Steampunk Aphrodite – Finished

Whew doggy, this one’s been a WIP for over two years! I guess she just got pushed to the back burner for a while.

Still, at last, she’s done. Enjoy πŸ˜€

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You WILL submit to your romantic inclinations, whether she has to crossbow your ass to make it happen. Iddn’t little Cupid being a good boy, helping mommy out?

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Steampunk Fan Service! :D

So, as my facebook followers probably noticed, I recently commented on a steampunk image linked by a group I follow. I won’t link it here, but I bet you can find a dozen similar images in about 30 seconds on google. Β The image boils down to “Scantilly clad, extremely busty woman in ‘saloon girl’ costume, ‘seductively’ caressing a large gun, with her back arched into anatomically impossible shapes and her legs crossed in anatomically impossible ways”. We’ve ALL seen them.

My comments went as follows: “I love Steampunk as much as the next person… but has anyone informed the artist that it is DAMNED uncomfortable to sit like that under the best of circumstances? Multiplied by a factor of ‘corset’ that would be excruciating. Especially with her legs crossed hard enough to break bones….”
I discussed the image at some length with a friend and we decided it’s really only fair to turn the tables and put a man in her pose. Now, he’s not identical the original (that’d be way too easy) but the feel, sexual-objectification, and pointlessly uncomfortable pose has carried over πŸ˜€

(Also there’s a few versions of the image because I was having fun experimenting with it.)


Here’s the basic version. Note the pointlessly skimpy outfit, the needlessly sexualized pose, and his awesome steampunk cyborg-oyster.


Some minor shading that wasn’t quite dimensional enough.

This is the “painted” version. I wasn’t 100% happy with some of the contrast and detailing, but I think it came out nicely none-the-less πŸ™‚

Please comment and discuss, I’m interested to see what other people’s take on this will be.

Steampunk Aphrodite WIP ver 1

Another character design challenge (like the night and day post below) though this one I’m taking a bit longer on. I also came across this one a bit late, but I’m enjoying it non-the-less πŸ˜€

She’s still a work in progress, but I feel like she’s coming along nicely πŸ™‚

When I think steampunk, the first thing I usually think is “badass”. So, I decied that this goddess shouldn’t be a naked pale blonde with floaty hair and white robes, hovering and looking pensive. Oh no. She was going to be a hard-core crack-shot with a cross-bow and an attitude. Sadly, the angle of her head ruined the effect of the assymetric cut I tried to give her hair, but cest la vie.

I decided to split the character a little and do Aphrodite as the more sexualized aspects of love, because that’s what she usually ends up representing in mythology, and it’s just easier to imagine a voluptuous woman representing sexiness. Cupid, (the little boy behind her skirt) embodies the innocent, gentle aspects of love. He’s loyal, sweet, innocent, and kind.Β  He’s a pretty good shot with his magic bow, but he’s still willing to take a lesson from Momma. What a good boy he is, holding her skirt out of the way for her like that :3

(I think part of the reason this is taking so much longer than the others is that I spent a LOT of time sketching and inking it, and I got a little crazy with the details right off the bat. The earlier two posts were done all in one afternoon through the magic of starting with a vauge general impression and working up the details as needed. Got to remember to use that method more….)

Finished drawing will be posted… er… when it’s finished, I guess ^_^;