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03 March 2007, 02:23 PM

This thread started as a daily sketch forum idea, and it has taken a life of its own.
Due to the popularity of this thread, I have decided to move the thread to WIP/Critique: 2D, Illustrations and Concept Art ( to allow it to grow...

Have fun!

CONCEPT DESIGN THREAD: "Star Wars: Steampunk"
Inspired aby AICN article by Moriarty (

and check this thread for inspiration and to see what is the fuzz about: (

Imagine you have been commisioned to concept art on a new
"Star Wars: Steampunk" game...

These are the rules:

You have NO TIME LIMIT for your sketch. IF you go beyond the assigned time limit , you have to post WHATEVER you have done after the time has expired, along with the FINAL drawing.
Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
RESOLUTION : The image can have any aspect ratio up to 800 x 600
They can be done on any medium.
If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing, unless is it an integral part of the challenge.
You can post an entry at anytime for the topic presented on this thead BEFORE the voting thread for THE WEEK has been posted.
The artist also has to post total length of time it took and program used.
Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
The topics will be picked at random from the list on the TOPICS thread >>LINK<< (
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them).
Good Luck

03 March 2007, 11:02 PM
I seem to like the post, but i dont really know what Steampunk is, maybee i will look at wikipedia, beacuse i have an idea. maybee is to make something about the art we know from Starwars movies, but changing the concept a little bit? Like a CHiguagua instead Chubaka? please somebothy help me to understand this thread...thanks :)

03 March 2007, 11:02 PM
sorry, double post

03 March 2007, 12:49 AM
40 mins

03 March 2007, 01:18 AM
I always wanted to contribute, now finally I have done something! \o/
Another Personal goal achived. Thanks to Goro for his brushes!

03 March 2007, 02:11 AM
CHiguagua instead Chubaka, seems like a great ideer, u mean the lapdog kind? give it some ironcast collar to stay in tune then. (steam punk is industrial revolution mixed with no future of the 80's look think malcom mc and vivian westwood, r2d2 and c3po :P.)

03 March 2007, 09:49 AM
ok, here is mine, i hope it matched what was wanted... it took me around 1 hour, i discover the fantastic color dodge mode tool, in photoshop, hope u like it... (

03 March 2007, 10:31 AM
I did Padmé. Don't know much abot Star Wars, but I LOVE steampunk. Yay my first daily sketch!
55 mins | PSCS2

03 March 2007, 11:58 AM
cool topic and nice stuff by everyone. I especially like danielh's trooper.:)
PS CS, 70 mins

went over time a little bit

03 March 2007, 04:34 PM

Photoshop / 50 min.


03 March 2007, 06:40 PM
oops, how embarassing... i think i misunderstood the topic :shrug: .
so i removed the picture.

03 March 2007, 12:32 PM


03 March 2007, 08:37 AM
Great topic and fantastic sketches people!

60mn - photoshop

03 March 2007, 08:32 PM
Oh I so wish I could join this! I toyed with the concept of a "World Wars" version of SW, and this is kind of a close fit. I even did a paper sketchup of a X-Wing/Biplane hybrid. But alas, my current tablet (Aiptek T-8000U) really sucks and I doubt I could order a proper one quick enough for the contest, so I guess I'll just wish everyone good luck!

03 March 2007, 08:40 PM
hi there

nice posts !

here's mine. Not to happy with it .

ps/wacom 45 min

03 March 2007, 11:31 PM
R2 as boiler - 5 mins or so pencil sketch, hour in Satori.

p.s. Robertt has Star Wars steampunk nailed!! Really nice concept.

03 March 2007, 11:54 PM
AWESOME design, specialbrew!

03 March 2007, 05:24 PM
Very nice jobs everyone! Redfrog, great looking stormtrooper!

Great topic, I had to do more than one... maybe will do more :scream:, it's too much fun.
Han Solo.
He's bit of a scoundrel... always fixing his flying machine "the Falcon".

35 minutes or so. Artrage2.
Boba Fett.
Bounty Hunter, wearing the uniform of the Mandalorians.
Equipped with high pressure steam jetpack.

Don't know the time, but definately under 60 min. Artrage2.
Thinking up stuff takes up most of the time...

2 seater light fighter flying machine with harpoon.

around 60min of doodling... could use more steampunk elements perhaps... :shrug:

03 March 2007, 05:39 AM
Yoda says:

Art2- "Impressive your snowspeeder is. "

Special Brew- "colour range liking i am. "

RedFrog - "Cool drawing you have. "

ikuru - "A disturbance in the Force! Two lense flares i sense! Surely a path to the dark side it is!"

