Posts Tagged ‘Retro Futurism’

Week one-fifty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Metropolis.

 

There still is the idea that the city of the future could be a beacon of science and progress. While many of todays films and stories are mired in dystopian crime and dreariness, there still is a retro futuristic notion of what a future metropolis should be like. We may not ever have our flying cars, and all the railways may be better hidden underground, but we can still imagine a thriving metropolis where technology is beyond anything we thought possible.

Contributing city planers:

kalebschad – Future City

Shock – City above the clouds

The theme selected for week one-fifty-nine of Operation Graphite will be: Metropolis.

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The full trailer for Tomorrowland is out; as we gush at the gorgeous, retro futuristic views of what we once thought the perfect future city would look like, we can try to create our own futuristic landscape. While you may favor the Tezuka approach, or perhaps the Lang approach to city planing, any story or character associated with a futuristic city would also be fair game.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Metropolis.

All art work is due on Thursday, 3.19.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 3.20.15

Week ninety seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Atomic Age.

Atomic Age sci-fi might encompass a few sub genres, and many of the classic Atomic age stories and characters actually originated in the earlier, Golden Age of Sci-fi. While the genera is not as rigidly defined as Steampunk or Space Opera, there is something about the post war sci-fi that stands apart from other ages. Something about fear of the atom, paired with a new vigor for exploration and modernization make an interesting cocktail.

Contributing Atomic Punks:

Micah – Freak

Shock – Cosmic Rays

Thank you for pushing the limits of science.

The theme selected for week ninety seven of Operation Graphite will be: Atomic Age.

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After the detonation of the Gadget, the world would forever know the awesome destructive power of the Atom. That power could either fuel the Space Age, or leave the world in ruin. After WWII, the power of the atom unlocked immeasurable possibilities for what the future could hold, yet there was also a dark shadow to these new discoveries. Atomic Kaiju and Cold War fear mixed with visions of traveling across the stars filled Sci-Fi stories. It was an age were some saw nothing but the wonders of science, while others warned of the horrors it unleash.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Atomic Age.

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.9.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.10.13

Week ninety of Operation Graphite – theme: Steampunk.

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There was some hesitation to go with steampunk as a theme. It’s one of those situations where the explosion in popularity has nearly corroded my once immense enthusiasm for this retro futuristic subgenera. It is not due to the style and subject matters meteoric rise, but the direction, or perhaps more accurately the current absurd execution of steampunk style today. Classic Jules Verne novels and modern Miyazaki animations stick out in my mind as the gold standards of the subgenera. Now days this setting of historical science fiction that never was is more of a filter to apply to pop culture. There is the steampunk version of this and the steampunk version of that, but I really can’t recall the last time there was a good story set in a steampunk setting. I love the look of some steampunk style, but what we often see now is the ludicrous and whimsical caricatures of steampunk culture tropes. It’s all top hats, monocles and exposed gears that don’t do a god damn thing. While deep down I still love a good story set in a rich world where a steam engine could power a mechanical T-rex, today the word steampunk is more akin to a style of fetish gear than that of a literary genera.

Shock – Iron Horse

The theme selected for week ninety of Operation Graphite will be: Steampunk. 

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Among the spectrum of retro futurism genres, probably the most popular of them is Steampunk. Set in an alternate turn of the century setting, steampunk usually employes Victorian era design with fantastical applications of late 19th century technologies. This science fiction genera has exploded in recent years, creating a culture and lifestyle based around the some times exaggerated (or very exaggerated) romanticization of  british imperialism, sexy corsets, and hot gluing gears on everything in sight.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Steampunk.

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.14.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.15.13