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Stefan's Articles (123)

New Deal

Time for a New Deal. A Job and a Home for Everybody. Now.

As always, thank you, thank you... for the great feedback.

Added by Stefan on June 5, 2010 at 7:35pm — 8 Comments

Cotton Club

... although an idealized, Chanel-like version of it, I guess.

Added by Stefan on June 3, 2010 at 6:48pm — 6 Comments

Tesla Express

No pollution, no noise, high speed... here is the Electromagnetism Propulsion Tesla Express train ! Warning : high voltage.

Let's hope it will not turn out to be another Philadelphia Experiment...

With many thanks to everybody for the kind words about the "Drunk on…


Added by Stefan on June 2, 2010 at 2:07pm — 5 Comments

Drunk on Diesel

After having the privilege to illustrate Larry's article about Dieselpunk culture on Wikipedia, I have been lucky enough to be asked by Hayen to design a cover illustration for his Dieselpunk novel "Drunk on Diesel" he is working about. Wow...

Hope the picture will make you feel the way I do : tingling with excitement to read Hayen's great novel…


Added by Stefan on May 29, 2010 at 6:25pm — 6 Comments

Delusion Inc.

I guess I may have been a little too ambitious about this very conceptual picture. Anyway, uneasy as it is to express visually, at least in just one frame, this concept of "reality that doesn't exist" is an all time very dear one to my own schizophrenic self. Non-existing reality... fabricated reality... not quite like in The Matrix which, in spite of his commercial…


Added by Stefan on May 27, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Diesel Forces

I'm happy and proud to say that I've had the privilege to be asked by Larry to make a picture to illustrate the article he is currently writing about the Diesepunk genre and culture as an entry on Wikipedia. Here is what I came up with.

A few words to explain what I've tried to do :

Larry's requirement was that "the picture should scream Dieselpunk". Well, unless you are deaf and blind... !

War machines are not…


Added by Stefan on May 24, 2010 at 7:25pm — 4 Comments

Art Deco Camera

Dabbling in Lord K's territory, here is a "Thursday Camera" : the Kodak Duaflex II, a little bit post Art Deco, actually, since it has been marketed from late forties till early fifties, I've learned.

Sorry, Lord K. I won't do it again. This is all Piper's (The Boy Who Lived) fault : he…


Added by Stefan on May 20, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Chinatown Noir

Thank you very much, everyone, for the fantastic feedback ! It is especially rewarding when all these little clues and hints and things I try to convey in my stuff are so nicely perceived and understood.

I've heard that some of you with a nice pen can be…


Added by Stefan on May 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Colonial Propaganda

A couple of shameless colonial propaganda posters. My only excuse is that it's all set in my usual alternate universe... !

Added by Stefan on May 13, 2010 at 1:40pm — 7 Comments

AeroStream Cruiser

Stormy weather... pollution... impending conflict... heavy atmosphere... Just another ordinary day in Diesel City, the city where you never can tell if it's day or night and where heavy machines criss-cross a threatening sky. Diesel powered machines, of course.

More about the dark Diesel Ciy in the album of the…


Added by Stefan on May 7, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Art Deco

A couple of vintage style exhibition poster projects...

Answering your question, Larry - and you and AthenaPrime are just too kind, I want to say again - yes, of course, I would like very much to have my graphic work, some of it, published. Who wouldn't ? Sadly, it is even more difficult to have graphic work published than novels or books, I think, mainly for…


Added by Stefan on May 3, 2010 at 3:43pm — 4 Comments

Happy Event

Today, the mystery giant egg Professor Meriwether J. Witherington Syms-Pott discovered in the ices of East Pole during the 1892 Polar Expedition, after being stored for two years in the warmth of the Imperial Botanical Garden green house, finally gave sign of imminent development of its condition. Surprise.

Thank you very much for your kind words,…


Added by Stefan on April 28, 2010 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Power Truck

This one has a "Great Depression" feeling, no ? It can be the faded colours, but I guess it is mostly because that kind of trucks always makes me think of the 1939 John Ford's film "The Grapes of Wrath". Or Dorothea Lange's photographic work. Anyway, that is how ideas and feelings are linked in the mind of the Frenchie the most fond of American pop culture you will ever come across...

Again, thank you so much,…


Added by Stefan on April 26, 2010 at 2:54pm — 3 Comments

A Better Life

For Larry, and maybe some others, who are kind enough to pay attention to "the little hints of an alternative universe" and, more broadly speaking, the details in my pictures, the line on the propaganda poster (lower left corner of the picture) "A Richer, Better Life Awaits You Here" is a real advertisement slogan from the 20's. As for the poster ...…


Added by Stefan on April 23, 2010 at 7:29pm — 3 Comments


New geography and soft colours for this travel poster, as a change from the brutal iconography of my Third Reich-inspired latest picture !

Added by Stefan on April 21, 2010 at 3:08pm — 4 Comments

Reich Zentralbank

"The main point is not to get the power, the main point is what you do with it".

Answering Tome's question, Corel offers this great tool, a brush that let you "trace several lines simultaneously", which helps a lot.

More importantly, I thank you all,…


Added by Stefan on April 19, 2010 at 6:55pm — 2 Comments

Future Money

"Under federal law, counterfeiting is a class C felony, punishable by up to 12 years in prison and/or a fine of as much as $250,000. State laws also establish penalties for counterfeiting."

... so you, guys, do not print this bank note from the National Bank of the Future !

Added by Stefan on April 18, 2010 at 3:10pm — 3 Comments

Eurocentric Liner

With all engines in motion and heading left for Tome and many thanks to Lord K for the inspiration !

Added by Stefan on April 14, 2010 at 6:23pm — 4 Comments


Here is the third poster for this set, with planes (and ships) in motion...just to please Tome !

Also, thank you very much, Larry and Lord K, for your continued interest in what I do.

Added by Stefan on April 9, 2010 at 11:32am — 2 Comments

Colonial Empire

Here is the second part of this triptych of pre WWII-style posters. Hope you'll like it.

In 1931, is held in Paris the International Colonial Exhibition. Fourth of its kind, the 1931 fair is very much the symbol of French colonialism, at its absolute peak, then. With 103 millions of people on a territory of more than 12 millions square kilometers spread out over the five continents, France owns, then, the largest…


Added by Stefan on April 6, 2010 at 3:16pm — 3 Comments

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