How to Draw Steampunk

Discover the secrets to drawing, painting, and illustrating the curious world of science fiction in the V

By Allison DeBlasio; Joey Marsocci; Bob Berry (Illustrator)
(Walter Foster Publishing, Paperback, 9781600582400, 128pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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Enter into a world where fashion is Victorian punk, technology hasn't surpassed the steam engine, and inventors' workshops are filled with bizarre gadgets and contraptions that you haven't imagined in your wildest dreams. This is the world of steampunk; a world that has fueled a growing subculture and is making its presence known in mainstream media. From a crafty villain and steampunk laden woman to a steam-powered pet and a flying galleon complete with sails and propellers, talented illustrator Bob Berry takes readers through the process of drawing, painting, and digitally illustrating the marvelous players and elements of the steampunk genre. As aspiring artists learn how to create steam-powered machines and gadget-toting characters, Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories explain the history and origin of steampunk, its cultural relevance, and other interesting facts about real-life steampunk machines and their makers.

About the Author

Joey Marsocci and his wife, Allison DeBlasio, are the proprietors of Dr. Grymm Laboratories, a business that provides custom designs of steampunk props and creatures for film production companies across the United States. Joey’s contraptions and sculptures have been seen in steampunk exhibits and publications around the world. Joey has a BFA in Film and Animation from the California Institute of the Arts.

Bob Berry has been an artist, illustrator, and character and graphic designer for more than 15 years. While the mainstay of Bob Berry’s work is for children’s publishing and textbooks, Bob has also provided art and illustration for CDs, children’s games, toy packaging, and more. Visit

Praise For How to Draw Steampunk

Steampunk, once a little-known subcultural phenomenon, has gained popularity. After a brief discussion of the origins and influences of steampunk, husband and wife Marsocci and DeBlasio—who design steampunk props for films—and artist Berry provide background on basic tools and techniques, then go on to present exercises in steampunk-themed drawing, painting, and illustration. These projects increase in complexity over the course of the book, including some digital tools along the way. This title will appeal especially to young adult readers. - Library Journal

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