Robertt - "Many striders you have. Long legs and impressive depth of field you bring."

DanielH - "Ah, much wisdom I sense, learn from each other we can."

Here's mine:

"Photoshop CS i use. 60 minutes of painting it took"

03 March 2007, 05:43 AM
thanks Shawshank! Your Yoda is looking great and he's a mechanical steambot :thumbsup:

03 March 2007, 06:35 AM
Hahaha Shawshank you're a genius!

p.s. thanks Mitchelhunt for the compliment.

03 March 2007, 07:04 PM

interesting concept, reminds me of steam boy:D, so here is "steam trooper"
photop shop, 40 min.

04 April 2007, 05:47 AM
Hope I'm not too late!

I call it "Biwing Fighter"

50 min. Photoshop CS
I fitting trial by fire for my Intuos3 6x8

04 April 2007, 08:33 AM
Hope I'm not too late!

It's never too late :thumbsup:

04 April 2007, 12:53 AM
Late entry on this one, and WAAAY over time, but I couldn't resist. About 3hrs 20, total.

04 April 2007, 01:07 AM
God this thread is so cool I am tempted to make it into a sticky.

Guys please do keep posting on it.


04 April 2007, 07:46 AM
heheh, thanks Roberto :)

Caveat, excellent!

04 April 2007, 09:35 AM
Caveat - OMG thats amazing

Shawshank - you get the comments award!

great thread

04 April 2007, 10:27 AM
ikuru - "A disturbance in the Force! Two lense flares i sense! Surely a path to the dark side it is!"

he, he, yeah actually I think my entry sucks and was considering to take it out all together but I cant be bothered. Your yoda is cool, some nice stuff here!

CaveatScoti, WOW!

04 April 2007, 09:55 PM

Boushh - the mysterious bounty hunter.

Like Caveat, I couldn't stop this sketch... I stopped at 2.5-3 hours... definitely under 3 hours.

04 April 2007, 02:19 AM
Art2, I love your Han and Boba! And specialbrew's R2-as-boiler is also exceedingly cool. Here's my steampunk Grand Moff Tarkin:

It took about 45 minutes -- you can tell when I started to rush cause his boots are all scribbly. :D

It looks a bit like Peter Cushing, right?...Right?

04 April 2007, 04:16 AM
This thread has really exploded! Awesome work! Special notice to Caveat and Art 2 :)

another one, 1hr and ten.

04 April 2007, 05:37 AM
danielh68, that's a sick sketch, man. Love Jabba as the combination circus-ringmaster/pimp.
How did you do the spirally bits (aka tubes) around his seat? some sort of special brush?

04 April 2007, 05:51 AM
Guys I am going to move this thread to the WIP 2d section, so in effect this will be am OPEN thread as long as you guys want it to be.

04 April 2007, 05:59 AM
So we can post multiple works now?

04 April 2007, 06:09 AM
So we can post multiple works now?
You always could do that...

Anyway, looking forward to more work.

04 April 2007, 07:06 AM
that's great Roberto! You might as well get rid of that time limit, heheh... :D

CarlG, good sketch! I had the same idea :)

Daniel, awesome! Colors please :D

04 April 2007, 11:10 AM
danielh, thats supersweet.

04 April 2007, 01:27 PM
Thanks everyone :)

Art2 - thank you, if I find time I will.

carlg - Thanks, as well. That particular brush is found in the PS assortment brushes. It just an overlapping circle. It's a great brush for discovering forms. If you can't find it, let me know and I will send it to you.

04 April 2007, 04:06 PM
Ok moved the thread..

Have fun guys!


04 April 2007, 06:29 PM,
ps cs ,

I wanted to draw a sith with coil-metal burning sabers, and the energy is coming from the steam back pack.

danielh68 : very nice brush work. the tent is wonderful

CaveatScoti ( : thanks a lot for inspiration.. and your work is awesome

04 April 2007, 11:49 PM
Thanks all for the kind comments.

Helzer- awesome as always.

Kudos too to Art2

Kevin- always welcome.

04 April 2007, 03:44 AM
Photoshop 60 min
I enjoyed coming up with the name more than anything else. :love:

04 April 2007, 12:09 AM
Art2, please post your version anyway! I'd love to see your take on the same idea...

04 April 2007, 01:40 PM
Great stuff everyone.

04 April 2007, 05:46 PM
This stuff just rocks you guys, I didn't have time when it was up in DSF , but I think I might give it a shot.

