Very recently two illustrators whom I admire, inspired me to paint a steampunk piece for kids. Now, I really dislike painting mechanical symmetrical elements, but I do enjoy the look of shiny geometric details. So I decided to simplify, take it slowly, and allow Photoshop’s filters to do the heavy lifting. I also relied heavily upon layer style to lend me an outer glow and to bevel and emboss.
I did mention that I was taking this slowly. I’m clearly missing both overt Victorian and punk flavor here, but the only creatures not propelled by steam are the wind-up angelfish and the starfish. I’ll get a little more hardcore next time.