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Steampunk Skipper by ursulav Steampunk Skipper by ursulav
From the journal of Lady Absentia Wrathbone:

August 11,

Have finally succeeded in sketching one of the clockwork insects present at this location. It appears at a distance to be a common skipper butterfly, but upon closer examination, it became apparent that there had been extensive technological modifications to the creature. Contrary to my initial expectations, the creature clearly possesses organic traits, and is not merely a clever mimic. Whether the technological additions were impressed upon the developing chrysalis, or were grafted upon an adult specimen is one of many mysteries that I hope to uncover in time.

While it is difficult to conceive of such tiny mechanisms, I am determined to keep an open mind as to the origins of such creatures. That idiot Farthington sent another missive to the Society's Proceedings claiming that these insects are the products of a race of miniature homonculi who are undergoing a very small Industrial Revolution, proceeded to speculate for two pages on society of said homonculi, including some clap-trap about their society being based on the Atlantean elder model. Fatuous moron. To believe in such a race without evidence is to believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden. For all we know, the insects are doing it themselves, and this is merely a more elaborate manifestation of the eusocial structure that leads to ant-hills and bee-hives. Cannot believe the Society continues to publish his letters. Can only hope that gout and general dissipation carry him off before he muddies the waters of this field of research any further.

Heat is beastly. Have chiggers in my knickers. Cannot get decent tea in this place--locals seem to feel that "tea" is a sticky mixture best suited to hummingbird food. Beginning to wish that I had stayed in England. However, if I am to publish a decisive monograph on the topic before Farthington--minus the homonculi--I must travel to where the insects are. I feel I am making progress. No discomfort is too great for science!


Macro photograph leads to macro art...or something like that. I was fascinated by all the tiny little bug bits on some of my photos, and cooked up this painting based on one of the photos, of a silver-spotted skipper butterfly with some significant additions.

Prints are available, in both regular and jumbo! If I sell twenty jumbo, I can afford a better macro lens! (Oh god, it's like heroin...) Order prints at: [link]

ETA: Welcome, Boing-Boingers! Nice to have you here!
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student General Artist
very sweet one! :D
Icreiliy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
So beatiful ))))
owieprone Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this available as a print? it's lush.
Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I have included this work in my June Bugs Feature:…
OneGoat Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
it's beautiful, very beautiful))
Nollit Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Instant love :love:
thelesliemommy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
neserteme Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Maybe I'm just missing something but... doesn't it have more legs on its right side than on its left side? :))
GildedGears Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just gorgeous! And the sepia tones to it are very effective. <3
Nioraj Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG! It's amayzing!
MusicPony2 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hey can I have permission to draw this is just so awsome
Sky-Hardclaws Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
This is awesome! I love your tecnique, it's soft and very neat.
mudddkipz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   General Artist
This is so cool! All the detail is great, and I love the warm browns, especially in the flowers.
GrammarshineHyena Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever read Scott Westerfield's "Leviathan" series? This reminds me a lot of it. :nod:
gastave Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
this makes me happy. I would be okay with robots taking over the world if you designed them. (:
Iza-Vlinderaaf Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
lafeeesterelle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I love your creatures, they are phantastic!
glacier-blue Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Really nice.

I was just out photographing some insects in a park. I didn't see any of these.
Groenew Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student
this blows my mind - how long did this take?
DocFangirl1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011

Though I may be biased because I have a steampunk!Victor Van Dort muse. Somehow, I can't bring myself to care. :D Fantastic work -- the details are amazing! And I like the journal entry in the description too. :)
rainbowrobinson Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Photographer
WOW! Instantly impressed and overwhelmingly in awe!
THE-RAttie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work. i love your detail.
Duzloo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Lovely and delicate work!
Blackdog616 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Very cool! the journal entry is just as much fun to read as the art is to see. Both are very well done with lovely details
Jeneralissimus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Foo-Foo-Flower Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is SO. COOL. I couldn't even tell it was steampunk by the thumbnail so when I clicked on it I looked a bit like this: :wow:
Ereane Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Awww, amazing!
snarkyredhead Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
incredible...would love to see an insect series
ElephantsLikeTea Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Oh, the union of mechanic and nature! Lush!
NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really REALLY love the detail in this.
Aligatorsonic Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Beautiful and well done ^_^
cholie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Wow...your artwork is so amazing...
shutterbugsandi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
What a creative mind you have. This is really original, out of the box thinking. But at the same time it looks like it could be a victorian illustration.
fireunderbliss Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
I'm like, so in awe of/angry with you. You make this beautiful, beautiful art, and you write extremely well. For all I know you can sing and dance too.

This is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing.
Pinia-Pon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
eww.. i hate those... vv...v... very "pretty" though o_______o
thescarletaracnid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   Writer
impressive, but i feel like it's too heavy to be a butterfly
Evilonil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured: [link] :heart:
Trutze Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
now i need to search for someone who can craft it for me, at best with a remote - anyone?
Trutze Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
omg fantastic, awesome, stunning...*searching for more words*
aldobarbagiovanni Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
fantastic work and i love the passage!
aldobarbagiovanni Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
fantastic work and love the passage
MisterBlackwood Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Fantastic. I especially like the bits of fur protruding from its abdomen between the mechanism. Nice antennae as well.
TotalEclipseStudios Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
This is very similar to a Steampunk video I'm planing on making for my thesis. I'm a VFX MFA and have been toying with the idea and concepts of doing a steampunk love story that involves a mechanical butterfly that is used to tie the two lovers together.. This is awesome, you wouldn't be interested in doing concept art, If you need any proof that all of the work is leading to my thesis I'd be glad to provide it!
animefreak120 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Very interesting.
zodiac1805 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Beautifully Done!!!
Joethebloody Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist
that is just too good to be true. Fantastic - I love it!
roobens Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
That's great!
unusualxlife Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I must say, it is very brilliant! The details on the gears and other bits of metal are astounding.
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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