04 April 2007, 03:49 AM
hour and 15

"Blockaid Runner"

04 April 2007, 12:55 AM
That is just cool Daniel, I am not sure which one I like best of yours :)

04 April 2007, 04:38 PM
Thank you, Ivy00 :) Here's another one I did this morning.

04 April 2007, 05:41 AM
This thread is great!

Spent more time on this than was probably wise but I had some fun with it. Based it off some of those old propaganda posters.

4 hrs
Painter, Photoshop

04 April 2007, 01:45 PM
Awesome renditon of a Stormtrooper :thumbsup:

04 April 2007, 02:46 PM
Someone please can help me showing what i have to do to post my work on this thread?
I've searched also in the correct support forum but i wasn't able to read my post.

04 April 2007, 02:51 PM
Someone please can help me showing what i have to do to post my work on this thread?
I've searched also in the correct support forum but i wasn't able to read my post.

Just upload your image in a hosting site (Like Photobucket) reply to this thread and post your image. (there is a image icon on the rediting panel to upload images)


04 April 2007, 03:02 PM
Ok thanks a lot!!!
I'll try immediatly.
I felt lost cause I was sure i can post my portfolio or through outer sources.

04 April 2007, 03:19 PM

I've done this quick sketch in about 1 hour 45 minutes with Photoshop cs2.
I think that WW1 is a good inspiration to me:threnches, barbedwire, gas mask and old planes fit in with Steampunk here we are with Old X-Wings model.
CeC are extremely WELCOME

04 April 2007, 03:28 PM
Sorry for the double posting!

04 April 2007, 04:49 PM
Daniel, Painboy, Ming very nice stuff guys!

04 April 2007, 11:16 PM
Hi, this is my first post here at CGTalk....I think.

So, I really liked the idea and laid out a quick sketch in painter, and then rendered it abit. Thats all, about one hour I think. ( (

04 April 2007, 05:17 AM
This is an awesome thread, and it already has a lot of cool ideas. Here's my quick contribution

04 April 2007, 01:49 PM
Man, some really fantastic submissions since I last checked :)

System 404, your piece steals the show. What a clever and stunning re-imagination of the Lord of the Sith :thumbsup: Excellent!

04 April 2007, 06:26 AM
Thanks danielh68! Here's another one a with a little bit more work. I'm going to try and do a couple more. I think I'll do Luke next.

04 April 2007, 09:06 PM
Here's another one. The propulsion would be steam-powered piston engine with propeller in the rear :)))) (

04 April 2007, 04:13 AM
another quick one. Not too happy with it, oh well.

04 April 2007, 04:43 AM
God *_* Your work is fantastic System404! I want to join the rebellion right now!
The force is in this thread ;D

05 May 2007, 02:21 PM
Polluting! Now that's evil! Outstanding work from System404 BTW!

This is a great thread. Going to post a few I think.

05 May 2007, 08:40 PM
That last one seriously made my doodie twinkle...

05 May 2007, 10:03 AM
Glad I could help :D

05 May 2007, 02:20 PM
miljenko1 & CaveatScoti - those are some excellent ship designs. :)

System404 - your new additions are equally as stunning as the first. Very cool propaganda vibe. :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 02:47 PM
Thanks Daniel, I also like your stuff + 404's, Caveat's & Ming's.

Here's two more pieces: Death Star & Bobba Fett ( (

05 May 2007, 07:52 AM
Awesome entries! Love the air ships CaveatScoti and miljenko1. Well took a little more time on this one, it was a lot of fun.

It ended up being bigger than I wanted it, so make sure to click the image for a larger version (

05 May 2007, 12:37 PM
That's a classic System404!

Your Chewie is awesome!!!


05 May 2007, 06:00 AM
another quick one. Wanted to push the steampunk technology a lot more since I felt it was sorta lacking in the other pictures.

05 May 2007, 02:29 PM
System404 this is great work...
Looking forward to what else you have in mind.


05 May 2007, 02:31 PM
Love your droids, System404. The little faucet on r2's head is adorable :)

05 May 2007, 08:48 AM
I am shamelessly bumping this as this is one of the most exciting threads I have browsed on CGTalk in a long time.

Excellent work, folks!
P.S: I want to see this in cinemas! George!

06 June 2007, 12:45 AM
well I had this one done for a while now just wasn't too happy with it, I like the idea of having Leia be a lot more active on the leading of the Alliance's Revolutionary Movement, but I'm not to happy with the piece overall.
Any comments and critiques are always welcomed

06 June 2007, 01:32 AM
It's very French Revolution-esque. But then I saw the stars so I thought it was American Revolution-esque.

