Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

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 my usual stuff, however, WW II being one of the major events of the Diesel era, I thought it was a good idea to give a hint of it. I chose, though, to make it in the pulp/heroic fantasy style, so that it will not let people think that Dieselpunk is all about dark, moody and dirty things.

Finally, for good mesure, I've added a little clue of the 1941 film "Keep 'Em Flying".

I do hope I've made the good choices and that the whole thing will do justice to both Larry's great article and the honor of being somehow a "Dieselpunk banner" in the Wikipedia pages. I'm counting on you and your usual great feedback to let me know.

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Tags: art, poster, propaganda, transportation


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Comment by OzFoxaroo on June 16, 2012 at 8:04am

That is the most freakin awesome thing I've seen in years! :D  I can already hear the sound effects mix of prop with the heavy drone of the diesel turbines.  I'm a great fan of Steampunk, and I'd never heard of Dieselpunk until I read the Wikipedia article, the Googled this page - so how about that? I've come full circle.  If there were a squadron/airfleet of those I sure as hell wouldn't want to be on the opposing side!  The 40's style fonts and imagery works well too.  Q's : Is the locomotive an EMD F-unit?  Are there any plans to expand this beyond a picture and a wikipedia article?  Will this site be attracting further artwork and/or fiction?

Comment by cagliostro on October 3, 2011 at 6:36pm
yes it screeeeaaaaaaammmms Dieeeeeeeeeesssssssellllll
Comment by Markus Glanzer on May 25, 2010 at 6:01pm
Well, it's an Airship, but not much people won't notice the tank on the Bottom. Therefore it mostly looks a bit bulky. I'm also missing kind of exhaust pipe anywhere, what would blow up some smoke, just to personify the giant machine that works into that thing.

Although I'm missing something 'weird', sort of an eye-catcher, some hook, that not only screams "Dieselpunk" but that also says "wow, that's awesome". Don't get me wrong, the train-thing actually IS awesome, but I've got the feeling, something's missing.

Maybe sort of a cow-catcher like thing, or some "Lancaster Bomber" like stuff, like those dome-like turret housings.

Personally I would also be interested in what purpouse this thing should have... is it sort of freight-machine, or a bomber, or does it serve a completely different task?

All in all, it's simply a great piece of work, especially the hull textures, the font and the way it's done.
Comment by lord_k on May 25, 2010 at 12:40am
Wing diesel loco IS a gas!
Comment by Larry on May 24, 2010 at 9:50pm
Isn't that great! I love it. I think it really screams dieselpunk.

Stefan, you are the man!

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