.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Haha, I suppose I should take your other suggestion and do a Metroid 3 redux between cyberpunk and steampunk.


5 years ago on Introduction

Wow. Nothing can describe how excited I am to get back to Steampunk. Great way to show us with the Pea Shooter from Plants VS Zombies!

1 reply

Thank you ^_^ Though I probably could have done a bit better explaining the doodads that I tack on. Maybe I'll do that next.


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

I can't wait for the results! If you hop on Devian Art, there is a beautifully crafted Steapunk dragon floating around there -- It is certainly worth a look if you are planning on a gargantuan project such as that.


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Thank you! I am so happy someone has finally commented on my work! You CAN draw like this, just keep practicing. . . or just draw! Everything you do will only enhance your skills, just never back down from it.

Oh, and, once again, thanks for commenting!