06 June 2007, 01:39 AM
Hard to believe I missed this thread..guess I'll break out the books and think about something...excellent idea...great work Marcel

10 October 2007, 06:10 PM
Hi, is this thread dead yet? :)

This one is called "Steam Cloner" :D

10 October 2007, 01:25 AM
Hi, is this thread dead yet? :)

Hell no! This is one of the best threads on the Forum! You people knock my socks off! Excellent stuff.

10 October 2007, 02:07 AM
Wow that's an awesome steam cloner. Glad to see people's interest in this thread, makes me want to jump back in and create some more.

10 October 2007, 09:36 AM
man this thread is fun!i'd love to give it a try sometimes:D

10 October 2007, 04:04 PM
This thread is beyond awesome..

BTW, loving your style sys404

10 October 2007, 04:18 PM
Hi, is this thread dead yet? :)

This one is called "Steam Cloner" :D

Hell we might use it as a basis for a HCR Modeling contest.


10 October 2007, 04:22 PM
Hi, is this thread dead yet? :)

This thread actually will be used as a basis for a future Modeling mini challenge.
So keep the designs coming.


10 October 2007, 04:55 PM
sounds like another great idea...

10 October 2007, 12:43 PM
ahhhhrgh... where do you get all these great ideas, Roberto?

that reminds me of Robert Bloch's answer to this question (author of Psycho):

"I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk"


10 October 2007, 06:43 PM
ahhhhrgh... where do you get all these great ideas, Roberto?

that reminds me of Robert Bloch's answer to this question (author of Psycho):

"I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk"

The kid I was in the 80's is alive and well :)
I really LOOOVE this.


10 October 2007, 01:24 AM
ok time for another one, this time old Ben Kenobi. I really liked Eric Poulton's take on the character of Obi Wan, especially his "gentleman" look. I took it a little bit further and sort of had him with a more "sand" people look to him. Having spent years in the Tatooine deserts have changed Obi Wan to adapt a more tribal look to better blend in the region.
Initially I wanted him to be smoking opium but opted on the hookah for design purposes.
Like always critiques and comments are always welcomed.

10 October 2007, 01:40 AM
System404 you are a walking gayzer of ideas :P

And just stolen most of ideas :D

Awesome work 5* thumbs\fingers up everyone :-D

10 October 2007, 08:48 AM
Wow, and I was about to remove this thread from my bookmarks.. :-) Might I kindly ask if a wallpaper-compatible version of ol' Obi-Wan could be made available? :-D

10 October 2007, 10:36 PM
I tried my hand at a yoda.. heh

Didnt come out too well, since i tried to color him in sketchbook pro.. -.-

anyway, here goes..

10 October 2007, 12:13 AM

woah that's wonderful! I see you like Delacroix, amazing.

11 November 2007, 07:49 PM

Steam Vader.

Hi guys, Well its my first post ever so go easy.

11 November 2007, 10:05 PM
Thats lookin sweet latejohncalculate....

Post some more...

11 November 2007, 01:32 PM
What a great idea...I love Steampunk stuff.
Whatever next?..."Steampunk Star Trek"
Even sounds good!

01 January 2008, 05:03 AM
What a great idea...I love Steampunk stuff.
Whatever next?..."Steampunk Star Trek"
Even sounds good!
Well if the modeling challenge goes well, we might try other weird ideas...

Sherlock Holmes 2030
Rome Imperium - 2009
Victorian Lord Or the Rings
The Matrix - 1968

01 January 2008, 09:31 AM
I'm seriously into this thread. I love 404's stuff (esp. the rebellion) and Marlon's too. I really liked the airships and caveat's pic. Keep it up, guys!

01 January 2008, 07:14 PM
Victorian Lord Or the Rings
The Matrix - 1968
Oh yes... that is some great inspiration! Why the hell didn't they made the LOTR films with a victorian influence... that would be amazing!

Bye swords, hello swordcanes! Bye bye megatrolls hello steam-machine!

BTW... I drop in here now and then to see if anyone made some additions... and it is great.. all of it... Almost like star wars happend long ago and we have the art still lying around :)

Anyway... thanks everyone!

01 January 2008, 09:07 PM
First time visitor, first time poster. The epicness of this thread compelled me to join the site. I Absolutely LOVE 404's works by the way. I was first drawn to it because I'm a hardcore steamer (Steampunk fan. I made up that term, so I wouldn't use it unless you're OK with looking like an idiot. Like I am), but now I might cook something up on GIMPshop for this thread.

By the by, there IS a Steam Trek. The main page is, but the YouTube silent-era film they made is at:

01 January 2008, 03:49 PM
This thread is making waves...

Check it out: (

01 January 2008, 07:48 PM
:applause: awesome Tie fighter!

01 January 2008, 09:16 PM
Had to vote for the X-Wing just because it was modeled after my baby.

01 January 2008, 01:36 AM
just came across this thread. awesome.

word to the kicken'ass ass-kickers, PAINBOY, SYSTEM404, MILJENKO1! you guys rock.

03 March 2008, 02:48 AM
A work in progress.

03 March 2008, 09:48 PM
We will use this thread as a basis for a HCR Modeling contest soon in about two months.
To all, Keep the concept art coming

03 March 2008, 02:37 PM
Wow, CaveatScoti, cool Leia. Hmmm glad to see this thread alive, makes me want to go back and do more designs.

Great news on the HRC modeling topic. Would be great to see some of these concepts in 3d.

03 March 2008, 08:56 PM
Wow, CaveatScoti, cool Leia. Hmmm glad to see this thread alive, makes me want to go back and do more designs.

Great news on the HRC modeling topic. Would be great to see some of these concepts in 3d.
Hell I might do some sketches myself...

04 April 2008, 04:25 PM
Saw this thread and thought I'd post a wee doodle.

Steam Grievous. I know he isn't 'classic trilogy', but I thought he'd look good with a bit of extra brass.

Done with photoshop and good old pencil and paper. :)

08 August 2008, 09:14 PM
This WILL BE the next topic for the HCR modeling challenge...
And the people will be able to pick from the sektches in this thread..

So if you want to contribute a design you have about 3 weeks!

For those looking for reference: ( ( ( ( (

09 September 2008, 05:48 PM
Hi all,

This is a really cool challenge. I never heard of Steam Punk until now. I love it!
There are some awesome sketches here. Great work everyone!

I won't be entering the challenge because I'm brand new at this stuff and have a long way to go before I'm ready. Need to learn about rendering, lighting, texturing, etc. etc.....but, I worked on this for a couple of days and thought I'd share :)

09 September 2008, 05:48 PM

09 September 2008, 07:25 AM
It's very French Revolution-esque. But then I saw the stars so I thought it was American Revolution-esque.

Well, it's basically an Americanised pastiche of Eugène Delacroix's "La liberté guidant le peuple" ( so, yeah, on both counts.

10 October 2008, 03:33 AM
We are live...

Guys you may post more concetp art on this thread..


10 October 2008, 10:51 AM
Here's some of my concepts, more to come

10 October 2008, 01:24 PM
Chewbacca, crazy crazy monkey

10 October 2008, 01:37 PM
Those are some unbelievably cool concepts, Bjorn! I'm tempted to do the Storm Trooper or Yoda, but I'm just too busy with other things. I hope it's ok with you if I model one of these later down the road. They're just so damn cool! :cool:

10 October 2008, 03:52 PM
just warming up, great thread I'll be posting more for sure
time, hour and a half I guess.

10 October 2008, 11:32 AM
Bjorn, that's just awesome man. :applause:

10 October 2008, 01:29 PM
thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words a lot!

10 October 2008, 06:11 PM
I have some more kind words, well a huge list of them, but amazing concepts, cool design, and brilliant work, are all I can say, I'm sure many others would like to use some of the words on the list. 10000 Words.

10 October 2008, 09:24 PM
another quick one, I am kind of new on speed paint so I really don't know when to stop and to me it looks to detailed to be a speed paint but not good enough to be a finished piece anyway I just want to show you the concept.

10 October 2008, 01:07 AM
Asajj Ventress concept art for the HMC ^^ (

10 October 2008, 12:59 PM
Sorry for cross-posting between threads but it seems people are posting in three threads?

10 October 2008, 04:39 PM
Great concepts I like how the poor sick yoda is turning out great colors

10 October 2008, 01:09 PM
Gyorkland : thanks!

Here's a Jawa, yay

05 May 2009, 09:46 PM
I just have to bump this thread. Masterpiece theatre!

I am inspired to do some of my own...

05 May 2009, 02:07 AM
I think this topic is Awesome!! I wanted to make C3PO a useful character, so I gave him a purpose a giant guard bot I thought would be cool. Enjoy!!!:arteest:

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