And here comes another facette of Steampunk that I do not think I have featured on the blog before and that I cannot recall having come across before: Steampunk watercolour art!
Case in point, the very talented lady Andalee Motrenec dropped me a message in my Ætherbox, pointing out her artwork. I was very pleasantly surprized for several reasons:
- I had not, as I said, encountered Steampunk watercolour art before
- The artwork produced by Andalee is genuinely beautiful and speaks of her talent (I shall come back to that later again)
- It showcases Steampunk is far from done and over with. There are still new artists joining and adding their works and views to the existing catalogue of Steampunk art.
This is what Andalee has to say about herself, her art and how she got into it:
I began a career in art at a very young age because my mother was a landscape and still life oil painter. I decided to study graphic design and English during my undergraduate and graduate studies at California State University, Fullerton. I worked in graphic design for 8 years and decided to do a Master’s in English with a focus on Victorian and Gothic literature. I am deeply inspired, as a gamer, by anime, Gothic and Victorian literature, detective fiction, steampunk aesthetic and subculture, video games like final fantasy, surrealist art, and futuristic themes. After graduating I decided to return to traditional mediums, my oils and watercolors, and I embarked on an exploration of watercolor specifically. I fell in love with the medium for the first time and decided I wanted to make my career in illustration while drawing on inspiration from my literary studies.
Here are some examples of her work:
The quality of her art has already gotten her some recognition, there will be an exhibitionof her steampunk paintings on July 31st at the RAW Show, YOST Theater venue in Santa Ana, California.
Apart from the hybrid steampunk animals featured above, which were created for a series of ocean characters/animals, Andalee hopes to expand the collection to include technology, characters from novels, and futuristic landscapes.
If you are interested in the event and are in the are, more info is available here:
Art Show Event Info:
And more about Andalee Motrenec and her projects: